The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Tony Hil­lier

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.

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