Hailing from Winnipeg, Brandy Zdan and Dave Quanbury met in 2002 at the Trout Forest Music Festival in Ontario. As a duo, Twilight Hotel has been compared to such memorable folk teams as Ian and Sylvia and Johnny and June, and they radiate that certain elusive chemistry that can only come from two people in love singing together. Couples that make music together rarely find harmony in their relationships (just ask Fleetwood Mac); Zdan and Quanbury are hoping to buck the trend. Their new album, Highway Prayer, will be released on January 29 to follow their critically acclaimed 2006 release Bethune.
We caught up with them for a run-through of our wildly popular Ten Questions series.
#1 What’s the last CD/Download you bought with your own money? Was it worth the dough?
Raising Sand by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss. It was worth every penny! That record is hot!
#2 Best/Worst part about being a professional musician?
Best part: travelling the continent.
Worst part: too many free CDs.
#3 Worst “real job” you’ve ever had?
Dave: Prairie Public Television Pledge Drive, can I take your donation?
Brandy: Hi, would you like to buy 12 magazine subscriptions?
#4 Who is the worst band member to sit next to on the van/bus?
Plead the Fifth.
#5 Most embarrassing music purchase?
Sheet music to “Let it Be.”
#6 Build the perfect musician:
Voice of: Tom Waits
Songwriting of: Leonard Cohen
Musicianship of: Joni Mitchell
Personality/Image of: Serge Gainsbourg
#7 Biggest twat in the music biz?
T-What? Someone who never goes to shows and downloads everything for free.
#8 When I hear ____________I want to stick a hanger in my ear.
Broken Social Scene.
#9 The greatest Founding Father is:
Louis Armstrong, because of Potato Head Blues.
#10 I love Glorious Noise because:
Rock and roll can change your life.
MP3: Twilight Hotel – “Viva la Vinyl”