We didn’t intentionally mean to have two Vancouver artists in a row featured on this blog but this is just the way it turned out.
This month, we’ll be honouring Said the Whale, who just released their latest album, Islands Disappear last month. The album has received rave reviews from critics country-wide. CHARTattack said of the album:
There isn’t a bad song in this bunch. Said The Whale have gone and made a career-defining album much sooner, I’d say, than anyone expected them to.
Said the Whale started out as just a duo, Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft. In 2007 they released their debut EP Taking Abalonia. In 2008 it was rereleased with seven new songs, under the title Howe Sounds/Taking Abalonia. The album got some attention when their enormously catchy and upbeat tune “The Light is You” found its way into a Sun-Rype fruit juice commercial seen on Canadian television.
Their next big hit came when their song “Camilo (The Magician)” received tremendous airplay on CBC Radio 3. That song alone was responsible for 2 out of the 5 Bucky Awards (the annual CBC Radio 3 awards) long list nominations they received.
Earlier this month they toured around the prairies, and at the end of the month they will be playing two shows at St. James Hall in their hometown, with one being an all-ages event and the other being 19+. Be sure to catch one or both of those shows. Below you can see the video for their Bucky-nominated song: