NEW ALBUM DANDELION OUT OCTOBER 22
Over a decade into their career, Vancouver’s Said The Whale have won a JUNO Award, topped the alternative radio chart, and amassed a devoted fanbase – all the while maintaining their resolutely independent spirit. Recent single “Honey Lungs” cracked the Top 10 on the Canada Rock Chart and was also the #1 Most Added release week-of-release on the NACC North American singles chart.
Said The Whale‘s forthcoming new album, Dandelion, will be released on October 22nd, 2021 via EVERYTHING FOREVER, a label recently launched by singer-guitarist Tyler Bancroft. Latest single, “99 to the Moon,” follows on the heels of previous releases “Show Me Everything” and “Everything She Touches is Gold to Me.”
An intimate song about two people growing together over a long period of time, “99 to the Moon” takes inspiration from Bancroft‘s own 11-year partnership – what goes into building a solid foundation and raising a family. A million tiny moments that stack on top of each other like bricks.
The song title can either be interpreted as the year 1999, until forever or as the 99 B-Line (a bus that runs east-west in Vancouver) to wherever you are going.
Said The Whale
October 22nd, 2021
1. The Ocean
2. Honey Lungs
6. February 15
8. Anything For You
Dandelion was recorded over the pandemic lockdowns during 2020 and 2021, when Said The Whale booked a string of sessions with producer Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties) at his Tugboat Pl. Studios in New Westminster, BC.
Dandelion is an optimistic title. Dandelions are everywhere. Some people see them as nothing but a garden weed, but to many others they are a beautiful flower whose bloom marks the first sign of spring. Not to mention they are edible from root to flower, and have many medicinal properties. They grow whether or not you want them to, so why not focus on the positives?
– singer-guitarist Ben Worcester
Like dandelion seeds spreading through a garden, Said The Whale let their creativity run wild, gradually writing songs through a series of happy accidents, spontaneous experiments and lush overdubbing. Some songs were carefully cultivated at home and then brought to life in the studio; others blossomed on the spot, with little forethought. There was no grand design other than: if it feels good, keep going.
Bancroft and Worcester share the mic on soaring anthems that blend giddy pop hooks with open-hearted lyricism. The dual songwriters bring an empathetic perspective to today’s fraught political climate on “Honey Lungs,” and they wrap their arms around the world on the euphoric rallying cry of “The Ocean.” Keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown takes centre stage on the instrumental piano composition “February 15,” featuring a string section performed by musicians from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and bassist Lincoln Hotchen and former Said The Whale founding drummer, Spencer Schoening, offer a rhythmic masterclass on the dizzying twists and turns of “Sweetheart.”
Following their triumphant return to the stage playing at this year’s Calgary Stampede, Said The Whale will tour key dates in the U.S. supporting friends, Tokyo Police Club, and have locked in a headline run of shows across Canada next March – including a three night venue streak at home in Vancouver, B.C. from March 24-26 – as a follow up to their most-attended headlining show at the Malkin Bowl in 2019.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
Nov 2 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA * TICKETS
Nov 3 @ Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR * TICKETS
Nov 5 @ Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA * TICKETS
Nov 6 @ Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA * TICKETS
Nov 7 @ Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA * TICKETS
Nov 8 @ Casbah – San Diego, CA * TICKETS
Nov 9 @ Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ * TICKETS
*supporting Tokyo Police Club
March 8 @ Petit Campus – Montreal, QC TICKETS
March 9 @ Saw Club – Ottawa, ON TICKETS
March 10 @ The Mansion – Kingston, ON TICKETS
March 11 @ Axis Club – Toronto, ON TICKETS
March 17 @ Louis’ – Saskatoon, SK TICKETS
March 18 @ Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB TICKETS
March 19 @ Commonwealth Bar – Calgary, AB TICKETS
March 24 @ Fox Cabaret – Vancouver, BC TICKETS
March 25 @ Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC TICKETS
March 26 @ Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC TICKETS