When it comes to choosing stops on a tour, The Good Lovelies have become more selective in recent years. Their upcoming tour of Western Canada includes stops in major centres such as Vancouver, Calgary and Saskatoon. Golden wouldn’t appear to belong in that same category, but according to Good Lovelies member Caroline Brooks, a stop in this town was an absolute must.
“We’ve played there a couple of times, so we’re just happy to be going back,” said Brooks. “I think we’re looking for a way to go to Golden as much as possible because (it’s) one of the most beautiful places in the world.”
Brooks began playing alongside bandmates Kerri Ought and Sue Passmore in 2006. Collectively, they decided to quit their jobs, hit the road and make music their new career.
“If you look thematically at the first record, a lot of that content was about quitting our jobs and going on the road,” Brooks said. “That was a really big moment for us”.
According to Brooks, the tone of the Lovelies’ music changes after that debut album.
“The tone sort of shifts a little bit in the subsequent record…a lot of those songs are about longing for home…it’s interesting how that personal experience forms the records.”
The group plays roots music but has a varied style that comes from the fact that they all contribute to the song writing process.
According to Brooks, however, a Good Lovelies song isn’t truly complete until each member has put their own individual stamp on it.
For their live shows, the Lovelies’ goal is to make the audience feel like they are hanging out in their living room and listening to music and stories.
The band originated in Toronto but Kerri and Sue have recently moved to St. John’s and Victoria respectively, making the Lovelies a true All-Canadian band. Of course, the incredible distance between each member has its fair share of challenges.
The Lovelies’ most recent release was 2012’s Live at Revolution, the band’s first live album. The album features both tunes from their previous studio albums as well as some new material.
While music is a huge part of all of their lives, it also isn’t everything. Brooks recently gave birth to a baby girl and brought her on their recent tour of Australia.
“She started touring with us when she was just nine weeks old…on our month long tour of Australia she was there the whole time and it was a real delight,” Brooks said.
The Good Lovelies show in Golden is scheduled for Apr. 23 at the Civic Centre.
Tickets are available from the Art Gallery of Golden for $20 for Kicking Horse Culture members and $25 for non-members.