by Darcy Cudmore
Kevin MacPhee is a veteran of the Charlottetown punk scene. In the early 2000’s he played in punk rock bands P.O.S., DCU and Ripping Hammer for the better part of a decade. After a hiatus from the music scene, he is back with The Nothing Box.
MacPhee (bass/vocals) and Curtis MacDonald (guitar/vocals) are the founding members of the band after meeting through mutual employment. MacDonald had played in local metal bands like Ghost of Sarah, In The Ground and Foresters’. MacPhee introduced him to punk rock.
The two were eager to start a punk band and began recruiting more members. MacDonald brought in a former bandmate from Ghost of Sarah, Colin Affleck, to play the drums. Affleck had also played in other local bands like A Letters End and Little Red Wagon. MacPhee didn’t need much convincing from MacDonald on Affleck, said MacPhee. “I knew Colin was a well-rounded, fast drummer and he is highly influenced by Travis Barker from Blink-182.”
After Affleck joined, the group decided on finding another guitarist to complete the band’s sound. That’s when Justin Collins joined on guitar, as well as vocals. He had played in The Letters End with Affleck and had been around the music scene for years. “Justin was no stranger to performing and playing loud, heavy music,” said MacPhee.
So, in the fall of 2015, The Nothing Box was born. Now, they have played seven shows in Charlottetown and are planning more, including a show at Baba’s Lounge on May 14 with The Wet Bandits from Toronto.
A few of the band’s influences are NOFX, Blink-182 and Alexisonfire, said MacPhee. “We draw influence from everything we listen to. Collectively, it all contributes to our writing style. We’ve all been playing music since we were 12-15 years old and we continue to learn and experiment as musicians and artists.”
You can connect with The Nothing Box on Facebook (Thenothingboxband) to stay up to date with the announcement of new shows, and more.