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“Skin and Bone” May Break Top Records but Remixes Will Never Hurt You – Interview with Mercedes Arn-Horn of Courage My Love

Courage My Love

Members from left to right: Brandon Lockwood, Mercedes Arn-Horn, and Phoenix Arn-Horn

 

Canadian Pop/Punk band Courage My Love released their “Skin and Bone Remix EP” yesterday, September 23rd via Warner Music Group. This EP comes to fans just a month and a half before the band embarks on their headlining “Lost Causes” tour across the United States; Third String Productions is bringing them to Austin on November 22nd at the Red 7 with Shadow of Whales, The Artillery and Good Day Paradise.

Courage My Love have been quite busy people this year, getting nominated for a Juno Award for “Breakthrough Group of the Year”, releasing albums in Japan, appearing in HotTopic Exclusives, releasing exclusive material with non-profit Keep a Breast Foundation, and even hitting the ENTIRE Vans Warped Tour; all this doesn’t even mention the amazing music video they released in April for the original Skin and Bone track released on their “Becoming” EP.

The Skin and Bone Remix EP premiered a few days before launch on AbsolutePunk.net where fans could stream all six tracks featuring remixes from: ClearSkyIYFFE (who frequents the top#50 chart on Beatport), Reunify, Backwood and more! If I had to pick a favorite (though they are all really fantastic EDM tracks) it would have to be the mix by AAXO. I fully expect the next Mortal Kombat or Blade movie to have this track as it’s go-to song! All six of these tracks were hand-picked by Courage My Love themselves and they claim to have had no production influence. (Other than making the original song of course)

I got the pleasure of speaking with lead-singer and guitarist, Mercedes Arn-Horn a few days before the EP launched. Courage My Love had just gotten off the stage at the KOI Music Festival in their hometown of Kitchener:

AMN: “How’s it going?”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “Doing great! We just got off the stage at the KOI festival. We haven’t played in our hometown in a while, (almost a year) so it feels good to play in our hometown again.”

AMN: “Have you guys played this festival before?”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “Oh yeah, this was our fourth year. It’s definitely an awesome festival. It’s homegrown and it’s been awesome to see it growing over the years and it’s awesome to be a part of it.”

AMN: “What’s the meaning behind Skin and Bone?”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “It’s about two different things that make one specific feelign if that makes any sense. It’s two different stories: one, we were feeling a lot of pressure from our label at the time to write a second record. I get all of these questions in my head like ‘am I good enough to do this?’ , ‘can I top the last record?’ you get frustrated the more you try to pressure yourself to do something. I feel like in those situations when you do have to push yourself, great things happen. I sat down at the piano and the chorus came to me; I was literally so stressed that I just felt like skin and bone and like I was holding on to these thoughts and then letting go. So that’s how that came to me. The second story was right in the middle of recording, our original bassist David decided to leave the band. It’s all cool, we’re still on good terms, but we’re sad because he is our best friend. In the end, we decided it was better to supportive of what he wants to do and what makes him happy. The verses are kind of about that transition.”

AMN: “How excited are you guys to be doing your own headlining tour in the US?”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “It’s crazy! I can’t believe it’s happening. We’re really excited to be doing it. Our fans in the states have had to wait a long time for us to get over there and they’ve been so patient and supportive. We did a headliner before but it was mostly on the east coast so a lot of fans didn’t get to see us. Then we did Vans Warped Tour this summer so we got to visit more places we haven’t been to, we didn’t go to Austin though. We went to Houston though, and I remember that because it was the first date of the tour and I was nervous and I said “What’s up Austin, Texas!” Ugh, cardinal sin. So it’s almost like we played Austin”

AMN: “Speaking of Vans, how was it?!”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “It was a dream come true for sure. For a band at our level to get that big of an opportunity, we were all really excited. That tour really put us through the ringer. When we joined it we were a good band and we came out of it a great band. We learned what an actual tour is like and we got to connect with our fans which was really rewarding, and play every day; it really just taught us all a lot about how to tour, and how to perform every day. Even among ourselves as individuals, I think it taught us a lot about each other and how to hold everything together as a band. Any tour after this will feel like a piece of cake because we learned so much from Warped Tour.”

AMN: “What was your favorite thing from Warped?”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “I really loved getting to travel the country and getting to see all the different people in all the different cities. We did signings every single day and that was really rewarding for me. I was really surprised at the turn out that we got because it was our first time in a lot of those territories and I just assumed we were going to be playing to maybe just twenty people today; but we had really good crowds throughout the entire tour consistently so that was a happy surprise. It made me feel really confident and proud about our US fan base. Another really amazing thing was probably the catering there because they had gourmet food every single day, I don’t know how they did it.”

