Andrew Woods is the mastermind behind the project Napster Vertigo and is joined by Basia Bulat on stage. He took us for a tour of their absolutely lovely studio, adorned with vintage wallpaper, souvenirs of growing up in Prince Edward Island, cozy carpets and salvaged commercial display shelves where his many pedals and trinkets now live. We caught up with him to get a sense of the Napster-effect.
How did you end up settling in Montreal and playing music?
The first time I came to Montreal was for POP Montreal in 2011. My old band Boxer the Horse played the Jupiter Room. It was really funny and cool. I loved the hell out of it so I was like "I'm gonna move to Montreal for sure".
How do you feel about your upcoming POP shows?
Dan Boeckner hit me up to ask me if I would do a KEXP session and it sounded cool but I definitely didn't think it was gonna happen. It's weird for it to be the 6th show we do. We've only played in Montreal four times! But it's going to be great to have a good quality video recording and get to capture that on Breakglass' set up. They told us to play 5 songs, which is good 'cause we only really have 7 songs that we can play live... At the Wolf Parade show that we opened for, we had a 45-minute set and played every song as long as we could and still ended up being 8 minutes short!
In celebration of POP's #Sweet16, we want to know... What we're you doing when you were 16?
I really wanted to have a band but I was shy to play music in front of people. Me and my friends made up this "noise" band called The Square Root of Infinity, which we thought was hilarious. It wasn't a noise band in a cool way. I named it, and I think it's strangely similar to Napster Vertigo. It's equally confusing. I'm very intrigued by confusion.
Listen to Napster Vertigo on Bandcamp here and don't miss them tonight at 9:30pm at Casa del Popolo, presented by SiriusXM and Passovah.