Sunday, August 07, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Stills

Artist:The Stills
Album:Without Feathers

The Stills had modest success in their native Canada. When they first started out, they seemed influenced by punk and new wave. The 2006 CD Without Feathers signaled a change to a more mainstream sound probably in the hope of breaking in the US. When that didn't work, they split up. The Stills were from Montreal and they went to school together. Tim Fletcher was lead singer and guitarist. Other members were Gregory Paquet on guitar, Olivier Corbeil on bass and Dave Hamelin on drums. The Stills were formed in 2000 and they signed with Vice Records. After a 2003 EP, the album Logic Will Break Your Heart was released in 2004. The music was compared to bands like Interpol and Echo and the Bunnymen. But then Paquet left The Stills to go to school. Hamelin switched to guitar and took over the songwriting. Julian Blais was the new drummer and keyboard player Liam O'Neil joined as a permanent member after contributing to the first album. The 2006 album Without Feathers was more mainstream than the first album probably because Hamelin wrote most of the songs. There were guest appearances by Sam Roberts, Emily Haines of Metric and Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene. They toured with Kings of Leon. For the 2008 album Oceans Will Rise, The Stills signed with Arts & Crafts and reverted to their original sound. They opened for Paul McCartney in Quebec City and also won a couple of Juno awards. In 2010, Paquet returned and Hamelin went back to the drums. The Stills then announced they were disbanding in 2011. I guess it just wasn't working out. Hamelin and O'Neil formed Eight and a Half with Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene. They released and album in 2012. The formation of that band may have hastened the end of The Stills. And Hamelin and O'Neil also work as session musicians in the Montreal music scene. It looks like the other members left the music business. Here's the video for Destroyer by The Stills.

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