New Signing The East Pointers Share Emotional Single “Stronger Than You Know”
May 27, 2022 BY Jason Currell
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of JUNO-award winning indie-folk trio, The East Pointers. The Canadian-born and Prince Edward Island/Ontario based trio announce a new six-song EP (title TBA) featuring lead single “Stronger Than You Know,” a track inspired by a winter storm that Koady Chaisson of the band experienced on Eastern PEI. Using this song as a metaphor, the band encourages everyone to dig deep, “things can get tough, but you will get through it, you’re stronger than you know.”
It was on January 6, 2022, that Koady Chaisson––beloved husband, a cherished family member of the massive Chaisson clan of Souris, Prince Edward Island, multi-skilled musician and entertainer, adored mentor, and heart-of-gold friend to many––passed away from an unexpected heart aneurysm at the age of 37.
Fans of The East Pointers certainly have Koady to thank for being the kinetic force behind the JUNO-Award-winning indie-folk trio, all throughout the group’s prolific career since forming in 2014. The dancefloor-shaking, ceiling-rattling, electro-trad breakdown, three-part harmony, a glorious combination of folk, pop, and dance music has brought so much joy to fans from Canada to Japan, Australia to Mexico, England to America, and all around the world. And now, even posthumously, Koady’s energetic fire continues to blaze the musical trail onward.
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Those who were lucky to have been influenced by his creative and generous soul felt like a black hole had suddenly formed where the supernova of Koady’s light had been. Koady’s journey of recovery from substance abuse had aligned perfectly with the road of The East Pointers over the course of the last eight years and he often credited the band with saving his life – a story that proved to inspire countless others who learned of his path to wellness.
The new songs were born out of pandemic downtime and a desire to always be pushing forward. With an Australian tour cancelled in March 2020 and international touring paused, The East Pointers, Koady (banjo, tenor guitar, bass synth), Tim Chaisson (vocals, fiddle, percussion) and Jake Charron (guitar, keyboards) got to work on hammering out new songs at home in P.E.I. with their great friend Colin MacDonald of The Trews joining virtually from Ontario. Over twenty new songs were written, and eventually, award-winning producer Derek Hoffman (Arkells, Tim Hicks, Donovan Woods) was brought on board to help record the best of these songs into an EP. With Hoffman’s engineering skills and expertise at the board, the trio were overjoyed with the virtual recording process from Jake’s home studio and the sonic boundaries he allowed them to push: Shiny and melodic, glowing, nostalgia-flared, folk experimental pop but with the same driving trad instrumental hooks for which the band has become known and revered around the world.
So, onward the two remaining members pressed, and with the help of Derek Hoffman, they succeeded in putting their finishing touches on an EP of six new songs.
The East Pointers joins Nettwerk’s expanding label roster, which also includes The Ballroom Thieves, Ivan & Alyosha, and others. Stay tuned for more music and info.