Dragonette find a new paradigm on Royal Blues

Following the break up of members Martina Sorbara and Dan Kurtz, Dragonette learn to move ahead with new music.
Dragonette's Martina Sorbara performing in the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Cathy Irving/CBC)

Electro-pop band Dragonette was born our of the relationship of members Martina Sorbara and Dan Kurtz, but when the two separated a few years ago, they knew they wanted to continue making music.

On their new album, Royal Blues (out now), Sorbara penned the lyrics first with Kurtz adding music on top afterwards (the band is rounded out by drummer Joel Stouffer), a first for the songwriters and something that proved to be a tough process for Kurtz. 

"There are songs that we won't play tonight and certainly may never be played in public," Kurtz reveals. (The band performed in Toronto the day this session was recorded.)

For Sorbara, sending the lyrics was actually an easy task. "The only way I've ever written is taking an ice pick to my insides and pulling out whatever is in there," she explains. "What's inside has to come out and I've never been able to do it any other way." 

All three members agree that through a lot of practice, they've found a new rhythm and grove to work in, or as Kurtz describes: "It actually feels like the new paradigm." 

And Stouffer's role in all of this? "I'm the therapist of the band."

WEB EXTRA | See more photos from Dragonette's q session below.

Dragonette singer Martina Sorbara performing in the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Cathy Irving/CBC)
Dragonette drummer Joel Stouffer performing at the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Cathy Irving/CBC)
Dragonette's Dan Kurtz performing in the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Cathy Irving/CBC)
Toronto electro-pop song Dragonette sitting down for an interview with q host Tom Power in the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Cathy Irving/CBC)


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?