Sadies’ Prince Rupert tour is both cathartic and raw for band members – Prince Rupert Northern View


Travis Good, frontman of Canadian rock band The Sadies, said the new tour was both cathartic and raw following the sudden death of brother and bandmate Dallas Good from coronary heart disease in February.

Playing in the intimate setting of Wheel Housing Brewing Company on October 15, to a packed house, the stage was just three inches from the floor, Persian rugs hung on the walls dampened any echo keeping the sound tight, the colors Lighting changed with the mood of the music and the audience was close at hand. If this was your first time seeing the music legends, you wouldn’t know that a year ago they were a completely different group.

Formed in 1994 in Toronto, and currently touring to promote their 11th album, Colder Stream, The view from the north sat down with guitarist/vocalist Good and drummer Mike Belitsky after their high-energy gig in the coastal town in northern British Columbia. Prince Rupert was the third leg of a 27-show program.

“We’ve never been here before and we love going to places we’ve never been…it’s a great way to start the tour covering new ground, the end of the road and the start of the way back,” Good said. .

The band members shared their adventures in Rupert arriving a day early, exploring the area by boat, then enjoying a karaoke night with some locals.

Belitsky said he sang The Gambler because it’s a crowd pleaser and he likes “story songs.”

Well said, sometimes the stories are reflected in their own music, but not usually.

“The songs just came out – who knows where they came from. They just pop out and sometimes there’s stories and sometimes they’re blind. Sometimes we do instrumental songs. We write and if nothing else we comes to mind for a story, so we’ll make it instrumental.

Speaking of the album’s music, one of the songs, You Should Be Worried, stands out for some interesting reasons, Good said. It was the only time in 25 years that his brother Dallas went alone to a Quebec studio and composed a song.

“My late brother made this one. It was on its own… He actually pulled parts that we had recorded from other songs. Mike was playing cymbal swells and stuff. He took those tracks and added them to himself while playing on his own,” Good said.

When asked what the story was behind another song, “Cut up high and dry”, Good replied that only Dallas knows.

“You should ask [him] this. He’s not here to answer. He wrote these lyrics. Your interpretation is as good as mine.

Belitsky said he loves people interpreting their own stories into songs.

“I do that. You know, there are songs that I don’t even want to know what they’re really about because I have my own story in mind,” the drummer said.

Good said that some songs start off as meaning one thing and then become a whole other story.

While some online articles about the album call it the Sadies’ finest work and a revival of pandemic purgatory, others consider it a eulogy.

“I sincerely think every record is a rebirth. Every record is a chance for you to release something in the real world,” Belitsky said, adding that he took issue with the album’s praise.

“Actually, I kind of have to dispute that, because that record was totally done before Dallas died. He didn’t know he was going to die. We didn’t know he was going to die. It’s not a eulogy It is a tribute that he has created for himself.

Good reflected on the changes made to the quartet, now a trio, since Dallas’ passing and said everything was different.

“It’s a whole new show. It’s a brand new group. It’s a whole new way, a whole new life. Everything is different,” Good said. “It was easier and better before when we had been doing it for 25 years. We had a routine.

“We were so insular and so sheltered from everything that was going on in the world,” Belitsky said. “It was always just us, and now it’s us minus one. It’s definitely different.

Touring for the first time since Dallas died on February 17 and the album was released in June, Good agreed that the tour was both cathartic and raw.

“It feels good and it’s awful at the same time,” Good said. “The cliche is true. Music is a healing drug, a healing power. It’s nice to see and connect with people. It’s been a long time since we’ve done that. But, it’s super hard. It’s an uphill battle.

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Travis Good of Canadian rock-western band The Sadies performed at the Wheel House Pub on October 15th during the concert in Prince Rupert. (Photo: KJ Millar/The Northern View)


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