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Sills & Smith is an independent, alternative folk/rock band based in Ottawa, Canada. The group includes core members Jeremy Sills and Frank Smith. With three previous, critically acclaimed, independent alternative rock albums stoking the creative fire, Sills & Smith release their fourth, and most accomplished studio album of originals to date entitled "Etched" on August 7, 2014. Etched is a powerful, melodic, 13 track musical and lyrical adventure.
The new full-length recording explores the human experience and social justice issues to a hard driving, guitar-based sound. The music is a genre bending and blending stew that touches on folk, alternative rock and progressive rock styles. Produced and recorded by the legendary Phillip Victor Bova at Bova Sound in Ottawa, Etched features an all-star cast of great players: Phil Bova (bass), T Bruce Wittet (drums), Kevin Breit (guitars, mandolin), Don Wallace (guitars), Roddy Ellias (guitars), Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello). Jeremy Sills plays acoustic guitars, piano and crystal bowls. All songs on Etched were composed by Frank Smith and Jeremy Sills -- Words and Music - Frank Smith; Music - Jeremy Sills. Both Sills and Smith handle vocals on the disc.
The band's first three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: The Glorious Ache (2013), No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011) were recorded and produced by the immensely talented Jonathan Edwards. All are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.
The music of Sills and Smith has met with rave reviews in respected music journals including: Cashbox Canada Magazine, Sea of Tranquility and Snob's Music. Both Uncertain Vista and No Way In, No Way Out were lauded for excellence, making Snob's Music's Best of 2011 and Best of 2012 lists respectively. The band is known for its distinctive sound, an adventurous musical palette that is equal parts folk, progressive rock and alternative rock.
All four Sills & Smith studio albums are available in digital and beautiful digipak editions. The unique artwork for each release has been designed by Grace Smith. Retailers include iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and Emusic. Sills and Smith has a number of songs in regular rotation on Jango Internet Radio. The band is also featured on the internet stations MuseBoat Radio and DarkGift Radio. The King Minion Music Podcast, a production broadcasting from Victoria, British Columbia has played Sills and Smith songs on three of its shows. Community and university radio stations in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States have also played Sills and Smith songs.
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Sills and Smith has released music videos for A Writer's Retreat and Uncertain Vista from the Uncertain Vista album; No Way In, No Way Out, Would It All Be Different?, Pain from NWINWO; Parachute Love, Tornado Alley and Hold Tight from The Glorious Ache album. These videos have been made by talented film-makers/videographers in Canada and the United Kingdom. Ottawa film-maker Jacob Fergus made the first video of A Writer's Retreat, which was set in the idyllic setting of a remote cabin on a lake north of the city. When No Way In, No Way Out was released in 2012, David Duchow, who is famous for his work with the Australian art-rock band The Church, approached Sills and Smith to lend his talents. The result is the beautiful Would It All Be Different? David Duchow lives near Montreal, Quebec and is a celebrated photographer and visual artist. Robin Youlton, an amazing composer of music set to historical events through his Rhesus Monkey project, produced the videos that are stunning social/political statements for No Way In, No Way Out and Pain. Most recently he has been our videographer for The Glorious Ache tracks Parachute Love and Tornado Alley. Robin lives and works in East Leake, England. Megan Robertson, a talented Ottawa filmmaker and photographer made our music video for Hold Tight, the first track on The Glorious Ache album. The Hold Tight music video is the first one to feature Jeremy, Jonathan and Frank of the band. A lovely video for the title track of Uncertain Vista was created by Jody MacPherson, using our song as the soundtrack for her family photographs taken through 2011. Jody is a communications and public relations expert living in Calgary, Alberta.
For all Sills & Smith music videos visit our new YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SillsandSmith or our Reverbnation page videos section.
Check out the following websites:
Bova Sound: http://bovasound.com/
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CKCU Radio, Carleton University
CHUO Radio, University of Ottawa
Trent University Radio
The Saturday Sandwich Radio Show, Scotland