Local bandmates of Reuben and the Dark on tour

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By Shawna O'Neill
Local bandmates of Reuben and the Dark on tour
From left, Nathan Da Silva (bass guitar, vocals), Brock Geiger (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Reuben Bollock (lead vocals, guitar), Brendan "Dino" Soares (drums, percussion, vocals) and Sam Harrison (guitar, keyboards, vocals). Sheva Kafai photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Two longtime local friends and musicians, Nathan Da Silva and Brendan Soares, are currently on a North American tour with their Canadian indie folk band Reuben and the Dark.

Da Silva said it feels like it was just yesterday he and Soares were jamming out to their favourite Rock & Roll classics, two kids in a Cornwall basement with dreams of the big stage.

Now the pair have been involved in a number of musical ventures together, including their current tour, which kicked off earlier this month and is set to wrap up on March 31. The band is set tos play over 25 shows from Quebec City to Vancouver, and NYC to L.A.

“The tour has been great so far,” said Da Silva.”It has been very diverse; there have been very different settings when it comes to audience and (venue).”

Da Silva explained that recent shows on the tour included a reception-style atmosphere in Paris, Ont., a school west of Laval, Que. as part of a Gord Downie Legacy School Program and a nightclub in Montreal.

Reuben and the Dark is a new experience for Da Silva, in fact he was recruited to the band just before going on tour, recommended by Soares who was already a member. Da Silva said he studied the music for quite some time in preparation, and is well equipped to perform the new tunes on stage. He is thrilled to be living his passion and dreams, all with Soares by his side, as the two have a long-established synergy on stage.

“It has been a lot of fun,” said Da Silva. “I’m happy that Brendan recruited me more or less. We are playing a lot of new songs off the album Unlove like ‘Fault Line’, ‘Unlove’, and ‘Inner River’. We are also doing more fan favourites like ‘Bow and Arrow’ and ‘Rolling Stone’ which are well received.”

Da Silva said that the band is entertaining the idea of playing internationally, potentially Europe in May, before a festival circuit in the summer. He said that performing in Japan in the fall may also be a goal.

To listen to Reuben and the Dark or learn more about the band, visit their website at www.reubenandthedark.com

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