The guys in local band Waterfront Fire might be some of the nicest around.
Waterfront Fire will host a show Friday night at the Rock House in St. John’s with Young Manics and London Above. — Submitted photo
In an interview with The Telegram about their show at the Rock House on George Street Friday night, they were quick to give some love to the other acts performing — Young Manics and London Above — stressing they didn’t want them left out.
“They’re amazing. Either one of them could headline their own show,” said guitarist Andrew Boyd. “We’re of the mentality that there doesn’t need to be any competition. We would encourage our fans to support other great local bands. We want to spread the word around.”
Waterfront Fire, featuring Boyd and Ben Thistle on guitar, Ryan Tobin on drums, Brandon Young on bass and vocals, Sean Jessome on keyboard and Jordan Coaker on lead vocals, have seemingly come out of nowhere, with a sound that’s already polished. While most of the members have been playing together for a couple of years, without a lead singer, they had mostly been stewing.
Putting together a record for the RPM challenge, they recruited Coaker to lend a hand, and he liked what he heard.
“We were dying to get out there, but we didn’t want to go out as
an instrumental band,” Boyd explained.
“We had all that time to write and polish what we had.”
Waterfront Fire’s contemporary rock sound is unique to the local music scene, and is the result of a blend of influences, which includes everything from Wintersleep to Tool to more simple, tone-focused music. Hooks are catchy, lyrics are well-thought-out, and the sound is overall modern, with each of the guys having a hand in writing the riffs.
We had been trying to find ourselves, and what we’ve found is now we’re actually back to the beginning. Andrew Boyd, guitarist, Waterfront Fire
His personal favourite track on the EP is “Last Moonlight,” the first they wrote together as Waterfront Fire. It’s funny, he said — after writing the song, the guys changed styles and tried different sounds before realizing they had already found what they were looking for.
“We have songs that we wrote since that one that are no longer in the rotation,” Boyd said.
“We had been trying to find ourselves, and what we’ve found is now we’re actually back to the beginning.”
Last month, Waterfront Fire went on a mini-tour, playing gigs in Corner Brook and Stephenville, where a few of the band members have ties. Friday night’s show at the Rock House will be their first in St. John’s since that, and the guys are also preparing to head into the studio in the next month or so to record a trial track for a future full-length album.
Young Manics are a 2013 MusicNL Award-nominated band from St. John’s that has earned critical acclaim for their self-produced album, “Solidarity Songs,” while London Above, previously called Before You Know It, released their debut EP, “Creatures,” in March.
Tickets for the show are $10 (which includes entry for a number of door prizes) and showtime is at 10 p.m.
Sample the music
Visit thetelegram.com to listen to Waterfront Fire, and download Waterfront Fire’s EP at waterfrontfire.bandcamp.com.