Small Talk: MO KENNEY

Who are you and what do you do:
My name is Mo Kenney and I write and play songs for humans.

Current obsessions:
Currently obsessed with Alvvays self titled album. I’ve been touring the past few weeks and it’s a good one to listen to on the road.

A song or a record that will always put you in a good mood, without fail:
David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. I could listen to that album 1000 times and not get sick of it. I love every track.

Tell us about an album or artist you think is really under-appreciated, and why they are deserving of more praise:
One of my favorite albums is by Dave Marsh. The True Love Rules is an awesome album from start to finish.

Most played track on your iTunes:
I don’t have many songs on my iTunes… But the most played is “Cosmic Dancer” by T Rex.

Most cherished musical object:
My 1930’s Hensel Parlor guitar that I purchased at the Folklore centre in Halifax a couple of years ago. It’s been consistently awesome since I’ve started playing it.

Proudest moment:
Probably telling my friends that I was going to be working with Joel Plaskett on my first record. We all grew up listening to his songs.

Most vulnerable moment:
Getting pantsed in Junior High during gym class.

If you could score a film for anyone, who would it be any why:
Hmmm. I love Wes Anderson films, but I’m not sure my music would be right for one of his movies. I’d still give it a shot though. He’s my favorite.

Your favourite use of a song in a film:
Needle In The Hay in The Royal Tenenbaums. A close second is another scene from the same movie… When Margot Tenenbaum gets off the Greenline bus and These Days by Nico starts playing. It’s in slow motion and it’s so great.

Favourite venue to play in and why:
I played a church in Fredericton for Shivering Songs a couple years ago.. I can’t remember the name of it. That was an amazing stage to sing on. Amazing acoustics.

Dream venue to play in and why:
The Opera House in Vienna, Austria. I’ll never play there, but that would be so badass. It’s one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen and I didn’t even go inside.

First band t-shirt you ever purchased from a merch table:
I think it was a t-shirt from a White Stripes concert I went to in New Brunswick.

Band you’d leave your bandmates for:
The Rolling Stones.

Album you want to expose your kin to whilst in the womb:
Probably classical music. Dario Marianelli has some pretty amazing soundtracks, so likely him.

If for some reason you lost the ability to make and play music, what would fill that gap:
Nothing. I would become a hermit and live in the woods for the rest of my life.

What was your last dream about:
I went into a clothing shop and tried on a ton of hats. I remember thinking “I’m really not a hat person.” That’s about all I can remember. Pretty boring.