Ross Neilsen and The Sufferin’ Bastards find hope in a bottle

It’s often been said that people look for hope in the bottom of a bottle.

But before you go assuming that Fredericton’s own Ross Neilsen and The Sufferin’ Bastards hit the bottle looking for inspiration behind their smokin’ new record Redemption, think again.

To help cover the costs of making their new record, Neilsen and the Bastards relied upon the generosity of fellow New Brunswickers, soliciting the general public to donate their returnable beverage containers to them so that they could claim the deposit money to put towards their new album.

According to Neilsen, it was a joke made by a friend that got the idea planted in his head:

“One of my girlfriend’s friends joked that she was going to conduct a bottle drive so that she could go back to school and I thought there was no reason why we couldn’t do something similar,” Neilsen says.

“We looked at the idea, figured it was an old-school grassroots project that completely fit with the band so we went for it.”

According to Neilsen, the public’s support of the band’s initiative was beyond his wildest dreams:

“I have been trying for six or seven months now to find the words to express the gratitude we feel towards the community,” he says.

“I can’t express how much it means to us.” 

As the group prepares to spend the next four months of their lives playing throughout Canada, Neilsen acknowledges the toll it takes on their relationships outside the band but insists that they wouldn’t want it any other way: 

“There is nothing we like better than playing live for people but it does take a toll. You have to count on the people who are really close to you understanding why you do what you do,” Neilsen says.

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