Fri, Sep 6, 2013.
One of the new names coming to the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival this year is a Halifax band, Billie Dre and the Poor Boys. The band has only been around since 2011, but has already earned honours at home, grabbing The Coast's Best New Band title this past spring in it's annual Reader's Poll. The group comes armed with its debut disc just out, called Garlic Fingers.
The band rocks. They crazy rock. Just a three-piece, they deliver a noisy, over-sized sound, with everything pounded and played hard. There's nothing clean about any of it, all the instruments and vocals covered in fuzz and bordering on low-fi. It's the energy that will win you over, Dre a frenzied front man, and drummer Dylan Ryan and bassist Corey Henderson classic big players. Produced by Tim Jim Baker of Matt Mays & El Torpedo fame, the album includes tunes in their riffed-up style, including their nasty version of surf rock (Lip Balm Cray), frantic Who-like explosions (Mambo 666, check out Ryan's power drums), and even field recordings of Dre addressing the crowd at a show, in full-on preacher mode.
Billie Dre and the Poor Boys will be appearing at Harvest Jazz & Blues on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8 PM at the Galaxie Barracks Tent, during the Hey Rosetta! show. The album release tour continues in Moncton on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Tide & Boar.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).