What are your names?
Eva and Madeline Link: we’re sisters!
Tell us the story behind the name ‘ Triples’.
There was a bar that had a double shot cocktail Tuesdays and we were joking about taking it to the next level and getting ripped on triples! This kind of stuck in our minds when we were deciding, and then we also thought it could be little trick that it sort of implies there are three band members…but it’s just us two!
What is your genre of music?
We play rock songs!
Give us a little bio about you as a duo and individuals.
Despite being good buddies since being born, we started playing together as a band at the start of 2016, after we both moved to Toronto. Growing up, our family was very musically inclined and our Dad taught us guitar, drums, bass, kazoo, slide whistle, you name it. Eva’s the older sister and is a graduate from OCAD’s illustration program, and loves to paint. Madeline is the younger one. She collects sparkly stickers and is trying to find out what to do with her impending Integrated Media degree.
Are you a signed?
We’ve teamed up with a cassette label called “Art of the Uncarved Block”. They’re two brothers that we’re working with to put out our upcoming EP, “Play It Again”.
Tell us more about your track ‘Summer Song”.
It’s a song about feeling underestimated in social situations where all you want is for your perspective to be sincerely acknowledged, but with a really sunny guitar feel and driving drums that make you feel like you’re smack dab in the middle of a hot Summer’s day.
What was the writing process like for ‘Summer Song’ ?
The lyrics came about through humming the tune while walking around town. Eva came up with the main riff and lyrics for the song and Madeline jammed along with the drums.
You are also set to release ‘Play It Again’ EP , what can you tell us about it?
We’re so excited to share “Play It Again” because it’ll be our first physical release ever! It’s gonna be sparkly, but classy; raucous, yet forlorn: an all-around solid piece of work!
What was the writing process like?
Through jamming and playing guitar together all the time, we wrote and showed each other the songs that we’d been working on.
What was the recording process like?
Our Mom is a pro at Ableton and 4-track mixing. She caught it all in our basement-turned recording studio in Ottawa, our hometown. We had all the tracks ready to play on our last trip home together and we got ‘em all down within a couple days. We mixed the songs together on Madeline’s laptop via Audition.
Describe each track in two words.
Play It Again: Delirious catchiness
Making Space: Self empowerment!
Long Life: Pay attention
Summer Song: Listen more
Nice: Fed Up!
Meanwhile Cause: I’m here!
Will you be touring this year?
No plans to tour this year, as neither of us have a license to drive a car. We’ll be sticking around Toronto to play shows locally, however, we want to try to book something in Ottawa soon, since that’s our hometown. Maybe Montreal in the near future.
What made you go in to music?
While growing up, we couldn’t get enough of the Strokes. We learned their songs on guitar, dissected each member’s parts, obsessed over their silly interviews, just thought it was such a cool scene and wanted to be a part of it.
Do you play any instruments?
Eva plays guitar and Madeline plays drums, but sometimes we switch just for fun while jamming.
Who are your influences?
The Strokes, Angel Olsen, the Pixies, Billy Childish, Guided By Voices,
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Writing songs is our output for understanding and coping with anything from little moments to entire periods of our lives. Sentiments range from angst to dread, joy to fear, and pretty much encapsulate however we’re feeling to a T, more so than if we were to just rant about it to a buddy.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Rocking out! Still making music together.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We like going to trivia with our friends- we came in second place last week and won a 24! We’re still reeling from the victory! We also spend time working, walking, munching, and mad chilling.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
Our dream venue at the moment is “The Owl” legion on Dovercourt. It has this amazing giant disco ball that they’d lower and light up when we used to go there for karaoke. It’s a big, beautiful, echo-y gymnasium-type building. This fall, we’re actually going to try and see if we can organize a show there!
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
We hope to play with Fonda, a Glasgow band we got to play with last October, many times in the future!
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
We feel inspired by the music of Julien Baker at the moment!
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
There isn’t a particular song that directly inspired us to get into the music scene in Toronto, but we both really liked Wavves’ first few albums as we started jamming together. So that resulted in a lot of surf-y experimental playing and sassy, honest lyricism.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Don’t work with people you don’t trust.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Inform yourself, to empower yourself! Whether that’s through learning how to use recording programs, or learning about creator rights, if you give yourself the tools to be your own boss, nobody else can tell you what to do.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“You’re your own worst critic.”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
To name a few essentials: food, water, a visit to the toilet, your confidence, and your buddies!