Why Constantines Rule by Julie Doiron

 In Why This Rules


To say I love the Constantines would be an understatement.

The Constantines changed my life. Yes, this statement seems to be a bit hyperbolic, but truly they did. And to be honest, I was late discovering the Constantines.

I was living in New Brunswick at the time and I wasn’t very Internet savvy. I had, in fact, heard people talk about them but still hadn’t heard the music. And then, while on tour with Shotgun and Jaybird, someone in the van put on their recently released third album, Tournament of Hearts. Immediately I was hooked. I wanted to know more. I wanted to hear more. I wanted to hear everything I could by this band. This music made me feel so many feelings! It made me feel alive and excited, inspired and awake . Actually, I can hardly even explain how this band made me feel.

And then, shortly after that, I saw them play live…

Well, after that I would become a fan for life. I had found a band that made me feel like a true fan. Seeing them play live would make me cheer and scream. I learned all the lyrics to every song. At their concerts I would sing along as if I were performing on stage. I REALLY did sing along to every song.

This band made me feel the way I felt when I first discovered music as a teenager. I felt as though anything were possible.

And 10 years later, I still feel exactly the same way! They still make me feel all the same things. And they inspire me to want to make music. I now sing along louder than ever.

The combination of these five people, the music they make, and the lyrics they write is so special. When you see the Constantines play, you feel like you are sharing a special experience with everyone in the room.

I am grateful to know this band.

Thank you Constantines!

Now and forever!

Xo Julie

Julie Doiron is a Sackville-based musician that performs under her own name as well as with Weird Lines and Julie and the Wrong Guys. She has previously been a member of Eric’s Trip, Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles and Shotgun and Jaybird and has also made collaborative records with Wooden Stars, Mount Eerie and Herman Düne.

Constantines play Kazoo! Fest 2017 on Saturday April 8th with Weaves and Girls Rock Camp Guelph Band, Violet Ice.


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