Since the last post there’s been a steady stream of activity on The Brood front – last week we were fortunate enough to perform at Joel Plaskett’s studio, New Scotland Yard as part of the legendary Halifax Pop Explosion. The day before, I returned to my old high school, J.L. Ilsley in Spryfield where we performed and adjudicated (kind of) at a Battle of the Bands competition. Needless to say, both events were very surreal. It’s funny looking back and remembering how exciting it is to play when you’re 16, and then getting to meet the artists you looked up to back in those heady days. That funny juxtaposition didn’t occur to us at the time, but with the passing of a couple of weeks it’s become clear we’ve come a long way since High School, in some ways. Hopefully we’re slightly better musicians.
A few weeks ago, 1970’s (and beyond) folk-rockers, America came to town and played at The Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia. We were invited to attend the show and meet Gerry and Dewey, two of the three surviving original members of the band. We got our picture taken with them and got an autograph! We didn’t have much time to talk, but they granted our request and played Ventura Highway. I remember hearing that song in the car in grade 4, and never thought I’d hear it live – thanks guys! While it was quite obvious that Billy, Siobhan and I were slightly younger than the majority of the audience, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We were enthralled by their virtuosic bass player Rich Campbell, let it be noted. At one point, between songs, Gerry said they had been playing 100 shows a year, every year, for 44 years – which, when we thought about it, is crazy. You could really hear that these guys had the show down to a science.
This past week has been hectic as we’ve been busy moving all our stuff to a new house. But the light at the end of the tunnel will be in Truro at Nova Scotia Music Week, where we’ll be playing a showcase late on Thursday night. We’re up for two Music Nova Scotia Awards (New Artist Recording of the Year, and Alternative Recording of the Year) and in a way, it’s kinda like a grown-up, industry version of the Battle of the Bands.