For the past 12 years, Elliott Brood have been touring and creating music as a band built in the trenches; getting their hands dirty while producing their unique blend of frontier folk-rock. They’ll be in Windsor this month at the Walkerville Theatre in support their latest album, Work and Love. We caught up with the band’s lead singer, Mark Sasso, to chat about success, balancing priorities, and what we’ll see when they hit the stage.
Has your view of success changed since you started the band?
I think you go in with a different set of mind when you’re younger and you think you know what success is. I think success is...being able to raise a family and do the job that you love. Being able to play music at this time, with the state of music, and to be able to raise a family doing that. We see ourselves as very successful.
How do you balance work and love?
It’s a precarious balance, but the one thing that comes first is the love, and the work flows around it. We put family first in this band and approach it that way. We try to work around each other’s lives and that plays a pivotal part in allowing us to do our job.
What drives the band forward?
It’s a battle, and it’s a grind. It’s not like we’re selling millions of records, it’s a blue collar job for us on some level. We get up, we go and we work hard. We don’t always have all the perks that a world renowned touring band would have. We drive ourselves. It’s very hands on for this band in every aspect of it.
Favourite part of Windsor?
I always love going to the river. I used to work at a grocery store in the west side back in the day and loved heading down to the river. Malic’s Delicatessen is always great. That’s one of my favourite food spots, other than TBQ which used to be around.
What can fans expect of your show?
We bring a good time and a great show. It’s nice to be able to bring it to Windsor and that Tom [Lucier] continually brings us back and wants us to play. Without a great promoter, we can’t play Windsor. We have to go to Detroit or Ann Arbour, so to have Tom is a great thing. We’re extremely excited to be playing at home.
Catch Elliott Brood with the Locusts Have No King and Border Patrol at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Saturday December 19th. Tickets are $20 in advance and $20 at the door.