• James Parry

West Island teen band The Record Breakers all set to launch first EP

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Stepping out of a British phone box, the Record Breakers first performed together in September 2014 for the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to Montreal in 1964.

They are known as the The Record Breakers. Five West Island teens aged from 14 to 18 who, after attending the same music school, first got together in 2014, and who have since performed at major festivals, shows, and fundraisers for worthwhile causes.

While they play cover songs by The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Blue Rodeo, Fleetwood Mac and other iconic bands under the name The Record Breakers Retro, their main focus in music is writing original songs with elements of blues, rock, country and pop.

Last year, they released two such numbers on iTunes titled Highway Blues and Falling Back. And on Friday, March 25, they will be launching their first EP while performing at the Rialto-Piccolo Hall on Parc Avenue in Montreal with special guest, Strange Froots, and Rebecca Fiset-Côté, this season's contestant for the hit TV show, La Voix.

Speaking on behalf of the group - comprising acoustic guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Bella Galasso and her drummer brother Julian Galasso, Devan Meisner on bass, and guitarist-keyboardist Michael Vallinakis, front man and playing lead guitar Hayden Rabinovitch told Your Local Journal this week, “It is going to be a really big night for us and we are really looking forward to welcoming our fans, parents, and all those who have believed in us since we first came together through our love of, and dedication to, music just a couple of years ago.”

And what a couple of years it has been! With performances at impressive venues such as the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall at Concordia University, the Crowley Arts Centre in N.D.G., and Montreal's famed Club Soda, as well as at the Hudson Music Festival, West Island RibFest, Montreal Folk Festival, and Ste. Anne de Bellevue Boardwalk Summer Concerts.

While all are memorable, says Rabinovitch, one show that they will never forget was last summer when the band was on stage for The Strangers in the Night gala fundraiser for The Starlight Foundation with Blue Rodeo as the headliner.

For more info on this young local band definitely going places, check out their web site at recordbreakersband.com. The Rialto-Piccolo Hall is located at 5711 Parc Avenue, Montreal, and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

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