Regina Band Interview Series: These Estates

Three strapping young lads/These Estates

Three strapping young lads/These Estates

Music, not real estate, people

Local Regina band These Estates recently came out with an LP entitled “The Dignity of Man.” On Sat. July 19, this alternative rock crew will play in Regina’s Buffalo Nights Festival at the Exchange.

Ah, now for a little fun, my friends. Welcome to the first “Regina Band Interview Series”!Shall we get to know John Cameron, the vox-guitar-baritone-man of These Estates, a little more? I think so!

Cameron took the time to answer a few of my thought-provoking, desperately difficult questions to give me and you, yes you, a glimpse into his life (bless his heart).

What first got you interested in music?

I’ll just speak for myself, but it was my mom playing Raffi songs on her old classical guitar to put me to bed as a kid and also my dad’s CCR cassettes.

How did your band get into the music industry?

We haven’t. Next question!

What are your future goals as a band?

Put out one more recording. Ideally using standard-tuning rock music to evoke the Kantian sublime would be the ideal, but a complete full-length album will do in a pinch.

What is the meaning of life? 

A more pertinent question is “How does one live a meaningful life?” If you can figure that one out, you are technically entitled to teabag Aristotle while shouting, “Owned.”

What is your definition of true love?

Numbering the beauty marks on a lover’s backside, doing the dishes for reasons besides spite or hygiene, and forgiving someone when it’s the hardest and most counterintuitive thing to do.

Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction books? 

Poetry. Spoiler alert: good poetry is technically both!

Which superhero do you look up to the most?

The Question or King Mob.

If you could eliminate one of the 10 commandments out of the Bible, which one would you eliminate?

I wouldn’t. The obvious ones are the name-in-vain or graven-images ones, but the older I get and the more I bear witness to various secular worships – particularly of the things that global capital entails – the more I realize the particular importance of those things.

What are your greatest failures?


What are your greatest successes?

Our record is pretty alright I think.

Do you like cats?

My cat’s name is Hunter but, I just call him Littleman.

Who are your favourite sports teams?

Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, LA Galaxy.

Which musicians inspire you the most?

Jon Wurster, Annie Clark, the former members of Silkworm, Charles Bradley.

Would you like your life to end with a fairytale ending or a tragic ending?

Would actually prefer to live forever as part of the singularity.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Opening band encores.

If you could go back in time historically and punch anybody you wanted to with no consequences, who would you punch?

John A. MacDonald: a stone-cold, drunk motherfucker who did not get punched as fully as he ever deserved.

What are your favourite ice cream flavours?

Cardamom. Thanks, Dessart!

Why is the sky blue?

Physics, I think?

What physical aspects of yourself are you most proud of?

None of us are built for cargo shorts. Also, cavernous assholes.

What areas of life do you take the most pride in?


Which historical event do you wish never happened?

The Big Bang. Take that, breeder scum!

“Breeder scum?” Hmmm…well, there you have it: These Estates’poetry-enjoying, commandment-keeping, cat-owning, John A. MacDonald-punching John Cameron himself. Check out These Estates at Buffalo Nights July 19, at the Exchange.

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