Band of brothers ready for the P.A. Exhibition

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Returning to the stage following an audience-demanded encore, rock music foursome Constant Reminder let their musicianship shine.

 

Blending a medley of The Beatles with The Rolling Stones and surfer rock songs, the band of four brothers from James Smith Cree Nation allowed each member their time in the spotlight.

An extended drum solo had Rene, 13, jump from his stool to beat the drums, coming rock drumming with African-style beats.

Bass player Ethan, 16, kept a groove while singer Dantin, 18, provided a combination of melodic and wailing vocals.

Lead guitar player Seth, 20, hammered his instrument with the precision playing of Slash (of Guns N’ Roses fame), mixed with improvisational bluesy licks akin to Eric Clapton.

The Daily Herald caught up with the band as they were loading gear into their van following their Saturday performance at the Party in the Parking Lot concert for Muscular Dystrophy at Price Breakers in Prince Albert.

Squeezing in questions between admiring fans sharing their congratulations for a job well done, Dantin said that inspiration originally came from their father, Luther Constant.

“It was just pastime for use and our father, just to jam out and spend time with him, but I guess he saw something in us that exploded into something new,” Dantin relayed.

With the recent addition of Ethan on bass, the band is complete, he said.

“It’s nice to be on stage as a group, as brothers -- it’s amazing how it is,” he said. “I love my brothers and I wouldn’t do anything without them.”

The foursome has already released four albums of original music (Volumes two through five), with their fifth (Volume One) due later this year.

Drawing inspiration from classic rock acts that rose to fame before the Constant brothers were born -- “When music was music,” Ethan said -- the band employs high energy during their performances.

“We’re just trying to make people happy, I guess,” Dantin said. “We’re just trying to show them how smiling can bring up a person.”

Constant Reminder has been booked to perform at the Prince Albert Summer Fair and Exhibition on Friday, Aug. 1, at 3 p.m.

Like every other performance at the weeklong festivities, admission is included with the day passes sold at the gate. 

Organizations: The Beatles, Prince Albert, Daily Herald

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