Consisting of Harris Shper (on vox and guitar), Christine Hale (vox and keys), Al Mal (bass) and Farid Rener (drums), The Hoof & the Heel make unforgettably beautiful music that fits easily on dreamy summer playlists. Based out of Montreal, the quartet's EP called "And All the Tigers" mixes folksy, poppy, hauntingly magical sounds to create some incredibly captivating tunes. We recently sat down with them down for a few questions, answered below.
Who's the Hoof and who is the Heel and why?
This is a question we get a lot. Let's just say Farid is both for now.
What's the best show you have played?
Hard to pick just one, but an incredibly fun show was not too long ago at the Interstice loft in Griffintown. We played with Gutstrings and Peter Nevins, and everyone was just having a great time listening to music. There was no stage, so we were very close to 100 people dancing right in front of us and the energy was fantastic!
How did you meet?
Farid and Harris met through a mutual friend, then met Christine through a local promoter. She met Al when their names were picked out of a hat to play together in a band for Pop Montreal's Rock Lotto, and voila!
Favorite song of all time (each of you) and brief description why?
Harris: "A Damn Good Disguise" by The Mendoza Line. Obviously a difficult question, but this is a song I can listen to forever and not get tired of. If I listen to it when I'm happy, I get happier. If I listen when I'm sad, I get sadder. It has a very simple melody and a lo-fi production, and the lyrics are beautiful and ugly and perfect.
Christine: I have two—"Jesus, Etc." by Wilco because of Tweedy's lyrics, voice and the overall production—and "Wally, Egon & the Models in the Studio" by Rachel's because the cello somehow wraps around my heart and squeezes. Sometimes you just don't have words for how music makes you feel. Both are so bittersweet, simple and honest.