Play Back plays at top volume in Jackpine Flats

Play Back is, from left to right, Will Westby, Mario Furtado, Kyle Gray, Andre Pipe, and Ryan Sergerie. They’ve been perfecting their sound in a shed in Jackpine Flats. - Brittany Demedeiros
Play Back is, from left to right, Will Westby, Mario Furtado, Kyle Gray, Andre Pipe, and Ryan Sergerie. They’ve been perfecting their sound in a shed in Jackpine Flats.
— image credit: Brittany Demedeiros

A local band of best friends who’ve played together for several years is releasing its first CD soon.

Play Back, made of up of four best friends and a new guitar player, has played around Terrace at as many local venues as possible and will playing a fundraiser for the local rugby team on April 27.

The members have been working on a CD of their original songs, which they’re very excited about, says lead singer Kyle Gray.

“This would definitely be our first. The other ones I wouldn’t even consider CDs,” said Gray.

It’s being recorded at Marshland Studios in Kitimat with friend Dustin Marsh and will be available on iTunes. A single is out on the band’s Facebook page.

Gray, who’s vocals and guitar, guitarists Andre Pipe and Mario Furtado and drummer Will Westby have been playing together for five years, since about Grade 9, says Gray.

After Pipe moved away last year, the band added bassist Ryan Sergerie, formerly of Grinder, and he stayed when Pipe moved back again this year.

Foo Fighters, a favourite band, is known for having three guitars that are very loud and Play Back models itself after them, he said.

“We’re a very guitar driven band. We love loud guitars,” said Gray.

The band’s name comes from a Tom Petty compilation album.

“We’re trying to bring back that old sound. That’s where we think the best music lies,” he said, adding he would describe the band’s sound as loud rock.

And they can be as loud as they want – their jam room is a shed built for them by Westby’s dad out in Jackpine Flats.

Besides Foo Fighters, the band’s influences include the Beatles, Kings of Leon, but their favourite and biggest influence is Led Zeppelin.

“They’re everything to me. It begins and ends with Zeppelin for me,” Gray says.

In their time together, the band members have become better songwriters, he says.

“The thing I think that impressed me is we’ve got a lot better at songwriting,” says Gray.

“They actually sound good and I’m very proud of them,” says Gray, adding he never used to be proud of what he wrote but now he is.


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