My Blog__ AN INTERVIEW: PEACE (BAND)
Photo by Michelle Ford
I first heard of the band Peace when I was at the Calgary music festival, Sled Island. The boys in Peace had been in an accident. Their car flipped on the highway, breaking all their equipment and almost killing three of the four of them. Regardless, they hopped on a bus and made it to the festival. They all took mushrooms before their show and managed to get back to Vancouver alive. That fall I started playing bass in a side project with Peace's drummer Geoff Dembicki. We became close friends due to our love of Smashing Pumpkins and cheap beer which opened the doors to meet the other mental patients in his band. I've said it before but I'll say it again, Michael Willock (guitars), Dam Geddes (guitar/vocals), Conner Mayer (bass) and Geoff Dembicki's LP My Face is one of the most interesting albums I've heard this year. I recently interviewed them for a feature in Color magazine. This was the discussion that didn't quite make it into the final edit.
Why did you call your band Peace?
Geoff Demicki: Dan and I were drinking at a dive bar and we started talking to these two guys. One was a wise old native man and the other was tall and he talked really quick. The tall one told us his friend was a genius. The quiet native guy didn't say a word the whole time we were together and as we were leaving he said, "Peace. [gives peace sign] That's the name of your band."
Conner Mayer: Long story short we were bequeathed our name by a wise native man.
You've told me that you guys play exclusively bad shows.
Conner: Yeah. Pancake breakfasts and stuff. We played a Linguistics BBQ for kids one time.
Did you get paid?
Dan: We got drunk for free.
Geoff: The band that opened for us was a blue glass children's gypsy band that covered "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails. They changed the lyrics to make it kid friendly. "I want to hug you like a teddy bear." And when we went on people seemed indifferent. I remember looking out into the audience and seeing an old man actually reading a hard cover book.
Dan: Then that professor blew fire while we were playing.
Conner: He used to be a professional clown, but now he's a professor.
Michael Willock: It was supposed to be an outdoor show but the show was moved inside so [the professor] had to go outside to blow fire. Everybody left to go see him while we played inside. We were playing to only Conner's girlfriend.
Conner: No, she left too.
What happened when you guys played Pop Montreal this year?
Dan: I did acid. It was really bad. Conner and I took it at 2am.
Geoff: You guys just watched Looney Tunes all night.
Conner: No, we walked around.
Dan: In a field.
What do you guys do for work?
Geoff: I'm a writer.
Michael: I cook.
Conner: Computer science.
Dan: Uh, I'm a nothing.
What's the goal with this band?
Michael: Get as rich as possible.
Geoff: I want to be on Conan [O'Brien].
You like him a lot?
Geoff: I dunno. He's okay.
What is wrong with you?
Geoff: I'm on mushrooms.
Conner: Me too.
Dan: I'm just drunk.