by Katie Rankin
It all started with a dream. Bad Mountie lead singer and guitar player Jon Gallant had just graduated from high school and wasn’t sure what to do with his life. Since he was a kid he’d always loved the RCMP so he started filling out an application form. Before he could send it in his two brothers and his cousin intervened. “We gave him an ultimatum,” says drummer and older brother Jeremy Gallant, “He could do that or he could be in the band. So that’s Bad Mountie.” The guys, along with middle brother and bassist Mitch Gallant and cousin and lead guitar player Steele, have been playing this blend of poppy alt-rock since May.
Being a family band has its perks. “When you’re playing it really can be telepathic sometimes, which is cool,” says Steele. Living together and knowing each other so well can also get intense. “We know we’ll probably push ourselves to the point that any other band would collapse, but we just can’t walk out the door cause we live here,” says Mitch.
As the main songwriter, Steele says the guys push him musically, and even though sometimes he strongly disagrees with them, he eventually appreciates the challenge. As Bad Mountie cements itself, the band is starting to collaborate more on the writing. “Mostly it’s that I have the basic structure and all the lyrics. We come together and finesse it,” says Steele.
Even though they’ve lived a number of years on PEI, the guys weren’t savvy to the local scene right away but say it’s been extremely welcoming. “Places like Baba’s and the Alibi will let you in there without that much experience playing at other bars,” says Jeremy.
Steele, who is from Kentucky, says the scene is much better than his hometown’s. “Where I went to school, unless you were playing a house party all the time, you couldn’t get into bars, they just wouldn’t have it.” Mitch also plays drums for local band Colour Code and says getting to know other bands helps make connections.
Bad Mountie enjoy trading in their heavy sound for acoustic sets. “I feel like it’s more of an environment where we can show off our songs,” says Mitch.
Jon agrees and says, “It’s definitely easier to sing at acoustic shows because I can hear myself.”
Due to family issues Bad Mountie had to cancel their show at the Solid Rock Cafe in February. Check them out at myspace.com/badmountie.