Acoostic Sessions S02: Bud Rice – “Untitled”

Acoostic Sessions: Live musical performances done in and around Montreal.

Of course Bud Rice had to be involved in Acoostic Sessions season two. The man has been with us from day one, launching Team Coostin’ and playing a huge part in season one of Acoostic Sessions.

After the success of debut album Belfast, Bud is hard at work on the as yet untitled follow-up.

“The new album was written during and towards the end of a serious relationship I was in and the beginning of a new one. It’s a collection of songs inspired by those two women, as well as some political songs,” explains the 26-year-old Montrealer.

“I find the attention span of listeners these days is so short. A few artists I’ve been listening to have inspired me to create a record of songs that focus on space, hopefully to bring people an emotion they may not obtain from a generic three-minute pop song with a catchy hook. I want to be a part of the musical solution, not the problem…”

We headed down to the Lachine Canal, by Atwater Market, to record Bud’s latest effort, expand on those comments, and to chat about music and life in general.

Bud, you’ve got a new album in the works and are on the record as saying, “I want to be a part of the musical solution, not the problem.” Can you sum up the problem?

I feel that there is a lack of attention that exists in most listeners today. Songs are being force fed, written quickly, and as a result are manipulatively creating a general disinterest to anything longer than three minutes or lacking a “cool part” of the song. I am open to, and enjoy, music that fits that criteria, but have always searched for music that moves me. I think we have a responsibility as artists to push people out of their comfort zones, make them feel something honest for the length of our songs, and to be a part of something bigger.  

How do you tackle that with your new album?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Andy Shauf, Mac DeMarco, and Leif Vollebekk, musicians who I feel have similar intentions with their art. I love the space created in their music, the simplicity of the arrangements makes the feeling clearer. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard Leif Vollebekk’s “Elegy” and felt as though it was soundtracking my life. I want to approach the second record in the same regard and the songs I’ve written lend themselves well to that style.

You’re also planning to get more political with this record. Can you describe what makes you feel like speaking out?

I’ve never categorized my music. I’m not a political musician, just a songwriter writing about what happens to me and the people around me. This past year has been a global shitshow of depressing and embarrassing moments in time, to say the least. Songs were inspired by the events that occurred, whether they be political, social, romantic, or not, they affected me. I felt the need to write about it.

The track you did for Acoostic Sessions is less political and more of a love song…

My music is simply a reflection of my life. I came out of a long term relationship and fell quickly into another one, and it was incredible. She was a huge inspiration to me, I had never known someone so beautiful, and brilliant and fun and fierce. We spent all of our time together and I was completely wrapped up by her.

Big love, easy love, the kind where you know everyone next will only be second to her, her ability to ease my anxiety, fight in my corner, to bring out the best version of me, and the reciprocity of it all – we were an unstoppable team. It’s easy to write songs about someone so intoxicating.

You mention the Lachine Canal in this track, and we shot your latest Acoostic Session there as well. What part has the canal played in your history?

I spent a lot of time getting to know her there. Feels like every time I’m walking alongside the water I’m tapping into that part of my life again; the breeze, the stir in the trees, the chatter of people passing by, the crackle of the current, the birds and their songs. It’s a place of beauty for me and I love revisiting that.

Not only has the canal played a part in my recent history, it also gives fond memories of when my first album Belfast was released. It opened up a lot of doors for me, one being the Folk Fest, Matt Large’s baby and one of Montreal’s growing festivals. I played the Folk Fest for the first time three years ago and was lucky enough to come back this past year.

When can we expect this new album?

Aiming to start tracking in early November. I want to have the release in spring 2018.

To keep up with Bud, and to see find information for upcoming shows, check out and be sure to like his Facebook page ( and follow him on Instagram (@budricemusic).

  • Words – Zac Strevens
  • Cameras – Peter Thompson & Zac Strevens
  • Editing – Peter Thompson
  • Audio – Zac Strevens & Peter Thompson
  • Direction – Zac Strevens

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