Sills & Smith Band Releases Music Video for They Don’t Come Knocking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2016

SILLS & SMITH BAND RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR
THEY DON’T COME KNOCKING

Sills & Smith Echoes in Time

[Ottawa, Canada]  Sills & Smith, led by Ottawa singer-songwriters Jeremy Sills and Frank Smith, has just released a music video for the song They Don’t Come Knocking off their fifth studio album Echoes In Time. The video was produced by musical friend Robin Youlton, who has teamed-up with Sills & Smith for several music videos, including other Echoes In Time tracks We Are Receiving and Slicing Up The Clouds. Watch They Don’t Come Knocking on YouTube now.

Sills & Smith has independently released five studio albums of music that boldly blends and bends elements of folk, alternative rock, progressive rock, with hints of blues and jazz. On the heels of their critically acclaimed album Etched (2014), the band entered the studio for a second time with legendary producer Phillip Victor Bova (Bova Sound) in the summer of 2015 to record Echoes In Time.  The latest album — released in November, 2015 — includes 13 melodic, original songs and 60 minutes of music.

Echoes in Time features a stellar cast of players, with the core group: Frank Smith (words/music, vocals); Jeremy Sills (music, vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, trumpet); Phillip Victor Bova (recording engineer/producer, electric and acoustic bass) and T. Bruce Wittet (drums/percussion). Brilliant supporting musicians include: Kevin Breit – electric guitars and mandolin, Blair Michael Hogan – electric guitars, Roddy Ellias – electric guitar, Jim McDowell – organs, Don Wallace – electric guitars, Tara Holloway – vocals, Linsey Wellman – saxophone.

Grace Smith designed the beautiful, four panel digipak CD edition of the album. Sills & Smith “Echoes In Time” is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Bandcamp and in select box stores. The band’s first three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: The Glorious Ache (2013), No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011) were recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

Jeremy and Frank have been inspired to continue rehearsing and writing new songs. They have an album’s worth of originals written for the next Sills & Smith recording, expecting to return to the studio in the spring of 2017.

Sills & Smith band online:

https://www.reverbnation.com/sillssmith
https://www.facebook.com/sillssmith
http://sillsandsmith.bandcamp.com/album/echoes-in-time
https://www.youtube.com/user/SillsandSmith
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sills-smith/id462351918
https://twitter.com/SillsandSmith
https://sillssmith.bandcamp.com/album/the-glorious-ache

“No matter where Sills & Smith travel on Echoes in Time, though, the duo always hover around that same mid-’70s arena rock era, oftentimes stripping some of the “progressive” out of their brand of prog rock. Overall, Sills & Smith come off as seasoned and focused songwriters and distinguished instrumentalists on Echoes in Time. (Independent) – Get It” – Daniel Sylvester, Exclaim (Jan 10, 2016)

“Do not operate heavy machinery while listening to Echoes in Time, the fifth album from the Canadian duo of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Sills and vocalist Frank Smith. In fact, this mesmerizing album is best heard when you have the time to sit back and let the music — a light blend of folk, prog and rock with hints of jazz and blues — float into your head. Because Echoes in Time takes its time, and that’s not a bad thing. Sills & Smith open the album with “We Are Receiving,” a strolling song that gradually picks up the pace. “The Chalice/The Blade” is one of the duo’s dreamiest and most melodic songs, while a lone saxophone lends the ballad “One Step Behind” a film noir atmosphere… Taken collectively, these songs make Echoes In Time Sills & Smith’s best album yet”  – Michael Popke, Sea of Tranquility (Feb 09, 2016)

“Sills and Smith have made Etched an obvious labour of love, and this effort permeates the entire album.”  –Tristin Norenberg-Goodmanson, Earshot – The National Campus Community Radio Report (Feb 17, 2015)

 “This Ottawa band is growing by leaps and bounds with each new song. Living On An Island – Sounds like: A plea.” – Larry Lootsteen, Alan Cross – A Journal of Musical Things (Dec 11, 2013)

 

Ottawa Duo Sills & Smith Release New Videos in Support of Their Latest Album Echoes in Time

Sills & Smith Echoes in Time

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Ottawa duo Sills & Smith a couple of years ago. Singer-songwriter Frank Smith, who is a helluva nice guy, started making music later in life, at age 47, and together with his songwriting partner Jeremy Sills, has been incredibly prolific ever since, having independently released five studio albums of music since 2011 that boldly blend and bend elements of folk, alternative rock, progressive rock, with hints of blues and jazz. Each one just keeps getting better and better.

