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Sills & Smith releases Hold Tight music video!

(Ottawa, October 7, 2013)

A new music video for Hold Tight, the opening track from the Sills & Smith studio album The Glorious Ache has been released. The video was made by Megan Robertson, a wonderfully talented Ottawa photographer and filmmaker. Hold Tight was written by Frank Smith, Jeremy Sills and Jonathan Edwards. It was recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards at Corvidae Music in Ottawa. Watch the video now on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdhYm5fp9XM&feature=c4-overview&list=UUrXpI0zL8IYjyUPTa_Xy2cw

Sills & Smith is an independent, alternative folk/rock band based in Ottawa, Canada. The group includes Jeremy Sills, Frank Smith and Jonathan Edwards. The band has released three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: The Glorious Ache (2013), No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011). These are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

The new music video and several others from all three studio albums are also posted on the band’s Reverbnation and Facebook pages, where you can hear many full Sills & Smith songs streaming. Links to Sills & Smith on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, CD Baby and other retailers that sell the band’s music are provided on its social media sites.

Hold Tight is about surviving the perils of life in the concrete, urban jungle. We had great fun working with Megan Robertson. Enjoy the video.

For more information:

Sills & Smith band on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/sillssmith

Sills & Smith band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sillssmith

Sills & Smith band on Twitter: @SillsandSmith

Tornado Alley music video released!

We have just released a powerful new music video of Tornado Alley from the Sills & Smith album The Glorious Ache. Our song has been used as a soundtrack to remarkable film footage of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri in 2011 chronicled by Joplin resident Colby McGehee. Many thanks to Colby for giving us permission to use his film. The music video was compiled by our talented musical friend Robin Youlton, who lives in England, so that makes this an international project. Tornado Alley was written by Frank Smith, Jeremy Sills and Jonathan Edwards. It was recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards at Corvidae Music in Ottawa. Watch Tornado Alley on YouTube now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHKuDoUwWnQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UUrXpI0zL8IYjyUPTa_Xy2cw

You can also view our new music video and several others from all three studio albums on our Reverbnation and Facebook pages and hear many full songs streaming. Links to Sills & Smith on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, CD Baby and other retailers that sell our music are provided on our social media sites.

Sills & Smith band on Reverbnation:

www.reverbnation.com/sillssmith

Sills & Smith band on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/sillssmith

Sills & Smith band on Twitter:

@SillsandSmith

Parachute Love music video released!

To celebrate its brand new studio album, Sills & Smith band has just released a music video for the track Parachute Love. The video was compiled by Robin Youlton and features thrilling film footage by skydiver extraordinaire Dexter Marcelino, set to our powerful song. Now available on our just launched Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SillsandSmith

Sills & Smith is an independent, alternative folk/rock band based in Ottawa, Canada. The group includes Jeremy Sills, Frank Smith and Jonathan Edwards. The band has recorded three albums of all original material: The Glorious Ache (2013), No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011). These are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

Our new album, The Glorious Ache features 15 tracks penned by the band, exploring diverse sonic territory and delivering songs filled with melodic and lyrical invention. The Glorious Ache was released on July 9th and is now available through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and other major retailers! The beautiful digipak edition is being printed and will be out on July 30th, for online order and in select box stores.

Five tracks from the new album are now streaming on our Reverbnation and Facebook pages. Look for more music videos on Youtube of certain Glorious Ache tracks through the summer and into the fall. We are so proud of this music. We hope listeners enjoy experiencing the album as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Sills & Smith on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/sillssmith Sills & Smith on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sillssmith Sills & Smith on Twitter: @SillsandSmith

Sills & Smith The Glorious Ache album available now!

(Ottawa, July 10, 2013) - The brand new studio album by Sills & Smith entitled The Glorious Ache is now available on iTunes! It features 15 tracks penned by the band, exploring diverse sonic territory and delivering songs filled with melodic and lyrical invention. Released today first on iTunes, the album will be for sale soon through Amazon, CD Baby, eMusic and other major online retailers. The beautiful digipak edition will be printed and out near the end of July for online order and in select box stores.

Sills & Smith is an independent, alternative folk/rock band based in Ottawa, Canada. The group includes Jeremy Sills, Frank Smith and Jonathan Edwards. The band has released three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: The Glorious Ache (2013), No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011). These are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

Five tracks from The Glorious Ache are now streaming on our Reverbnation and Facebook pages. Watch for music videos on Youtube of certain album tracks through the summer and into the fall. We are so proud of this music. We hope listeners enjoy experiencing the musical journey of this recording as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Sills and Smith, The Glorious Ache, on iTunes for digital download, only $9.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-glorious-ache/id672453783 Sills & Smith on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/sillssmith Sills & Smith on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sillssmith Sills & Smith on Twitter: @SillsandSmith

The Glorious Ache - 15 tracks (56 minutes of music). Songwriters: Frank Smith, Jeremy Sills, Jonathan Edwards. Words: Frank Smith; Music: Frank Smith, Jeremy Sills, Jonathan Edwards. Frank Smith - vocals; Jeremy Sills - vocals and acoustic guitars; Jonathan Edwards - acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, mandolin; producer and recording engineer.

