Back story


Tyler Messick is the writer / performer behind Museum Pieces.  He lives in Halifax, where he came of age musically as a teenager watching Sloan and all the post-rock, mathy music that inevitably developed as a reaction in their wake. Amongst many other interests, Messick is also a close acquaintance and admirer of Al Tuck.

A gifted athlete, Messick was pulled from a Montreal basketball court in 2007 by Win Butler of Arcade Fire. The two became close friends and Tyler became his sounding board and assistant on numerous projects including the Grammy Winning “Suburbs” album (that’s Tyler’s Mercedes on the album cover). “Plain Sight”  (Nominated for 2019 ECMA – Contemporary Roots Album of the Year) was recorded in the Arcade Fire’s Studio’s and mixed in Halifax by another key influence - Joel Plaskett. Messick has a unique blend of guitar playing – taking emotional and technical cues from the intense finger-style playing of Bruce Cockburn and Richard Thompson while demonstrating an ear for angular and epic post-rock sounds as well. He distills his songwriting through all the aforementioned artists in his life - all the while working with Dylan as a northern star. He originally hails from Philadelphia – and his sound is reminiscent of other Pennsylvania natives such as War on Drugs and Kurt Vile.

2017-19 Museum Pieces features a stripped down harmony driven acoustic energy with the addition of vocalist Virgil Muir. The two have been compared to Simon and Garfunkle but place their personal leanings more towards the Louvin Brothers and T Rex. Catch the band acoustically or with a full electric sound for a visceral and authentic live experience.