by Katie Rankin
Named after the most unlikeable animal on PEI, Coyote is a reincarnation of the goofily-named group Solid Gold Workout. Unlike the pet-eating mongrel, this band of five friends are friendly, and ready to showcase their new pop sound and line-up, while keeping their energetic live shows. The band became Coyote over the last year, with it’s three original members vocalist/guitarist Josh Carter, guitarist Bruce Rooney and bass player Evan McCosham joined by Rooney’s brother Bradford Rooney on keys and non-Islander Mike King on drums.
“SGW was fun but it was definitely a little sillier than what we were aiming to do,” says McCosham. “It was very gimmicky,” says Carter. “We were all about balloons and having a good time. Coyote more has to do with writing serious material.” Bruce Rooney points out that since the band never broke up, just changed drastically, the guys were already established in the local scene. “The goal is to try to keep the most fresh sound that is upbeat and energetic with as many pop hooks as we can,” he says.
This is also meant that for the first time the band had a solid line-up. Finding a drummer that fit in was the biggest challenge. The guys met King when another band he played in shared a show with Carter and Rooney. “We’ve used Mike as a metaphor as what we want in our band. We need a Mike King as a drummer in our band,” says Carter. Although he lives in Springhill, N.S., King makes the trek over for shows and practices. “This guy, if he grew up in Montague we would have been best friends,” says Bradford Rooney. King says the fact the rest of the band grew up together made it comfortable and encouraging to join. Bruce Rooney says they treat their relationships in the band special because they care about each other and don’t want to jeopardize it.
Coyote is in the process of recording a seven-song EP with Jon Matthews that they hope will be released by the beginning of the new year. “It’s the last ingredient we need to be a marketable band in regards to bookers and promoters,” says Bradford Rooney. But it’s the live show the band really loves. “Some people play shows to support an album, we make an album to support our shows,” says McCosham. Ultimately they hope to tour in Canada, but aren’t in it for the money. “We break even for the bridge toll,” jokes McCosham. Catch the energetic band at the Alibi on October 29 for a Halloween show with Glory Glory.