Jaunt - Next Wave

Sometimes the best creations come from spontaneity, from a random leap of faith. Such is the case with Toronto-based five-piece Jaunt. After meeting at a Halloween party, guitarists Pat O’Brien and Tom Helliwell stayed in touch online, sending each other song ideas and loosely working on tracks. Then, after a few years of digital jamming and sporadic chance encounters, O’Brien decided to arrange a gig and propel a group into action.

“I decided to book us a show without even having formed a band,” O’Brien explains, “it turned out to be a good idea because we needed a keyboard player and my pal Dan [Reardon] just happened to play keys.” Bassist Duncan Hood and drummer Nick Nausbaum joined soon after and so Jaunt was born – “now we’re all pals”, O’Brien exclaims.

Named after a passing remark made by O’Brien’s dad, a reference to a “leisurely jaunt” with friends, the band lives up to its carefree designation. With an ear for infectious pop hooks, off-kilter melody and wavey, synth-laden guitars, Jaunt released their debut EP, Chat, in 2016 and made a name for themselves amongst the burgeoning Toronto scene, earning praise from the likes of fellow natives BadBadNotGood and Charlotte Day Wilson.

Read the interview in Clash Magazine.

[This piece was published on 23/04/18]