Firsts, Lasts & Favourites

The Famines

// Aaron Gryschuk-Vanimere// Aaron Gryschuk-Vanimere

Answered by: Raymond Biesinger
Hometown: Edmonton, now located in Montréal
Genre: Rock
Last album: The Complete Collected Singles 2008 – 2011
Fun fact: The Famines is a duo rounded out by Garrett Kruger, who is one of the co-founders of the Sailin’ On food truck

First album
Destroyer by Kiss. At the time I thought Kiss invented rock ‘n’ roll and Ike Turner and Chuck Berry and everyone else just weren’t around to correct my misunderstanding. Too bad.

First concert
This might sound strange, but I grew up completely disconnected from live music and concerts. The first live show I ever saw was in my living room in Grade 10, and during it I spent half the time nervously staring at the band and the other half singing and pretending to play bass. The audience included a dozen or so classmates with nothing better to do.

Last album
Strange Attractor’s Back to the Cruel World LP on Mammoth Cave.

Last concert
Wooden Shjips and CAVE at Casa Del Popolo, Montréal, on Remembrance Day—if you don’t count being serenaded by Peterorough’s Nick Ferrio while having a meal at that restaurant next to the Great Hall in Toronto this weekend. CAVE was hypnotising and great, Nick was charming and real. Wooden Shjips I didn’t get, though I’ve heard people say their records are mandatory listening.

Favourite album
The Kinks’ first [self-titled] LP. But that might be changing.

Favourite musical guilty pleasure
Listening to CBC Radio 3′s Jukebox Favourites stream in the studio eight hours a day, five days a week. It’s to the point that every song is a repeat. I’ve sent them a few letters wondering why they play the 1987 version of Cher’s “Bang Bang” instead of the classic 1966 version. V

Tue, Dec 31 (9 pm)
With Fist City, Wicked Awesomes
Wunderbar, $15

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