Track order:

1. Hold Tight 2. Ready, Set, Go 3. Be Careful 4. Advice, Best Taken 5. Parachute Love 6. Amanda 7. A Church In The Country 8. It's Wrecked 9. Tornado Alley 10. If You 11. Living On An Island 12. Promises 13. Freezing In Here 14. Fill My Cup 15. In Memory

Howard Lawrence
Howard Lawrence  (about 2 years ago)

I remember way way back when you sent me the early version of "Hold Tight." I recall saying then that this would be the perfect album opener.;)

Dark Gift Radio Blog review of No Way In, No Way Out!

Sills and Smith are based in Ottawa and class themselves as folk/rock.

Members are Jeremy Sills, Frank Smith and Jonathan Edwards. Frank Smith is the main vocalist and lyricist of the band. Jeremy Sills and Jonathan Edwards share electric and acoustic guitar duties, backing vocals with drums and bass played by Jonathan.

The band have released two albums: "Uncertain Vista" (2011) and "No Way In, No Way Out" (2012). Their new album is set for release in late Spring 2013.

“No Way In, No Way Out” is a very nicely produced album that shows a good progression in terms of production from their previous CD, 2011’s “Uncertain Vista”. Their style varies from Midwest Indie Rock to 90’s 4AD and even has elements of folk, early goth and interesting alternative experimentation at times.

The drum and guitar sounds work really well together and the plaintive vocals sit well in the mix. Vocal influences seem to range from Nick Cave/Interpol/Michael Stipe to Lloyd Cole and The Red House Painters. There is a strong sense of empathy in many of the vocals.

If you like the styles of music described above, you will be likely to appreciate the song writing which is generally well thought out and full of diversity and innovation, just where it is least expected.

Arrangements are simple and not over busy and this helps bring out the songs to strongly showcase the band’s potential.

Personally, three of my favourite tracks from the album would be “Clouds”, “Radiance” and “Pain”.

“Clouds” seems to have a Red House Painters influence infused into it. Nice chiming chorus guitars and a folk influence from the use of a pedal steel guitar.

“Radiance” is very emotive lyrical imagery and a lovely build up to the song. It has a good musical balance that has that happy/sad feel that could go either way.

“Pain” is one of the most interesting tracks. It has a dynamic that usurps listener expectation in the light of previous tracks and has an experimental edge that borders on Bauhaus/early goth. For me it is one of the most innovative tracks on the album.

Another stand out track would be “Would it all be Different?” which has a beautiful, sad, unrequited feel where “luck is measured in a thimble.” It is a unique track full of layers and dimensions and a courageous track which culminates in an ending that veers towards a celebration of Pink Floyd.

The album is available from the many links included on their Reverbnation site. If you like good quality, alternative music from independent bands not influenced by corporate greed then this is a recommended release.

I look forward to the new album later this year and wish Sills and Smith all success from the DGR Team.

http://darkgiftradio.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/cd-review-sills-and-smith-no-way-in-no.html

A Writer's Retreat on MuseBoat Radio Sunday Night!

TJ Clark of the MuseBoat Radio show TJ's Muse Bridge will be airing A Writer's Retreat from our first album Uncertain Vista this Sunday night, March 24th! The show airs at 6 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. CDT and 3 p.m. GMT. Listen online: http://museboat.wix.com/multimedia This will be the first Sills and Smith (Jeremy Sills, Frank Smith, Jonathan Edwards) track to be heard on MuseBoat Radio. Keep listening to the station as Pain, No Way In, No Way Out and Would It All Be Different? from NWINWO will be in MuseBoat's regular rotation starting next week.

