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Movies Made for Music at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Movies Made for Music at the Vancouver International Film Festival

By Paris Spence-Lang VANCOUVER – VIFF is one of those perennial events that seems to get better every year. “It’s…

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The New Haunts: Old Pals Become New Band

Thursday 31st, August 2017 / 09:31


By Brittany Rudyck

Indie project born of slight necessity
Photo by Bill George

EDMONTON – It might be fair to say most bands come together in some sort of spontaneous fashion; a drunken conversation, more professional means via an email, so on and so forth. Indie quartet the New Haunts story began in a pair of guitar shops several years ago with friends Aaron Sabourin (guitar) and Rory Brown (guitar/vocals).

“Rory and I worked together at Avenue Guitars for years and then didn’t see each other for years after that,” recalls Sabourin. “A mutual friend opened up Stang Guitars, I ran into Rory and he had this opportunity and funding to record an album. But, he didn’t have a project at the time and neither did I. I initially thought I’d just help him but then we started jamming together and decided to keep going.”

The New Haunts first self titled album is collection of eight mellow rock tunes ranging from bouncy to melancholy and moody. The extensive experience Sabourin and Brown have in guitar shops is apparent in the several delicate layers of fluttered picking technique and washed out chords. Despite their adeptness within the realm of guitars, the men ran into a few learning curves during the making of the album, of which they only had two months to accomplish.

“We both had to compromise and change our approaches,” Sabourin explains. “I’m much more introverted with my creative process. I tend to write most of my parts and bring them to a band. Rory is much more the kind to jam ideas out. It ended up being pretty collaborative as we became more artistically entwined.”

During the recording process, the duo used what they had at their disposal, including the talents of Stew Kirkwood, who filled in on drums before Bill George was added. Bassist Bruce Pelland joined halfway through their stint at Sound Extractor and the vision for the band began to come together. Toss in the birth of three children during the birth of a band and things get a little more interesting.

“It’s interesting to go through the process of starting a band and a family at the same time,” admits Sabourin. “It’s been a good test to our commitment as well as to push the project forward even with crazy schedules. And, if you let your kids stop you from pursuing goals or being you, what kind of role model are you as a parent?”

Join the New Haunts at their CD release Friday, September 1 at the Mercury Room with Jesse and the Dandelions and the Silkstones. $10 in advance via

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