You say you want a revolution?

Local indie folk band West My Friend is going places, and using its own power to get there

West My Friend hosts a CD release party at Hermann’s Jazz Club on April 5.

With a brand new album and a Vancouver Island Music Award nomination, local indie folk band West My Friend is going places, and using its own power to get there.

Place is the new album and its being launched at a CD release party at Hermann’s Jazz Club on April 5. The event is set to be a community affair, as the band is staging a cycle-to-show ridealong as part of the festivities.

The band will be biking to the gig from Fernwood Square and is inviting anyone coming to the show to join them. They will be taking the scenic route and picking up cyclists along the way, swinging through Cook Street Village, Irving Park in James Bay and Centennial Square, before heading to the show.

“There will be much joyous noise and sparkles I’m sure, regardless of how many people are there,” lead singer and guitarist Eden Oliver said. “And bubbles.”

The CD release as a whole has been ordained “Revolutions,” alluding to the revolution of records, of bicycle wheels and, at a grassroots level, of communities.

To save up money for studio time, West My Friend appealed to the community to chip in. The band launched an Internet campaign centering around a series of videos paying homage to Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. In the clips friends of the band introduce themselves and ask for donations via posters while the band jams out in the background.

Oliver said that the band managed to raise a few thousand dollars toward recording costs and has repaid the debt through free house gigs, signed CDs, high fives and vegan meals. The idea ended up fostering a community like spirit to the album too.

“I feel like people know about us a lot more after that,” Oliver said. “Which is almost better than making all that money.”

The band previously released an EP but headed into two local studios with two production pros to lay down its first full length release. Producer and sound engineer Adrian Dolan (The Bills, Mark Atkinson) cut the album and Juno-award winner David Travers-Smith (The Wailin’ Jennys, Oh Susannah) mastered it from his homebase in Toronto.

“I feel like it’s a really good representation of our sound,” Oliver said. “I feel like Adrian really understood what our sound could be like when recorded and I feel like it’s a really surprisingly cohesive whole for a first album.”

Playing acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and accordian, with the new addition of drums on the album, the band members bring both an academic knowledge of music and a penchant for pop to a folk base. Oliver said the band describes itself as indie roots music but also enjoy Dolan’s appraisal of “a pop band disguised as a folk band.”

A string quartet from UVic will also be joining the band for a few tunes during the show and Victoria-based country/folk sisters Carli and Julie Kennedy, who are nominated for a Vancouver Island Music Award for best live act, will be opening.

West My Friend is up for a Vancouver Island Music Award itself, in the best song category, for their track Saturn Maybe featured on the new album.

The bike ride starts at 6 p.m. on April 5 and the show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Long & McQuade and Larsen Music at $8, or $10 at the door at Hermann’s Jazz Club.

Just Posted

Driver crashes car into building on Quadra Street

Emergency crews respond to single vehicle crash Thursday morning near Mason Street

West Shore RCMP receives five cougar reports in two days in Colwood

Colwood and Sangster Elementary Schools taking precautions

More checks on contractors part of BC’s new pavement marking program

20,000 Km of lines to be painted, some given second coats

Esquimalt-based HMCS Regina makes third drug bust in two weeks

Ship seized hashish and heroin in Indian Ocean

Temporary CCTV cameras added around downtown Victoria

Cameras go up Saturday for big Sunday events

WATCH: Cougar saunters through Metchosin yard

Spring cougar sighting caught on camera

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

Second dump site of Dungeness crab discovered in northern B.C.

DFO confident new site related to larger April 2 dump

Northern B.C. high school student reaches 100,000 followers on YouTube

Voice actor, animator, Jericho Fortune has more than 30-million views on his channel GTAGAMER222

University mourns student who died in B.C. canoeing accident

Andrew Milner, 19, was in his second year with the University of Calgary’s basketball program

RCMP arrest B.C. man following threatening Vaisakhi Facebook post

Post made reference to pressure cooker bomb at massive Surrey parade

B.C. woman pleads for people to stop stealing daffodils meant to honour cancer victims

Cynthia Bentley honours memory of those lost to cancer by planting 100 daffodils each year

Canfor temporarily shutting down lumber mills across B.C.

Low lumber prices and the high cost of fibre are the cause of curtailment, according to the company

Most Read