Based in Moncton, FiveStoreyFire is Andrew Chatham (guitar, vocals), Colin Gauvin (bass, vocals), Amy Chatham (keys, vocals) and Adam Bauckman (drums, vocals).
The band is relatively new, but its members have experience playing on stages throughout the region. Chatham, Bauckman and Chatman played in rock/jam band The Flow, while Gauvin was a member of metal band Laid To Waste.
The band has several tracks on its myspace page, and FiveStoreyFire hopes to put its blend of rock, funk and pop on record later this year or next.
Colin Gauvin joins us this week …
1. You guys wrote an interesting blog about the formation of the group and how you’ve grown since. What’s the experience like for a young band to change so much as you try to find your footing?
The process of changing certainly has been a learning experience. I think every band, regardless of style or genre goes through changes. When a band first comes together everyone has ideas of how they would like to see the things play out, including the direction of the music and the roles of each musician in the band. As you play together longer each member starts to influence each other, bringing different ideas to the table musically or perhaps presenting alternative goals. We’ve come to adopt our individual tastes and perspectives as the key factor in crafting a unique sound for the band. At times ideas clash, but I think that’s healthy. It’s good to have too many ideas than not enough.
2. You guys are a little unusual for a Moncton group, showing poppier leanings where there tends to be a lot of metal and punk around here. Has that made things tougher for the band?
Our style certainly does not fit the mould when you look at Moncton’s music scene as a whole. By and large the bulk of original artists are metal and punk bands. FSF incorporates sounds from many styles, but at the end of the day there is no doubt that we’re a pop band. At this point I’m on the fence a little about whether the scene has made it tougher for us.
On one hand, we’re a nice alternative for music lovers who aren’t “into” more aggressive styles. But on the other hand it seems like the majority of Monctonians who are plugged into the local scene and follow it closely are mostly fans of heavier music. That being said, we’ve had some great support from right here in our hometown.
3. You have a demo recorded and a bunch of tunes on your Myspace page. Any plans to release an album?
Recording and releasing an album is definitely on our agenda. We’re hoping to go into the studio and record a full-length album by the end of 2011/ early 2012.
4. What song/album/artist have you been listening to most lately?
Collectively we all love bands like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Blue Rodeo. But, for the most part we all have very diverse tastes, and can differ from on another greatly. Andrew and Amy are very much into funkier/jam music like Slowcoaster and RHCP, while Adam is heavily into rock music; from Soundgarden to Led Zepplin. I, on the other hand, listen to a lot of folk music, artists like Kathleen Edwards and Sarah Harmer. I also have an affinity for some metal as well; I still love Black Sabbath, Pantera and Down, among others.
5. We’re early in 2011 … any idea what the year will hold for the band?
We’re hoping 2011 will be a big year for the band. In fact it’s already been very good for us. So far are goals are to get on board with some bigger festivals this summer and try to play in different cities as much as possible. We’d also love to start and finish a record as I mentioned earlier.