Secret Victory The East Pointers Independent
Coming to a gig near you in the next three months is a trio of fresh-faced young fellows from Canada’s east coast that is set to take the Australian festival circuit by storm. Two of the East Pointers — fiddler Tim Chaisson and his cousin, banjo whiz Koady Chaisson — are members of a seven-generation musical dynasty from Prince Edward Island, which gives a strong clue to their sound. They might lean on their Celtic heritage in the ripping medleys of reels and jigs that pepper their debut album, but the tunes are 100 per cent original and performed and arranged with youthful panache and the acumen accumulated during countless family “seshuns” and ceilidhs. Accompanied by either stomp-box or a robust style of French-Canadian foot-percussion known as accord de pieds, the sets skip along. The closing medley finishes with a tune entitled Woodfordia, a nod to the East Pointers’ Aussie debut at the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland last year. Evidence provided by Secret Victory suggests the Chaissons and their guitarist, Jake Charron, have progressed in the interim, particularly in the vocal department. The four songs on their debut album not only function as breaks between feisty instrumentals but indicate the band’s maturity as songwriters. They showcase the impressively expressive lead vocals of Tim Chaisson and, on Last Blank Page, the band’s sweet three-part high harmony. More poporiented, Work That Way could pass as an outtake from one of Mumford & Sons’ earlier records.