ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Blue Skies at War pour the gasoline and light the
By Jeff Zon
The skies are no longer falling — they’ve drawn their weapons
and waged all out war.
So suggests the name of Canadian outfit Blue Skies at War, who through their
poetic and lyrical prowess create just as much noise as the crash of the heavens.
When asked about the nature of their name, BSAW bassist Jake states, “It
sounds good and it’s open to interpretation. It also means something
different to everyone in the band.”
BSAW are currently at a crucial point in their career. With the recent release
of their first full-length album, they are touring with devotion to support
what they believe will be the spark in their pursuit of making it big. The
disc itself, You Pour the Gasoline, I’ll Light the Match is a blend of
hardcore and emo not unlike the established sounds of Grade or Thursday.
“Every person in the band is involved and that’s the best part of
it. Our music is always intense; we try to make a connection with our audience,” Jake
But as the old Motown proverb goes, “there ain’t nothing like the
real thing”; as such, you can expect a band to put forth twice as much
energy on the stage as they do on their recordings. BSAW makes a point of boasting
about their presence on stage.
“At shows is the only time you get to actually connect with your fans,” Jake
explains. “We go big all the time in order to make that connection.”
Putting in long hours on tour and recording and managing a career in music
requires devotion. All this serious behaviour can have its toll on a band’s
morale, but BSAW doesn’t let this get them down.
“Making music is of one of those things that we always have fun [doing],” Jake
says. “Whether it’s a more intense emotional connection at a show
or just being friends with the audience, the connection is there. We’re
fun kids and we keep ourselves joking around, but our music is still something
to take seriously.”
Recalling the good times with his bandmates, Jake lets out a chuckle and tells
a story of a poorly thoughtout road trip adventure.
“On tour, we ended up at a gas station, outside Saskatoon. There was a
guy there with giant holes punched in the sides of his car. Our merch guy, who
does car detailing, walked over and asks what happened to the car. This guy was
all ’80s acid-wash jeans and long frizzy blonde hair. He tells us that
he hit his car with an axe to put speed holes in it to make it look more like
a Corvette,” Jake laughs.
The disheveled old rocker, upon realizing he was talking to a band, asked for
a copy of their CD. Needless to say, BSAW followed him home to his trailer
park wooden shack just a few miles away where he offered them illegal substances
and pornography in exchange for the CD. They gave him the CD for free.
For fun these days, however, Jake aspires to something perhaps a little more
safe, like attending a screening of The Matrix Revolutions. “I’ve
seen the first two, so I might as well see this one also. It’s like eye
candy, very entertaining. Our drummer is really excited about it.”
Blue Skies at War will play consecutive shows at Call the Office (with Jersey)
and The Embassy on Sat , Nov. 8. Check up on some of BSAW’s singles at