Cornwall Rock Band Coldrift Release Debut CD

By Bob Peters
July 3, 2012

Coldrift Release Debut CDCornwall, ON - Cornwall based rock band Coldrift is releasing their debut full-length CD entitled “The Smoke After Sex” on July 7th at a CD Release Party at Murphy’s Inn on Second Street West.

Lead singer Jean Beaulieu and Marty Verville have been writing music for the last 5 years, all the while jamming together every Friday.  Things began to get serious when they added a rhythm section consisting of veteran musicians Marc Muir on bass and Steph McAlear on drums.

With its provocative title “The Smoke After Sex”, the album offers a classic rock n’ roll sound tinged with southern blues that recognizes the band’s diverse influences, including Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and the Foo Fighters.  It showcases Jean Beaulieu’s powerful voice and guitar hooks across 8 original new songs.

"So far the reaction has been nothing short of amazing," says Jean Beaulieu of the public’s reaction to the few songs the band has made available via Facebook.  “We can't wait for Saturday night.”

Coldrift’s line-up is as follows. All members originate from Cornwall:

  • Jean Beaulieu....lead guitar, vocals
  • Marty Verville.... rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Marc D Muir....bass, vocals
  • Steph McAlear ....drums

Marc Muir formerly played with Superstone and the General Electryk and Steph McAlear has performed previously with Graham Greer.

The album was recorded here in Cornwall at Muir's Music Manor. Mr. Muir produced and engineered the effort himself.

“Jean and Marty have many songs but thought that these were a good fit for the album,” says Mr. Muir.

The album was mastered in Toronto at Joao Carvalho's studio, who has previously worked with bands such as Sloan, the Sheepdogs, John Hiatt and Nickelback. Graham Greer (formerly of the Barstool Prophets) lent some harmonica work for the album.

“We were treated like royalty by Joao and his staff,” says Mr. Beaulieu. “Joao is one of the coolest cats I’ve ever met.”

The CD can be found at CD Warehouse in Ottawa. It is also available on iTunes. A tour in support of the new album is expected to be announced in the near future.

“Very special thanks to Brian Smith for shooting our album cover and Ron Piquette for the lay out and graphic design,” adds Mr. Muir. “Both tasks were carried out with much skill and professionalism. We are very grateful we had the opportunity to work with them both.”

Ron Piquette (Little Sleep Media) is putting the finishing touches up on the band’s new website

The CD release party, with special guests Graham Greer and Winston Marley is set for Saturday, July 7 at 9:00pm at Murphy’s Inn on Second Street West in Cornwall, Ontario. There is no cover charge.

The band is on Facebook at


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