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Local rock band is recording, performing, and producing its first album

For West Island rock band Paisley Wilde, building momentum in a crowded music scene has taken time and ingenuity. The group of friends who started playing together in high school have recently founded their own record label so that when their album is released in the fall the machinery will be in place to distribute it.

“We’ve got about 40 songs worth of material at this point,” said lead singer Jeremie Legault, “and we’re trying to whittle it down to a cohesive work of seven to 10 songs that we feel are the strongest. We wanted to make sure it’s ‘all killer and no filler’ – which I know is cliché but we want to put our best foot forward on the record.”

Paisley Wilde started as a group of friends at Loyola High School who were in band class together. They all played trombone and started their first band aptly named, The Trombone Section. Today the band includes Massimo Cannucci, Benjamin Beland, Trevor Ayre and Jonathan Chammas and the focus is all rock instruments.

The upcoming album contains material that’s been written and honed since May 2011. Legault recently graduated from audio recording at Vanier College and has been toying around with the sequencing and arrangement aspects of the songs. He said that by now the band has a good idea of which songs in their catalogue will make the cut to the debut album.

“There’s something that has to be said about audience reaction. Of those 40 songs, we’ve played each of them six or seven times live and some of them just fell so flat we just know that this is not one that somebody’s going to want to listen to over and over again. [...] Another thing, whether or not we feel embarrassed playing it live. Often times the two line up.”

The band would perform at Clydes, but is also the Crescent St. circuit, playing at bars like Mad Hatters and Chrome Bar, and in the Plateau at the gritty hole-in-the-wall rock establishment, Barfly.

Music runs in the family for Legault as his sister is also part of another local band - the acoustic-folk group Motel Raphaël. The two bands have played shows together.

“They’re really good – obviously I’m a bit biased on that,” Legault admits.

Paisley Wilde does not have any shows planed for the rest of the summer since they are working to get the album completed. The aim is a release date that falls between September and November. Afterwards there will be an album release party and show dates.

The band already has some singles on iTunes and Legault said that the album will probably be released there as well. To listen to Paisley Wilde on iTunes go to:

Organizations: Vanier College, Loyola High School

Geographic location: West Island

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