When I was a much younger adult growing up in Edmonton, there used to be this eclectic and legendary hangout for music called the Sidetrack Café. It was demolished to make way for condos (ugh! don’t get me started) but something about it not being there anymore also make my memories of that place more remarkable. I once danced for hours to the hypnotic funky beats of Moses Mayes. That’s the place I was introduced to K’naan (before he was K’NAAN!), not knowing what his story was or the meaning behind his lyrics. It was just for the sound of it, you know? For the vibe that the music gifted you and how it puppeteered you around the open floor. Or in most cases the super crowded floor, but hey, when you’re in the zone, you stop noticing the other dancers around you.
My Sidetrack years came flooding back to me when I was listening to Landing On The Sun‘s new album. It’s that kind of music that makes you want to move, that evokes a mood. There aren’t any words to sing along to, it’s all instrumental listener inspiration with bad ass song titles. Oh and some pretty bad ass photos on their website which I might have had something to do with. We got together this summer at different locations in Vernon. One of our favourites was in the Vernon Towne Cinema (people! i got to go up the dodgy steep stairs to the ultra cool “movie reel” room…it was awesome!). Dark, ominous and I can’t get enough of the way the staggered rows of chairs look on film. From that session, Landing On The Sun got the image for the inset of their album sleeve, yay!
I got a kick out of working with Eric and Billy, and especially enjoyed the ‘what you see is what you get’ comedy being around them. We had quite a few laugh out loud moments while shooting the shit. They really are into it for the music, genuine guys with real talent.
Here are some more photos we took at the amazing Triumph Coffee on main street. Thanks for letting us shoot there Robin & Matt, gorgeous window light!