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Talking Bands
by Luke Arbuckle

 Banokkburn is Darcy Cudmore on guitar and vocals , JD Geldert on drums, Dan Cudmore on bass, Darcy Cudmore on guitar, and Ian Murray on guitar and back-up vocals. (photo: Luke Arbuckle)Formed by three brothers who love to play music, Banokkburn is an Island band from Charlottetown that is amping up its sound and performance this spring.

In their mid-twenties, Banokkburn is Darcy Cudmore,23, Cody Cudmore, 20, JD Geldert 24, Ian Murray, 22, and Dan Cudmore, 27, on Bass.

The band formed just over a year ago when Dan was living on the Bannockburn Road. He said his brothers would come over and the three would play music while they wondered what else they should do. “We’ve always enjoyed playing music, says Dan. “After jamming a few times, we figured we might as well take it a little more seriously.”

“So, we recruited a couple of our friends, wrote some tunes, and played our first shows at the 2013 Q93 Battle of the Bands,” added Ian.

The band placed second after a close battle in the finals, but the experienced left the guys encouraged and hungry for more. “It was a great experience and we were just getting started as a band at the time, so we definitely had some kinks to iron out,” said Darcy.

“But we knew right away that we were going to practice up, playas many shows as we can until we come back to the battle next year,” JD cut in.

The guys are performing at their second Q93 Battle of the Bands at The Guild on March 6 and are hopeful to make the finals and walk away victorious this year.

The guys define their sound as a blend between old-school Guns & Roses rock and more modern artists like The Trews. “We’re true to heart rock fans, but like to keep things interesting,” says guitar player Ian Murphy. “We make sure to play a variety of hooks and melodies and draw inspiration from a lot of different places.”

The band is currently working with award-winning producer, Jon Matthews in Emyvale to record their first EP and have recently finished recording their demo with Eric Fortune at the Guild. “Again, it’s all about the experience,” says Darcy. “We hope to spend the next few months playing more venues around the Island and really getting our name out there, getting more exposure.”

JD says a big part of the band’s focus is stage presence. With five of them playing, it’s easy to fill the sound, but JD said it’s their performance that often inspires bar goers to hit the dance floor. “It’s important to us to make good music, but we also want to be entertaining, we want people to be tired and sweaty when the show is over,” says JD.

“No,” Darcy laughs. “We want them tired and sweaty half way through.”

Banokkburn can be seen at venues across the Island this season and still hope to expand their shows to include some of the many summer festivals Atlantic Canada has to offer. “We’re going to play everywhere we can,” says Dan.

“Just sign us up.”

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