So Young’s Paterson Hodgson Takes On Toronto

Originally from London, ON, So Young have been dominating the local scene and while the band has seen it’s fair amount of changes the fiercness from front woman Paterson Hodgson has been the one constant. Starting as a kind of “folk darling” with her project The State Bird Of Idaho, Hodgson’s put down her acoustic and picked up an electric and started shreading. Along with friend Chris Martin, Paterson started changing her folk ditties into polish, garage rock anthems. But the polish started to wear off and the band’s true grittiness started to show. As this happened So Young rotated through some line-up changes and eventually Martin would leave the band too, giving us the current line-up, who are at their strongest when it comes to reimagining Paterson’s lyrics about feminism, shitty dudes and doing whatever you want to. Now the group find themselves in two different spots after Hodgson’s move to the big city but after a bit of a hiatus, they’re finding the way back on track to get new material ready and play a good number of shows this fall. Including their first Toronto show since Hodgson landed in the city, at the SheWolf Radio Anniversary Party. I got to ask Paterson a few questions about where the band is at and what’s next for them.

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