Ontario Alternative band, Courage My Love, have added a touch of spunk and flair in the music industry with their eclectic style and lyricism laced in optimism for all. Lighting up the hearts and minds of fans worldwide with their second studio album release, ‘Synesthesia’, Courage My Love take listeners down a very personal path that encourages the strength behind staying true to yourself. I caught up with Courage My Love rocker, Mercedes Arn-Horn, to discuss playing in a band with her twin sister, ‘Synesthesia’, tattoos and more.
Photo by KC Fernandez
Photo by KC Fernandez
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Courage My Love?
We’re an alternative band from Canada, twin sisters and a tattooed cat lover, we love trippy 80s horror movies.
Congrats on the recent release of your second studio album, ‘Synesthesia’. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind the album.
We wanted to explore an unknown territory for us as a band with this new record. We’d come to a crossroads in our career where we had to decide what kind of band we wanted to be. We wanted to take ourselves to the next level. The three of us individually had gone through some really rough experiences in 2014, 2015, and 2016. We needed to write about it and let it out, and I think this record is really a snapshot of that time in our lives.
It’s definitely a therapy record for me. We decided on the name Synesthesia, because at that time music was one of the things in our lives that kept us going and gave us a light at the end of the tunnel. We felt so overwhelmed by what we were listening to, and writing, it felt like all our senses were combining into one.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
Lockwood and I go to Berlin tattoo in our hometown of Kitchener, ON. He’s covered almost head to toe in Berlin tattoos. I’ve got eight tattoos in total, which pales in comparison.
Two of my personal favorite pieces are one on my arm by Dylan Derry, which is a trippy woman’s face with multiple faces or masks emanating from it, and a small one on my leg that depicts wolf teeth chomping down on script that reads “In Bocca Il Lupo”. We got that one in Italy on our first European tour. It means “In the mouth of the wolf”, which is the Italian version of “Break A Leg” or “Goodluck”. The whole tour package got it, and even though it’s small it always reminds me of the great times we had on that tour.
Photo by KC Fernandez
Have the three of you known each other for quite some time? How did Courage My Love come to life?
Well, Phoenix and I are twin sisters so ‘nuff said. And we met lockwood when we were just starting to play our own gigs in the KW scene. He was always in some band that played around town, and we always ended up playing shows together in separate bands. When the opportunity arose and we were looking for a new member, he was the first person I thought of.
We’re all really different as people, but we have this chemistry onstage and in the studio that just clicks.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
This Year is a great year for touring for us. We’ve got some dates in the USA, just announced another European tour, and have another tour in Canada coming up. All the dates are on our website: www.ilovecouragemylove.com
What song from your discography do you feel really energizes a crowd while you are performing on stage and why?
On this album cycle I’ve loved performing Need Someone live. It’s got a groove that audiences seem to really vibe with, and it’s fun to play. I literally can’t stop smiling when I play it.
What do fans of Courage My Love have to look forward to in 2017?
We are going to be working really hard to show you who we are as people, and as a band. We’ll be touring a lot, all over the world, and we’ll always be writing new music. We’ll have lots of music videos and live performances where we push the envelope and push our own boundaries. Most importantly, we’ll always be striving to get to know our fans better and have a more personal relationship with them.
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If you could travel the world and tour with any two musicians/bands either dead or alive for six months straight, who would you choose and why?
I would have to choose David Bowie because he was such a versatile songwriter and performer. I really respect his ability to transform and make people question their sense of safety while listening to music.
I’d also have to say Purity Ring because I could just chill out and watch them make magic every night.
If you could metaphorically affiliate the musical characteristics of ‘Synesthesia’ to those of an animal, which animal would you choose and why?
Instead of an animal, is it okay if I pick an alien? When I try to personalize the record, I always picture a vibrant, glowing alien that has the power to empathize with any living creature. I can totally picture it stretching out its long, knobbly finger, touching me on the temple, reliving all my memories, and a tear rolling down its cheek from its giant reflective alien eye.
Synesthesia is about us in all our vulnerable moments, but more importantly, it’s about finding your own inner strength. And I like to think of our fans listening to the album in their rooms, empathizing with the lyrics in certain songs, relating to it on their own personal level.
Maybe we are the alien in that case, and we can allow them to realize that they aren’t alone after all. We’ve all been through the same thing together.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
I want to say thank you to everyone who’s ever picked up one of our CDs, gone to a concert, showed us to one of their friends, or just supported us in any way. Thank you so much for helping us to keep our dream alive.