Brendan Canning on Cookie Duster and Life After BSS: 'I Wanted a Fresh Perspective'
Canning says it was all about getting back to playing with friends from an older social scene.
"It's nice to do shit with people that you haven't been doing shit with for 12 years," Canning explains.
Canning further distanced himself from his former band with his choice of label. In Canada, Cookie Duster's debut is out courtesy of MapleMusic (home to the likes of Kathleen Edwards, The Dears and Joel Plaskett), not Arts & Crafts, the label and management company founded to release Broken Social Scene and its satellite projects.
"I just wanted to work with a different team," says Canning. "With bands and managers you get clashes and you start to be able to predict outcomes. You don't want to take any thing or person for granted. I wanted a fresh perspective."
Canning has already had more success than many musicians dare dream. With Broken Social Scene on the back burner, he seems hesitant to lock himself down. In fact, at the time of this interview, Cookie Duster had no tour dates scheduled and hadn't even begun rehearsals for the inevitable record release party.
"Just because we made a record, doesn't mean I'm going to spend the next six months touring," he says. "I've got other things I want to do."
Those other things include working on a solo record of "psychedelic folk," and he's already trolling Toronto's music scene for intriguing collaborations.
Free of the commitments that come with running a storied and much-loved indie rock collective, Canning is excited to make music without an agenda. As for the future, his plan is simple.
"I saw this guitar player last night, goes by the name Champagne James Robinson [of the band New Country Rehab]. I said to him, 'Dude, I want to jam