The Sorels: Puttin The Boots To The Floor And Kickin It Into High Gear
THIS GARAGE-GLAM GIRL-GANG POWER-TRIO HAS BEEN TAKIN TURF AND RULING THE STREETS FOR YEARS NOW.
HOT OFF THE WHEELS OF; A STACKED GIG HERE AT THE GOOD WILL WHERE THEY SLAYED THE STAGE UNVEILING PAIGE, A NEW EP WITH LONG TIME COLLABORATORS RETA RECORDS AND SURFIN’ KI, AND TO TOP IT OFF DROPPING A VIDEO FOR IT’S TITLE TRACK “LOVE YOUR ROCK N ROLL” DIRECTED BY THE INTRICATELY AESTHETICAL GWEN TRUTNAU… WE THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT TIME TO DO A LITTLE FEATURE ON OUR FRIENDS AND LET Y’ALL KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON.
CHECK EM OUT ON NOV 26 AT THE GOOD WILL WITH AGE OF SELF AND THE CATAMOUNTS
WHAT ARE YOU INTO EXTRACURICULARLY OUTSIDE OF THE SORELS?
We’re busy gals! To start, we all have other musical projects outside of the Sorels (Paige has her own solo band, JoJo sings in Poison Suckers with her partner Joe, and Jill sings with Bloc Parents.)
Paige is in high demand as a guitar teacher in the city, ensuring the future of rock and roll! JoJo acts in TV & film, as well as wardrobe department for both, and Jill’s been giving badass haircuts to Winnipeg’s coolest people for 17 years now!
I HAD NO IDEA THE SOREL BRAND WAS STILL A THING, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE NAME AND WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE HUGE AND THEY HIT YOU WITH THAT C&D?
Haha! Apparently as long as we don’t start getting into designing winter apparel, we should be fine…Sorel, don’t come for us! Let’s team up & design the coolest line of glam rock platform glitter winter boots! There could be something there… As for the band name, audibly The Sorels is a bit of a nod to classic girl groups like The Shirelles, while keeping it very Winnipeg with the winter boot reference! Like a tough Winnipeg Girl Gang. We’ve also been told it can mean “sisters” in Italian, so that’s also perfect!
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS THAT MOVE YOU TOWARDS THE SOUNDS YOU MAKE HUH?
Cheap trick, The Go Go's, Sweet, and Slade. As well as all the guilty pleasures but with zero guilt. Every feel good, feel bad, heart break, make up, breakup, make out, break out, sweet and tough song you've ever loved.
WITH ONLY THREE MEMBERS, HAS SWAPPING A GUITARIST CHANGED THE COURSE OF THE BAND AT ALL? HAS IT BEEN LIKE A RESET OR ARE YOU STILL TRUDGIN ALONG THE PROJECTED PATH?
Oh it’s definitely changed the course of the band - in the best way! Paige has been a breath of new life for the Sorels; being able to play more often & get outta town is going to be a game changer for us. We comin’ for ya!
Same band, new chapter! A member change for sure will have a different swagger, but our sound stays true. We try to evoke certain genres and feelings in our tunes. It's only rock and roll, but isn't rock and roll everything?
HOW DID YOU GUYS END UP RELEASING RECORDS IN ITALY? IS SPREADING WAX AROUND PART OF A PLOT TO FIND YOUR WAY OVER THERE?
The Italy connection happened through Reta Records! Jamie’s been working with Carlo from Surfin’ Ki records for awhile now (he’s co-released our records with her, and handles European distribution & general awesomeness). It’s definitely all part of the plan, though; we can’t WAIT to get over to Europe! Touring Italy has always been a dream, but we’re working toward making it a reality. Let’s GOOOO!
AND HOW THE HELL DID YALL HOOK UP WITH GEZA X AND RODNEY ON THE ROQ?
GEZA X, yeah what a trip!! That still blows our minds. So, Jamie’s been the person responsible for getting our music played on Rodney Bingenheimer’s Sirius XM show, and Geza was working alongside Rodney to release a “Rodney On The Rock Volume 4” compilation on Geza X Records! We were beyond-honoured that they chose our song “Palo Santo” to be a part of it. BONKERS!
WHAT BIG PLANS DO THE SORELS HAVE LINED UP NEXT? The future's so bright! We're getting some really fun and exciting attention from radio stations everywhere, so why not take The Sorels to every corner of the world? Pierogi, dumplings, egg rolls, roti... I'd like to eat all hand held street food that exists.
We're working on our first full length and cannot wait to put that out into the world!