2012 was a hell of a year for Kitchener, Ontario’s Courage My Love. Early in the year, Alternative Press Magazine deemed the act as one of the Top 100 Bands To Watch in 2012 while more recently, the group had the opportunity to perform for fans in Japan.
Earlier this year the trio, comprised of siblings Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-horn along with bassist David Blake-Dickson, released their debut EP For Now, giving rise to three videos (Bridges, Barricade and Anchors Make Good Shoes…) all of which found themselves in heavy rotation on Muchmusic.
Courage My Love recently passed through Saint John as a part of the Lost In Paradise tour which also featured Faber Drive, Victoria Duffield and more. Here Magazine had the chance to chat with Mercedes Arn-horn about the group’s Japanese adventures and what else is happening in their world:
When did you and your sister decide to start a band?
Phoenix and I have been writing music and playing together as long as I can remember. When it came to looking for a bass player, we needed to find someone that was cool with letting Phoenix and I do the writing but that shared the same goals. We found that guy with our bassist David. We have been playing together for three years and it has been great.
You guys had the opportunity to play in Japan at the end of November. What was that experience like?
Something that struck us right away about Tokyo was just how huge everything there was. The city has a little under half the entire population of Canada but the city is meticulously organized. It was surprisingly quiet too; there was no trash or garbage anywhere.
What was it like seeing a culture that is so different from ours?
It was awesome. They have heated toilet seats there and inside the washrooms, you hear ambient rainforest noises. Plus, we love karaoke so we had to do it. All in all, it was an awesome experience.
I imagine that it would have been amazing to literally be half-way around the world and have people know your music.
The fans were incredible. Our record had come out in Japan earlier in the year but I don’t think that any of us really had it sink in until we were there. To have people that don’t necessarily speak English that are singing along to your music is just amazing.
Article published in the December 27, 2012 edition of Here Magazine