In dates, that is. In ground we’ve covered most of the country, from PEI to Alberta.
We’ve been through winter to summer and back again to spring.
And we’ve still got a ton of dates to play and highway to drive ahead of us!
Thanks Trevor Greenway at Metro Ottawa for writing this awesome article about our upcoming tour.
We are quite excited announce all the dates for our first ever cross Canada tour. The gentleman at London Gentleman records (http://www.londongentlemanrecords.com/) have done an exceptional job of booking this tour for us. We can’t wait to meet our fellow alchemists around the country. Stay tuned for more updates!
We are very happy to announce that we signed with a local record label. We are very excited to be working with business man and trumpeter extraordinaire, Ed Lister, of London Gentleman Records. We hope to be taking this show on the road in the fall so stay tuned!
This Wednesday we will be opening for our fellow label mates Grace and Jack’s CD Release at Live On Elgin!
48 hours and we’ve finally recovered from a seriously wicked, unbelievably fulfilling day performing at the Ottawa Bluesfest! The Claridge Stage was an amazing place to be, and strolling the festival after our set was damn exhilarating. Obviously, there was a lot of relief when we wrapped up at 5pm, given we were sharing the stage with Interpol and Simple Plan and playing for our biggest crowd yet. And we’re extremely stoked to have pulled it off without any hitches!
A lot of people put a lot of work into making it all happen and into just straight up making our day, too. The Claridge stage crew and hospitality team were awesome and really treated us like gold, getting us comfortable on a huge stage, making us sound amazing, and taking care of us into the evening with beer and good vibes. On the subject of good vibes, our stage manager Bill Sibbit was actually one of the highlights of our day. We couldn’t have been working with a cooler guy running the show backstage. It was particularly fun to watch him nail his crew with water-guns and tear it up in the festival cars. When you’re stepping up to one of the biggest gigs you’ve ever played having a guy who’ll crack jokes with you and keep everyone grinning is just about the best ever.
Our crew was great for that, too! Our tech Fabien Melanson was ready to troubleshoot problems we hadn’t even imagined and was so comfortable taking everything in stride that it, thankfully, rubbed off on us. Having a great tech is such a confidence booster, Fabien let us rock out without worries. Having Patrick Brewster and his assistant (our pal) Jason Juneau taking video just made the crew all that much more fun and, honestly, kinda made us feel like stars. Even more so when our little posse came backstage to celebrate with us. It was great seeing our friends have such a blast at the festival with us, and we`re pretty sure Simple Plan`s stage crew made at least one of their nights by inviting us to throw huge beachballs into the audience. Its the little things, folks.
The other real highlight was heading down to the autograph booth and meeting some new fans. In particular little Gavin and Serena were a joy to meet and talk about Baba Yaga and being scared with. Their mom and dad are pretty cool for bringing them over to meet us. Ashley really thrilled us by saying we were her festival surprise and AJ actually defected from the Simple plan autograph line-up to come see us! Robert thought we were hooked up enough to be able to get Air Supply`s autograph for him as well as ours. Sadly, we weren`t able to do that but he still seemed pretty happy. There were so many cool people to meet we can`t list them all but suffice to say it was great to chat with folks after the show, and to run into a number of our friends and fans enjoying the rest of the day.
To sum it up, it was a real honour being on this year`s line-up. Bluesfest is just wickedly fun to play and we`re so glad to have a major festival in our home-town that is so supportive of its local bands. We feel really lucky to have had two Bluesfest gigs in three years and especially to have been on such an incredible, exciting stage with such great energy all around us. Weird Al played that stage the next day! Unreal. So now were wondering is it possible, just maybe, that Baba Yaga actually approves of us and has our back? Probably not. That’s a lot to hope for. But a bunch of other folks certainly do, and that actually is enough for us.
Yours truly, with a grin,
-Riishi & Michel
Very grateful to Apt 613 for picking us as one of their shows to see at Blues Fest. 1 DAY AWAY! We promise to give all the people in the 613 an awesome show. Also the people from the 819… Actually any area code is fine! We are going to rock out like never before for all area codes.
Big thanks to Alex James from CouchAssassin.com for writing this great review of Shed Your Helmet.
“The final song, much like the entire EP, takes you on a journey through genres and emotions, leaving you at the end with the feeling “so…that just happened”, while you are left to pick up the pieces of what you thought you’d hear, and place your jaw back on its hinges.”
That’s exactly how we felt when we first listened to the full album too.
We are in the process of sending out CD’s and digital downloads to all of our lovely crowd funding contributors… If you are one of these people, you’ll be hearing from us.
We still have loads of “Shed Your Helmet” Ep’s.. If your interested in a physical copy just shoot us a message and we can set something up. If your one of those people who don’t have a CD player (we’ve met a few recently) you can find a digital download on CD Baby here:
Alas AT LAST! The record is done! We have made it out of the recording process unscathed by Baba Yaga and to thank her and to thank you we have posted the remixed and mastered versions of Animal Too and Baba Yaga on our soundcloud page. What’s that mysterious low rumble on the tracks you ask? Well that’s bass man Andrew Bryant who added his talents to the entire record. Why do these tracks sound so crisp, clean and clear? Well that’s because Eric Eggleston (http://johnnyhallproductions.com/) and Mauricio Gargel (http://www.mauriciogargel.com/) did such a great job of recording, mixing and mastering it!
We will be posting a new track in the coming days so please stay tuned!