NO WAY IN NO WAY OUT (SILLS AND SMITH): ALTERNATIVE TO THE ALTERNATIVE

NO WAY IN NO WAY OUT (SILLS AND SMITH): ALTERNATIVE TO THE ALTERNATIVE! Article by PJ Cornell, Editor in Chief. Asterisked Music Journal Assessment: 9.0 out of 10. Bottom line up front: Imagine yourself somewhere in Canada. There’s snow on the ground. It’s dark. It’s cold. As you walk down the ice-laden road, you see a bar nestled amidst the pines. The lights inside flicker a warm glow out onto the frozen ground below. As you approach, you hear a band playing. The music is as warm and inviting as the weather outside is cold and harsh. You step into the bar. The band’s drummer gives you a smile and a nod as you approach the bar. You order a whiskey on the rocks. The drink is cold, but sweet, and warms you as it goes down. You let the fire on the hearth, your stiff drink, and the full sound of the band wash over you until you’re relaxed from head to toe. Highlights: The best part of this album is that it is so stylistically expansive. There’s something for everybody: metal, post-hippie jams, country, adult alternative, and good old alternative rock. This band’s sound is very thick, and the songs have good trajectory. Would it be Different is a Pink Floydesque favorite of mine. Lot’s of complex harmonies, good use of vocal technique, and amazing guitar solos. Melancholy World is another really good one; it’s a very upbeat, yet emotionally complex song with a beat that anyone can get behind, and guitar solos that make your soul ache. I Can’t Reach You is a good bluesy jam. In Pain, they demonstrate their artistic versatility by busting out a straight-up numetal anthem which is strangely consistent with the feel of the rest of the album. These Ghosts is a dreamlike song with a country feel. Criticisms: My only real criticism is that, in some of their songs, they would do well to space out the lyrics a little more. It occasionally seems that they try to compress too many words into a short space. They would do well to use shorter poems, or else give their song a little more space to breathe. They’re choruses are usually the highlights of their songs; for example, in I’m Right Here, their verses are little too wordy, but the chorus: “I’m right heeeeeeeere, I’m right heeeeeeeere….” gives me chills every time. Conclusion: This is an excellent album, overall. The more you listen to it, the more you like it. This album is better than their first one, a worthy effort in its own right (review pending) and I think the next one will be even better. I look forward to hearing it. Read review on Asterisked Music Journal: http://asteriskedmusic.us/no-way-in-no-way-out-sills-and-smith-alternative-to-the-alternative/?fb_source=pubv1

Sills and Smith on MuseBoat Internet Radio!

We are thrilled to announce that MuseBoat Radio, an internet station devoted exclusively to indie music will be playing four Sills and Smith songs starting this week. The tunes are A Writer's Retreat from our Uncertain Visa album and No Way In, No Way Out, Would It All Be Different? and Pain from our second release No Way In, No Way Out. On Sunday, March 24th our music will be introduced on TJ´s Muse Bridge music show at 10PM GMT, 6PM EST, 3PM PST and then again throughout the following week's music programming on the station. Then, our songs will be part of MuseBoat's 24/7 rotation. You can also vote for Sills and Smith in Andy´s MBMC Top 25 Music Chart every day. The station's music chart show with Bobby D and Jes is always on Thursday at the same time. Check out the station's website to listen in daily and request our songs if you want to hear our band: http://museboat.wix.com/multimedia or go to the MuseBoat Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/museboat You can now hear the music of Sills and Smith (Jeremy Sills, Frank Smith and Jonathan Edwards) online through Jango Internet Radio, DarkGift Radio and, as of this week, MuseBoat Radio! We are excited that our songs are receiving world-wide exposure!

Sills and Smith on Dark Gift Radio!

We are thrilled to announce that Dark Gift Radio (www.darkgiftradio.com) has added Sills and Smith to its play-list. Our songs Would It All Be Different? and Pain from the No Way In, No Way Out album were selected for daily rotation by Dark Gift a couple of days ago. With our exposure on Jango Internet Radio and now Dark Gift we are getting heard the world over.

8.8/10 for No Way In, No Way Out in Asterisked Music Journal!

An article by PJ Cornell, Editor in Chief. Asterisked Music Journal (Review of Sills and Smith album No Way In, No Way Out) Assessment: 8.8 out of 10. Bottom Line Up Front: This is a band with a very full sound. It’s a big sticky ball of alternative rock that rolled down a grassy hill, picking up pieces of several other genres in its path. If you are a fan of Our Lady Peace, but think they’re too morose, you’d probably love these guys. Their songs are different enough, that you really have to listen to their songs 2-3 times before you really “get” them, but not so different that they are likely to alienate audiences. Highlights: The two things that really stand out about this band are the harmonic content, and the guitar solos. This isn’t your 3-chord rock; think more John Lennon. And when they cut their lead guitar loose, it’s something to experience. Great solos. The vocalists interact with one another very well, as well. Their best song is Would it All be Different. It starts off simply enough with a simple progression in the rhythm and a simple tune on top of it. Then everything drops off, and we are treated to a Dream Theater-esque symphonic experience. The guitars play a beautiful, quiet riff, while the vocalists create sonic textures that are somehow reminiscent of both Morton Feldman and medieval liturgical music. The section culminates in a very gratifying guitar solo before reprising to its original thought. Criticisms: I don’t have much bad to say about these guys. Obviously prolific and talented. My one suggestion is that there are a couple ways this band could go in the future. This band could easily fall into the trap of losing touch with the listener if they try too hard to be different. So long as they don’t try to force it, though, I think these guys will just keep getting better and better with time. Conclusion: I look forward to experiencing new musical landscapes with these guys in the future. http://asteriskedmusic.us/sills-smith-an-upcoming-integration-of-sound/