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Regina Band Interview Series: Indigo Joseph

Regina’s own rockin’ blues crew

Strappin’ young lads / Chris Graham
Strappin’ young lads / Chris Graham

How about we break up the terror of Halloween season by talking about a chill local band that doesn’t scare the pants off of society? Local Regina band Indigo Joseph stands tall as Regina’s own Rock and Blues crew.

Made up of 4 young men – Eric Tessier (drums, bass), Sean McCannell (guitar, bass, drums), Etienne Fletcher (vocals, piano, bass, guitar), and Byrun Beets (vocals, guitar, piano, bass) – Indigo Joseph created their new album Collage. Released this past Sept. 12, Collage is Indigo Joseph’s first full length album! Wooo!

The four gentlemen of Indigo Joseph gladly let me ask them ridiculous questions and then graciously answered them with plenty of personality.

What first got you interested in music?

Eric Tessier: Probably family for me.

Etienne Fletcher: I was signed up for music lessons at a young age, my parents really supported me doing music, and I liked it.

Byrun Beets: I listened to a Blink 182 album, and I decided I wanted to play music.

How did your band get into the music industry? 

Sean McCannell: We just stay focused, and it’s 4 years now, so I think we’re all very happy with the attention we’re receiving…it’s a long process of making friends and getting our names in people heads.

What is the meaning of life?  

BB: The meaning of life is to learn how to love one another and yourself.

What is your definition of true love?

ET: The recognition of a kindred spirit or a partner in crime: somebody that you can go on adventures with.

Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction books?  

SM: Byron and I both like Harry Potter a lot.

Which superhero do you look up to the most?

SM: Batman’s pretty cool, ‘cause he’s a human and super badass.

If you could eliminate one of the 10 commandments out of the Bible, which one would you eliminate?

BB: I can only think of like 5. I think they’re all pretty important.

What are your greatest failures?

ET: We showed up to a gig one time in Maple Creek without any patch cables or mic cables….We felt like the dumbest 4 guys in the universe at that moment.

What are your greatest successes?

ET: I think this album is a real milestone for us.

Do you like cats?

EF: I’m allergic.

SM: I love ‘em.

Who are your favourite sports teams?

Band Consensus: Saskatchewan Roughriders!

Which musicians inspire you the most? 

ET: A great Canadian band is Royal Canoe…they’re really inspirational.

Would you like your life to end with a fairy tale ending or a tragic ending?

BC: Fairy tale ending.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

ET: Not saying what you feel, and letting something boil over.

What are your favourite ice cream flavours?

ET: Green tea ice cream.

Why is the sky blue?

SM: It’s actually a reflection of light through the water molecules in the air. For real.

What physical aspects of yourself are you most proud of? 

EF: I like the colour of my eyes.

SM: I think I have a kind smile.

ET: I got sweet eyebrows…I don’t even have to pluck.

BB: I have hardworking hands.

Which historical event do you wish never happened? 

ET: The Red River Rebellion.

EF: Residential schools….I wish they never happened.

There we have it champs: a little insight into the lives of musicians with awesome-coloured eyes, kind smiles, sweet eyebrows, and hardworking hands. Can’t get much better than that! These beauties are currently touring with their new album Collage for 6 weeks across our lovely Canada.

About Destiny Kaus

Former carillon production manager/arts editor/arts writer.