Gigs, Photography, Show Reviews, The Revue — April 26, 2016 at 5:30 am

An Evening with Said the Whale at House of Targ (photo essay)

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Said the Whale is one of Canada’s fastest rising, indie-rock bands. In 2011, they awarded the Juno for New Group of the Year, and 2013’s hawaii was a hit. The Vancouver-based band hasn’t released any new material since that time, which makes a tour seem puzzling, until you realize that this isn’t any ordinary tour.

Their current cross-Canada tour could be considered a “testing ground” trip, as Said the Whale have divided their shows into two parts. The first features mostly new songs which have not been recorded yet, providing an opportunity to get audiences’ reactions to songs while also assessing how the songs will translate in a live setting. The intimate setting of House of Targ, Ottawa’s pinball palace and underground concert venue, provided a great opportunity to hear and experience the new songs. The second part was more typical of a rock concert – full of classic cuts and fan favourites, such as “I Love You” and “Mother”.

Because the tour is taking place in small, intimate venues like House of Targ, the tour is mostly sold out. There may be some last-minute tickets for sale, so constantly check the band’s and venues’ sites for details. The tour comes to a close on May 7th, which should mean a new album either late this year or early in 2017.

Said the Whale are Ben Worcester (guitar/vocals), Tyler Bancroft (guitar/vocals), Spencer Schoening (drums), Jaycelyn Brown (keyboards) with opening act David Vertesi filling in on bass for the recently departed Nathan Shaw.

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