Busting out of the music wasteland: The Belle Game

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      Andrea Lo’s smoky vocals help give Belle Game’s dreamy pop ballads their defining quality. After earning the Shore 104.3’s fan-favourite award, the septet—whose members include singer Adam Nanji, guitarist Alex Andrew, keyboardist Katrina Jones, drummer Rob Chursinoff, trumpeter Andrew Lee, and bassist Ian Cook—is excited to be releasing its sophomore EP, Sleep to Grow, on October 1. Almost as excited, in fact, as Lo gets when thinking of making home videos with a quirky local music icon.

      Best local release other than yours:

      “Last year we had the opportunity to record with Dave [Carswell], who’s actually the guitarist from Destroyer, so Kaputt was our number one album of the year.”

      The year’s best gig:

      “We played Live at Squamish recently and we got to see Weezer there, so that was basically us getting to live out our high-school dreams together. That was on the Sunday [August 21].”

      We’re road-tripping. Who’s on the stereo?

      “We have a favourite song by the Eagles called ‘One of These Nights’. We would burn it onto every track on the album and play it on repeat. It never fails. There were a lot of nostalgic memories with Adam [Nanji] and Alex [Andrew] after we recorded our EP, driving back after late nights at the recording studio.”

      The Straight’s paying, so where’s dinner?

      “I think Two Chefs and a Table [305 Alexander Street] would be cool to check out because we’ve heard such amazing things about the food. It’s kind of like a private dinner spot.”

      Vancouver needs a sex-tape scandal. Who’s your co-star?

      “I think Nardwuar would be my co-star because I would want to hear the sounds he makes. He’s awesome. I have to wonder if his doot-doodle-oot-doots would come into play.”

      Jimmy Pattison’s fronting the money. Where are we opening a venue?

      “It would have to be smaller scale, but there’s a small patio outside of the back of Crave on Main Street. It would be really cool if they opened that up at night for smaller, more intimate shows.”