Music Q&A:
Port Cities

Carleton Stone of the Canadian dream pop trio chats ahead of live shows at the Castle, Manchester, 25 March; Hull’s Kardomah 94, 30 March; and the Basement, York, 31 March

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What informs your music and songwriting?
We mostly write songs about relationships and the ups and downs surrounding them. Musically, we all are huge pop music fans so we try and shape the songs to be as digestible as possible for the listener.

How have you evolved as an act over the years?
Our band started out as more folky, then over the past three years we’ve gradually incorporated more electronic and modern elements to our music.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We’re currently working on a new batch of songs that will hopefully become our second album in the not too distant future. They are definitely more in the pop vein than our last record.

What’s on your rider?

We like to keep it pretty simple: red wine, some beer, trail mix, crisps and some fresh towels.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
A few months ago we were playing a gig and I started the song on the wrong capo, and before I realised what was happening it was too late and Dylan and Breagh had to transpose their way through the entire song.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Shape of You by Ed Sheeran because then we’d be filthy rich and could write whatever we wanted after that.

What’s your worst lyric?
“I’m not just blowing up your phone, trying to get you home.”

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