"Chang-A-Lang is as Chang-A-Lang does." So says Jeanette Dowling, singer and bassist for the Toronto power-pop trio. "That is to say, yeah, we certainly have our influences mired in the music we grew up listening to in the 90s - the indie/punk/power pop stuff we loved and still do - but we try not to wear them on our sleeves."
It's the second year that Dowling (along with singer/guitar player Brian Okamoto and drummer Jake Torrie) has appeared at NXNE, and she's enthusiastic about playing on a bill with unfamiliar bands.
"We end up playing with a lot of bands we may not normally get to appear with, which is great because we get to hear a lot of fantastic new music and find new bands to share the stage with in the future."
Led by two distinct voices, Chang-A-Lang's songs often take on a conversational tone.
"Brian's voice and mine work really well together, like two different characters telling the same story. It's like when an old married couple tell a story and keep cutting each other off, but the tale progresses naturally and interestingly. I guess that makes Jake our son."