Jay Malinowski: Stop us if you’ve heard this before

Stop us if you’ve heard this before

Malinowski: Differentiating between public and private musical properties

Bedouin Soundclash frontman Jay Malinowski shrugs off the clichés as he hits the road solo

Having recently run a leg of the Olympic torch relay, Jay Malinowski is in the thick of the Vancouver madness.

"I really like seeing Canadians [who are] that into being patriotic without being cynical," says Malinowski. "It’s nice to see people rallying around something positive."

Malinowski has been busy doing shows during the Games with his group Bedouin Soundclash, but what he’s currently focused on is his solo album, Bright Lights & Bruises.

"Bedouin Soundclash is something I write for, it’s not necessarily who I am. I was feeling increasingly constricted by only being known for that."

Since I am cynical, I mention that his press-friendly journey towards releasing a solo album – guy joins band, band gets huge, rock star excess ensues, guy writes introspective solo album to exorcise demons – is one I’ve heard before. Malinowski, to his credit, laughs a bit before answering.

"Yes, a lot of those things happen when you get some sort of success and there’s an impetus to write something more personal," he says. "I was thinking seriously about not putting it out, but I talked to some friends who convinced me that maybe some other people had gone through the same stuff I had and that [releasing the album] wasn’t just totally self-indulgent."

The album, a stripped-down, folksier offshoot of the reggae-influenced music of Bedouin Soundclash, is a low-key affair and he says the accompanying live show will be too. Just don’t expect to hear him play When the Night Hears My Song, the single that catapulted the group to international stardom.

"I don’t really see it as my song anymore – it’s almost like the property of the public. But I mean, out of all my songs, that would probably be the last one I’d ever sit down and play."

Jay Malinowski
w/ Kinnie Starr and Michael Rault
At Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur E.), March 4

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