The next big next big thing?

Once Hey Rosetta!’s new album, scheduled for this spring, is released, Canada’s collective ears will be facing eastward. And people will be listening carefully for signs of an undiscovered, rock-radio-ready music scene.

One of the bands that’s sure to get its fair share of buzz will be The Human Soundtrack. They’re young, songwriter-driven, talented, and, hey, they’ve got a new album coming out. …Just in time? Elling Lien spoke with these four guys from Placentia about their music and what the future might hold.

Checking out your Myspace page about a year ago, that’s what I was hearing—mostly acoustic, mellow stuff. Listening to the new stuff it’s a fuller sound. It seems like a big change in some ways. Why’d you go big?
SH: One comment that we used to get is “Your EP will never beat your live show.” There’s more energy at our shows, and it’s louder, more rawkus. I just hated hearing people say that the recording couldn’t compare. …The original EP was pretty much a ten day project, and we didn’t capture the live sound at all. This time we definitely wanted to spend more time getting the live sound on this disc.

Putting this album together, what was that process like?

DP: It took a long time.
BL: It was a slow process.
SH: It started last April. We were recording pre-production sessions. We sat down and since on the album some of the songs run together we had to figure out the order before we started to record. Then we did it all once roughly and made a few changes. Then we recorded another pre-production thing which was our bed tracks and that took a couple weeks. Then we went to the studio and spent six months working it out there. It was six months to the day—June 20 to December 20.

How do you guys feel about the attention hey rosetta! is getting?
DP: They can only do good for everyone else in Newfoundland in my opinion.
SH: When we think about music in Newfoundland, it’s hard to find another band with a similar sound. There’s a big metal scene, a big post-punk and reggae scene going on here, but when it comes to the new indie scene you hear on every kind of new car commercial—like Band of Horses, or Feist or any kind of indie rock bands—to find one of those bands in Newfoundland isn’t very easy. When we were comparing our sound, hey rosetta! were the only real band we could compare ourselves to locally.
DP: Its easier with the Halifax scene because they have a much stronger indie rock scene. We’ve done about five shows with Down With The Butterfly here.

Once this album is out, what’s in the short term for you guys?
SH: Trying to promote it here as much as we can.
BL: It’d be nice to see a little jump in our popularity. Because we’re fairly unknown.
SH: For the size of this city there’s a pretty big music scene and a few big bands… If you had to divide everyone who goes out to see a live show and then the amount of live shows, you get small packets of fans showing up every time. It’d be cool to get a steady crew going.

So how do you get a buzz going about a band?
SH: [laugh] We’re still trying.
BL: We were talking ‘maybe if we got in a fight with Elling today it would cause some buzz.’ If we got into a fight with the editor of The Scope…
SH: We just want people to have heard of us. February 9 was our two year anniversary for playing live.
DP: Just the other day we went in to get t-shirts, placing the order and the young girl behind the counter was like ‘the Human Sound Machine?’ [laugh] We just want to get this album out and move on. We’re excited. I mean we’ve finally got this done. We can test a full album on the city and see what happens. Hopefully we don’t get chewed out too hard. [laugh]

The Human Soundtrack’s CD release for Organs for Sale will take place on Friday, Feb 29 at The Ship. $7/$20 with CD.