Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine - - Home Grown - By KIM­BER­LEY FOWLER – CAMP­BEL­LVILLE, ON

Think Cana­dian reg­gae and Brant­ford, On­tario might not be the first place that comes to mind. But The Alpines are chang­ing that. A love of reg­gae and west coast in­flu­ences brought Andy, Donato, Keith, Mike and Scott to­gether. The band soon found they aren’t the only ones who love reg­gae’s smooth, happy vibe.

“We’re different, a wel­comed change from the rock and roll that peo­ple nor­mally hear at the bar,” says Andy, the band’s lead singer. “We have a re­ally good group of core fans and be­cause of that our con­certs are al­ways a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment for new peo­ple. We see new faces at each show, which is awe­some.”

Venues like Brant­ford’s lo­cal brew­ery Mash Pad­dles and Pub Fic­tion in An­caster were early sup­port­ers of The Alpines, but th­ese lo­cal venues are not the only places that you’ll catch a show. “Last night we opened up for the New York ska band the Slack­ers at Rum Run­ners in Lon­don,” Andy says. “It was a lot of fun, they gave us the cre­ative free­dom to build our set and we did eight orig­i­nals.”

The Alpines pre­fer play­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic to cov­ers, and their cre­ative process is col­lab­o­ra­tive. The band com­bines the tal­ents of each mem­ber, build­ing off each other’s ideas to cre­ate orig­i­nal rhythms and lyrics – with Andy (The Moose) on vo­cals, guitar and bass, Donato (The Bear) on drums, Keith (The Hawk), on bass, guitar and vo­cals, and Mike (The Rab­bit) on Sax­o­phone. Their man­ager Scott, (The Tur­tle) com­pletes the quin­tet.

So, what’s with the nick­names?

“We’re big out­doors­men,” Andy says. “We love na­ture, and the nick­names re­flect that.” A love of na­ture is at the heart of the band’s name too. “One of our first jam ses­sions was at Don­nie’s in the coun­try and we had pine trees all around us. It’s how our mu­sic is,” Andy ex­plains. “There’s a good feel­ing to it. Peo­ple say that if reg­gae is played with true soul then it’s sup­posed to clear the clouds and make the sun shine, and our mu­sic has that vibe.”

The Alpine’s lyrics which fo­cus on liv­ing life to the fullest and en­joy­ing the mo­ment is how they live their lives. “We don’t do this for money, we’re do­ing it be­cause we love it and have fun do­ing it,” Andy says.

So, what does the future hold for The Alpines? The band is set to play at the Hide­out in Toronto later this month(April). They’re also work­ing on a full-length al­bum for re­lease this fall, which will co­in­cide nicely with their other ma­jor project: bring­ing Canada’s amaz­ing reg­gae and ska bands to­gether for the ul­ti­mate tour. “The more reg­gae bands that we meet, the more we want to keep the party go­ing, that’s re­ally our fo­cus right now.” Andy says.

Check out The Alpine’s happy, laid-back vibe on In­sta­gram or their web­site to hear songs like Cold World and Whis­tle Bird. @theaplines |

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