The band’s first three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: THE GLORIOUS ACHE (2013), NO WAY IN, NO WAY OUT (2012) and UNCERTAIN VISTA (2011) were recorded and produced by the immensely talented Jonathan Edwards. All are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

On the heels of their critically acclaimed album ETCHED (2014), the band entered the studio for a second time with legendary producer Phillip Victor Bova (Bova Sound) in the summer of 2015 to record ECHOES IN TIME, which was released in November of that year. Their latest album features 13 powerful, melodic original songs; the boldest Sills & Smith musical adventure to date.

ECHOES IN TIME features a stellar cast of players, with the core group: Frank Smith (words/music, vocals); Jeremy Sills (music, vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, trumpet); Phillip Victor Bova (recording engineer/producer, electric and acoustic bass) and T. Bruce Wittet (drums/percussion). Brilliant supporting musicians include: Kevin Breit – electric guitars and mandolin, Blair Michael Hogan – electric guitars, Roddy Ellias – electric guitar, Jim McDowell – organs, Don Wallace – electric guitars, Tara Holloway – vocals, Linsey Wellman – saxophone.

Sills & Smith have just released a music video for the track Slicing Up The Clouds”. Check it out on their YouTube channel (or here):

While you’re at it, why not take a look at my personal favourite video for “We Are Receiving” from ECHOES IN TIME.

Both music videos were produced by Robin Youlton with film footage used under license from Shutterstock.com.

ECHOES IN TIME is available for sale now on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and other retailers in digital format and the beautiful digipak CD edition.

For those of you looking for intelligent, mature, alternative rock, turn your ears to Sills & Smith.

Sills & Smith Online


https://www.facebook.com/sillssmith
https://www.youtube.com/user/SillsandSmith

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sills-smith/id462351918

 

Sills & Smith Release Hold Tight Music Video

The Glorious Ache by Sills & SmithFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, October 7, 2013 – A new music video for Hold Tight, the opening track from the Sills & Smith studio album The Glorious Ache has been released. The video was made by Megan Robertson, a wonderfully talented Ottawa photographer and filmmaker. Hold Tight was written by Frank Smith, Jeremy Sills and Jonathan Edwards. It was recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards at Corvidae Music in Ottawa. Watch the video now on YouTube.

 

Sills & Smith is an independent, alternative folk/rock band based in Ottawa, Canada. The group includes Jeremy Sills, Frank Smith and Jonathan Edwards. The band has released three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: The Glorious Ache (2013), No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011). These are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

The new music video and several others from all three studio albums are also posted on the band’s ReverbNation and Facebook pages, where you can hear many full Sills & Smith songs streaming. Links to Sills & Smith on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, CD Baby and other retailers that sell the band’s music are provided on its social media sites.

Hold Tight is about surviving the perils of life in the concrete, urban jungle. We had great fun working with Megan Robertson. Enjoy the video.

For more information:

Sills & Smith band on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/sillssmith

Sills & Smith band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sillssmith

Sills & Smith band on Twitter: @SillsandSmith

Note from Christine:

I discovered this band by accident when I was doing some work on ReverbNation for a client and I’m so glad I did because I love their music! Do check them out and watch these videos too.  These guys are great!

The music of Sills and Smith has met with favourable reviews in respected music journals including: Cashbox Canada Magazine, Sea of Tranquility and Snob’s Music. Both Uncertain Vista and No Way In, No Way Out were lauded for excellence, making Snob’s Music’s Best of 2011 and Best of 2012 lists respectively. The band is known for its distinctive sound, an adventurous musical palette that is equal parts folk, progressive rock and alternative rock.

