Friday March 31, 2017
The Strumbellas on coming to grips with success and the brutal honesty of kids
more stories from this episode
- The Strumbellas on coming to grips with success and the brutal honesty of kids
- Kathleen Edwards' musical tribute to Ottawa
- Jim Cuddy and Henry Burris trade barbs ahead of this weekend's Juno Cup
- Tanika Charles tells the 'embarrassing' but triumphant story behind 'Soul Run'
- Buffy Sainte-Marie on love songs, activism and being recognized for her humanitarian work
- Narcy on the 'universe of struggle' we all share
- André Alexis didn't tune in to Canada Reads but Humble the Poet pulled out a win for them
- Full Episode
The Strumbellas say that being nominated for single of the year at this year's Junos for their song, "Spirits," is a dream come true. The band's up for three Juno Awards this year — group of the year, Fan Choice, and song of the year — but all this success hasn't been without its struggles.
Lead singer Simon Ward tells host Tom Power that the band's hit song, "Spirits," came from a very dark place of depression and anxiety. Yet it was the surprising reaction from kids that changed his connection to the song.
"I was just a big ball of anxiety and stress for most of our band's career. Trying to make music that does well, and the funny thing was, after it went out and I was talking about all my sad stuff, then we'd get a ton of kid videos, like hundreds of kid videos," he says.
The band's members join Power for a live performance and talk about how a song about depression and anxiety took on new meaning thanks to their audience and the, at times, harsh criticism of kids.