AMN: “What was your least favorite thing about Warped?”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “This has nothing to do with Warped, but being in really hot places like Texas and you have to play. I have never been that gross in my entire life. I’m kind of a more solitary person sometimes, everyone needs alone time sometimes. I really realized that this tour because on Vans you can’t really get alone time unless you crawl into your bunk and turn the light off. I think not being able to really find a place to escape when I needed it was probably my least favorite. None of those things have to do with warped though, that’s just my personality.”

AMN: “What’s it been like working with Warner?”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “They’ve really helped developed us as artists, as performers and entrepreneurs in the industry. The great thing about Warner is we can always ask them a question and not feel stupid about it. We can always ask and they’ll always be happy to fill us in on whatever we need to know. We both have the same vision of not becoming an overnight success. That’s totally possible these days but that’s not our goal. Our team wants to build us slowly and do everything for the right reasons in the right way. We want this to be our career for our lives, we don’t want it to be just something that happens. For the most part, our team understands our direction and they push us to think outside of the box and try new things. It’s a two way street, we can give them advice on what young people are interested in, or at least what we are interested in and I think it’s kind of a giving relationship both ways. We are really lucky. I have heard a lot of horror stories about labels and that hasn’t been our experience at all. We’re lucky because our first ever label that we’ve been with and we’re lucky that we got good people to work with right off the bat”

AMN: “Why did you decide to do a remix of Skin and Bone”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “I just always heard that song as an EDM/Dubstep song. I always heard a DJ version of it in my head, even as I was writing it. At the time, I was listening to a lot of Ellie Goulding so I think maybe that rubbed off on that song a little bit. We never actually asked people to make a remix of that song, but a lot of DJ’s chose that one out of all the songs on our record so I guess they felt the same way about it. It’s really interesting to hear how different artists put their take on it and showcase their personality and their style. It’s all the same song, but all different versions of it. It’s really cool, it’s one of my favorites on the album so I was really happy when we got a bunch of remixes about it.”

AMN: “So they just made the remixes themselves and sent them to you?”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “Yeah, we gave them free reign to do their thing. Obviously we wrote the song, but that’s (EDM) not my world. I’m not going to tell a tattoo artist every detail about my tattoos because the best art pieces come out the best when you let the artist do what they see in their head and let their vision happen. So we weren’t too hands on with the remixes, we just picked our favorite ones.”

AMN: “Is there anything else you’d like to talk about?”

Mercedes Arn-Horn: “We’re really excited to be coming to Austin for the first time. We can’t wait for the show, we can’t wait to hear the other bands and meet our fans there and play there because I’ve nothing but amazing things about Austin, TX.”

 

The Skin and Bone Remix EP showcases just how out-of-the-box Courage My Love is willing to go and to all of their adoring fans this should be something to be proud of. The amount of thought and effort put into their original songs speaks for itself and Austin will be lucky to have them come November. Courage My Love is a band you won’t want to miss, buy their album and get to one of the shows during this tour! For the Austin date you can grab a ticket via any of the local bands or on Ticketfly direct. See the rest of the dates below and visit www.ilovecouragemylove.com for ticket information.

Nov 07 Slake New York, NY
Nov 08 Middle East Cambridge, MA
Nov 09 The Webster Underground Hartford, CT
Nov 11 The Barbary Philadelphia, PA
Nov 12 The Ottobar Baltimore, MD
Nov 13 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
Nov 14 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Nov 15 Bombshell’s Tavern Orlando, FL
Nov 16 Epic Problem Tampa, FL
Nov 18 Jack Rabbit’s Jacksonville, FL
Nov 19 Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA
Nov 20 Walters Houston, TX
Nov 21 Sons of Hermann Hall Dallas, TX
Nov 22 Red 7 Austin, TX
Nov 23 The Korova San Antonio,
Nov 25 Pub Rock Scottsdale, AZ
Nov 26 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
Nov 28 THE MINT Los Angeles, CA
Nov 30 Chain Reaction Anaheim, CA
Dec 03 The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
Dec 05 Tom Lee Music Vancouver Vancouver, Canada
Dec 07 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Dec 08 The Crux Boise, ID
Dec 10 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 11 South Moe’s Englewood, CO
Dec 12 Aftershock Merriam, KS
Dec 13 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
Dec 16 Musica Akron, OH
Dec 17 Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 18 Studio at Waiting Room Buffalo, NY
Dec 19 The Loft Poughkeepsie, NY
Dec 20 DV8 Nightclub and Lounge Providence, RI

About Jeremy Boyum

Jeremy Boyum is a 24 year old entrepreneur who fell in love with music at the age of 13. He fell in love with business in high school and has been passionately pursuing the idea of combining the two into one ever since. Always rooting for the underdog, he created Anchor Music News to provide a platform for artists (both major and independent) to broadcast media and news to new and attentive audiences. When he isn’t pitching about something, he is rocking out with his band, hanging out with his beautiful wife, or if time allows it, sleeping. Some of his favorite artists are Relient K, Sum 41, Blink-182, We Caught The Castle, Fans of Faye, Envoi, and Olivia the Band.

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