FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 @ IRENE'S PUB, 885 RUE BANK ST. - 22h00
Thomas Aguinaga (Drums/Percussions, Harmonica), Sam Gendron (Keyboard) and Marc-Antoine Moisan (Guitar, Vocals) are an Indie Folk band from Aylmer, Quebec, across the river from the no-nonsense, straight-laced, won't-crack-a-smile-at-a-dirty-joke, capital of Canada. Okies bring together their eclectic individual tastes to form a unique and captivating sound that dips its toes, testing the waters, of many different genres. Said to sound much like Alt-J, Fleet Foxes, Ben Howard and Passenger, they prefer to step away from the labels and simply state that they play “honest music.” They began as a two-piece in late 2013 with Thomas Aguinaga on drums and Marc-Antoine Moisan on guitar and vocals, playing riveting Folk tunes with an emphasis on hard-hitting drums and arduous guitar picking, yet quiet and soulful vocal melodies. Even with that, they quickly realized their songs were missing something crucial. After a few months of trial and error with different additions, they finally decided on high school friend Sam Gendron to play the keyboard, and bring the songs to life with his unrivaled sense of melodic synth and bass tones. Now, with four years of experience under their belts as an ensemble, the three young 21 year olds have played all over the National Capital Region, in such places as Zaphod’s, Ritual Nightclub, Maverick’s, Le Petit Chicago, Le Minotaure, Raw Sugar, Black Sheep Inn, and many more, including festivals like the Aylmer Folk Festival and Le Festival de L’Outaouais Émergent for the 2015 & 2016 editions, as well as Festival Diapason 2017 in Laval, Quebec. They’ve put out two EPs so far and one album which they released on December 29th, 2017 entitled “Aylmer” in honour of their hometown.