It’s taken plenty of blood, sweat and tears, but Ryan Grieve and Leo Thomson from Canyons could not be happier to be ditching record bags for a live band in their upcoming national tour.
Instead of sitting behind turntables, Canyons will expand to a six-piece band to bring songs from their debut album Keep Your Dreams to life – with added guitars, bass, keys, drums, percussion and saxophone.
The electronic group have a string of dates across the country this month, which include appearance at various festivals such as Golden Plains, Playground Weekender and Secret Garden.
They’ll also be bringing their band shows to intimate venues in capital cities and throwing in a few DJ sets in a handful of towns.
Grieve – who will dabble in guitar, vocals and drums throughout the new show – said the group wanted to add in the extra instruments to make things more interesting for themselves on stage.
“We wanted to give people a little more than two guys sitting behind some midi controls… it’s not exciting in our opinion to have ‘live’ sitting next to our name after that,” he said.
“So we thought we’d make things hard for ourselves and put a band together.”
Grieve said the band have worked particularly hard to ensure their live show sounds very similar to the tracks on Keep Your Dreams.
They’re also planning “an assault on the senses” with some cool visual sequences to compliment the music on stage.
“We’ve kept everything really close to the originals and expanded on them where we thought it was necessary,” he said.
“It’s a nice mix… it won’t just be a drum machine beat.
“All the songs are true sounding – it’s within the same parameters as the record but with a bit more freedom, and just sounding more live in parts.”
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