Who: Bif Naked
When: Friday, April 14
Where: Longhorn Saloon
A modern day Kasturba Ghandi – theology student, vegan, social activist, musician and proud Canadian – the way in which India-born Bif Naked reaches out to the world is as unconventional as her tattoo-covered body.
Listen beyond the aggressive vocals to vulnerable lyrics exposing issues such as rape, divorce and consumerism. Look closer at the tattoos of ancient Indian figures and symbols twisting up her arms. And have a brief taste of the studious lifestyle she lives (no drugs, no alcohol, no television) in one of her easy, open conversations.
She reaches out to audiences that otherwise might not relate to a monk figure, but she doesn’t see it that way. She is just living her life making music.
Bif calls from a hotel room somewhere in Madrid. She is two hours late for the interview. I can barely get a word in edge wise as she sincerely apologizes over and over again. Something about flights, the next show, exhaustion.
Despite running the last leg of her European tour promoting her new album, Superbeautifulmonster , and being pulled in every direction, the morning girl is down right cheery and warm in her conversation – she repeatedly expresses her excitement about returning home and strapping on her snowboard.
"I am really busy with my record, it came out in June in Canada and it is coming out this week (in Europe)," she said. "I am doing promotional tours."
She lets out a dramatic "aggh."
"I am so homesick. I miss my dogs. It’s a running joke. Every time I hear a dog bark, my breasts leak milk."
Mounties? Maple syrup? Mountains? Nope, this Canadian girl misses her pooches, as well as organic produce.
"I haven’t had a decent cucumber since I left home," she said, laughing.
In green rooms with beer and pizza, the strict raw-food vegan of three years and vegetarian of 10 years survives on Soya-milk drink boxes and bites into tomatoes like they were apples.
I tell her about a new organic restaurant in town and hot spots to get tofu dishes. She writes them down along with a local retail store that hands out organic biscuits for dogs. She is bringing the two loves of her life to Whistler.
"Good men, bad men, my dogs are always there for me," she said.
Unlike past albums, touching on social issues and consumerism, Bif’s new album explores matters of the heart with the same vulnerability and courage she has shown with past subject matters.