The Belle Comedians Growing As A Band

If you were to take a peek into the past 18 months of the lives of Fredericton band The Belle Comedians, they would be jam packed with shows, releases, shows, relocation and more shows.

As it is with many bands, playing live has been a key factor in the growth of this folk-rock inspired band. They have performed at prestigious music festivals such as North By Northeast, Evolve, Follyfest and the Halifax Pop Explosion.

On Wednesday evening, The Belle Comedians, along with Vancouver’s Rococode, will be performing at the Tide & Boar Gastropub, located at 700 Main St. in downtown Moncton.

Getting their name out and playing for audiences far and wide has been a priority for this relatively young band. Having the opportunity to perform for festival audiences has been a great experience for the band as far as drummer Adam Guidry is concerned. In fact, it just might have earned them a few extra fans that weren’t necessarily there to see the Comedians exclusively. It’s a win-win situation.

“For any new band, I would highly recommend they get into playing festivals as soon as they are able to do so,” an amiable Guidry says from his Fredericton home. “You have to take into consideration that people might not be as inclined to come out and see you play at a bar if they don’t know your stuff but getting in front of those people at a festival is the exact way to help bring them out to your show the next time you play their town.”

In addition to playing their hearts out in 2011, the group also ambitiously released two EPs. The first, Without A Sound, was released in spring 2011 while last October saw the release of Autumn Ought To.

Asked why the group chose to go this route and release two EPs as opposed to one full-length effort, Guidry says the fact that the two EPs were rather different sounding played a part in their decision to go this route.

“The songs on the first EP were more in the spirit of singer-songwriter songs that Benjamin (Ross, singer) had written and added the band to accompany him,” Guidry says. “The second EP was definitely more of a collaborative effort which is incidentally the direction that our next record is taking as well.”

Prior to this past September, Guidry says that the bulk of The Belle Comedians were calling Halifax home while he resided in Fredericton. He says that learning new songs more or less consisted of the group sending him tracks via e-mail for him to add drum parts onto. With all of The Belle Comedians now calling Fredericton home, Guidry says that this previously unforeseen level of collaboration has been good for the group.

“It really feels like we are starting to be a true band now,” he laughs. “With all of us being in the same city, it has allowed us to practise and collaborate more than we had been doing in the past.

“A lot of the new songs that we have been writing are quite different from anything we have done in the past. I feel as though the new songs still sound like us but it is like we have moved onto the next level. There is more of a jazz and blues influence on some of these songs; there are more folk-driven songs that have big climaxes in them. Ultimately, I feel as though it is going to be a much bigger sounding record than what we have done in the past. It seems as though we are really starting to gel as a band and I think these new songs reflect where we are at in our career.”

What: The Belle Comedians with RococodeWhen: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 9 p.m.

Where: Tide & Boar Gastropub, 700 Main St., Moncton

Article published in August 31, 2012 edition of the Times & Transcript