the backstays

Indie, Rock, Roots

The Backstays are a roots-infused indie rock band that formed in Saint John in early 2018. The band— made up of Saint John musicians Pete Johnston, Keith Whipple, Serenna Chapman, Derek Hilchie and Lorne Kirkpatrick— released their self-titled debut EP in August 2018. The Backstays have since toured the East Coast extensively, playing alongside groups such as Alvvays and Joel Plaskett Emergency, and took home Stingray Music's Rising Star award at the 2018 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival. 

(Photo by Kate Tadic​)


Band member

MNB Mentions

August Release

compilation Approaches • Wangled Teb, Starving Ghosts, DenMother, Jaguar Night and more Approaches...

June Releases

album Welcome To Utopia • Ryan Maynard Listen • Écoutez album Blues • Richie Young Richie Young -...