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StillWaves New LP Undiagnosed Is Out Now!

Today marks the release of the incredible new StillWaves LP, Undiagnosed [SS122].

It is available worldwide via streaming and also on strictly limited Safe Sounds cassette. Listen to Undiagnosed on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music or your preferred music platform today!

Lead singer and bassist Dan Carlyle sat down with us to discuss what it was like to record Undiagnosed with engineer/producer Josh Korody at Candle Recording Studio, and also how the album came together with the late guitarist Eric Pentz -

"In all honesty, I almost pulled the plug on recording the album because Eric and I had fallen out of touch. We drifted apart when he started to hang out with new friends who liked to party a lot, but ultimately we decided to push on and record the album over 4 sessions.

Undiagnosed is very personal for a few different reasons. I was going through a divorce and hard times when we were recording it, and Eric passed away shortly after completing it.

Eric's fingerprints and influence are all over the album; songs like 'I'm Haunted' and 'Reform' we built around his guitar. Another track that really encapsulates Eric and his playing is the title track 'Undiagnosed' - it's a beautiful guitar melody yet still somehow morose."

StillWaves returned to work with the engineer/producer of their first album, Josh Korody, who you might know as the frontman of 90s nostalgia group, Breeze (check out the Breeze live sessions we recorded in our bank vault here).

Speaking of the relationship and recording process with Josh, Dan continued...

"He knew exactly the sound and direction we were going for, so that made the whole process pretty seamless.

Andrew Heule recorded live drums for all the songs, but Josh liked the sound of the original electronic drums I programmed on the Korg Electribe, so we ended up using a combination of both with the digital drums being more prominent.

Everything was recorded at Candle during the covid pandemic, and it was a huge energy release to be in there during that period of abnormality.

Eric was a character. A memorable studio story is when he complimented Josh... "Josh, I have to say, I just love your vision."

Josh, taking it to mean his artistic vision, replied, "ah, thanks Eric."

This was followed by Eric exclaiming, "Yeah, I don't know how you can see all those tiny little tracks on the screen while you record."

Eric was hilarious and always lit up the room. When recording our first album, he was doing vocal backups on the track 'Trust Yourself' and kept blurting out weird things. I was going to go into the vocal booth and get him to stop, but Josh said to let him keep rolling and we laughed our heads off at all the wonderful gibberish."

Speaking about the meaning behind some of Undiagnosed's tracks -

"'Aurora, CO' is about Elijah McClain. He was the young African-American youth that was killed by police officers in custody, for doing nothing wrong. I read the story of his death and it made me so angry the only thing I felt I could do was write a track. He used to go and play violins for cats in shelters - he was a gentle soul.

At other times the songs don't have any profound meaning at all. 'Redlines' I wrote about a road trip to Nashville - we were driving towards Windsor where all the giant wind turbines are, and the red flashing lights were in time with the song that was playing on the car stereo. I like that track, it reminds me of closing time at the bar. Eric's guitar in it, both tone and playing are fantastic.

'Somewhere I'm Happy' is about Eric and myself and our breakups that coincided at roughly the same time. We were a good support system for each other, albeit we were also each other's demons too at times.

Releasing this album will be cathartic. At the time everything was so disconnected and life felt like it might never go back to semi-normal again, so it feels good to finally have it come out, and showcase the wonderful lost talent that was Eric."

You can catch StillWaves celebrating the release of this album on Saturday at The Monarch Tavern in a very special Class of 2024 show brought to you by Exclaim! View the event here.

Strictly limited edition StillWaves cassettes will be available to purchase at the show, or for those of you further away you can grab one on bandcamp.

Class of 2024 StillWaves Album Release

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StillWaves Celebrate Album Release with Class Of 2024 Show

StillWaves are getting ready to celebrate the release on their brand new LP, Undiagnosed, which arrives digitally worldwide on Friday 19th January and on limited editing Safe Sounds cassette!

Just 24 hours later, you'll be able to celebrate this release with us...

20th January at The Monarch Tavern
Doors: 8PM
StillWaves
w/ La Sécurité, Olga and Arenas
Purchase a ticket via Showclix
RSVP via Facebook

Presented by Exclaim! & Dan Burke NEXT.O Shows in partnership with the City Of Toronto's Music Office and Proudly Supported by Mary Brown's Chicken. Made possible by the support of Ontario Creates.

StillWaves Join The Safe Sounds Family with It Still Burns

We're delighted to welcome StillWaves to the Safe Sounds family with the release of the debut single from their upcoming LP.

It Still Burns is a driving post-punk banger. When we first heard it, it evoked memories of bands like The Horrors (specifically their album Primary Colours, which still gets rotated here to this day).

After meeting head honcho, lead singer and bassist, Dan Carlyle, he professed his love for bands like Killing Joke, The Cure, and The Chameleons. It all adds up.

The debut LP, entitled Undiagnosed, will be released on limited edition pink cassette on 19th January 2024. The art features the late guitarist, Eric Pentz, who wrote the album alongside Carlyle. Andrew Heule is the drummer on the record.

