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Young Charlottetown band talks about their Ontario tour

by Aine O'Hare

On November 2, 2002, Prince Edward Island band Dreams Among Stars kicked off their first Canadian tour at the East Royalty Community Centre. This tightly-knit group of friends, Corey Doucette (lead vocals, guitar), Dean Richards (bass, backing vocals) and Mark Gaudet (drums, keyboard) have been playing music since junior high school, and have been playing together as Dreams Among Stars for almost two years. Citing influences such as The Gloria Record and Death Cab For Cutie, Dreams Among Stars, along with then-guitarist Mike Trainor, set out to take their "wreck rock" sound across Canada.

"The term `wreck rock' is kind of a joke we came up with," laughs Richards over the phone from his home in Charlottetown. "It's like the state that people are in when they write it, they're like a wreck. It's really just another term for rock `n' roll." None of the band members are over 20, yet their tour was an ambitious one, taking them from PEI to eastern Quebec and then to Oakville, Ontario.

"Really we were just trying to get our music out to as many people as possible," says Richards, "and I think we were pretty successful as far as that's concerned." The month-long tour exposed the band to new audiences that differed only slightly from the ones they were used to back on the Island.

"The crowds were much the same, except that at the all-ages shows both older and younger kids come out, whereas on PEI only young kids will come to the all-ages shows and the older crowd will come out to the bar scene," says Richards.

Dreams Among Stars did all the bookings themselves, involving shows with bands like The Getaway, Closet Monster and Ottawa band The Transit. They also organized a reunion with Vincent Black Shadow in Oakville, a band whose lead singer, Jared Callaghan, has been friends with the band since junior high. "It was really cool to meet up with them," says Richards.

"We played with one or two pop-punk bands, all the others were hardcore, so we didn't really hear any other styles, but it's pretty much the same (as on PEI)," comments Richards on musical trends seen on the mainland. "There will always be indie rock bands."

Dreams Among Stars are hoping to head into the studio this summer to record a full length album and head back on the road to promote it. Does the Charlottetown-based band plan on staying on Prince Edward Island? Richards alludes to Halifax's thriving music scene, but adds that "just being a small, independent band just touring as much as possible, we're able to do that here (PEI). But if we ever feel that it could benefit us to move to a bigger city, I would hope that we would be able to do that."

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