Q&A with Alert The Medic

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Stellarton-formed band will take to Jubilee stage on Friday

For the members of the band Alert The Medic, playing at this year’s New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee is a homecoming of sorts.

The Stellarton-formed band Alert The Medic, consisting of Ryan MacDonald, left, Dale Wilson, Matt Campbell and Troy Arseneault, will take the stage on Aug 1 before Crash Karma, Danko Jones and Town Heroes.

The group, with three of its four members from Stellarton, have won and been nominated for a handful of East Coast Music Awards since forming in 2006.

A regular act at the Jubilee, Alert The Medic bass player Matt Campbell chatted with Reporter John Brannen during First Cup on Tuesday morning. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation:

John Brannen: Good Morning Matt! Thanks for joining me for First Cup this morning!

Matt Campbell: Good Morning John! Thanks for having me.

JB: Great to have you on the blog. So just to start off, can you tell me a bit about yourself and some of your band mates?

MC: I'm a coffee addicted musician from Stellarton. I joined my first band in 8th Grade with Ryan and we haven't stopped since. Dale's from Sunny Brae and has been playing with Ry and I since high school and Troy's from Campbellton, NB. We picked him up hitchhiking in Fredericton around 2008.

JB: Haha! That's a great story. And it's nice to know there are other coffee addicts out there - I feel your pain. You're no stranger to Pictou County – what's it like being the hometown band playing in your hometown?

MC: It's awesome! Unfortunately we don't get the chance to play at home that often anymore so when we do we make the most of it. It's nice to be able to play in front of your friends and family and Pictou County has always been so supportive to the musicians that have grown up there. It's sort of the reputation there. We're lucky!

JB: That's good to hear. I bet you can't help but smile as you recognize faces in the crowd.

MC: It's a great feeling, for sure.

JB: What music/musicians would you say are your inspirations?

MC: I'm kind of all over the map. I grew up listening to a lot of Motown but I got into the whole grunge thing as well. That was the first genre of music I felt like I found on my own. I'm constantly looking for new music though and then there's The Beatles...

JB: Right on. What was your reaction to being asked to perform in the Jubilee this year?

MC: We've been a part of the Jubilee for a number of years now and have been able to watch it grow into the amazing festival it is today and it's an honor to be a part of that.

JB: For sure. With that history with the Jubilee, what do you think of and who are your favorites on stage with you this summer?

MC: We're pretty excited to share the stage with our producer Mike Turner and his band Crash Karma. Mike was a big influence on all of us growing up as the guitarist for Our Lady Peace. This year we've got something special planned for our set. Probably one of the coolest moments in this bands history will happen Friday night.

JB: That's a pretty neat connection there! Now up to and after the Jubilee, where have you been performing? Any new songs or albums in the works?

MC: We released our new album The Phantom Moves in April and toured the Maritimes and Central Canada in May and June. We're booked for a few festivals around the Maritimes in August and will be heading across Canada for a tour this fall. No new album in the works just yet but hopefully it won’t be another five years for that to happen!

JB: Awesome, glad to hear you're performing in the Maritimes. Anything else you want to add?

MC: Get your Jubilee tickets! It's going to be an incredible weekend!

JB: Well said! Thanks for joining me this morning and have a great show on Friday.


Organizations: The Beatles, Our Lady Peace

Geographic location: Pictou County, Canada

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