The Meds chosen as ReverbNation artist opening act

Amanda Jess
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CHARLOTTETOWN – When Matt Mays & El Torpedo released their self-titled album in 2005, Iain McCarvill, a high school student at the time, bought it the very first day.

Since grabbing Matt Mays’ attention, The Meds have been running in the same circles as Mays and other bands they admire. They were recently chosen as the ReverbNation artist for The New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee, a festival that has headlined Matt Mays just last year. SUBMITTED

He was a fan then, and is a fan now, despite now being the Canadian rocker’s peer.

“You kind of almost have to play it cool sometimes,” said McCarvill, bassist and back-up vocals for The Meds.

Mays got the Prince Edward Island pop-rock band on their feet, having come across their demo while searching for some music to listen to on a drive in 2009.

Next thing they knew, the four man group of Kyle Drake on lead vocals and guitar, Pat MacDonald with guitar, McCarvill, and George Maros on drums were opening for Mays, The Sheepdogs, Meatloaf, Down With Webster and The Trews.

Soon, they’ll be one of the opening acts for Danko Jones at the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee.

“It’s an honour. Anytime you get chosen for something like that, it’s one of those good signposts along the road that let you know you’re doing something right,” he said about the band being chosen as the ReverbNation artist.

They had already applied to be a part of the festival, so when they found out about the ReverbNation artist slot, they seized the opportunity for a second chance.

They had been planning a few East Coast shows around the same time, and though they weren’t saving the date, it happened to be open.

“I think that our sound is very much in line with what the Jubilee does. It’s a rock festival. We’re a band – two guitars, bass and drums. We’ve opened for a number of bands that have been headliners at this festival – The Trews, Matt Mays and the Sheepdogs. I just think that we were kind of a good fit.”

The selection comes only a few months after the release of their debut full-length album, South America.

The 10-track record came out in April with a few songs produced by another artist McCarvill admires, Colin MacDonald of The Trews.

“I saw The Trews for the first time 10 years ago in Charlottetown, and went out and bought their CD the next day. Here we are, almost 10 years later after becoming big fans of these guys and now they’re becoming fans of our work. It’s little things like along the way that have been really cool,” he said.

They had been working on it since their debut EP was released in 2012, continuing with lead vocalist and songwriter Kyle Drake’s lyrics of “loneliness and heartache penetrated by a ray of optimism,” as the band’s bio puts it.

At times, it was weeks of 12 to 16 hour days, but none of it felt like work, McCarvill said.

“It was almost kind of like Christmas morning, ripping into the box and actually having the physical version of something you’ve been working on for a long time,” he said about receiving the finished copies.

The Meds start off the Aug. 1 entertainment at 7 p.m. They also join the late night stage line-up at the Acro Lounge and Eatery.

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

Organizations: The Meds

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, East Coast, South America Charlottetown

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