Meghan Remy’s fantastic U.S. Girls is a wonderful journey through avant guarde pop music. Meghan tells the tales of women wronged, ignored, silenced, and more. Take, for example, her previous album “Half Free” which brilliantly portrays several stories of fictitious (or not) women. The style is half avant guarde pop with retro sensibilities and really amazing song writing. It’s easy to get lost in this world and that’s not a bad thing. When she’s not creating music for U.S Girls, or Darlene Shrugg, Meghan is working with video and film. Check out the interview below to learn more about Meghan and U.S. Girls.

Catch U.S. Girls at the last big Baltimore House show in Hamilton. Friday, March 24th, 2017. Details.

Q – Your songs tell beautiful, complicated, and important tales. Can you tell us a little bit about your song writing process?
I am always writing and always reading. My brain rarely turns off. I am forever conducting songs, directing movies, constructing large objects and trying to solve the world’s problems all in my mind’s eye which means I am the only witness. I’m quite busy. But to answer your question specifically, these days I write words to the music of my friends. I know many talented folks who bring me their glorious tunes and I get to take them, design the icing on them and then, bring them out into the world. Collaboration is a beautiful, healthy thing.

Q –  I’m not sure if you follow the politics here but there has been a distinct rise in a specific kind of conservative thinking in Canada and many people seem to be ready to take this country in a scary direction.  As a person who has gone through some of this stuff already in the US, do you have any words of wisdom? Is there anything our artists could be doing right now to help?
I have no words of wisdom. I feel as if I am barely keeping my head above the evil water of this planet. If artists or anyone want to help, I think we should go on strike. Money knows no borders. Money talks.

Q – I understand that you’ve been living in Canada for a while now. What’s it like to be a musician working and living in Toronto these days? Has Canada changed you in any way?
It’s expensive to be a musician working and living in Toronto these days and that’s all I have to say about that.

Canada has changed me in many ways. I have lived here for 6 years. That’s a solid chunk of my so far short life. If changes hadn’t occurred, something would be very wrong with me.

Q – Can you tell us a bit about your work with video / film? I understand that you edit and direct some of your own videos and the music videos for others. I also noticed that you edited the ‘Terminal Device‘ doc, which is very cool. What draws you to this type of work?
There is no real distinction for me between music, film/video, collage, expanding my brain and soul, etc. It’s all linked to my survival and my desire to have my say.

Q – If you could record (or re-record) a new soundtrack for any existing movie what would that be?
The King of Comedy by Martin Scorsese.

Q – What are you listening to these days? Can you recommend a track?
The album 1980 by Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson. One track in particular from this album that melts my mind is “Willing“.

Q – What do you have planned for the spring / summer, musically speaking?
Musically speaking, I will be wrapping up a new U.S. Girls album and preparing to tour that album, continuing to rock n roll with the other band in my life, Darlene Shrugg, and I will carry on with my learning of how to sing in harmony with other humans.

Thanks!

 

* Feature photo taken by Jeff Howlett.