Toronto Dream Pop/Shoegazer band Beliefs, comprised of Jesse Crowe and Josh Korody, are steadily gaining a following of fans around the world and more often than not, make the list (and Shoegazer fans love to make lists!) of today’s best artists in the genre(s).
We asked vocalist/guitarist Jesse Crowe to run through our questionnaire about making music, travel, living in Toronto, and what’s currently in the works for her personally and with Beliefs.
Step On magazine: What are you listening to right now?
Jesse Crowe: I’m listening to a lot of 90’s stuff, Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky. For new stuff I’m into Real Lies, Disappears, Suuns, Algiers, Communions, Ice Age
What was the first LP/tape/CD you remember owning?
My first that I was given was Violator by Depeche Mode, but given by a friend was Nevermind by Nirvana, the first tape I bought myself was Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson
What are your favourite bands? Who is the most underrated band that you just can’t understand why they weren’t more celebrated?
My favourite bands are fairly obvious. I love Primal Scream and Slowdive. I don’t think any of my favourites are particularly underrated, though a lot of what I listen to on a regular basis happens to be local, so perhaps I’m awaiting everyone’s discovery of Toronto music.
Why do you live where you do?
There are practical and emotional reasons for sure. Toronto to me has the right drive and energy that I need out of a major city in order to constantly be pushing toward my goals. Here it’s not unheard of to be in five bands and working and taking photos and doing what ever other creative things one might throw in the mix. It’s almost a given here that everyone is biting off more than they can chew, and because of that, we all ride each others creative waves. There’s also the fact that, whilst living in Canada, Toronto is the biggest city, and biggest music market, plus it’s a hub for flights and an easy touring jump off.
What is your favourite journey?
It’s between the horrible, yet necessary twelve-hour drive to New York, or the over night flight to Reykjavik.
What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?
A warm bed, a hot coffee, a light touch and a melody stuck in my head.
What essential to take on a plane or tour bus?
A note book, a few books for reading and my day planner. I don’t like to be disconnected from home, it makes me panic knowing that I have work to go back to. So the day planner is a strange comfort. I also tend to come up with lyrics when I’m not in town so I have to be able to write.
What is your dream vacation/trip if money was no object? OR How do you spoil yourself/friends/family?
My dream vacation would to be locked in a room making music in the day and running around discovering the dark paths of a big city at night.
What do you do with 4 hours to yourself in a new city?
Walk, coffee, read, write, have an existential crisis, solve the crisis, repeat.
I’ve never done anything else. If I didn’t express this way I’m not sure how I’d function.
What was your most memorable day job?
I’ve had the same day job for my whole life. Cutting hair caaaaannnnn get wild I guess.
What advice should you have taken but didn’t?
Maybe to get an education. I wish I could have balanced my practical side while pushing my intellectual side prior to locking myself into my career. I see myself as the retired tattooed granny sitting in the back on a Russian Lit class in 2055 talking about how people used to read books on paper.
Who’s your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what the menu be?
My younger self. Borscht.
What was the best live gig or music festival you attended?
Slowdive, at the Danforth Music Hall last year.
Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art?
Fellini’s 8 & 1/2
What does the next 6 months look like for you?
Personally? I’m working on releasing a Praises EP (solo music) and starting to play live with my new band Yi. I have a few shows playing bass in Rolemodel who are also on Hand Drawn Dracula. Josh is also working hard in the studio and just finished co-producing the new Fake Palms EP, as well as working on a lot of great things with his solo mod-synth project, Nailbiter. Beliefs are in the process of recording and jamming on a new record. We’ve spent 6 days writing and editing so far and we’re moving toward cutting things down and deciding who we want to help us in the production world. I’m also going to head back to New York to do some writing Saturday and Iceland in the summer.
Which musician rule do you agree with? Always meet your heroes or never meet your heroes.
Beliefs perform at Adelaide Hall, Toronto this evening. For more info and tickets visit HERE.