Favours is an up and coming dark synth rock band based out of Toronto. They recently released their debut single and music video, “In the Night.” Check out our discussion below!
MFL: Who is in Favours and how did you come together?
Favours: Favours are a group made up of Alex, Jackie, Parth and Dan. We came together through different musical projects (Invasions. Pet Sun) having played shows together in the past, as well as film projects that we collaborated on.
MFL: Are there any bands out there currently that you can’t stop listening to? Who are they?!
Favours: Lately we’ve definitely been diggin deep into The Marias, Johnny Smith Quintet, Jungle, and The Zolas pretty hard! Can’t stop, won’t stop, baby!
MFL: Tell me about “In the Night.” What is it about and how does the music video connect with the story?
Favours: The way we like to think about “In the Night” is sort of that feeling where when you’re growing up, you have all these dreams about what life is going to be like, and then the slow realization that that’s not what life is. Our video hooks onto that idea by giving you that beginning glamorous look into a cult life – before that glamour comes crashing down when you realize how whack cults always are.
MFL: How did you come to work with Josh Korody and what has that been like?
Favours: Josh had recorded some of our favourite bands like Dilly Dally, WEAVES, and he had recorded some of our previous projects. Recording with Josh is kind of like having Darth Vader as your best friend, but then you realize that you’re still on the Death Star. So you could say he’s a Synth Lord. (Like a Sith Lord, get it? haha)
MFL: What is the writing process like for you? Is there a main songwriting or is it something you do together?
Favours: Right now a lot of the time, Alex will come forward with an idea for a song, and then as a band we work it all out together and get it to a point we all dig it. If you think about it, its like cooking up a little musical baby. As we’re just starting out, who knows what the future holds as we go and grow as a band!
MFL: I love hearing about musicians’ musical backgrounds and how/why music became such an important part of their lives. Can each of you give me a brief synopsis?
Jac : Since I was a kid my dad would always be singing karaoke in the basement, and my brother always played in a bunch of bands. So music was always around my house, with someone either singing or playing drums.
Alex : My uncle was in a band called Chicklet and he gave me a bunch of guitars, drums and recording gear in elementary school. After that I started the band Invasions, which I was in for 10 years, and then went on to Favours!
Parth : My dad would always make me do math tables every day after school, but one day my mom made a huge mistake – she bought me a drum kit. After that I never looked at a math table the same way again.
Dan : My pal Ben invited me to come jam when I was 18, and I fell in love with the bass. We started a band, I joined some other bands, kept playing bass, joining more bands. The rest is history. Or present. Probably future too?
MFL: Where are you based out of and how does the local music scene influence your music?
Favrous: Right now, we’re based out of the west end of Toronto, in a special little place called “Mimico”. Seeing and playing with other locals always manages to give us some killer insights in to things we can do and ways we can improve our own music and performances.
MFL: Finally, what is in store beyond your single, “In the Night?”
Favours: For all the good kids out there, we’ve got some treats coming your way. We’ve got a brand new single coming your way in October, and after that, we’re gonna be working on putting out an EP – dedicated to all the beautiful people.