They drink double-doubles and watch hockey with a passion, but being Canadian is so much more than that. They are exactly what Canadians are known around the world for: nice, dependable, entertaining and endearing. They show up on time, treat fans like friends and always say please and thank you. They help the other bands load in gear, holding doors open along the way. The can be counted on to perform like professional old-hands. Second Guess is an entertaining bunch off stage too. If you get the chance to spend time with them as a group, they will keep you chortling as the conversation winds and digresses into the silly and outrageous stories that make up the band’s history. They will charm and captivate you.
Working together since 2006, they are a tight knit unit, knowing each other’s limits and abilities. They also seem to sense each other’s personalities, each knowing when to step up in different situations.
Their music is distinctly Canadian: the roots dug deep in an indie Canadian sound, with an added upbeat pop/rock sound to make the songs catchy and memorable. Their sound continues to evolve, becoming more self-assured with each release. Their heavier 2006 sound, involved into a pop/rock sound on “Lovesick Colour”. That 2008 sound has evolved again, into their latest, strongest release: “The Least We Could Do”. The second full-length release brings a sound that seems to portray the band as at ease, even comfortable in their own sound. “The Least We Could Do” provides listener-friendly tunes made with a self-respect and confidence to have indie structures in order to really showcase the musical talents of Second Guess.
The band finds inspiration from a variety of Canadian sources, using those sources to shape and mould “The Least We Could Do”. The modern indie anthem feel of “Tequila Police” and “August’s Song” reminds listeners of The Trews and Sam Roberts. From full-bodied and powerful on the Tragically Hip-esque “Maritime Sunset” to the stripped down, Grapes Of Wrath sound on “Trippin’”, Second Guess showcases their ability to perform in an array of songwriting atmospheres. The band has even channelled deep into Canadian music history for an original spin on Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown”.