Buckman Coe to be By The Mountain's Feet
Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 06:00 am
Vancouver singer-songwriter Buckman Coe is somewhere to the east, but welcomes the chance to return to the Rockies.
Originally released last June, Coe’s third album, By The Mountain’s Feet, was re-released last month on the Tonic Records/Fontana North label.
Coe is now touring across Canada in support of this new album, and will stop in Banff for a show at the Samesun Hostel on Sunday (April 15).
“All members of the trio are going to share some of the driving, which is good – there are some long stretches there – the Prairies get pretty dull, and Northern Ontario is so spread out,” he said in an interview with the Outlook. Today, Coe is in Winnipeg.
The tour began in B.C. in mid-March and stretched east as far Quebec. Now on the return road, Coe will play Banff for the first time.
“It’s a place you have to get in and play,” he said. “People have told me the Samesun is a good little spot, very lively, and we’re very looking forward to that.”
While the Samesun is a particularly small venue, Coe isn’t bothered by this.
“I’ve had some great shows in small, really packed places,” he said. “This is my first tour across Canada, first time playing in a lot of these cities, so they’re not crazy packed venues.
“It’s neat, the first time in a place there’s hardly anyone coming out, and the second there’s a lot of people. You guys are my seed audience for Banff.”
Touring across Canada is a dream come true, he said.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while, and seemed like this huge task to undertake to book it, so getting the right person to book it for me made it work,” he said. “The new album’s been really well received. We’ve been sending it out to Europe and they’re really excited, enjoying the album.
“We’re getting some really good feedback, so the next stage is to get out to Europe. We’ll probably start in Italy, but hopefully do Germany and England as well.”
As for the music itself, Coe said it’s a mix of styles.
“I’ve been calling it folk and soul, but there’s a lot of elements, and especially as I’ve been getting on the road and playing with my band, we’re bringing a lot of other elements of music I like a lot –so it’s folk and soul and rock, but it’s also getting into some reggae and psychedelia – which is really fun,” he explained.
“I like to keep it a lively thing and I don’t like to pigeonhole myself in one genre. Some people, their albums sound like all the same kind of songs, but my album really varies a lot.
“My main thing for music is for it to speak to what’s happening in the world. I try to make music uplifting and positive and optimistic and maybe challenging of things that are happening in our world,” he added. “I’m trying to create a balance of songs that are feel good, get-up-and-dance songs, and songs that are really reflective, that talk about the connection between people, and the responsibilities that we have for the environment.
“But I don’t like to be preachy, I like to be uplifting, and that’s what we’ve been doing on the tour – having a good time and an awesome good mood with music and enjoying the process of creating sound together.”
Playing with Coe at the Samesun will be Sam Cartwright (drums) and Michael Rush (bass). While he will be touting the new album, the tour is also a means to test new songs, which he’ll be recording soon
“It’s a bit of a collaboration, but that’s pretty new for me – all of the songs are written by me, but then all the parts for other instruments, that’s where the collaborative aspect happens,” he said. “There are five new songs that we’re road testing and will be recording in May.
“This whole process of being on the road and performing them is really fun, I think it’s going to make a difference with the next recording.”
So far, the tour has been a great experience, he said.
“It’s really about community and meeting all sorts of people who are buddies now and who will take us in and party after shows and feed us in the morning, and I’m feeling a lot of commonalities as we travel across the country,” said Coe. “And it’s really nice, I’m finding a little bit of home everywhere.”