Said the Whale to Release New Album!
Vancouver based band Said the Whale just announced their new album Hawaiii set to come out September 17th!
Here’s the official press release:
SAID THE WHALE confirm their new studio album, hawaiii will be released on September 17, 2013 via Hidden Pony Records. Intentionally using a lower-case ‘h’ and ending in a trifecta of ‘i’s’ the Vancouver-based quintet and 2011 JUNO Award winners for New Group Of The Year wanted to put some distance and distinction between the sun-filled U.S. State, so far from their Vancouver, BC home base.
The album title also mirrors the different way Said The Whale assembled this new album. Singer/songwriter Tyler Bancroft noted: “Instead of booking a solid block of time to record the entire album, we did it in short bursts over a period of six months. The time in between sessions allowed us to reflect on what we’d recorded, to tour and road-test some of the songs, and to continue writing.”
The twelve track album has already seen first single and EP namesake “I Love You” become the biggest song at radio the band has had to date in Canada and the U.S. “I Love You” is currently being played at over 30 stations coast-to-coast in the U.S. It’s achieved #1 Phones and is in POWER Rotation at the influential station KNRK in Portland as well as solid rotation at Sirius’ “Alt Nation,” Seattle’s KNDD (the End), and Live 105 in San Francisco. “I Love You” has seen unprecedented love at Canadian radio having held the #3 spot at Mediabase Alternative Rock for over 5 weeks. The video for the track is just seeing finishing touches will be released soon.
The signature sun-filled, hook-heavy vocal harmonies Said The Whale are known so well for, prevail over the album’s tracklisting, but alongside a notable sense of darker, serious subject matter and self-reflection. From the Ben Worcester lead vocals on album-closer “The Weight of the Season” to Bancroft’s heavy-hearted tribute to his mother and how he, as an adult, comes to grips with an aging parent, on “Helpless Son.” The up-tempo numbers abound with “Mother” and “On The Ropes” as well as the dreamy new sounds on tracks like “Resolutions.” The band, as any great band does, continues to evolve.
With hawaiii, the band return to long-time collaborator Tom Dobrzanski (The Zolas, We Are The City) with band member Tyler Bancroft stepping up into the role of co-producer. The record was mixed by Gus Van Go and Werner F (Stills, Rah Rah).
Said The Whale kick off a run of U.S. dates starting today in Chicago and hitting Los Angeles later this month. Touring will continue into August and September including select dates with Kopecky Family Band. The full run of dates follows below. More details on hawaiii will follow shortly.
hawaiii – TRACK LIST
1. More Than This
4. I Love You
5. Safe To Say
8. On The Ropes
9. I Could Smoke
10. Oh K, Okay
11. Helpless Son
12. The Weight of the Season
SAID THE WHALE – UPCOMING TOUR DATES
7/17 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
7/18 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Centre
7/20 Big River, SK @ Ness Creek Music Festival
7/24 Los Angeles, CA @ the Grove (opening for Capital Cities)
7/26 Guelph, ON @ Hillside Festival
8/9 Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/10 Seattle, WA @ 107.7 The End Summer Camp
8/11 Bellingham, WA @ Shakedown
8/12 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
8/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
8/15 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
8/16 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit
8/18 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
8/19 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
8/20 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room *
8/22 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
8/24 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
8/26 Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Tavern
8/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
8/29 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
8/31 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
9/2 Indianapolis, IN @ Warm Fest
9/14 Hamilton, ON @ Supercrawl
* = w/ Kopecky Family Band
Stream two tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/saidthewhale/sets/i-love-you-ep