musical q&a: meet Acronyms

What do Joni Mitchell, Wide Mouth Mason, and these four have in common? They’re musicians from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (and we’re pretty sure that’s where the similarities end). Music lovers, meet Acronyms, the latest indie-rock band to hail from the Canadian flat lands. Today marks the start of their first Canadian tour to promote their brand new EP SimpleComplex, and on March 28th they’ll be filling Victoria’s Copper Owl with a sound that has been compared to that of Foals, Radiohead and Tame Impala. We think you’ll like it, but be your own judge and listen to their singles Fake Fear and Parts here and here.

We chatted with singer/guitarist Billy Tataryn (in the glasses) about the band’s biggest dreams and the growing music scene in Saskatoon.

What band (past or present) would you most like to tour with?

Billy Tataryn: I think we can all agree that backing up the king of pop would be tight. Starting the night off with our intergalactic sounds sweep, then parking it on the side stage to watch Michael glide across the stage like a shooting star.

What’s your dream venue?

B: Probably on the back of a semi-truck parading through downtown Manhattan. I think we might pull it off better than those U2 guys.

Where did the name Acronyms come from?

B: Thin air. We literally had a band name before we had the band. Adan and I were school mates in University and would shoot bands names back and forth, Acronyms was one of them. Although we all agree that now having defined a sound for the band that the name, the way it sounds and looks, is reminiscent of the bands identity.

What song are you most excited about on SimpleComplex? Favourite song to play?

B: Parts is one of our favourite songs to start a set with. It’s a nice fast tempo track with catchy chord progressions and melodic hooks that progress through the song tying it together quite nicely. Kingdoms is another favourite track of ours, both on the EP and to play live. It has this repeated descending riff that sorta gives me chills when we’re all full drive tearing it up on the verse – then into the chorus most effects drop off and Tyson breaks in with a tight beat holding us all in the palm of his groove.

You’ve been compared to Tame Impala, Foals and Radiohead… who are your musical inspirations?

B: We mostly inspire each other. Every jam usually starts of with one of us showing the others a new song or band that we’ve been hooked on. We inspire each other by showing one another our musical tastes and preferences.

What’s life in Saskatoon like for a band?

B: Amazing, the music scene although growing is a tight knit group of individuals eager to support each other musical endeavours. We’ve all grown up playing in numerous other groups – it’s nice to get a chance to play with a lot of different people. I think that’s how Acronyms came to be, we eventually worked our way around until we found each other and enjoyed creating together. Since then Saskatoon has been a great place to call home for the band.


Rifflandia 101, chapter 2

Most of the time we think we’d kill at musical Jeopardy, but we have to admit that there are several acts on the Rifflandia 2013 bill we’ve never heard of.  Feeling a little sheepish, we did some homework and gave these bands a listen.  Here are three tunes we fell in love with at first play.

1. Hey Judas, Fine Times

2. Blank Maps, Cold Specks

3. Into the Atmosphere, Dusted

Go ahead, talk about these bands as if you’ve been a fan since their first EP.  We won’t tell.

Rifflandia invades Victoria September 12th to 13th, 2013. Get your tickets at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records, The Royal MacPherson Theaters Society, or online.

Missed Rifflandia 101, chapter 1?  Catch up here.

Rifflandia 101, chapter 1

If you’ve ever worn the much coveted Rifflandia wristband we don’t need to tell you that Rifflandia is better than Christmas.  We don’t need to describe the way our little westcoast city erupts into the coolest, happiest, most vibrant place on earth for 4 straight days.  You already know that Rifflandia is musical magic and that’s why you snagged your Early Bird tickets months ago, before the lineup was released.  And oh what a lineup it is!  Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Hot Hot Heat, Matt & Kim, and Death From Above 1979  are just a few of the bands that will be lighting up Royal Athletic Park and venues all over the city September 12th to 15th.

We’re currently making our way through the list, picking out a few of our favourite tunes to share with you.   Check out Vance Joy, St. Lucia, and the Belle Game.

Vance Joy, Riptide

St. Lucia, Before the Dive

The Belle Game, Wait Up For You

Don’t have a ticket? Don’t fret.  Rifflandia 2013 Super Passes and VIP Passes go on sale today at 10am sharp.  Get yours at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records, The Royal MacPherson Theaters Society, or online.

Stay tuned, festival lovers!  We have more Rifflandia posts to come.

festival forecast

Summer is officially upon us and festival season has finally arrived!  Here’s a quick look at just a few of the amazing events happening around Victoria this summer.

VIC Fest kicks off it’s third year tonight at St. Anne’s Academy.  The Vancouver Island Cultural Festival runs until Saturday night and features over 15 local music acts, art installations from Wolf/Sheep gallery, and intimate songwriter workshops and circles.  With more than 20 Island-based breweries and wineries and 10 local food vendors at the kid-friendly fest, VIC Fest truly is a celebration of Vancouver Island’s finest.  Tickets for both days are $55 and can be purchased online at  Single day passes are also available.

Tall Tree Music Festival is only a week away.  The 4th annual Tall Tree runs June 28th to June 30th on Browns Mountain in beautiful Port Renfrew.  The festival presents bands from all over the province and beyond, and boasts plenty of Victoria favourites like Mindil Beach Markets, Towers and Trees, and Sunhawk.  We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our nation’s holiday!  Fun fact: proceeds from the non-profit event go to the Tall Tree Festival Society in support of local charitable organizations, like the Ancient Forest Alliance.  Get three days of music and camping for just $129 – check out for details.

Rock of the Woods celebrates its third year July 26th to July 28th in the Cowichan Valley community of Glenora.  This year’s festival takes place at the Godfrey Brownwell Winery, a 60 acre farm with 12 acres of active grape production and 30 acres of a sustainable managed forest and a salmon creek – the perfect place to enjoy sunshine and over 25 different music acts and DJs!  The impressive line up includes The Cave Singers, Hannah Georgas, Acres of Lions, Mat the Alien, and many, many more.  A three day pass with camping can be purchased for $125.  Visit for all of your ticket options.

We’ll see you out there, Victoria!