A Writer's Retreat from the Sills and Smith album Uncertain Vista will be played on the radio in Scotland this Saturday, January 26th on the Pulse 98.4: http://www.pulseonair.co.uk/ "The Saturday Sandwich" is a program hosted by Chas Cunningham of The Skunnerd band. The show broadcasts in East Renfrewshire from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (which means a 6:00 a.m. start for us in Ottawa). It has a wonderful, entertaining format, combining live music with Chas and various talented friends and pre-recorded songs. This week's theme for the show is "books, reading and writing" so our tune fits perfectly. The land of the finest single malt whisky is home to even finer people and tremendous music. If you're not in East Renfrewshire within radio signal distance, just tune in online as we'll be doing this Saturday. Jeremy Sills, Jonathan Edwards and myself will be having an early breakfast -- perhaps with a side of Haggis --with the Saturday Sandwich this weekend.
This just in peeps! The music of Sills and Smith (Jeremy Sills, Frank Smith, Jonathan Edwards) is being featured on The King Minion Music Podcast - Episode 17 along with other cool indie acts including Anton Mink, No Island and Lindsay Bryan. The King Minion Music Podcast is a weekly audio podcast broadcast from Victoria, British Columbia. Host King Minion plays some of the best hidden musical talent on the web today, choosing from emerging artists across the web and around the world. This will be the third episode that The King has selected Sills and Smith to be on his podcast, playing tracks from both of our albums Uncertain Vista and No Way In, No Way Out (NWINWO). That's Not The Reason from NWINWO is on King Minion Podcast 17. You can listen online now: http://kingminionmusicpodcast.blogspot.ca/p/episode-17.html
CKCU radio in Ottawa will be playing Saturday from our No Way In, No Way Out album on this morning's program Mar's Local Connection! Hosts Shelley Ann Morris and Pat Moore will be featuring some of their favourite Ottawa music and we're so pleased that Shelley has chosen one of our tunes. The show runs from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Saturday will be spun in the second half hour. So listen in on the radio if you are in Ottawa, 93.1 FM on your dial. You can also hear the show live online: http://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/366/info.html It will be available as part of the CKCU podcast Listen On Demand feature later today for 30 days.
Great news folks! Sills and Smith (Jeremy Sills, Frank Smith, Jonathan Edwards) have made the Best of 2012 albums according to Peter Kearns of influential Snob's Music, a Toronto-based music blog. Our second, full-length studio album "No Way In, No Way Out" was #94 on Peter's list, just ahead of albums by Robocode and Sonic Adventures, one place behind Grant Tilly's "The World Keeps Passing By" and two spots away from Islands' "A Sleeping and A Forgetting." Neil Young's "Psychedelic Pill" ranked #87, only 7 albums ahead of Sills and Smith on the Snob's Music list. Peter Kearns also put our debut album "Uncertain Vista" in his Best of 2011 feature. As a totally independent band, up against big label supported acts, this is a tremendous achievement that makes us so very proud. Wait until you hear our third studio album, which is scheduled for world release early in 2013! Snob's Music Best of 2012: http://www.snobsmusic.net/2012/12/best-of-2012-albums-100-51.html
Can't figure out what to buy for that special someone this Christmas? Are you tired of hearing those empty words of praise: "Gee thanks; what a thoughtful gift"? Put the music of Sills and Smith under the tree this year! Both of our critically acclaimed studio albums: No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011) are available through iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. Or, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will mail you the music in a beautiful digipak format ($15 per album, including shipping), along with an autographed, limited edition No Way In, No Way Out card with our thanks. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sillssmith
"Sills & Smith Release New Tracks To Stream; Third Album In Works - Ottawa alt-folk band Sills & Smith are hard at work on their third album, another ambitious endeavour (15 tracks seems to be the magic number in the air right now). To tide fans over, they’ve thrown up two new tunes to stream: “Promises” and “Hold Tight”, the latter of which is one of their strongest outings to date. Give it a spin below then head to ReverbNation! " - Amber Scoyne, Open 'Til Midnight (Nov 15, 2012) http://otmblog.com/2012/11/16/sills-third-album-in-works/
