by Luke Arbuckle
After a summer off, Talking Bands returns to The Buzz to meet the musicians, hear their stories and provide an inside glimpse into what makes Island musicians tick.
It was the first summer on the Island circuit for indie-folk rockers Move the Mountains. Despite their recent arrival to the scene, these four musicians have made themselves known for their indie-rock inspired modern-pop sounds.
The band consists of brothers Nathan and Josh Power from Grandview, Angus McPhail from Charlottetown, and Kent Blenkhorn from Amherst, Nova Scotia. Each a songwriter in their own right, the group uses a variety of instruments and harmonies to deliver a high energy, tightly knit performance.
Nathan is the lead vocalist, guitarist, mandolin and harmonica player for the band. He believes it’s the combination of skills each member brings to the group that is helping them refine their sound. “It helps to have all members coming up with the creative process and reworking our songs,” Nathan said, adding that he and his brother Josh have been playing music together since high school. “This band is more collaborative than previous bands we’ve been involved in.”
Part of what makes Move the Mountains unique is their mastery of the three-part harmony. Josh and Angus are also vocalists for the band. “You’ll find lots of bands with two people who can sing,” said Josh. ”We have a lot more three-part harmonies.”
They’ve come a long way in a short time and uphold a rigours practice schedule. The band played some of the Island’s hottest venues and events this summer and continue to write and develop new songs. “We’ve played places like Caledonia Days, Baba’s in Charlottetown, The Pub in Montague and recorded a bit of material,” said Angus, the band’s vocalist and bass guitar player. “Right now, we’re working on recordings of our newest material, songs written by Josh, Nathan, and myself.”
At the end of the day, Kent, the band’s drummer and backup harmonica player perhaps summed it up best when he called their music a labour of love, something they want to be proud of and share with anyone wanting to rock out with an awesome local band.
Move the Mountains are in the process of recording their first studio album and pursuing plans for an Atlantic or Canada wide tour.