New band of high school students set to rock local venues

Jan. 8, 2016

By Darcy Cudmore

Logan Richard knows what it’s like being in a band in Charlottetown.

He has fronted the blues band Ripped Paper and the rock group The Elusive Kings. He is in Grade 11.

For his latest project, Richard has taken pieces from those bands to form a new experimental, indie-rock group, Generator. He joins former Ripped Paper drummer Connor Nabuurs, Elusive Kings guitar player Josh Langille, and Josh’s younger brother Sam Langille on bass.

The band recently played its second show, this one at the Solid Rock Café, and were happy with their 45-minute set of original songs.

“It went really well. It was really well received, people seemed to like us a lot,” Richard said.

The bands first show was in November at The Guild as a fundraiser for Syrian refugees.

The four members now face the challenge of finding venues to play, as they are all still in school. Josh is in Grade 12, Nabuurs is in Grade 11 and Sam is in Grade 9, but the musicianship and complex song arrangements suggest they have been playing together for years.

In their jam space, the four pack a heavy punch of sound, drawing influences from Coldplay, Hey Rosetta! and P.E.I.’s own Paper Lions.

The songs they have written feature plenty of guitar and funky bass lines. Richard plays an assortment of acoustic guitar, electric guitar and keys, along with his lead vocals.

Other than school jazz bands, this is the first time the four have attempted to form a band. It started with Richard and the Langilles and, when they needed a drummer, Richard immediately thought of Nabuurs.

Song writing is a collaborative thing within the band, Josh said.

“Usually we just jam and go from there as a band.”

They pick out the parts they like and begin to build the song piece by piece. Richard adds the lyrics later.

The band has no upcoming shows, but continues to look for opportunities.

“We’re kind of just going with the flow for now,” Josh said.

Fans can connect with the band through its Facebook page.