Jonathan Edwards, Jeremy Sills and I convened today at Jonathan's studio for a recording session and it was a very productive experience. With Jonathan in the engineer's/producer's chair in his control room, Jeremy and I put down initial guitar and vocal tracks for four songs: Amanda (For Amanda Todd), Be Careful, It's Freezing in Here and A Church in The Country. Jeremy strapped on his acoustic guitar for this session and we mostly shared the singing duties. These are scratch tracks, so Jonathan will need to add extra electric and acoustic guitar, bass, drums and keyboards where necessary. And we'll be going back in the studio over the next few weeks to do more vocals. Jeremy will certainly be playing a lot more guitar in future sessions. But the tunes were sounding great, with just guitar and voice on this day. Clearly, the many hours that Jeremy and I have spent rehearsing the songs over the last few weeks is paying off. We now have a total of 19 songs recorded, two of which are complete (Hold Tight and Promises) for the third full-length Sills and Smith studio album. We'll have some decisions to make, as we expect this to be a 15 track effort, but Jonathan has plenty of great material to work with. We are very excited about this album, which we plan to unleash on the world in early 2013. I'll keep you posted as things progress with this disc in the next few weeks. Cheers, Frank
Jeremy Sills and I convened at our Glebe avenue rehearsal space today for a late afternoon practice to run through a bunch of tunes. We are preparing for another recording session with Jonathan Edwards at his studio Corvidae Music scheduled for Thursday. We sang 5 songs: A Fever Dream, A Church in The Country, It's Freezing In Here, Be Careful and Amanda. The latter track is a brand new song written for and dedicated to Amanda Todd. All of the stuff sounded sweet to my ears. Jeremy played acoustic guitar and had some cool effects going on too, to add to the atmospherics. We are raring to go for our next get-together with Jonathan. The new Sills and Smith album is definitely beginning to gel -- scheduled for release in early 2013 -- with 15 tracks recorded and in various stages of completion. I'll write another blog Thursday after our trip to Corvidae Music to keep you informed. Cheers, Frank
Jeremy Sills, Jonathan Edwards and I had a very productive recording session today at Jonathan's Ottawa studio Corvidae Music. Man, Jonathan has really spiffed-up his studio with the new bamboo floors and various acoustic treatments. When we were ushered into the new surroundings it was hard not to be impressed. Jonathan explained all of the enhancements in great detail, so much so that it went a little over my head. It does sound much different in there. Oddly, my speaking voice sounds precisely like Sir Laurence Olivier in Jonathan's new digs. But I digress. After some tuning of Jeremy's acoustic guitar and checking of levels we got down to work smartly. We already had nine tracks of the third Sills and Smith album recorded; two completed and seven with just guitar and voice. Today, we set out to get closer to the number of songs we would need for the full length album. We exceeded initial expectations, managing to record guitar and voice to a click track for six tunes: Endings and Beginnings, Living On An Island, Child of Mine, Parachute Love, I Know and In Memory. We were both singing well on the day and Jeremy was doing some lovely riffing and finger-style playing. Jonathan provided extra reverb and delay on the guitar on a few of the tunes. All in all, a great day in the studio. Jonathan will begin adding drums, bass, other guitars, keyboards and his vocals in the weeks ahead to build the arrangements. We will also be called upon to sing parts again and Jeremy will most definitely be contributing some beautiful vocalizations as he did on our discs No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011). We have set another date for a recording session next Thursday, as there are several other new songs we've been rehearsing, that we'd like to try out in the studio so we have extra material to choose from. We expect to have the third Sills and Smith album out in early 2013. Can't wait for you folks to hear the music. This record is really going to be something! More news to follow soon as Jonathan progresses with the mixes. Cheers, Frank
Jonathan Edwards' studio Corvidae Music has undergone a major renovation and upgrade over the last few weeks! Rumour has it Jonathan also decided to spruce himself up with a series of expensive botox injections. As a result, it may difficult to tell if he is mad or happy with our vocals in recording sessions, which is frankly a bit concerning. Nevertheless, Jeremy Sills and I will be back at Jonathan's studio on Monday to continue recording the third Sills and Smith album. We are excited about the new material, which has been well-practiced over the last few weeks in our Glebe street rehearsal space. Two songs -- Promises and Hold Tight --- are already completed and seven other tracks have one guitar and voice. Cheers, Frank