by Luke Arbuckle
I knew I was in the right place when I turned the corner of Kirkwood Drive in Charlottetown and down the street, I could hear the rhythmic chaos of a band in full rehearsal.
I was greeted at the door by Spencer Soloduka and the Tearaways, a seven piece soul band who’ve been rocking the Island’s music scene for a little over a year.
Led by frontman, vocalist and key player, Spencer Soloduka, the band is comprised of a variety of impressive musicians with a variety of musical backgrounds; Simon Joseph on bass, Michael Peters on guitar and backing vocals, Jordy “Jorbit” on drums, Emma Turner sings backup vocals, Nikki Waite plays alto sax and Josh Underhay plays trumpet and the flugelhorn.
Though seven member is a lot to work and organize with at times, the dynamic couldn’t be better. “We each bring something unique to the group. We’re all very different but it’s all fallen into place,” Spencer said. “I think we all really enjoy working together.”
One of the Island’s most in-demand soul bands, they started playing local venues last year and have been grooving the Island since.
Josh attributes some of the band’s success to the dynamic of its members. “We play well together and have fun doing it, there’s synchronicity to the group that I think the audience really enjoys,” he said.
A trained engineer by trade, Spencer put aside his tool belt to focus his energy on the music, writing and honing the band’s sound. He knows what it takes to make a career in music work and has dedicated himself to it. “Making music is not a job, it’s a lifestyle,” he said. “If you want to get a life out of music, you have to put a life into music.”
Each of the band members agree with his motto and have built their lives around learning about and performing music. With a large variety of influences like Ray Charles, Sly and the Family Stone and Bill Withers, the band promises to deliver a deep soul experience riddled with licks and riffs from across the musical spectrum.
Focused primarily on writing and pro forming there own material, Spencer said over time, the band has learned the value of a cover, done with their own flare.
“We’re mixing it up a lot, playing some things people know and some of our own and i think we’ve found a great balance,” he said.
The band has plans for a regional tour though the dates aren’t set as of yet. In the meantime, they plan to keep playing the Island circuit and are releasing their first five song EP on December 5 at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. Check out The Buzz Live Music listings for more dates.