Buddy System

By Gizmo

Four-piece indie rock outfit Gizmo recently released their debut EP Buddy System. It is available on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms.

The PEI group consists of guitarist and vocalist Julien Kitson, bassist Spencer Swaine, lead guitarist Patrick Stephen, and drummer and vocalist Daniel Hartinger. 

Gizmo began as a quarantine songwriting project for Kitson and a bass learning experience for Swaine. The group fully formed in 2021 when COVID-19 restrictions were lifted and they have been playing shows around Charlottetown and embarking on off-Island tours ever since. 

Produced by Gizmo and local musicians Sam and Josh Langille, Buddy System was recorded in Josh’s basement studio in Stratford, PEI. The EP features four songs, three of which were the result of Kitson’s quarantine project. The newer composition in the group’s catalog, “Luanne,” is a song about a Stratford romance. 

The EP is influenced by 90s lo-fi/slacker rock and 90s Halifax groups like Sloan and Thrush Hermit. It displays Gizmo’s catchy power pop-esque hooks, distorted guitar tones, distinct drumming style and intricate bass work. 

Gizmo is about to embark on an October tour with Halifax indie rock group Book Buddies, which includes a show at Sportsman’s Club in Charlottetown on October 21.