Undiagnosed [SS122] is the first StillWaves album to be released by Safe Sounds.

Track listing ~

It Still Burns
Undiagnosed
I'm Haunted
Aurora, co
Scars Lie Below
Not Safe From Your Heart
Somewhere I'm Happy
Reform
Redlines

The LP cover photo is by Roy Cohen. The single art for It Still Burns is by Paul Grier.

Support It Still Burns on bandcamp. StillWaves will play a very special show on Saturday 20th January in Toronto - grab an advance ticket now.

It's Album Release Day for Your Grandad

We’re excited and delighted to bring you Your Grandad’s self-titled debut album today! The nine songs on this record blend humour with sincerity, musical misdirection with good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll.

With a guitar, a bass, drums, vocals, and a cheeky Wurlitzer overdub, Your Grandad carve out a sonic territory far vaster and deeper than anything they’ve done before.

You’ll hear all three members — Cameron Kirk, William O'Neill and Max Sheffel — take turns singing lead vocals, with some tasty harmonies to boot. Expect all sorts of sounds; fun, abrasive, weird and normal.

Some of the tracks are danceable and some are decidedly not! We hope it sticks with you and you keep coming back year after year... as the kids get older you're going to need to make an honest effort to keep this love alive.

Luckily with Your Grandad being available on vinyl, you can grab a copy that will live forever and can be passed from generation to generation.

Here's a quote from the band —

“We’re very proud of this record, and we hope you enjoy it! We’d like to thank some people who helped get this record out there...

Stephen Pitman, who recorded and helped produce the recording. Shelby Wilson who provided vocals on Qualified Certified. Brandon Bak who mixed the album. Asher Gould-Murtagh who mastered it. Mitch Lohmeier who designed the artwork for the LP and all of its singles. Leesa Westwood and Richard Singh who helped design the liner notes.

Finally, Bill Cutbill and Desiree Das Gupta of Safe Sounds for helping us get it out there!”

Your Grandad is available NOW on all streaming platforms and for download via Bandcamp. Physical copies will also be available for sale at the upcoming live shows...

November 10 - Sarnia

November 16 - Hamilton

November 17 - Toronto

Your Grandad's Got Some Hot Wax

Your Grandad wriggles with anticipation, bringing news of their debut self-titled album, Your Grandad [SS121]. Fake news might be rife in this world, but we can guarantee that the LP will be released digitally and on hot wax via Safe Sounds on November 1st!

The most exciting release from Your Grandad yet, you'll hear all three members — Cam, William and Max — singing and playing their goofy hearts out, with songs crazier and more accomplished than anything you've ever heard from them before.

The hotly anticipated first ever Your Grandad vinyls will be available at the album release show in November 👀.

In the meantime, check out the artwork from incredible local artist Mitch Lohmeier ~

Your Grandad Album Art

Tracklist ~

1. Your Grandad
2. Juice Opinion
3. Volcano Man
4. Poison
5. Aspartame
6. CERB
7. Fake News
8. Qualified Certified
9. Odds

Two of the singles from this release are already available on streaming ~ C.E.R.B and Poison. Find them on Bandcamp, Spotify and anywhere else you consume audio bites.

We can't wait for this release. Hold it in your hands November 1st.

Releases

Remix Single
SS124
World News
In The Room
Coming soon
Double A
SS123
Pretty
Live from Safe Sounds
Coming soon
Album
SS122
StillWaves
Undiagnosed
Album
SS121
Your Grandad
Your Grandad
EP
SS120
Your Grandad
Sin Gles
Single
SS120C
Your Grandad
Your Grandad
Single
SS120B
Your Grandad
Poison
Single
SS120A
Your Grandad
CERB
EP
SS119
Dark Tapes · Bill Cutbill
OBELISK
EP
SS118
RUM DO
You Just Have To Be
Single
SS117
Theo Vandenhoff
Alles Ist Besser
EP
SS116
World News
New Era
Remix Single
SS115
World News
AMFTK
LP
SS114
Provincial Parcs
Scenic Equilibrium
Double A
SS113
Your Grandad
Juice Opinion / Fake News
Double A
SS112
Idious Carrie
O
EP
SS111
Theo Vandenhoff
Heartache Is An Empty Room
Double A
SS110
RUM DO
Confetti and... / A ↝ B
Remix Single
SS109
World News
Descenending
LP
SS108
Bill Cutbill
AMAZONAS
EP
SS107
Loji
Gather
EP
SS106
World News
The Chosen
Remix Single
SS105
World News
Black Cat
Single
SS104
Bill Cutbill
Joy Ride (and then I wake up)
Remix Single
SS103
World News
A Bit More Mellow Back Then
EP
SS102
RUM DO
Why
EP
SS101
RUM DO
lay down, lovers

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Dark Tapes

Idious Carrie

Loji

Provincial Parcs

RUM DO

StillWaves

Theo Vandenhoff

World News

Your Grandad

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