Anyone with a coffee addiction will know the pain of doing anything early in the day without it—especially if they’re in the process of weaning themselves from their brew. Despite the lack of caffeine, Shooting Guns guitarist Chris Laramee braved an early-ish morning interview discussing everything from the band’s involvement in the campy Canadian horror film Wolf Cop to drinking with B A Johnston.
Calling Saskatoon home, Shooting Guns typically plays together twice a week when the band members are not committed. The instrumental stoner-metal six-piece records music almost non-stop, which has paid off with a Juno Award nomination (Metal/Hard Music Recording of the Year for Brotherhood of the Ram in 2015) and being long-listed twice for the Polaris Prize.
“It’s always been for fun and not for a living,” Laramee says. “If it could make sense to do it that way, we would consider it. We’re all basically family, and I don’t use that term lightly. All of us have been friends [since] way before the band. We all go way back, so we know when to draw the line to keep it fun. The award stuff we’ve had is just weird to me. The whole thing is just a happy accident.”
Speaking of awards, after playing with Teenage Head and Biblical in Hamilton during JUNOfest in March 2015, Laramee forgot his pedals at the bar. Luckily, the band is friends with musician B A Johnston.
“He took my pedals across Canada in his van for me,” Laramee recalls. “When I went to pick up the pedals in Regina, we ended up drinking at a bar for hours before his show arguing about Steely Dan. I think that’s what happened, anyway.”
The band’s current work schedule inspires the guys to stay in the studio as opposed to out on the road. As such, they’re currently tweaking a new album and beginning work on the soundtrack to Wolf Cop 2, which will include even more keyboards and a slightly more Miami Vice feel.
Laramee became only slightly giddy when discussing Shooting Guns’ involvement in scoring the first movie’s soundtrack.
“We had three weeks to do it, so we screened it in our jam space and just played along to it,” he says. “There wasn’t a lot of time to think about it, and we didn’t actively seek it out. I really enjoyed it. If I could just do soundtracks all the time, that would be perfect.”
Sat, Mar 5 (9 pm)
With Betrayers, Gender Poutine, Low Levels, the Switching Yard
The Almanac, $10