Two of them are from a small town in British Columbia, the other comes from Ottawa. In Quebec, they have founded a music group, achieved success, developed a unique relationship with the French speaking public and they have even found a soul mate. Between Quebecers and Half Moon Run, “it is so much a love story,” says the drummer, Dylan Phillips.
On 23 June, Phillips and his girlfriend have packed the furniture in the living room. They have uncorked a beer and watched the spectacle of the national day on a projector, ” as if we were at the concert “.
To share the emotions related to the fact that it is bored to see performances since the beginning of the pandemic, Dylan Phillips has taken pleasure to be immersed once more in the quebec culture.
“My girlfriend is French, she comes from Trois-Pistoles. I discovered a lot of things that I love. I dare to believe that I am now a Quebecer, ” he says, in French, in an interview granted to the Journal.
The multi-instrumentalist Conner Molander, who comes from the same small town of Comox, British Columbia, abounds. He feels at home in Quebec.
“The best way to describe it is to say that I feel like a member adopted family “, he says.
The happiness everywhere in Quebec
As English-speaking group, Half Moon Run could be expected to get attention in Montreal, where its headquarters since 2010.
However, the sweet melodies, indie rock and folk, the trio also fly in the other regions of the province.
À Rimouski and the Gaspé peninsula, the Laurentides and Abitibi, Half Moon Run wowed the French audience soon after the release of the album Dark Eyesin 2012.
“To play a show outside of Montreal and see that people came, they knew the lyrics and sang in English with us, it was really magical,” remembers Dylan Phillips.
Even if Half Moon Run has since played in several countries, francophone Quebecers form his group of admirers of the most faithful.
“I have lived in the areas some of my experiences in concert the most rewarding,” says Conner Molander recalling a concert in Val-David, in the bistro The Black Sheep.
“You can sit with, what, fifty people, maybe a little more ? It was so intimate. We did a few reminders, the bar we fed it non-stop beer. When I left, I was so happy. “
“It is truly an honour for us, band English speaker who comes from the outside, to enjoy this love,” says Dylan Phillips.
No Half Moon Run without Montreal
The guys even go so far as to say that without Montreal, there would not be Half Moon Run.
“Because Montreal is a place where many different people coexist,” says Dylan Phillips, who had led us to study classical music at the Conservatory. With one professor in particular, André Laplante.
“I can’t imagine a better place to be a musician,” ahead of his side Conner Molander, y ranging from a few explanations to support its claim.
“If we compare New York and Los Angeles are so huge that if you leave a project, you’ll probably be swallowed up in the ocean so there is competition. As for the other major canadian cities, the cost of living is too high for young musicians who are struggling to make ends meet, or there are not enough musical events. “
Montreal, he says, ticks all the boxes.
“The province of Quebec argues so much art and music in general. A large part, I think, comes from a desire to preserve the language and the culture, ” observes Dylan Phillips.
“I feel privileged to enjoy this relationship with the public here,” concluded his friend.
► Half Moon Run starts this weekend with a mini-album of six songs, entitled Seasons of Change.