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Where we practice: The Brood 

Lovely psychedelic weirdos The Brood produce their proggy goodness in a basement in Dartmouth.

  • Lenny Mullins

Seamus Erskine, Billy Taylor-Habib and Siobhan Martin brought their Zappa-influenced experimental sound to Halifax from Toronto in November 2013 and promptly recorded an EP, the profoundly prog All Debit No Credit, with Joel Ryerson. Adding Matt Gallant on drums for live shows, The Brood became Casino Nova Scotia's band-in-residence after winning a battle of the bands competition facilitated through Music Nova Scotia. Casino-goers have had their minds expanded with The Brood's unique sound, and The Brood have gotten better at Excel. Win/win. "So far we've played some great shows at Casino Nova Scotia, and Music Nova Scotia has taught us how to use spreadsheets," says Erskine. "We've been working on demos and soon, with the funding, will be recording a full-length album and tour."

"We like playing music that combines all the styles we like, and have grown up with, which is anything from '70s progressive rock, jazz, funk, rockabilly, psychedelia, pop, even '90s talk-show music," says Erskine. "Plus there's room for us to express our humour which is slightly left of centre—we're big fans of Tim and Eric. So we're working on getting that even more into the music."

"We just moved into our place in Dartmouth, and this photo shoot prompted us to finally set up our jam space," Erskine says. "It's much bigger—the ceilings can accommodate our adult height and it has less mould. So less concussions and our air-sacks have never felt better!"

This Saturday, November 22 has The Brood playing Gus' Pub with Walrus and This Ship; a week later, an all-ages show at Plan B, Thursday, November 27; and then Friday, November 28, they're on to their sort-of home base, Casino Nova Scotia, for Free Music Fridays with Scott Nicks and Rolly & The Navy Brats.

The Brood w/ This Ship, Walrus Saturday, November 22 at 11pm
Gus’ Pub, 2605 Agricola Street

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