Said The Whale Release Lead Single “Step Into The Darkness”

Following the announcement of their fifth studio album, Vancouver’s Said The Whale has released lead single “Step Into The Darkness” today with NYLON.

As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide, out on March 31 via Hidden Pony Records, was recorded during a time of significant change. Previously operating as a five-piece, the current trio – made up of frontmen Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester and keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown – entered the studio with no preconceptions and no concrete plan. With the help of We Are The City’s Cayne McKenzie on production duties, the finished product is Said The Whale’s most collaborative, focused album to date. Previous records highlighted the contrast between the two founders’ eclectic rock influences and salt-of-the-earth folksiness. Here, their styles become one.

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SAID THE WHALE ANNOUNCE FIFTH FULL-LENGTH LP FOR RELEASE ON MARCH 31, 2017

SELECT CANADIAN DATES ANNOUNCED NEW SINGLE OUT IN JANUARY 2017

Long before Vancouver’s Said The Whale became a JUNO Award-winning, radio chart-topping indie rock band, it was an exploratory songwriting experiment led by high school friends Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester. Now, a decade since their 2007 formation, they have taken the project back to its freeform roots while simultaneously venturing forward into uncharted art-pop territory.

As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide, the band’s fifth studio album, marks a return to the group’s formative philosophies. Set for release on March 31, 2017 via Hidden Pony RecordsSaid The Whale recorded their latest batch of songs in various Vancouver studios, with We Are The City’s Cayne McKenzie serving as producer; helping to reconfigure song textures, soaking scratch vocals in effects and stitching back together song fragments into completed tracks. The sessions were briefly interrupted by the birth of Tyler’s son, and Jaycelyn, newly married, had to record some of her parts while on her extended honeymoon in Southeast Asia.

SAMO_12_JACKET_NEW“(As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide) is a return to how Tyler and I used to make music,” notes Ben, “which is just experimenting with anything and everything. We started out using Casio keyboards and drumbeats on our computers, and then we turned into a rock band. This is a return to being free to make anything.” [Read more…]

The Elwins – summer festivals and fall tour dates

Keswick, ON’s indie-rock band, THE ELWINS, is heading back out on the road playing summer festivals and supporting dates for Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians. The band continues to ride the wave of their 2015 released and critically acclaimed album, “Play for Keeps”. THE ELWINS were nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2015 Juno Awards and won “Rock Artist Group of the Year” at the 2016 Indie Awards.

The band’s first single SO DOWN LOW charted for six months and was used in a Canada-wide advertising campaign for Fido. The video for this hit single was also nominated for a Prism Prize.

6/17 – Burlington, ON @ Sound of Music Festival
6/25 – Kitchener, ON @ KOI Festival
7/9 – St. Albert, AB @ Seven Music Festival
7/14 – Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music Festival
7/16 – Ottawa, ON @ Hope Volleyball Summerfest
7/22 – Toronto, ON @ Harborfront Centre
9/4 – Wasaga Beach, ON @ Wasaga Beach Area 1
9/16 – Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia
9/17 – Fort Saskatchewan, AB @ Dow Centennial Centre Shell Theatre
9/23 – Aurora, ON @ Salvation Army
9/24 – Cobourg, ON @ Cultivate Festival [Read more…]

TWIN WITHIN & THE HAMILTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: 
LIVE-OFF-THE-FLOOR 
FROM HAMILTON PLACE

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Twin Within and Hidden Pony Records, in partnership with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO), are thrilled to announce the forthcoming special reinterpretation of Twin Within’s 2015 debut album, Horizontal Lines. The project’s recording will commence this January at Hamilton Place, with well-known local filmmaker, Mitch Fillion, of Southern Souls, stepping behind the camera to capture the whole experience. The campaign will showcase the beauty of Twin Within’s music, while shining a light on Hamilton’s ever-growing artistic community. Other Hamiltonians involved in the project are producer Kirk Starkey, and composer Christien Ledroit.

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“AN EVENING WITH” SAID THE WHALE CANADIAN TOUR SET FOR APRIL & MAY 2016

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SAID THE WHALE will be touring Canada in the spring of 2016 in a reverse engineering exercise to road test new material for their next album. The Juno-award winning group have committed to a tour with a full set of songs that literally haven’t been written yet. Specifically selecting smaller, more intimate venues for the April and May dates, each night will be “an evening with” Said The Whale featuring a set of brand new material, followed by a set of Said The Whale classics. [Read more…]