Funeral Lakes is Chris Hemer (he/him) and Sam Mishos (she/her). They are currently based out of Kingston, Ontario, a small city where the St. Lawrence and Cataraqui rivers meet, on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. They have just released their EP, Redeemer, and spoke with The Fountain about the new music as well as hopes to play live music in some of the church venues dear to them.

TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to Redeemer?

Redeemer was only out on Friday, August 20th, so most of our listeners have been friends and music blogs for the time being. The reception has been really warm so far, which means a lot!

TF: And can you sum up the record in one sentence?

Redeemer is a collection of indie rock/shoegaze songs that explore themes of faith, justice, memory and legacy.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

Hopefully playing live shows once it’s safe to do so. We’re both in grad school, so that takes up a lot of our time these days, but we’re always working on new music.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

It’s been a while since we’ve played live, but our last show before the pandemic began was a house show in Toronto. It was nice being in a smaller space with less separation between us and the audience – it’s easier to connect with people.

Where we live in Kingston, Ontario, there are a couple churches that act as concert venues, so it would be really cool to present this collection of songs in a space like that.