After winning TD’s Rock Your Campus competition, Busty and the Bass has been playing all over North America, and for the first time they are headed to Halifax.
“We are most looking forward to playing for new people in a different city,” said Milo Johnson, bassist for Busty and the Bass. “Whenever we play for people and it is their first time at a Busty show, the energy in the room is so amazing. This is one of our favourite things about touring.”
Busty and the Bass will be performing at The Seahorse Tavern this Thursday alongside Robert Loveless & The Loveland Band. None of the members of Busty and the Bass have been to Halifax, but Johnson said they are “super excited about playing” here.
Because Busty and the Bass are travelling all the way to the East Coast, a member of the Halifax band Dub Kartel — friend of Busty and the Bass — organized for both bands to play together at Dalhousie’s Open Mic at the Grawood Campus Pub on Friday.
East West Melody, Halifax-centered music blog and organizer of both shows, said on its website, “Trust us — after seeing them on Friday you won’t be able to get enough and will most certainly want to hit up the Grawood to get your daily dose of funk.”
The electrofunk band from McGill University is made up of nine members ranging in age from 21 to 24, from various parts of North America. Last October, Busty and the Bass was crowned the winner of CBC’s and TD’s Rock Your Campus competition. They were one of hundreds of Canadian bands to enter.
Almost all members are set to graduate in May from McGill with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, with the exception of one who already has a music degree.
After meeting during frosh week, playing at house parties, and now being the winner of Rock Your Campus, they are now in the position to be considering different labels.
“As of right now we are just taking our time to really hone our sound, and our live performance,” said Johnson.