The res­onator

Cailen Py­gott’s hon­est, witty in­die rock makes No, It’s Fine. a band to fol­low.

The Coast - - ARTS - BY TARA THORNE

No, It’s Fine. EP release w/June Body, Gold­bloom, Fun­gus Fri­day, Jan­uary 12, 10pm Gus’ Pub, 2605 Agri­cola Street

In the Halifax mu­sic land­scape, there’s lots of en­ergy but not a lot of fun. But that—and the Philadel­phia in­die scene—is where Cailen Py­gott found his sweet spot as a song­writer.

“I ended up in this sce­nario where I was play­ing with the State of Alaska and Owen Meany’s Bat­ting Stance—two of my favourite song­writ­ers in the city,” he says. “Alaska in­tro­duced me to a band called Mod­ern Base­ball— they write about what they did that day and are funny. I was ner­vous about try­ing to be funny, try­ing too hard to be earnest. Mod­ern Base­ball be­ing su­per hon­est and chill, it was this eu­reka mo­ment.”

That was in 2015, and since then Py­gott has been writ­ing ter­rific, word-crammed songs as No, It’s Fine.—even the name, down to its punc­tu­a­tion, is a wry wink—and on Fri­day re­leases the band’s de­but EP at Gus’.

“I can take my time now. We don’t play su­per of­ten—so many times bands play twice a month in Halifax and burn them­selves out,” says Py­gott, whose side gigs keep him quite busy. “We just play once a month, shows we re­ally care about.”

No, It’s Fine.’ s six tracks, recorded at the end of 2016 at the Old Con­fi­dence Lodge, fly by in bursts of wildly di­ver­gent en­ergy and Py­gott’s en­dear­ing vo­cals—some­where be­tween Soror­ity Noise’s Cameron Boucher and his Owen Meany band­mate Daniel Walker—car­ry­ing songs that sur­prise and de­light with their turns of phrase and emo­tion.

“One of the rules I made for my­self was to be as hon­est as pos­si­ble all the time,” he says, “and to see that res­onate with peo­ple has been un­real.”

KT LA­MOND

Cailen Py­gott (front) gets cozy with No, It’s Fine.

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