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Hard Rock Town - Annapolis Royal’s King’s Theatre warms up the amps for high-energy Carry the Lost

Dana Perry, on acoustic guitars and vocals, is happy to be back in Annapolis County for a one-night gig at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal Aug. 20. He’s a member of Carry the Lost, a Halifax-based melodic hard rock band that hits the stage for a 7:30 p.m. concert. - Carry the Lost Photo
Dana Perry, on acoustic guitars and vocals, is happy to be back in Annapolis County for a one-night gig at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal April 20. He’s a member of Carry the Lost, a Halifax-based melodic hard rock band that hits the stage for a 7:30 p.m. concert. - Carry the Lost Photo - Contributed

Concert set for 7:30 p.m. April 20

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS - When Halifax hard rock band Carry the Lost hits the stage at King’s Theatre Friday evening, it will be a bit of a departure for the little concert hall beside the Annapolis Basin.

But that’s a good thing, says general manager Janet Larkman who wants everybody to feel the theatre has something to offer them. And she’s stoked about the April 20 act that amps up at 7:30 p.m.

“Carry the Lost is an excellent band,” she said. “Their musicianship, their craftsmanship is extraordinary. They’re a top quality band and they have local roots that we love. So we’re hoping to see some different faces at the theatre but we’re also hoping that patrons who don’t normally come to rock concerts will come and give it a try and maybe expand their horizons.”

The local roots she refers to is the band’s acoustic guitarist and vocalist Dana Perry who until recently lived in Annapolis County. Carry The Lost has been writing melodic hard rock that appeals to a broad range of audiences, and it was a good fit for Perry when circumstances took him to HRM.

Anyone who likes 1970s rock will feel at home at the Friday evening concert, but Perry describes it as authentic rock and because the band has always been self-backed, the original material isn’t some work product handed down by a management company, or another version of record label homogenisation.

“We have an appeal with a broad range of people,” said Perry, “so we’re not just limited to a certain niche. Partially, and it’s not that we’ve done this purposely, but we play what we get inspired by, what we feel. That’s what comes out.”

He said it’s not like working with a songwriter from Nashville who tells you you have to play a chord a certain way because that’s what people want.

“I’ve always done music that I feel strongly about,” he said. “I think that’s safe to say for the other guys I play with, that we do what we know how to do our best at.”

Carry the Lost’s vocalist/guitar Colin Tye: “We’ve been doing our own thing, but it’s cool, because the fan-base that we connect with is really our own fan-base. The people that are coming to our shows are really coming to see us.”
Carry the Lost’s vocalist/guitar Colin Tye: “We’ve been doing our own thing, but it’s cool, because the fan-base that we connect with is really our own fan-base. The people that are coming to our shows are really coming to see us.”
Carry the Lost’s vocalist/guitar Colin Tye: “We’ve been doing our own thing, but it’s cool, because the fan-base that we connect with is really our own fan-base. The people that are coming to our shows are really coming to see us.”

Work Ethic

Carry The Lost is the epitome of the do-it-yourself work ethic. By fusing technical know-how with artistic skill and several years of unassisted endeavours, the Halifax-based hard rock five-some has built an established name, refined its sound, and accrued a loyal fan-base with nothing more than some time, touring miles, and a few excellent releases.

That’s from their PR package, but it’s true. And recent hard work has paid off for Carry the Lost.

After a number of years as a self-backed entity, Carry The Lost is finally getting its long awaited due with their full-length debut album ‘Alive Again’ with ECMA-nominated Producer of the Year, Erien Eady-Ward at Codapop Studios.
‘Alive Again’ is comprised of material written over the course of 2016-17, and influenced by the likes of Black Stone Cherry, Seether, Stone Sour, Marshall Tucker Band, Brantley Gilbert and others.

Carry The Lost is continuing to take its music directly to the people with consistent high-energy live shows. “We’ve been running parallel to everyone else,” said vocalist/guitarist Colin Tye. “We’ve been doing our own thing, but it’s cool, because the fan-base that we connect with is really our own fan-base. The people that are coming to our shows are really coming to see us.”

Larkman likes that and wants to offer acts for fans of any inclination – because it’s really about the fans.

“King’s Theatre is a theatre that belongs to the community and our community is very diverse and has very diverse interests and tastes,” she said. “We are putting a lot of effort in trying to offer something for everybody. We want to make sure everybody feels welcome here and like there is something for them here.”

She said the theatre is willing to try a lot of different things, and a high-energy rock concert in a 220-seater is one. Based on what she’s hearing, it will be successful.

“We’ll just continue to experiment and tweak and see what resonates with the community,” she said. “This is part of our exploration of that. I do know there are people in this community that love this kind of music.”

In fact word on the street is favourable.

“We’re getting people saying ‘Wow! King’s Theatre is having a rock concert. How interesting,’” she said. “And we do have some folks, regular patrons you would not imagine would come to a rock concert who are coming just because they want to have a different experience at King’s. So I think the audience is going to be eclectic and diverse like most of our audiences seem to be. We’ll see. I really hope lots of people come.”

Besides Tye and Perry, the band consists of bassist Aidan Zann-Roland, drummer Ken Ross, and guitarist/vocalist Ave Trefry.

Tickets

Tickets are $30; $26 for members; and $12 for youth.

GoTo: www.kingstheatre.ca

With files from King’s Theatre

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