Check out the amazing Johnny Butler. Butler is a brilliant young guitar player from Boise, Idaho. Watch the video of Love Worth Living Part 1. Brilliant! http://www.reverbnation.com/johnnybutler989
"It's an uncertain vista, that we all behold. The photo seems adjusted; is that a pot of gold? But the painter's brush strokes, interpret differently. The light, the dark -- all we're meant to be."
I will be in Peterborough this weekend, stopping by Trent University's radio station on Friday afternoon to give them a copy of Uncertain Vista. I've been told tracks from the album will then be played on air around 2:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter. I should be in the studio to chat a bit with Anthony Gulston about the album. Tune in to hear the show online, or on the radio (92.7 FM) if you are in or near Peterborough: http://www.trentu.ca/org/trentradio/ On Saturday, I'm at Moondance, 425 George Street North, Canada's oldest music store from about 2:00 p.m. to at least 3:00 p.m.. Moondance http://moondancemusic.com/ is also my favourite record store on the planet. Growing up in Peterborough, it was the place where I bought pretty much all my music. Anyway, it will just be me -- so no live performance. But Moondance will be selling Uncertain Vista. I'll be there to talk to folks about the disc. And, I will be giving away the lyrics sheet for the album to anyone lucky enough to buy it on the day. The lyrics sheet is an extra, not part of the lovely, artistic digipak package. I will be signing things, but only our products (not the latest Justin Bieber album) and I don't sign body parts no matter how much you plead with me :) Looking forward to meeting folks in Peterborough. Should be fun. Cheers, Frank
Thanks to our new friend Chas Cunningham of the terrific Scottish band The Skunnerd we received airplay on Saturday, October 15th on the Pulse 98.4: http://www.pulseonair.co.uk/ In addition to being a bass player and songwriter of considerable fame, Chas does music programming on Pulse 98.4 in East Renfrewshire. The Saturday Sandwich is a program that runs from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (which means a 6:00 a.m. start for us in Ottawa). The show is a really neat format combining live music with Chas and various talented friends and recorded songs. Chas chose our track No Safety Net to play on his show. A portion of the show is now available on the second page of our song selections. Thanks again Chas! We so enjoyed listening in online. The land of the finest single malt whisky is home to even finer people and tremendous music.
Over the last couple of weeks I've been listening really closely, for hours to a lot of music in the Reverbnation community. Without mentioning artists specifically in this blog, I've encountered so many brilliant musicians across genres, around the world. I've started communicating with some of you and I think friendships are developing based on our musical sharing and kind words of appreciation. As someone who absorbs music like a sponge and needs to constantly be exposed to and challenged by new sounds, this has been quite an experience for me. It's really a privilege and pleasure for us to be part of something as great as Reverbnation. There's a Neil Young tune, Union Man with a line that I often think of: "Live music is better, bumper stickers should be issued." So true, Neil. I think I'll modify that slightly, with Mr. Young's tacit consent, "Indie music is better, bumper stickers should be issued." Cheers to all you amazing folks on Reverbnation. Keep playing, keep singing and keep composing inspiring music. Frank Smith
Friday, September 30, 2011CD review - Sills & Smith, Uncertain Vista (2011) Split personality: we will, we will rock/folk you! Uncertain Vista sprawls for 60 minutes and 21 songs, allowing enough room for the two or three bands playing to each show off their signature sounds. Of the collection, I prefer the indie rock centered band the most, but the musicianship is strong across the board. Of course, it's not a collection of bands, it's just the split personalities of Sills and Smith, jumping between indie/alt rock and Americana (Canadian style)/folk. This dichotomy would have worked better if they had split the album accordingly, but the songs jump from sound to sound, sometimes disconcertingly. When the appropriately named Ominous fades down from its dark. chaotic tension into the delicate slide intro of Water, it's hard to shake the dissonance. Despite the roller coaster sequencing, there is a streak of continuity on Uncertain Vista tied to the lead vocal sound, the balanced song arrangements, tight harmonies, and the exceptional bass work. The first three songs start out on the indie rock side, with A Writer's Retreat creating some beautiful music. The see saw rhythmic start features some harmonic note textures that contrast nicely with the wide open flow of the chorus. The electric guitar is wonderful, creating a counterpoint of sounds that balance the structured arrangement of the other instruments. Similarly, on Inside/Outside, the electric guitar adds character, largely by being less anchored to the Police-like main guitar figure. Spiraling Down's shift to a more Americana feel is the first indication that Uncertain Vista was veering for other targets. The repetitive melody lines and swaying rhythm is pleasant and the lead has a nice Roger McGuinn feel. But it's out of step with the earlier songs. Picking some favorite moments, Crux of the Matter is a strong alt-rocker with a power pop edge. The driving beat lays down a foundation for a John Entwistle bass line that melodically toys with the groove. The psychedelic guitar solo drifts through the break leaving little flecks of golden fuzz. On the folkier side, the aforementioned Water has a gentle folk rock vibe. The arrangement is simple, but allows enough room for the slide guitar accents in the spaces left by the hesitant acoustic guitar. The vocal harmonies are solid, matching the laid back feel. The imagery and lyrical flow is smoother here than some of the other songs. It's good for a band to have an eclectic range of songs. Sills and Smith's musical talent and skill at arrangement shows off their versatility. With better song sequencing or judicious editing, Uncertain Vista would have been a stronger offering. Drop by ReverbNation and give Sills and Smith a listen. http://jesterjaymusic.blogspot.com/
We just got a lovely mention from the terrific music blog T.O. Snob's Music http://www.snobsmusic.net/ "Sills And Smith: CD release show, new video From time-to-time I like to show some love to our friends in the nation's capitol. This week it's for the CD release show for Ottawa-based indie rock band Sills and Smith. The band will be feting the release of their new album Uncertain Vista. The show will take place on Friday, September 16th at the Corner Bar and Grill in Westboro (a great brunch spot if I do say so myself). Check out the video for the track "Writer's Retreat", which should appeal to fans of City And Colour:"" http://www.snobsmusic.net/2011/09/sills-and-smith-cd-release-show-new.html
Our album Sills and Smith, Uncertain Vista is now available. We are very excited and proud of the music we have made and hope you'll share our enthusiasm once you hear the CD. Uncertain Vista is out in digital format, available for purchase through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and Great Indie Music: CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/uncertainvista iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/uncertain-vista/id462351916?i=462351976&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=Sills+and+Smith+Uncertain+Vista&x=14&y=23 eMusic: http://www.emusic.com/listen/#/label/Sills-Smith-CD-Baby-MP3-Download/720171.html Great Indie Music: http://www.greatindie.com/ipnmusic/store/list.php?item_number=881295552722 Physical copies of Uncertain Vista are now available. Both locations of Compact Music in Ottawa (785 Bank Street and 190 Bank Street) have CDs for sale now, as does the Ottawa Folklore Centre (Bank near Sunnyside). CD Warehouse has discs for sale at its Clyde Avenue, Kanata (Terry Fox Drive) and St. Laurent locations. Our album is also being sold at Moondance in Peterborough (425 George Street North). CD Baby also has physical copies for sale through their website as of September 22nd. We will be shipping the discs to music stores further afield in the weeks to come.
Music video of A Writer's Retreat being filmed by Jacob Fergus!
will be uploading to the reverbnation player on Monday !