It’s a tale as old as time: a fox, a fish, and two brothers walk into a Born Ruffians concert. They calmly drink their beers without chucking them at the stage, and walk out with a singular goal – to play music together. Two years later, they’re ready to unleash their new self-titled EP on the City of Windsor and, in time, the world.
As one of the Windsor’s finest new indie-rock quadrupeds, the band – drummer Corey Fox, vocalist/guitarist Brandon Poisson, bassist Phil Hartman and lead guitarist Luc Hartman – have spent the last two years perfecting their sound and picking up steam with local showcases.
“[Luc and Phil] were jamming together already, because they’re brothers or whatever,” says Poisson of their creative genesis. “I had a few songs written that I wanted to flush out with other players, and I knew Corey played drums. We all have similar interests, and so we met at a local show and just decided to give it a shot.”
The band recorded their debut album live-off-the-floor in Sound Foundry Studios last year, and after shopping out different producers, found themselves back there to record their new album with Brett Humber – a man they often describe as ‘the fifth member of the band’.
“He’s tough and honest, and he understands that as a band on a budget, time is money,” Luc explains. “We also met his parents, who are wonderful people and liked our music, so that didn’t hurt either!”
The resulting five-song effort is polished and effortlessly catchy, capturing the band’s carefree spirit and charm.
“It’s a concept record in that there’s no overall concept, if that makes sense,” laughs Poisson. As the primary lyricist, he tries to stay away from heavy topics like politics and world issues, choosing to focus instead on young love and trivial problems. “Teenage boys, like, ages ten to twelve, would totally relate to these lyrics, but your grandma would be super into it too.”
The band have been steadily picking up steam with packed local showcases, and while working full-time has made it hard for them to play outside of Windsor, they’d love the opportunity to spread their music further. They have a wish list of tour mates, from Tokyo Police Club to Said The Whale, but say it wouldn’t matter as long as they get paid to do what they love.
“Fuck, we’d tour with Justin Bieber if we had to,” says Phil, who’s clearly given this a lot of thought. “We’d be on the road in a second.”
While they talk a big game, it’s clear that they have strong roots in Windsor that would be hard to leave behind – the Hartman’s parents come to every show and dance, and Fox has two kids (and a third on the way) that he’s excited to share his music with.
“My eight-year old, Aiden, hasn’t seen us live yet,” he explains. “He’s heard our music, and he seems to like the band, just not what I’m doing. I’m definitely not raising a drummer.”
In the meantime, the band is focused on growing as musicians, playing as many shows as possible and getting more people excited about what they're doing. Come be a part of the magic as they release their brand-new album to the masses on November 5th at Villains Beastro, alongside two of Windsor's indie-rock elite, Tea Leaves and Of The Pack. If you’re reading this after the show, search out an album and put it on immediately.