First Aid was formed by Scott Jacks (keyboards) and Dave Coupland (drums) in 1982. They added Bruce Goertzen as their guitarist and Jamey Koch on bass to complete the original lineup. The group began playing their native Vancouver, BC, early the next year. They began working with a number of vocalists, eventually hiring on Chris Catalano. He did not stay with them for long, though, being replaced the following year by Gary Durban. The group did a four-song EP in 1984, garnering them a lot of college radio airplay. By 1995, Durban also had moved on. He was, however, just one of the people to leave the group that year, with Koch and Goertzen also departing. They went through a number of bassists, but found a long-term guitar replacement in Derek Mason. Durban was not replaced until 1986 when Janyse Jaud took his place. In 1989, the band went through another major transformation with the lineup becoming a trio of Jacks, Coupland, and Mason. During the next few years they record their debut CD, Stumbling Boldly Forward. However, by the time the disc was released in 1991, the group had broken up. A posthumous release of older material and two new songs came out in 1999. It was entitled Coelacanth Ale.
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