If significant radio play is an early indication by which one could gauge to the potential of Moncton folk band Eastcoast Love Story, bigger things might be in store for the quartet.
With a still-to-be-titled EP due for release this coming spring, the band has already seen their song “Cold, Cold World” rack up airtime on C103 as well as BO-FM.
Formed in 2012, the group – performing at Moncton’s Plan b Lounge on Thursday, Feb. 26 – came together in a rather unglamourous way when band members Zac Hackett and Marcus Fougere were working at Moncton’s Trinity Theatres.
“One evening, the two of them were cleaning the garbage room at the theatre when Marcus was playing a song by the Avett Brothers on his phone,” Eastcoast Love Story guitarist Ryan Hillier begins. “Zac professed to being a fan which led to discussion that the two of them should give busking a whirl. Once that was in place, things started moving forward.”
Hillier and bassist Daniel Logan joined Hackett and Fougere a short time later, cementing the current lineup of the group, who in turn set about building their name throughout the Maritimes.
This past October, the group entered Danny Bourgeois’ Pumpk’n Patch Studios where they cut their upcoming EP. To help realize their vision, the group enlisted the assistance of former Divorcees drummer Brock Gallant, who also oversaw their video for the track “Cold, Cold World.”
Hillier has nothing but glowing things to say of Gallant’s involvement with the band.
“It has been a benefit to the band to have Brock in our corner,” Hillier says, noting the two first met while both working at Plan b Lounge. “Brock helped shape our EP in minor but necessary ways. Both he and Danny contributed suggestions that I feel brought the band and our songs to a whole other level in terms of both sound and arrangement. The two of them really ‘got’ what we had set out to do. It was a great experience.”
Looking forward to the future, aside from the release of their EP, Hillier shares that he and Hackett will be heading to the East Coast Music Awards in Newfoundland in early April.
Although they do not have an official show lined up in conjunction with East Coast Music Week, he admits that getting their music out to a group of industry folks and potential fans alike is too big of an opportunity for the band to pass up.
This summer, Hillier says the group is hoping to line up a number of festival appearances in addition to a tour that will bring them through the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario.
What: Eastcoast Love Story with Jason Haywood and Murder Murder
When: Thursday Feb. 26, 9:00 p.m.
Where: Plan b Lounge, 212 St. George St., Moncton