Solutions To This Abstract Mind by Jon Roy

CD Review
Title: Solutions To This Abstract Mind
Artist: Jon Roy
Label: Convoy Productions
Released: October 2009
Stars: 4.0

The first track on Solutions To This Abstract Mind is entitled “Still Not A Rockstar” and my immediate impression was Robert Gordon & Link Wray meet The Alan Parsons Project. Could you think of anything more eclectic than that combination? This is one of the most interesting, atmospheric collections of songs I’ve heard in a very long time.

The more you listen to Ottawa songwriter Jon Roy’s self-produced debut album, the more it grows on you and I found myself falling back into a sonic, progressive rock fugue, the likes of which I haven’t heard since The Moody Blues and Pink Floyd created some of their masterpieces.

Note: If you listen to the tracks on Roy’s website, they don’t sound the same as they do on the CD. The production quality is different.

Roy owns Convoy Productions, a recording studio he developed to produce his own work as well as that of other artists. Details about his production services can be found on its website.

Although he describes this work as a combination of modern acoustic feelings and raw sounds of 90s rock influences, my ears recall – and I’m showing my age here – the 1970s and bands such as The Alan Parsons Project, The Moody Blues, Yes, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer and I suspect this has a lot to do with its production style. The stylistic origins of progressive rock as described on Wikipedia include psychedelic rock, jazz fusion, blues-rock, hard rock, folk rock, world music, electronic art, classical music and free jazz and I believe that most of these origins can be found in the symphonic offerings of Solutions To This Abstract Mind. There is a texture and imagery found here that you don’t hear on current rock radio anymore and I find it incredibly refreshing.

The players on Solutions To This Abstract Mind include lead guitarist Adam Wollinger (Roy’s childhood friend with whom he credits the album’s “ambient and haunting melodies”), bassist and pianist Jeremy Stroud, drummer Mike Smirnov and Jon Roy as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist.

Jon talks about Solutions:

Influences

“I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock, some of my favorites were Led Zeppelin, Supertramp and The Doors. As an early teen, the Seattle and grunge scene started, this is where I started playing guitar, influenced by bands from Nirvana to Alice in Chains, but one of my biggest then and still today was Pearl Jam, especially the ballads, I wanted to be able to write these more eclectic rock songs with powerful vocals and lyrical content like Eddie Vedder. In the last 5 years, a lot of my influences come from some Canadian artists like Dallas Green and Hawksley Workman, as well as bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, and The White Stripes.”

Time line

“These songs have been written throughout the last 5 years, mostly as acoustic songs but about a year and half ago I started working with my childhood friend (and lead guitarist on the album) Adam Wollinger to create a sound that would fit better to make a full band album which we recorded and produced at my home, Convoy Productions studios. The album was later mixed by Bryan Ruckstuhl, a local musician and sound engineer who mixes for the indie rock station Live 88.5 in Ottawa.”

Themes/Concept

“Solutions To This Abstract Mind was conceived from the idea of a solution to getting some order to the musical mess I had in my head I guess. But still today I find myself writing bits and pieces of songs, jumping from one to the other and touching on every style of music that runs through my head. But the main themes of the album were based on personal relationships and my struggles with juggling the 9-5 and trying to break out as a musician in a very conservative government town like Ottawa.”

Step Mother Nature

Cigarettes burn faster now
addiction infection
south seems to be
a better direction

Been here before
can’t remember when
all they’re looking for
is another yes man

(Chorus)
And the wind still flows from the north
making it hard to move forth
tips of fingers frozen
the path that i’ve chosen
but still i strive
to rid this constant 9 to 5.

While you can definitely hear the acoustic guitar in ballads like “Dead Man’s Guitar”, “Round The Table”, “Karma” and “Jesus Fish”, they are still very much electrically charged and range from slow to mid-tempo, punctuated by Roy’s evocative vocal performances. The Pearl Jam influence shines through in “Sober” and “Always: My Favourite Word.” It was very hard for me to choose a favourite track on Solutions because I like most of them so much and when you listen to the album in its entirety without focusing on individual songs or analyzing lyrics, it’s an incredibly nostalgic and pleasurable experience. It’s the perfect music for a rainy day or for when you just want to relax on the couch, stare at the ceiling and lose yourself in the music.

Solutions To The Abstract Mind is available at iTunes, CDBaby and Digstation.