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Strongboy (New Music 2016) 

Four besties from Cape Breton making modern indie tunes.

click to enlarge AMANDA GAUL
  • Amanda Gaul

"It's groovy, wacky and noisy in the right places," says Brett Jarret, vocalist and guitarist of lazy pop indie-rock band Strongboy. Along with Seamus O'Neill, Alex Sheppard and Tyler Popwell, the four best friends from Cape Breton are anything but traditional Island fare, with their modern indie-pop flourishes and jizz-jazzy reverbs. Strongboy is currently working on a full-length album to follow up their February EP and 2015's wavy single "Hangin' Around." "I'd describe us as the Cool Runnings of Halifax," Jarret says. "We don't know exactly what we're doing, but we're getting there." But while the songs feel upbeat, there's a little millennial sadness under the surface: "We get along great but everyone makes fun of me," says Popwell (guitar). "I love playing with them, but my days are sad and cold." Are those jokes? Stop flexing and go see Strongboy and friends at Menz Bar on Wednesday, June 15.

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