Prix MNB Awards 2013
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Fancy isn’t a word often heard in Eastern Canada and there is nothing fancy about The BackYard Devils. They’re simply playing the music they love. Their debut album is a well blended mix of dirty country, rockabilly and bluegrass. The musicianship runs deep in this band and although they’re playing old styles they have managed to put their own twist to it.
When lead singer Erik Arsenault made a decision to move back to his hometown after a 4 year stay in the mountains of Alberta, big brother Remi flew west, and on the long drive home, the brothers laid down the foundation for The Backyard Devils. A dirty country and bluegrass band that would cater to young and old. From punk rockers to country & bluegrass fans. The brothers recruited Chris Belliveau, a talented and highly demanded guitar player with a love for roots music and Dillon Robicheau, a seasoned bluegrass mandolin and banjo player out of Nova Scotia to help create the vision. With a swinging guitar rhythm, doghouse bass slaps, smashing guitar solos and lightning quick banjo and mandolin lines, The BackYard Devils managed to hammer down their own sound in an old fashion style, just like the brothers had planned.
In January 2011, over three of the coldest days that winter, the band laid down 13 tracks live off the floor. With songs about guns, girls, god, drinking and outlaws, The BackYard Devils left the studio knowing that they recorded exactly what they intended to; an album that reflected what they sounded like onstage. From the first note, you can feel how much these guys love playing together.
With their first album under their belt and 3 Music NB awards (Emerging Artist, Country Album of the Year & Group Recording of the Year) you’ll find The BackYard Devils raising hell with their foot stomping music any place they can. And that’s just the way they like it.
The BackYard Devils will be performing a showcase on Friday, October 18 after 11 PM at the Pepper’s Pub.