Bandwagon, the local video series featuring intimate performances from excellent bands, continues its seventh season with a performance of “Boys Like You” by Whitehorse.
Even before Whitehorse was a band, Luke Doucet and Melissa McLelland were making music and playing together. They each had solo careers and would sometimes tour together, playing backup in each other’s bands and with Luke producing several of Melissa’s solo records. But they found a particular alchemy happened when they played together.
“A big theme of our band right from the start was to push ourselves and push each other out of our comfort zone,” Melissa told me when I spoke to her in April. “When we were solo artists, we might have felt a bit more restricted, but there’s a feeling of security working together, that we can take these risks. A kind of ‘hell, if we’re going down, we’re going down together!’ attitude…. Music is the most fun to play when you’re taking some kind of risk.”
Whitehorse has since released four albums and become critical and audience darlings, earning a Juno Award and nominations for Polaris and Canadian Folk Music Awards. Their music is forever evolving, from early forays into country that expanded into experiments in rock, synth-pop, and trip-hop. Their latest album, 2018’s Panther in the Dollhouse, was produced with the assistance of Brooklyn-based duo LikeMinds (best known for working with people like Kanye West and Snoop Dogg).
Whitehorse were in town for a show at Market Hall last month, and before the show they met up with the Bandwagon crew for a performance of “Boys Like You.” Check it out:
Watch for upcoming episodes of Bandwagon premiering on Electric City Magazine. Check out previous episodes on Bandwagon’s YouTube channel.
Images courtesy Whitehorse and Mexican Cheesus Productions.