PEI's Tim Chaisson is a good ole East Coast boy who churns out folky alt-country songs that make you think you're in a cool, updated version of Road To Avonlea that has beer, a better soundtrack and dresses that show cleave instead of frills.
His new album The Other Side is now available and it shows a heart on this humble young man that's the size of a PEI bar bill. He was even so kind to tell us this was his favourite interview he has ever done. Aww, we're so touched.
How do you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard you before?
That’s always a tough question… A bit of east coast-folk, a bit alt-country, with a pop and slight rock influence.
If you could open for one current band that you haven't played with before, who would it be?
Definitely Tom Petty – that would be a dream come true.
If you could play one venue you've never played before, what would it be?
Massey Hall in Toronto. I have friends who played there and said it was a show experience they’ve never experienced anywhere else.
Who, in your opinion, has/had the best facial hair of any band ever?
My drummer, Nat Lamoureux. He sneezes and a beard pops out.
What would be your all-time, all-star supergroup?
Steve Jordan, John Paul Jones, Natalie MacMaster, Nathaniel Smith, Bela Fleck, Duane Allman.
What was the craziest live show you've ever seen?
Probably a show I randomly ended up on in Melbourne, Australia a few months ago. There were a few different bands on the bill but there was one band that was something else. I can’t remember the name but they were a bunch of young fellas from the area who played some originals but mostly punk rock covers. Most of them just learned how to play their instruments but yet had the most rock and roll attitude ever. They were jumping all over the stage, playing their hearts out and getting so into the songs, but at the same time making sure their fingers were in the right spot. The bass player jumped off the stage when he wasn’t playing, grabbed the pitcher of beer from his girlfriend at a table in the front and chugged it. He ran back up to the stage just in time to hit the first note of the song. Everything was out of time and a lot of wrong notes were hit but they were living the dream. I had to stay and watch the whole show.
What was the craziest live show you've ever played?
Just last month at Hunter’s Ale House in PEI… Lots of drunk islanders jam packed in a sweaty bar screaming the words to my songs. A fella from my hometown even threw up on my girlfriend. Quite a time.
What's your favourite song to play live? Why?
It’s always changing but right now I think it’s “Bail You Out.” The guys in my band are great singers and there are a lot of cool harmonies going on. Nothing better than a rockin’ tune with great harmonies.
What was the first record you ever bought? When was the last time you listened to it? The first record I ever bought was Hi How Are You Today by Ashley MacIsaac. My all time favorite record, just listened to it the other day.
Who was your favourite band (or artist) when you were 12 years old? Do you still like them?
There were a few - I would say Natalie MacMaster or the Rankin Family (not hard to tell I’m from the east coast). My friends and I were also hardcore Korn (don’t know how to get the backwards ‘r’ there) and Limp Bizkit fans. I’ve always kept up with everything Natalie and The Rankins have done. I grew out of Korn and Limp Bizkit but if I happen to hear something old of theirs on the radio, I don’t change the station.
If you could only listen to one band or artist for the rest of your life, who would you pick?
James Taylor. I think it’s impossible to get sick of his songs and he has a lot of them.
Partridge Family or Monkees?
Partridge Family. My family was oddly like them, except we played fiddle music.
If you absolutely had to get a face tattoo of album art from one record, which record would you want to have on your face for the rest of your life?
If I was going to get a face tattoo of album art, I’d probably get my own! Jud Haynes is a very talented graphic design artist and he designed the cover for my new album… I think he did a wicked job. And plus, it’s a little more personal that way. Would that be arrogant? Maybe, eh?
If you could have one musical superpower, what would you want it to be?
The ability to play every instrument as good as the best instrumentalist of that instrument in the world. You could play a different festival, with different people, in a different part of the world, in any style of music, with a large array of beers… Every weekend. Sounds like a good time to me.
Do you hate your hometown?
God no! Absolutely love it. Actually, if you ever get a chance to experience it, I would. Souris, PEI (go in the summertime).
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