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BrianT & The Sinister Hearts

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"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!" Robert The Bruce

BrianT & The Sinister Hearts marks a return to music for senior musician Brian Tremblay. The band is the latest project for Brian, who's from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, and walked away from his music almost eight years ago. He became disillusioned considering it a fool's errand and left it behind. It wasn't until he encountered some famous musicians that he rediscovered his music from a new viewpoint.

Brian had the opportunity to create a program for a new local Internet radio station called The Borderline. His show is called "Rock N Roll Heaven" and in it he interviews some icons in the Canadian music industry. After hearing their words on how they came up in the business and their thoughts on songwriting and music, Tremblay was inspired and picked up the guitar again. He began writing and decided to explore some past tracks that he recorded but didn't do anything with. He brought them back into the daylight and found there were some shining gems amongst the detritus.

The Sinister Hearts band was formed without any real other members other than Brian, his wife Lynn (backing vocals), Rob Brown (bass) and Scott McLurg (drums). It's these two people that he wants to keep close to him as he's played with them the most and the longest. "This is about making music with my friends," said Tremblay. "I couldn't be more comfortable when I have my best friends and my wife on stage and in the studio with me. My music has never felt so positive." Tremblay approached them to help realize his music and they were 100% on board. "You can't be thankful enough when you have people like this behind you that will follow you wherever this takes us," he concluded. Once the pandemic is in the rearview mirror the plan is to start bringing their music to audiences outside of Sault Ste Marie.

Brian Tremblay's music blends the heady days of sixties folk rock with lyrics drawn from childhood memories, love, loss and happiness. Although influenced by the likes of The Beatles, The Monkees, Andy Kim, Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Petty and Steve Earle, the weight of their music on his was more organic than direct.  It was these artists' storytelling abilities that he was drawn to. Brian also has other outlets of creative expression that he feels cross over into his music. He's been successful at photography and has started to paint and draw in a variety of mediums. It's this imagery that he combines into his songs.