"...drawing together hints of new wave and dreamy pop with straight ahead rock momentum." - Grid City Magazine Winners of the 2018 Harvest Jazz and Blues Rising Star, The Backstays formed in January 2018 just after Pete Johnston moved back home to work on a lobster boat. After meeting Keith Whipple, the two began the search for like-minded musicians. Since recruiting Serenna Chapman, Derek Hilchie and Lorne Kirkpatrick, The Backstays have since released their debut EP in their hometown of Saint John, NB. The crux of the band's sound is a fusion of roots and indie rock that is both modern and classic. Lyrically, the songs talk about everything from love and loss, to alienation at the workplace, all while taking you through the troubles and turbulence of the industrial port city of Saint John.