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September 2007
Mystery System
Mystery System

Talking Bands

by Charissa Reeves

The Mystery System’s newest member, Curtis Klein, may have only joined the group this summer but his synthesizer played with the group two years ago at the 2005 Shoreline Festival.

“Essentially his synthesizer was in The Mystery System before he was,” said bassist Matt MacKinnon.

The idea for the name of the group originally came from the background of some music MacKinnon

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August 2007
Syracuse Me

Syracuse Me


Talking Bands

by Charissa Reeves

While touring in June and searching for a place to stay Syracuse Me found a unique place to pitch a tent.

“We stopped at a truck stop in Cardinal, Ontario, and were about to set up the tent on a grassy area when the owner of the store came out and started screaming at us and told us we couldn’t set up our tent there,” said drummer Mark Duffy.

“So like jokingly KG [guitarist K

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July 2007
Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock


Talking Bands

by Charissa Reeves

Named after the Island’s very own Elephant Rock, the group says the name is a homage to the eroding natural sculpture. Though none of the members hold any special bond with the rock.

“My sister broke here arm there, very badly,” said guitarist and vocalist John Connolly.

“What he’s not telling you is that he pushed her,” joked guitartist Ian Toms.

The band has been

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June 2007
The 20,000

The 20,000


Talking Bands

by Charissa Reeves

Starting off with just three members Charlottetown’s The 20,000 hopes to eventually turn the group into a seven or eight piece band. The group is writing as a three piece and will play as a three piece with room to add in horns, keyboards and percussion in the future, said drummer Danny Miles.

Trying to describe the groups sound brought up some interesting and cryptic

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May 2007
Saddle River String Band

Saddle River String Band


Talking Bands

by Charissa Reeves

Formerly known as Saddle River, the Saddle River String Band from Summerside has re-grouped with one member change, a new album and a repertoire of original music.

The group’s newest member Tommy Desroches bought his upright bass after jamming with the group about three years ago, when former member Catherine MacLellan was still a member of the group. Desroches said h

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April 2007
Cheers to Beers

Cheers to Beers


Talking Bands

by Charissa Reeves

Charlottetown’s current longest-running band on the all ages scene lives up to it’s name claim members of Cheer To Beers.

“We pretty much drink too much and contradict ourselves all the time,” said guitarist J-Mike, the self-proclaimed King of C-Town. While playing mainly for the all ages scene on the Island, their bar shows are most often in more punk-friendly venues off

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March 2007
AnnaPilla

AnnaPilla


Talking Bands
by Charissa Reeves

After breaking down twice in six months in two different vehicles, on two different trips in the same community in Cape Breton, AnnaPilla doesn’t tour very often anymore.

On the first trip over band members Brien McCarthy, bass, Eli MacDougall, drums, and Donald Younie, guitar and vocals, were traveling into St. Peters with a guy whose parents know someone everywhere,

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February 2007
Royal Rifles

Royal Rifles


Talking Bands

by Charissa Reeves

Prince Edward Island band the Royal Rifles honour’s of one of the member’s grandfather and his squadron. Mark Palmer’s grandfather was in the Royal Rifles squadron during the second World War when he was taken and held as a prisoner of war for four years. “So I snagged it in respect for him,” Palmer said.

Band members are Palmer, vocals and guitar, Shiloh McGuire playing

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January 2007
Cashmere Disciples

Cashmere Disciples


Talking Bands
by Charissa Reeves

Charlottetown’s Cashmere Disciples hope to release their first five-song EP in February with a possible limited edition DVD of the movie the band got its name from.

Lead singer, guitar and harmonica player Drew Heggie, originally from Lower Sackville said the band’s name came from a film made by a friend of his back home. “One of my good friends from back home is an art

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January 2007
Introducing Cascade
Introducing Cascade
PEI finalists in the Aliant Garage Band contest

by Charissa Reeves

Members of Charlottetown’s Cascade said they were both surprised and excited when they learned the band are the PEI finalists in the Aliant Garage Band contest.

Cascade is made up of 17-year-old Rob Switzer playing guitar, 15-year-old Nick VanKampen playing bass, 16-year-old Nick Kennedy on the drums and 17-year-old Jeff MacDougald

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November 2006
The Danks
The Danks

Talking Bands
by Charissa Reeves

Charlottetown's The Danks has lost one of its members temporarily. Alec O'Hanley, guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist is also a member of Two Hours Traffic. Two Hours Traffic moved to Toronto on September 30 until around Christmas to tour. Replacing O'Hanley while he is away will be Aaron Crane, the drummer from Smothered in Hugs.

Chris Doiron, bassist for The Danks,

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October 2006
Stride
Stride

Talking Bands
by Charissa Reeves

Charlottetown’s Stride will release its first CD on Halloween at Baba’s Lounge. The 12-track album is entitled Where the Truth Lies and it was produced by guitarist Nick Campbell.

Ashley Gorman, who plays guitar and sings lead vocals, says Campbell is a man of many talents. “He went to the school of hard knocks, Kelvin Groove, Prince Edward Island,” laughs Gorman. The ban

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