Toronto alt-country band The Wooden Sky walk a mile in someone else’s shoes on its third studio album, Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun.
“You know when you’re driving and you see another person driving past, you see them for a split second and I was trying to imagine what it would be like to be in their seat,” Gavin Gardiner said, The Wooden Sky’s vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter.
“They have a whole life they’re moving towards. Perhaps they’re late for something or they just came from a birthday or maybe they’re mother just died. It’s this whole idea of these independent universes that exist simultaneously. It’s not a concept record, but it is a snapshot of a place I’m in right now, trying to see life through other people’s lives and also give people a different perspective to see their life through.”
To record Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun, The Wooden Sky once again sought the perspective of producer and former Arcade Fire member Howard Bilerman, just as it did on 2009’s If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone. Speaking of standpoints, Gardiner and Co. channel Ritchie Valens on the ’50s style number Take Me Out.
“As a kid I was obsessed with the movie La Bamba, it’s the whole reason I got my first guitar,” Gardiner said, who grew up in Morden, Man. “My dad was in Vancouver with some work colleagues and their plane back to Winnipeg was grounded because of bad weather. One guy was a pilot so they decided to charter a small plane and fly back themselves. You know how La Bamba ends, ‘the day the music died.’ I’m sure that was in my dad’s mind. Anyway, the door swung open when they were up in the air and my dad freaked out, but when he landed he bought me an electric guitar, something for my sister and a diamond ring for my mom.”
The Wooden Sky play the West End Cultural Centre on Tuesday. Tickets are $18 at the WECC, the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store and Ticketmaster. Showtime is 8 pm.