In Conversation: The Deadly Snakes’ André Ethier and Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil Discuss Each Other’s Work
Intermittent quarantines and periods of societal closures have given creatives ample time to create, experiment, and perfect their craft. Toronto’s André Ethier (of The Deadly Snakes fame) is no exception. Still in Toronto, Ethier is getting set for the release of his seventh record, the intimate and moody Further Up Island, which is produced by Sandro Perri (Great Lake Swimmers, Bernice) and serves as the final chapter of a trilogy that began with Under Grape Leaves in 2017. Though dealing with deeply personal—and at times heartbreaking—narratives, he made a concerted effort to be more displaced from the stories ingrained in each track. Instead of delving into the psyche of a specific character, he’s tried to trick himself into thinking each song is impersonal, ultimately resulting in an objective, richly described arc.