Change isn’t always something that comes easily to some people while others can embrace new opportunities and make the best of them. Take for instance, Nova Scotia’s Klarka Weinwurm. In the time since the release of her debut EP in May 2010, Weinwurm has expanded from her wispy, folky beginnings and has added a backing band to compliment her unmistakable vocals and driving melodies.
Performing at Moncton’s Plan B Lounge next Thursday evening, Weinwurm is by no means ashamed of her debut effort that was self-released in May 2010. She simply feels that her upcoming album, Continental Drag, is a more accurate reflection of where she is at these days.
“My first EP didn’t gather a lot of attention and in some respects, I am glad,” Weinwurm says. “I put the EP out because I wanted to have something that I could sell at shows and hand out to people. It was more of a folky-type of sound with just me and my guitar. I see Continental Drag as my first true release. I started playing with a band and so my sound has evolved to be more of a ‘rock’ type of sound to my songs. It’s exciting; I finally feel comfortable with what I am playing.”
Playing in a band with others is a relatively new concept to the 26 year-old musician who first learned how to play the guitar at age 15.
“Until a year and a half ago, I had pretty much always played by myself. I had started playing guitar mainly out of curiosity after I had found an old guitar that was missing strings when I was 15. I took it upon myself to see if I could learn to play chords on the guitar without knowing how to play it otherwise. Slowly, I started figuring it out and then it became about wanting to imitate somebody like Bob Dylan, who I was listening to a lot at the time.”
Branching out to full band has opened a whole new world of possibilities for Weinwurm. Now, she is able to play both acoustic style shows and full-band shows, depending what best suits the venue where she is playing.
“I definitely appreciate being able to perform acoustically and with a band now,” she shares. “It’s always nice to do intimate songwriter-type of shows but playing with a band means I have always got people to fall back on. If I make a mistake when I am on stage by myself, it is sometimes tougher to mask that.”
In some respects, Weinwurm is the very model of patience, having recorded Continental Drag last February. Being an independent artist means you have to either have very deep pockets or rely upon the generosity of indie labels to pick up your product and release it. In Weinwurm’s case, Calgary’s Saved By Vinyl label stepped up to the plate and will be releasing Continental Drag this coming Spring.
“I have been sitting on the record since February although it wasn’t completely intentional. I had been waiting and hoping that a label would pick it up and put it out and in my case, Saved By Vinyl ended up being the ones who came forward. I’m very lucky because it definitely could have been much longer of a wait.
“The past year has been good though in the respect that I have been playing a lot of shows and just simply trying to get my name out there as much as I have been able to,” she says.