He and the other members of Waterfront Fire – a modern rock five-piece band with four members from the Stephenville area, will be having fun this month in a summer tour at four stops in the province.
Ryan Tobin, who grew up in Kippens and plays drums in the band, said people attending their tour stops can expect to hear some new songs from their upcoming album “Stillwater Lake,” currently in post-production with mixing and mastering taking place now.
“We’re getting out chops ready on that one.”
Tobin, 30, learned to play the drums in the basement of the family home, confined to the basement under closed doors for a couple of years until he started sounding better.
“Then it wasn’t so bad,” he joked.
Although Waterfront Fire was formed in 2013, he was involved in “jamming and stuff” in garages and rec rooms in Stephenville and Kippens all the way up through high school.
The son of Debbie and the Late Glenn Tobin, he was the only one in the family who played music.
“I really grew up in a sports house, with baseball and hockey the most popular sports, which I played, too,” he said.
Despite the noise from the drums, his mom and dad were always supportive of him pursuing his musical talents and all his involvements.
“Stillwater Lake” is a name they got from their last tour when they ended up staying in a cabin at a lake of that name near Cole Harbour, N.S., and it was there they wrote the first song for the album.
Their first album was a five-track EP back in 2014, their second “First Light” has 10 songs and was released on 2015. “Stillwater Lake,” hoped to be released this fall, has 11 songs.
Boyd, the 31-year-old son of Randy and Beverley Boyd of Stephenville, started guitar at 17 years of age and, like Tobin, jammed around a lot.
However, it wasn’t until moving to St. John’s that he and other members of the band got together to form Waterfront Fire.
In high school Boyd played trumpet in the Stephenville High Concert Band under Howard Larade, who he said was definitely an influence on his music.
The question was which instrument he would channel and when he picked up the guitar, it all fell into place.
He’s looking forward to playing on the west coast of the province and is hoping his parents will get to a show.
Boyd said he misses winter activities, especially snowmobiling and going to the cabin, things he can’t do in the city of St. John’s.
In addition to Boyd and Tobin, other members of the band are: Ben Thistle, Cody O’Quinn and Jordan Coaker.
West coast dates
July 15 – Merchant Warehouse – Woody Point
July 16 – Rotary Arts Centre – Corner Brook