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Call & Response: Intensive Care

Posted by Jer / July 25, 2011

Intensive CareCall & Response is a series of Q&As with bands, artists and random people we dig that live in Montreal, visit here, or have some dubious connection to the city.

Intensive Care make soaring, trippy, hazy rock music. Their first album, Fairy Tales from the Island (produced by the master of soaring and trippy, Jace Lasek), was on regular rotation on the Midnight Poutine podcast when it first came out, with good reason. But we figured it was time to find out a bit more about this local quartet of progsters (also known as Nadim Maghzal, Jonathan Parsons, Derek Koziol, and Philippe Manasseh).

We know they're working on material for a new album, which sounds like it will be an impressive follow-up to their already impressive debut. We also know that just as their sound seems to be coalescing, it's bound to change: they are losing their current drummer, Jonathan Parsons, who has played with them for the last 5 years. He's off to follow other pursuits. Intensive Care will go on, however. They've already got a new drummer lined up, though they have yet to make any official announcements (despite my pleading and begging). They're playing their send-off show to/with Parsons this Monday, but before they do, I wanted to ask the band some of the world's most pressing questions. Luckily, Philippe was kind enough to answer.

Who is your favorite Canadian Artist?
I'm very much into the Montreal scene these days, and my top choices would have to be The Besnard Lakes, Suuns, The Luyas and anything Joe Grass is in.

Besides family, friends, other music, and long summer nights, what influences your music the most?
Chocolate, Neil Gaiman and fights.

Rumour has it this will be your last show with your drummer, Jonathan. What do you have in store for his send off show?
Just a good night of music, with friends from Washington. Some older songs will pop out of oblivion; and some will be played for the last time.

Where is the best place to listen to your music?
A crashing airplane.

What do you love most about Montreal?
Coming back to it from a trip.

What do you love most about Poutine?
How full I feel after.

What do you hate most about Poutine?
How full I feel after.

Press folks label you prog-rock. Do you agree, or does this classification make you want to throw something at Geddy Lee?
Press folks should feel free to put us in any box they want. A prog journalist once said about us: "Call it prog-pop, call it symphonic rock, call it banana-coated-ostrich-steak for all I care, I just call it wonderful." Let's just say we like that attitude.

Who was your first live concert? Was it everything you had ever imagined?
Elton John in an old roman temple at the Baalbeck Music Festival in Lebanon. I was dragged there by my parents; all I knew were the Lion King songs. I was blown away by the man but my vision was impaired by all the glitter and bling on his suit.

Do you think your new drummer will change your sound? Can you tell us who s/he is?
If our sound stays the same, something is going wrong.
We'll do proper introductions soon.

What's the best way to spend a Million dollars in 10 minutes?
Buy an island (and a sailboat, if some money is left).

What's the best place you've ever been to?
There's no such thing.

What's the worst place you've ever been to?
There's no such thing.

Have you ever been in intensive care in a Quebec hospital? Care to comment on the state of our public health system?
Yes, I've been there as a visitor. I guess the system would work better if they didn't sell chips, cookies and coke in pharmacies.

How did you spend your 16th birthday?
My friends threw me the surprise party from hell. They also made me drink what they labeled "delicious orange juice cocktail with some vodka".
PS: some = 80%.

Listen to Intensive Care on their bandcamp page. Or better yet, see them live this coming Monday as they say goodbye to their drummer in style:

Intensive Care
July 25th @ Casa Del Popolo
with Deleted Scenes and Hammer No More the Fingers.

photo of Intensive Care from their slick looking tumblr page.

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