Said The Whale
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:45 pm
Bronson Centre Theatre
This event is all ages
tickets also available at Vertigo Records, both Compact Music locations and Stomping Ground.
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The band formed in early 2007 and, following some early EPs, released the debut-full length Howe Sounds/Taking Abalonia in 2008. Said The Whale began to amass a grassroots following through frequent tours, and they scored a string of Canadian radio successes with the albums Islands Disappear (2009) and Little Mountain (2012). These albums earned attention from media outlets like Spin, BBC 6 Music, and Consequence of Sound, and the band was profiled in the nationally televised CBC documentary Winning America. Said The Whale has been nominated for two more JUNO Awards in 2013 for Alternative Album of the Year and Recording Package of the Year (alongside art director Andy Dixon) for Little Mountain.
In keeping with this inexhaustible work ethic, the band is releasing another new collection of songs in the form of the four-song I Love You EP, due out June 18, 2013, on Hidden Pony Records. Once again teaming with longtime studio collaborator Tom Dobrzanski (We Are the City, the Zolas) at his Monarch Studios, the musicians pushed their musical limits and honed their love of fast, punchy pop-rock.
"In the past I've felt pressure to write 'radio' songs, or 'cool' songs or whatever, but this time I went into the writing process with mindset of 'Fuck everything, I'm just going to write what makes me happy,'" says Tyler Bancroft, explaining that the songs were written with a clean slate and no expectations. Ironically, what resulted were some of Said the Whale's catchiest, most accessible songs yet. The singer observes, "It turns out I just like pop music."
This affection for melody shines on I Love You's title track which is led by a surge of post-punk guitars and careens between spiky choruses and a sunny, sock hop-inspired bridge. Elsewhere, the Worcester-sung "Barbara-Ann" is a buoyant blend of heartfelt romance and '60s-style vocal harmonies, while "Mother" is a synth-heavy new wave banger. These upbeat songs were mixed by Canadian studio guru Gus Van Go (Hollerado, the Stills).
"I spend so much time chipping away at my thoughts, trying to get to the core, and right now I'm finding it easy," Worcester says. "I've never felt more creative." He adds that the lovestruck mood of "Barabara-Ann" was inspired by a couple who own a hammock store in Vancouver. "It's a proposition to someone special, suggesting that we too can live together like this this beautiful pair of chilled out lifers," he reveals.
The EP offers a taste of Said The Whale's fourth album, due out this fall. These latest sessions found Bancroft taking on the role of co-producer, and he guided each song in bold new directions without adherence to genre. "Rather than record in one big session, we used the 'hip-hop method' of doing two or three songs at a time," he reflects. "This let us focus all of our energy on each song without getting overwhelmed."
The new material was penned in a surge of creativity that found Bancroft and Worcester letting their guard down and following their instincts. "My songs on this album are the most vulnerable songs I've ever written," notes Bancroft. "Lyrically it's the most honest I've ever been."
I Love You EP is the sound of a band already on the top of its game breaking free from all expectations and boldly reinventing its identity. And with a new full-length close behind, expect to see more new sides to Said The Whale soon.
While Fast Romantics' earlier work prompted comparisons to Elvis Costello and Blur, 'Afterlife Blues' carves a bit of a different path right through the great cities of American music. From New Jersey to Detroit, and then cutting down through the heartland, they have somehow managed to combine all of these sounds without selling their distinctly Canadian souls.
Singer/Songwriter Matthew Angus says that working with producer Howard Redekopp for a second time meant that they could really relax and just be themselves. Once they got going, it became clear that the ten songs on the new LP would come out a lot easier than on past recordings.
"We did a lot of soul searching over the last few years, and now it feels like we're nothing but soul," he laughs. "It's funny what can happen when you go through enough shit. I was taking stock one day and it suddenly hit me that I'd broken up with a lot of people and never bothered to write about it. It all #owed out from there."
When asked if that means that 'Afterlife Blues' is a breakup album, Angus says not quite. "Well maybe on one level, yeah. There's that cycle of heartache and stumbling upon love, dying and then waking back up. I'm not trying to be all that clever anymore, lyrically a lot of it is dead simple. Like music from the early 60's, when you could just spill your guts, and people would thank you for it, and that would be that.
"It's not all heartbreak. You know, we like it loud, and I think it actually feels pretty playful and even euphoric at times. There's a good blend of blood, guts, and bliss. That's the sort of record we wanted to make."
Such highs and lows are likely what has helped to build the high energy stage show that has attracted such a growing following. The band has played three tours, and many large festivals including Virgin Fest, SXSW, NXNE, and CMJ. They also found themselves winners of Spin Magazine's "Free the Noise" competition that saw them #own to New York City to perform in a temporarily rebuilt CBGB's.
Their music has also found its way onto many TV shows and Films, including Shameless, Breaking In, Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars, and their !rst single Funeral Song has already found warm reception in the short time since its online release.
The band formed in 2008 in Calgary during what Angus calls a 'whiskey storm'. Angus and the two other founding members -- bassist Jeffrey Lewis and drummer Alan Reain -- were joined last year by two Australian ex-pats, Shane O' Keeffe and Lauren Heron. Angus says the two "brought exactly what we were missing at exactly the right time" to the group, including what he calls "those dreamy foreign-sounding accents."
Fans can expect a tour of Canada and the USA in fall 2013, and the release of 'Afterlife Blues' is set for October 8, 2013. Until then, keep an eye on fastromantics.com as well as the band's Facebook and Twitter pages for preorder information, leaks of new songs, videos, and other special features. You can also join the mailing list at fastromantics.com to receive a free MP3 of Funeral Song.
Bronson Centre Theatre
211 Bronson Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1R 6H4