Hailing from Kitchener, Canada; twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn and Phoenix Arn-Horn, along with new bassist Brandon Lockwood make up the pop-punk rock band, Courage My Love. CML has been taking over Canada by storm through constant touring, and by creating a significant internet presence. The band is currently gearing up for the release of their third EP, which will be released this summer.
Substream caught up with vocalist/guitarist, Mercedes Arn-Horn to talk about the band’s new “reality” show and upcoming EP.
Substream: You recently released the first episode of “The (Un)Real Lives of Courage My Love,” what inspired you to make a fake reality show?
Mercedes: On tour it’s easy to get addicted to really bad TV, so you could say we had been doing “research” all year to try and get inspired! We’re the type of people that don’t take ourselves too seriously! All the stuff in the show is stuff that bands deal with on a regular basis, we just try to accentuate the ridiculousness of certain situations. It also gives our fans a sneak peek into the new EP and whets their appetite a bit.
Sub: What was the inspiration behind your new EP, set to be released this summer, and what can we expect from it?
M: “Becoming” is essentially about growing up and trying to figure out who you are. It’s bitter sweet. It’s about seeing the world differently as you change and evolve. You become a little less wide eyed and innocent, but a little closer to learning who you truly are. It’s a bit darker than our previous EP, but I think it’s a lot more honest. We put ourselves in the lyrics, the good and the bad. We’ve been through a lot this year and have all grown so much not only as a band, but as people. I think you can expect a more mature, sleek, sincere Courage My Love.
Sub: What are some of the challenges you face being family and also bandmates? Is it difficult to separate family life from band life?
M: I don’t think there are any challenges! It’s all positives. Phoenix and I make a great team and I wouldn’t want to do this with anyone else. I think being related, we can be more brutally honest with each other, which helps in the creative process a lot!
Sub: Earlier this year, your bassist David decided to part ways with Courage My Love, has this changed the dynamic of the band at all?
M: Davey was a big part of our lives not only because of the role he played in the band, but also as a friend! Luckily we separated on good terms. There’s no beef between the three of us at all. Our new bassist (Brandon Lockwood) has already added a lot to our sound. You can definitely hear his personality in the songs. I think we’re stronger now than we’ve ever been, personally. It’s great to have some fresh blood and a breath of fresh air in the band.
Sub: What are you looking forward to the most about playing the Toronto date of Warped Tour this summer?
M: Other than getting to meet our amazing fans and see some amazing bands, probably the awesome grilled cheese.
Sub: Is there anything else you would like to add or share with our readers?
M: Thank you so much to all our amazing fans! We love you so much more than we can articulate. Thanks for the continued love and support. we’ll see you on the road!
Check out the first episode of The (Un)Real Lives of Courage My Love below.