What are your names?
Chris MacDonald – lead vocals, guitar, most of the song-writing
Megan Tilston – vocals
John Dinsmore – bass, vocals, production and engineering
Casey Irvin – lap-steel, vocals, some songwriting
Po Karim – drums, percussion, bells & whistles
Evan Levy – guitar
What is the bands name?
How did you come up with the bands name?
Casey suggested it, we thought it had a nice ring to it. Say it nice and slow, you’ll see.
What is your genre of music?
100% independent alt-country
Give us a little bio about you.
It starts with a choice, “Hold on tight, or let go and blow away with the wind.” The opening lines on “Long Highway,” the first single from LeBarons debut full-length Summer Of Death, Chris MacDonald dares you to keep your grip or let loose, either way you’re in for a trip. Since 2014, LeBarons have been crafting alt-country soundscapes that set the stage for Chris’ vivid, lyrical song-writing.
Great songs have the power to transport listeners to emotional worlds they’ve been seeking their whole lives. “Haunting and hypnotic;” “gloriously atmospheric and romantic;” “emotionally complex;” – these are words used by critics around the world to describe where LeBarons’ music has taken them.
What made you go in to music?
Just something that’s always been there, the pull to try and play music was always inside of me.
Are you a signed?
No. LeBarons are 100% independent.
You released your new single ‘Long Highway’, tell us more about it.
When I was young I wanted to be a writer, and had an idea for a story that would be about a road trip that turns dark. So decided that I would try and turn it into a song.
What was the writing process like?
The process is always the best part, it allows you to spend time with your thoughts in your head. There is a purity. A perfect vision.
What was the recording process like?
Amazing, the band’s interpretation of the song was really cool and infused some great ideas into it.
What is the message you want listeners to take from the single?
I’m not sure, everyone will take their own message from it, it’s imaginative, and I think they’ll find a way to relate it to something within them.
Describe the track in two words.
You also have an album in the works, what can you tell us about it?
Yes, we are pretty excited about it. It’s our first full length album and was almost two years in the making. It was all recorded at different times, so it has a pretty electric vibe about it. Four songs were produced by our good friend Cone McCaslin from Sum 41 and the remaining songs were produced and recorded by our bass player John Dinsmore at his studio, Lincoln County Social. It’s unapologetically an alt country record through and through.
Long Highway seems to encapsulate the theme, a lot of the songs are about driving, friendships – those that are unbreakable and those that have broke, youth, memories.
Describe each track in two words.
Brand New Sound – Searching, Unknown
Bad News – Bad News
Open Road – Cottage, Nature
Quiet – Young Love
Waste – Moving On
Until It Goes – Forever Friendship
Summer Of Death – Saint Megan
Powerlines – Elastic Relationships
Born in ’76 – Chicago, Nashville
Nothing Left To Say – Goodbye, Silence
Did you work with anyone on the Album?
Well, as mentioned we worked with Cone McCaslin from Sum 41 who has been just been a huge help in so many ways. His friendship, kindness and musical prowess have been beyond valuable to us at this point. The same words can be used for John Dinsmore. When he joined the band it brought us up to a level we didn’t know existed, almost like he led us to a secret plain. Now that he understands what we are doing his ideas about production have been just brilliant.
Do you have any shows coming up or a tour in planning?
Yeah, world tour.
If so where are you thinking of heading?
Around the world.
What else can we expect from you this year?
More music, this process, as trying and as hard as it can be is addictive, and that the songs are being recorded the way they should be I just want to do more of that.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
I have some ideas about doing a split 7” with some friends from Ottawa -.Jonathan Becker and The North Fields.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Absolutely, anyone of us, just have to send us a message.
Do you play any instruments?
Who are your influences?
To many to list, I can’t make a short answer of that. The real answer goes on for days haha.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
By listening to music, and by travelling. Movement is very inspirational for me.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Making music, making art, hopefully better than I do now.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I make tattoos, run a tattoo shop, and spend time with my family.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
I was always pretty influenced by local scenes, it is inspiring to see so many people around you making great things.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“Just make it good” – Kyle Hollingdrake
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Don’t sweat the petty things, pet the sweaty things.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
The Scarborough Bluffs, we have cliffs in our town, it’s amazing.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
2/ Who do you see first?
Megan and Frankie
3/What do you eat first?
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Pedals and patch chords