THE EAST POINTERS (CAN)
Redefining the ever-evolving genre – modern folk – with Billboard-worthy pop hooks, deep acoustic groove, trance-like trad breakdowns and three-part harmonies, Tim Chaisson (vocals/fiddle/percussion), Koady Chaisson (banjo/tenor guitar/moog) and Jake Charron (guitar/keyboards), already internationally acknowledged as musical trailblazers, have made sure Yours To Break will light a path for a new generation of music lovers who don’t care for labels.
What We Leave Behind was one of the international standout albums of 2017, nominated for the Traditional Roots Album of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards and attracting over four million streams on Spotify. In the short time between their 2015 JUNO Award-winning debut Secret Victory and the upcoming Yours To Break, the band has performed over 450 shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the UK, Europe, Mexico, the USA, and Canada.
Yours To Break sits uneasily in a classic genre demarcation. The East Pointers have always been musically complex and technically brilliant, the core is definitely traditional Celtic, but on the new album, fiddle tunes are grounded in complex rumbling bass lines, a dirty Americana exploration turns on a dime into a lighthearted guitar feature with flamenco reference palmas, playful keyboard tones turn traditional solos into urgent dance-party journeys, and off-the-leash festival jam sessions give rise to vocal numbers that are either perfect pop songs or moving tributes to the home and people they love.
Though honesty and expression has always been at the heart of The East Pointers’ songwriting, Yours to Break speaks to the band’s decision to be wholeheartedly themselves. The album title refers to the relationships and connections that we each form in life, with people, places, items or substances, and the choice we have to either keep these connections or part ways.
In terms of a musical pedigree, the boys have it in spades: Prince Edward Islanders Tim and Koady Chaisson are the seventh generation of musicians in their family, Ontario’s Jake Charron has been an in-demand touring musician for the majority of his life, and together as The East Pointers they are redefining the music they were raised on.
In addition to their own songwriting and touring, The East Pointers run the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival on Prince Edward Island (Canada), originally founded by Tim and Koady’s grandfather in 1976.
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