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Darkhorse let it ride with debut album

By Joe Leary

The band Darkhorse will launch their debut album Let it Ride this Sunday at the Imperial before heading out on tour. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

The band Darkhorse will launch their debut album Let it Ride this Sunday at the Imperial before heading out on tour. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Canadian rebel-rock-country band Darkhorse will celebrate the release of their debut album Let it Ride with a show at the Imperial in Vancouver this Sunday night. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with lead singer and frontman Paul Laine.

24: You’ve been in the music business for quite some time. What would you say has been the most significant change in the industry through the years?

PL: Well the obvious thing to key in on would be the role technology and social media has played in getting the message out. People now hear with their eyes first. You have 10 seconds to get people’s attention before they dismiss you or stay with you. The power of getting your music out is literally at your fingertips. Now more than ever, independent acts have the ability to get their music out to the masses. Radio doesn’t hold the all of the cards anymore.

24: What was the inspiration behind Darkhorse?

PL: I had been writing for other artists and there were always songs I put to the side — songs that didn’t seem right for any singer that I could think of. After a while, I started to realize that every song I was writing and putting aside were songs that were intensely personal to me. From the moment I formed Darkhorse, everything in my life changed. Everything felt right and I knew there was no turning back.

24: When you write music, do you write to a specific genre or do you simply write a song and then decide its area?

PL: When it’s a song for myself I just let it happen. I have learned not to force anything. When I write for somebody else, obviously they have an agenda and a sound in mind. I try to write specifically for the artist. You have to.

24: Who inspired you musically early on?

PL: So many. But here is an early memory that says it all. I remember being in the back of my parents’ early-1970s model station wagon and hearing Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen. It electrified something inside me — this song blasting in mono from an AM station, the smell of exhaust leaking into the car and me in musical heaven. I knew that this was the life for me right then and there — heavy stuff.

24: What’s something you’ve learned along the way that you wish you knew when you started performing?

PL: I wish I knew to make decisions based on facts rather than emotions when it came to the music business. Every time I was emotionally involved, I lacked the clarity to make the right decision. It’s so important to surround yourself with folks that really have your best interest at heart. Art and commerce can have a great marriage if you learn to keep your emotions in check.

24: Tell us about Let it Ride

PL: Let It Ride is a love letter to all the experiences I had growing up. When you are going through your own life, everything seems to be flying at you at a somewhat chaotic, random pace. When you get some time and distance from it, it seems like a well-written screenplay. I wanted to pour my heart out into an album that really meant something to me. I didn’t hold back for a second. I lived every word I wrote and didn’t stop work on this record until I felt like I had said everything I needed to. I think it’s important whatever your artistic medium is to do the work you would do if you knew it was your last.






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