Scenes from the past few months.
A few weeks ago, me and my buddy Will trucked down to the Walbran Valley for an amazing 3 day adventure. We had heard from friends that the trail we had built in March led to a sweet limestone canyon and we wanted to go explore it for ourselves.
After hiking down to the end of our trail, we got to a dry riverbed going up the hillside. Within a few minutes of following it, the banks of the river turned into steep limestone walls that towered 30-40 feet above us. Giant 1000 year old logs were wedged high up above, thrown violently by the water during the big winter floods.
We kept hiking up the river, climbing up and over little waterfalls, big car sized boulders and limestone karst features. Things got progressively steeper until we got to a 25 foot waterfall that we could not get over. Hiking perpendicularly to the river, we slowly bushwacked down the steep hill towards the Walbran river, passing gigantic cedars, carpets of knee high sword ferns and big pieces of deadfall making every step laborious.
Finally, after much clambering and falling over the thick underbrush, we emerged from the forest looking over the deep pure emerald green waters of the Marble Canyon.
Poland and Italy
Dissonant Histories did a recording session a few months ago for TFO’s show BRBR. It was a super a fun session and they just released the videos online. Hope you like it!
Hailing from a sweet little bar in Detroit! After almost 3 years of not playing in Canada/USA, it’s really exciting to be back!! For our Canadian shows, we’re touring with Laura Sauvage. She’s an amazing singer/songwriter from New Brunswick and you HAVE to check her out!
Tour headlines so far:
– The tour started horribly with our US visa’s (the piece of paper that lets you enter the states) getting delayed. After receiving them the day of our first show, it was a mad scramble to get to Boston. One red-eye flight to Toronto, a 6 am van pickup from the airport and a 12 hour drive later, we go to Boston completely wrecked. Then, as we were getting setup, we found out that Julia’s synth and the rack brain+computer that controls everything wouldn’t boot up, completely train wrecking us for the show. Not a good start…
– Harry the van cactus now has a companion, Francine.
– I’m going deaf in the left ear. It sucks.
– We swung by Kathleen Edwards coffee shop Quitters and it’s as good as you think it is.
North American Tour Dates
Wednesday 20 April 2016
Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL, USA
Thursday 21 April 2016
with Communion Music
7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Friday 22 April 2016
with Laura Sauvage
The Good Will, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Saturday 23 April 2016
Amigo’s Cantina, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Tuesday 26 April 2016
Studio 96, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Wednesday 27 April 2016
Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club, Calgary, AB, Canada
Friday 29 April 2016
Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Saturday 30 April 2016
Lucky Bar, Victoria, BC, Canada
Tuesday 03 May 2016
Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA, USA
Hya from Bordeaux!
We’re now over 9000kms on the odometer and just past the halfway point on our tour with Half Moon Run. It’s been a gruelling last couple of weeks, but we’ve just entered France, and into the land of short drives and amazing food.
So far, no major casualties to speak off. We got pretty effed at the Norwegian border (got charged 9000$ for a 100$ gig), our bodies are slowly wasting away sitting 8 hours a day in the van, and there’s a major shortage of laundry over here, but moral is holding strong. We went to an incredible wine bar last night and we’re all feeling verrryyy good after a great night of cheese, wines, and meats.
Onward! See y’all in Angers later today.
Hey y’all from Europe! I’m writing from the back of a cramped van somewhere in Poland on route for Warsaw. It’s been a pretty crazy last two weeks with some major drives (we’ve driven almost 4000kms now with another month to go), some piss early mornings and a a lot of pretty crazy shows.
So, a little update:
We released our new album, “Each Other”, almost a month ago and we’re going to be playing shows all over over the next few months. We’re currently doing Europe opening for Half Moon Run but we’ll be coming back in April to play North America. Europe has been nice and as per usual very awesome, but I can’t deny I’m a little excited to play Canada again! The current show dates for the next few months are now up and but I’ll be updating the show page as things develop.
Oh yeah, did I say we’re playing with Half Moon Run? It’s been super awesome so far and everybody in the band and their production crew have been unbelievably nice and accommodating. They run an incredibly tight ship with their team and their show is really great. The band’s success and talent is definitely something to aspire to.
In other news, I’ll be posting a bunch of pictures from my last two months of trail building out in the Walbran Valley. I got the opportunity to work with some great people and I can’t wait to show you guys pictures of our recent work.
European Tour dates
Saturday 27 February 2016
Grelle Forelle, Vienna, Austria
Sunday 28 February 2016
Technikum, Munich, Germany
Monday 29 February 2016
X-TRA, Zürich, Switzerland
Tuesday 01 March 2016
Circolo Magnolia, Segrate, Italy
Thursday 03 March 2016
L’Epicerie Moderne, Feyzin, France
Friday 04 March 2016
La , Barcelona, Spain
Saturday 05 March 2016
Sala Caracol, Madrid, Spain
Monday 07 March 2016
Le Chabada, Angers, France
Wednesday 09 March 2016
Le Big Band Cafe, Caen, France
Friday 11 March 2016
La Cigalle, Paris, France
Saturday 12 March 2016
Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
Thursday 17 March 2016
Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Saturday 19 March 2016
Queen Margaret Union (QMU), Glasgow, UK
Monday 21 March 2016
O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Tuesday 22 March 2016
O2 Institute Birmingham, Digbeth, UK
Wednesday 23 March 2016
Roundhouse, London, UK
The Wilderness Committee and OWC Productions present Songs not Stumps – A benefit concert for the Walbran Valley featuring Carmanah, West My Friend, and Katabat. All proceeds from the evening will go towards the Wilderness Committee’s campaign to save one of the island’s last remaining old growth forests. Tickets are $15 (available at the door), doors at 730pm.
—About the Walbran—
After massive protests and public outcry in the early 1990’s over proposed clear-cutting in the Carmanah and Walbran Valleys, the provincial government created the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park. While the park protects some incredible forest, the government left the roughly 500-hectare Central Walbran Valley out of the park. The Central Walbran contains arguably the most impressive and massive trees on the Island, in areas like the Castle Grove and Black Diamond Grove. Now a new company, Teal Jones, has its sights set on these giants, with only groups like the Wilderness Committee standing in the way.
My overexcitable camera trigger finger finally came to it’s frantic peak in Leipzig and Berlin (sorry Hanover, Göttigen and Amsterdam, but I was too tired to take pictures).
Unfortunately, Leipzig ended up being just a very brief pit stop on our way to Berlin. An industrial powerhouse during the cold war, Leipzig is now filled with massive abandoned factories and warehouses covered in graffiti. I had just enough time to run to this multi-city block sized building and look in before we had to leave. You could of spent days exploring in there…
After grabbing some road beers (as long as you aren’t the driver, you can drink beers inside a vehicle. It’s the best!), we headed off to Berlin.
Definitely one of the coolest, most interesting spots on tour. This town is awesome! Incredibly rich in history, very culturally divers, amazing food, and best of all, super cheap! After spending just two days here, there’s been talk in the band of spending a few months in Berlin just to hangout and make music.
Berlin was one of the few mornings we didn’t have to drive off somewhere, so we were able to go wander through the city for a few hours checking out amazing Turkish food, the Berlin wall, and cool graffiti (which is literally on every piece of vertical concrete).