If anyone's musical career can be described as schizophrenic, it's Toronto's Brian Borcherdt. By day he's the knob-twisting face of brash electro-rockers Holy Fuck; by night he's a soft, sensitive lo-fi guitarist.
His latest solo effort, Coyotes, is about as stripped-down as you can get. Single guitars, hushed vocals, the occasional violin - it's a far cry from his high-energy alter ego. While it might seem odd that the same guy can produce such disparate yet engaging styles of music, Borcherdt thinks it's perfectly normal.
"It makes sense to me because it's stuff I always do," he says. "I just sit around and try to write neat little songs. That's always been my hobby."
The former By Divine Right guitarist adds that it's "only natural to want to do other things" like mess around with mixers and distortion and throw dance parties.
"They might all sound opposite," he explains, "but they're no different in personality or character."
Where does your solo project fit into your career, which, right now, seems to be mainly about Holy Fuck?
How long did it take to record? It's basically just you and your guitar.
Is it harder, or are you more self-conscious, about writing for Holy Fuck because you know people are going to listen to it around the globe?