by Luke Arbuckle
They may not have made it to the glittering stages of the ECMAs this year, but the Charlottetown band, Pipe Dreams aren’t disappointed. These young musicians have discovered they key to success by paying close attention to the dreams of those before them.
There’s a common theme among award winners, among those celebrated this month. It’s the pursuit of a dream, a trail blazed by passion. It’s the unrelenting desire to spend a lifetime in love with how your time is spent and wanting to share it with others. Getting there takes time, effort and discipline, but can be inspirational.
Pipe Dreams arrived to the local scene shortly after vocalist Duncan Williams moved to the Island from Pictou County last summer. He played an acoustic set on the evening of his arrival and before the night was out, bassist Andy MacInnis, guitar player Josh Buttery, and drummer Jordan Ward were solid. They had the effort and discipline covered in no time.
It’s been a quick rise for the group. Within a few months, Pipe Dreams have toured the Maritimes and are playing regular gigs across the Island. “We’re trying to stay as busy with it as we can right now,” Jordan says. “We know what it’s going to take and we know it’s going to take time to get there.”
“I think we knew our direction as soon as we heard it,” says Duncan. “We jammed together a few times and heard something we thought we’d want to listen to, it was actually pretty cool.”
“Worked out perfectly,” says Andy.
The band gets together once or twice a week for rehearsals and borrow their friend’s jam space. “It’s awesome,” says Josh, “They’re really nice people and they really support what we’re doing.”
“Yea,” says Duncan. “They even feed us, we have an awesome relationship.”
Jordan would be the first to admit although they like what they’re doing, the dream is big and it takes work to get there. “We’re working on the details of another Maritime tour in May and we’re currently running in a competition to play at the Warped Tour in Montreal this summer,” says Jordan. “Aim high.”
Frequently found on stage at local venues in Charlottetown, the band has set aside much of their personal lives (no small feat for anyone in their early twenties), and focus their attention to the tasks at hand, refining and marketing their art.
Aided by the reach of Jordan’s marketing business, Chubby Bunny Entertainment, the band are on the fast-track to a glittery stage.
“I think this is a sound a lot of people around here can enjoy, we like to be versatile and keep things as exciting as we can,” says Josh.
“Oh, make no mistake, we’re here to stay, this is a combined dream,” says Andy. “For a while people wanted to say we are ‘aspiring artists’, well, let me speak for us all when I say, we’re not aspiring, we’re inspired.”