A band fronted by Juno-award-winning musician Julie Doiron released their first full-length album on Friday and will hit up Rossland as one of their tour stops.
Doiron got her start with Eric’s Trip in the early ’90s and then went solo. She also recorded an album with Wooden Stars in 1999, which won a Juno Award.
Now she’s heading out on tour with Julie and the Wrong Guys to promote the band’s self-titled album.
The group has been playing together since 2012.
“Shortly after we started playing together I had to move to Sackville, N.B. and then shortly after that Mike Peters, the drummer, moved back to his home town, Winnipeg,” explains Doiron. “So we’re based out of Toronto. … Eamon [McGrath] and Jaye [R. Schwarzer] still live in Toronto, but we made the album in Winnipeg, so we seem to just be all over the place actually. So I guess we’re not based anywhere.”
To calloborate on their self-titled LP, Doiron says the guys got together in Toronto to jam or worked on ideas and sent them to each other, but the album was largely written when the band go together at Peter’s family cabin in Manitoba.
“Really that’s where we kind of actually wrote the album, like for real, adding all the parts together and playing the songs together,” says Doiron.
Then the album was recorded and mixed over the course of a week.
It was released by Dine Alone Records. The band signed with the label a couple of months ago, thanks to Peters, who along with Schwarzer is also a member of the band Cancer Bats, signed to New Damage Records, which is a sister label of Dine Alone Records.
None of the band members have been to Rossland before, though McGrath has visited the East Kootenays many times.
“I haven’t done a lot of shows in B.C. to be honest,” says Doiron. “Other than the obvious ones like Vancouver. I mean I’ve done Kelowna in the past, Kamloops, Victoria, but I don’t really know that I’ve done very many shows in B.C.”
Julie and the Wrong Guys are playing the Flying Steamshovel on Oct. 3. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.
“It’s going to be a really, really awesome, really loud rock band,” says Doiron. “I don’t know how to describe our sound, but we’re very loud, so people who are sensitive to sound, they should probably bring earplugs.”
Julie and the Wrong Guys is available on iTunes.