If Jimmyriggers band member David Pearce had his way, the band would be in the midst of making the anticipated follow-up to their second release, 2011’s I Stand In The Weeds. But like many bands currently slugging it out across this great land of ours, and like Canada itself, The Jimmyriggers are a democracy. All for one and one for all.
“We often talk about making a new record,” Pearce begins. “Acting on it is another story altogether. When you have two songwriters in the band as we do, you want to be sure that both writers have enough material.
“Andre (Kirchoff) and I are polar opposites when it comes to writing songs. I tend to be quicker where he is very deliberate and takes his time. We could go in and record ten of my songs but then it is a David Pearce record and not a Jimmyriggers record. That is not what the band is about.”
This isn’t to say that the group is lacking new material, however. Pearce shares that the group recorded a new song at the end of January which they will be releasing as a free download via their website.
The Jimmyriggers, returning to Plan B Friday night for a performance tonight alongside Moncton’s BackYard Devils, has been largely absent from the Maritimes over the course of the past 18 months. This doesn’t mean that they haven’t been busy, however.
Rather than spread themselves too thin touring throughout Canada, the group has instead chosen to focus on cities within a three- to four-hour radius of their Montreal hometown in efforts to grow their fan base. While the group is deservedly earning a fan base in the Montreal area, Pearce says they have been continuing to find new towns and cities to play in for the first time.
“We have spent a lot of time doing shows in Quebec and Ontario over the last year and a half. If you tour several hundred kilometres away from home, you are incurring a lot more in the way of expenses if you happen to have a day off. By choosing to play places that are only a few hours away from home, we can sometimes make the drive back home after the show. It is all about doing what makes the most sense professionally but also what makes the most financial sense.”
Article published in the March 15, 2013 edition of the Times & Transcript