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Talking Bands
by Luke Arbuckle

Coyote (photo: Luke Arbuckle)Charlottetown band, Coyote, are no strangers to the pages of The Buzz. With proven dedication, Coyote has forged a reputation for high-energy, high-movement rock shows and continue to spread the fever across eastern Canada.

Things are really picking up for the progressive pop-rock band, and early this summer they’ll be releasing the much anticipated follow-up of their debut EP Tracks which earned them four Music PEI nominations including Album of the year and Artist of the Year.

Comprised of Josh Carter (vocals, guitar), Bruce Rooney (lead guitar), Evan McCosham (bass), Bradford Rooney (synth/keys), and Mike King (drums), the band is ready to start the next chapter of their sonic adventures with the release their new single “Old News” on June 3.

Bruce says the band laid low over the winter and kept mostly to rehearsals and the odd off-province gig, it was hard, but worth it. “We had a pretty low-profile over the winter in terms of live shows, but we recently finished recording the album with Colin Buchanan(Paper Lions) and we’re about to release a lot of new material.”

Until the release of the new album, the band plans to periodically release content from their latest work. “Every couple of weeks until the album is released, we want to upload video clips or samples online,” said Bradford. “It’s a good way to let people know what we’re up to.”

Evan said the winter recording helped the band write new songs, explore new sounds and really focus on the music. “It’s been the plan all along,” he said. “We’re committed to what we do and loving every minute of it.”

The tour dates have been announced, the van is packed and the guys couldn’t be more excited. Later this summer, Coyote will even be highlighted by CBC’s Heavy Weather program, featuring east coast performers in interesting places, including PEI. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Josh. “It’s a great opportunity to represent the Island music scene.”

There’s a lot of common ground amongst the members; Josh, Bruce and Evan are childhood friends, Bradford is Bruce’s brother and Mike is the definition of kindred spirit. Together, over the years, they’ve developed a passion for making people feel. “Sometimes people just want to dance,” says Bruce. “That’s why we do this, we love make people dance.

Appropriate then that Coyote will be hitting the stage at festivals including Paddlefest, Evolve and Follyfest, and 1864 Week in Victoria Park, to name a few. “We want to be a busy as we can be, we want to play everywhere,” said Josh. “It’s awesome to play any kind of show, but festivals can be kind-of special.”

A task they do well and perhaps even better now that Mike has finally, and permanently, moved to PEI. “I’m here to stay,” says Mike. “We’re closer now than ever before, we’re more dedicated and organized than ever.”

It’s often a difficult task to summarize the sounds, ambitions and motivations of growing bands in 500 words. As for Coyote, I can safely encourage anyone looking for a good time and great music, to check the upcoming shows section of The Buzz and do party with the boys from Coyote this summer.

Oh, and make sure to visit them at for regular updates and tour listings.

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