It's no secret that the pop-rock Brooklyn based band, Savoir Adore, wears their heart on their sleeve. The band name means "to know love" in French and the origin of the title of their latest album, The Love That Remains also ties in how love is expressed in different languages around the world. Paul Hammer lets us in on the meaning of the name and how it's a hopeful direct sequel to its predecessor Our Nature. One to bare all, he also tells us about the stranger side of touring and what he's looking forward to during his Toronto stop when he plays the Drake Underground on November 26.
What is the meaning behind your album title, The Love That Remains?
A few years ago when we played in Brazil, I learned the phrase "saudades." It means a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. It’s often simplified to the idea of a “love that remains." Our last record ended with a character completely alone, after a chaotic love affair. I always wanted this album to grow out of that narrative; to focus on rediscovering love and coming to grips with reality. So when I learned that phrase it was a perfect fit for the next chapter, for the story of Savoir and for me personally.
For this album you worked with several guest vocalists. How important is collaboration to you?
It’s super important, especially for this project. Savoir really began as an experiment in collaboration and sonic exploration, so when I started working on this record I knew I wanted to carry that on. It keeps me on my toes, and helps me discover new ideas. I also really love the blending of male and female voices. It’s become a signature part of our sound on most songs.
What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened at one of your shows?
Well, earlier this year Lauren got bit by some kind of bug in Oklahoma and in the hours before the show her hand BALLOONED to an incredible size. It’s still amazing that she was able to play her parts being that she was basically wearing a giant mitten.
What is the one thing you want to experience while in Toronto?
Well, funny story - the last time we were in Toronto for CMW, I got terrible food poisoning and managed to vomit all over the lobby of our hotel. So, I’d like to NOT experience that while experiencing some other nice things, like playing for a lot of people at the Drake!
Name five things you can’t live without?
Coffee, sushi, bicycles, synths, silence.
If you could be stranded with one person on a desert island (dead or alive), who would it be?
My wife, Fefa.