by Luke Arbuckle
Often times, when one thinks of an exciting concert or a high-energy musical performance, they think of a three to five piece rock band, bright lights, and thundering volumes.
Charlottetown’s Poster Boys are changing that. The Poster Boys are 27-year-old Chris Moore and 21-year-old Chris Barrett. A high-energy acoustic duo, they are becoming regular fixtures at venues across the Island.
Chris and Chris met last year while working at a chemical plant in Charlottetown. Chris M. said the two got to talking and before long, realized they shared an interest in music. “We got together a couple of time and started playing some covers,” he said. “I think we both knew right away that what we were playing was a little different.”
Chris B. said they ran through a few covers and quickly made the move to original tunes. Now when they play a show, the audience can expect to hear a large variety of musical genres. “We pride ourselves on our diversity and the energy we try to put into each song,” Chris B. said. “I think because we’re working so hard at this we can tell it’s an evolutionary process, realizing that is encouraging.”
The boys spend up to 14 hours a day writing, practicing, and tightening their sound and musical repertoire. Chris M. said it can be challenging to find a balance between their practice times and everyday life, but admits those are the compromises an artist makes. “People who love what they do work hard at it,” he said. “We work hard, we play hard, and love every minute of it.”
Fluent in musical genres ranging from early blues to pop, country, jazz, and heavy alternative rock, The Poster Boys compliment their diversity with an equal show of stage presence. “We just enjoy what we do,” said Chris B.
And it shows.
Prior to their first Charlottetown appearance, The Poster Boys made a series of videos and posted them to youtube. Before long, the channel had amassed hundreds of views and has steadily increased since. “It’s very encouraging,” said Chris M. “Feeling good about what you do is great, but knowing it makes other people feel good too is awesome.”
Chris M. is a professional street performer, a juggler, a fire-breathing entertainer by trade. Chris B is a high energy soul with a give-it-all attitude. The boys are gearing up for upcoming festivals and hope to land more than a few gigs over the summer. “It’s going to be a busy one for sure,” Chris B. said. “But we’re ready for it.”
True to Island spirit, The Poster Boys couldn’t pass up the opportunity to publicly thank some of the people involved in their lives, their music and their success. “We absolutely have to thank our families and friends, Spencer Soloduka, the boys from LARQUE and Pipe Dreams, anyone who views our YouTube channel or comes to the shows. Wayne MacDonald for his art, and Ryan Gillis at Evolve Entertainment,” Chris B. said.
“We wouldn’t be where we are now without their help and support. See you this summer.”