by Darcy Cudmore
New pop-punk band Little Cities is made up of members of other Charlottetown bands Death Valley Driver, Banner Year and the Hannah P and Barrett Show.
They have already released their debut single “Long Shot,” which can be found on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. Now they are preparing for the release of more tracks, as well as getting ready to hit the stage for the first time as a group.
Mitch Gallant (Banner Year) is the singer and guitar player in Little Cities. A common taste in music and an eagerness to play music were the main reasons behind the formation of this new band, said Gallant. “The band basically started because me and Mat (Hannah) have a lot of the same musical tastes and we wanted to start a pop-punk band. We got some musicians together who would take it seriously and want to write songs and here we are.”
Mat Hannah (The Hannah P and Barret Show) has always loved pop-punk and says the new band draws influence from many different bands. “We have a lot of influences like Fall Out Boy, Blink-182 and All Time Low. Our general sound is pretty distorted with some fun guitar riffs and synth dance grooves,” said Hannah.
Hannah and Gallant share lead vocals and lead guitar duties while Josh Pitre joins on synth. Chris Barrett plays bass guitar and Ryan Gallant is behind the drums. The band will make their on-stage debut very soon.
They will host two Pop-Punk Dance Parties. One is on April 7 at Hunters Ale House and the other is May 20 at Baba’s Lounge. On June 10, they are at Fishbone’s with Andre Pettipas & the Giants and The Royal North.
Little Cities cannot wait to bring these new original songs to a live crowd, said Chris Barrett. “We’re really stoked to play and we hope to see lots of people there. For now, it’s all about working the Maritimes and basically just having fun.”
So far, they’ve recorded and released one track and things are going great, said Hannah. “It’s been fun. Just like every pop-punk band, we’ve started in a basement. Mitch and I got together and we started writing a couple of riffs in our basement. Then, we wrote two songs the first time we all got together and we all got pretty hyped.”
The first Little Cities single is available now, with more to be released in the coming months. Keep up to date with Little Cities on their Facebook page, and check them out at a venue near you!