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Recording at Halla and Uncomfortable Silence

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Canterbury Sessions

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Recording Demos in the Attic

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Live 2008

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Opera House

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Spinner Feature

about 40 people have retweeted this so it must be pretty sweet article!!

(and it is)

http://www.spinner.ca/2009/12/09/spiral-beach-take-their-music-to-the-streets/

Bollywood-Inspired Spiral Beach Take Their Music to the Streets
Posted on Dec 9th 2009 2:30PM by Drew Berner

Some bands seclude themselves while they’re writing music, carefully guarding their creative process from the outside world. Spiral Beach are not like those bands.

The quartet, known for their exceptional approach to performance, regularly workshopped the songs they were writing for their recent album, the awkwardly titled ‘The Only Really Thing,’ on the streets of Toronto’s hippie conclave, Kensington Market.

“We wrote a lot of the songs over last summer and we were just trying them out in front of people to see if they worked,” drummer and co-songwriter Daniel Woodhead tells Spinner. “That’s always a test — if it’s a good song, it’ll get a good reaction regardless of whether you’re on a stage 20-feet high or if you’re right in front of them in a park.”
The barely-out-of-high school group is renowned for their unique live shows — they regularly build their own stage setups with traffic cones, Christmas lights and cardboard-cutouts and go to great lengths to involve the crowd. The CD-release party for their previous album, ‘Ball,’ involved face-painting, tricycles, a tire swing and grilled cheese sandwiches for their fans. But it’s not as if they’re putting on eccentricities for the crowd — these kids are about having fun even if no one is watching.

Woodhead recalls playing many shows to sparse attendance, but most memorable was a gig in Dallas, Tex. that happened to fall on Thanksgiving. “There were literally zero people at this show,” Woodhead recalls. “It was a very ‘American’ city on the biggest American holiday — everybody’s at dinner. I guess being a Canadian band we didn’t realize it, so we ended up just playing whatever [we felt like]. Joel [Gibb] from [tourmates] the Hidden Cameras came and played on a song of ours, the sound guy came and did a guitar solo on one of the songs. Then we played the first song that we ever wrote together — it’s seven minutes, the longest song we ever wrote.

“When it comes down to it, we’d rather play in a room where people are interested in music, whether it’s full or empty doesn’t even matter,” Woodhead insists. “We played in Minneapolis to maybe eight people, but they were so ridiculously into it — we got the them all onstage so it was like a total dance freak-out. The only 12 people in the room are onstage and the bartender and sound guy were so confused.”

This carnival atmosphere crosses over into their music, which Woodhead insists was more heavily influenced by Indian films than the freak-folk of blogger-sweethearts like Animal Collective.

“The main influence that we were trying to make an obvious connection to is the Bollywood sound from the ’60s and ’70s — all these ridiculous, crazy songs that are unknown on this side of the world,” Woodhead explains. But they weren’t just trying to be different by infusing their music with obscure references.

“It has a sound to it that I think we connected with anyway, I felt like it was close to what we were doing in some weird way, even though we’re not trying to sing in Hindi or anything.”

LIVE VIDEOS FROM GERMANY!!

from the On3Radio Festival in Munich, Germany last week

WATCH us play “Domino” live at the festival
http://www.on3-radio.de/#/_videos/606/spiral-beach-domino-live-at-on3-festival-2009

WATCH us play “7 Girls” live in the studio
http://www.on3-radio.de/#/_videos/622/spiral-beach-7-girls-live-at-on3-radio

WATCH us play “Raising The Snake” live in the studio
http://www.on3-radio.de/#/_videos/621/spiral-beach-raising-a-snake-live-at-on3-radio

WATCH us play “Vagueries” live in the studio
http://www.on3-radio.de/#/_videos/620/spiral-beach-vagueries-live-at-on3-radio

LISTEN to us play “Orange” live on On3Radio
http://www.on3-radio.de/#/_music/894/spiral-beach-orange-live-at-on3-radio

WATCH an interview with a german TV host
http://www.on3-radio.de/#/_videos/586/interview-spiral-beach-super-mario-auf-dem-mars

more live videos from the main festival set coming soon!

-Daniel

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ON3RADIO FESTIVAL / MUNICH, GERMANY

Ok… this definitely deserves a full blog entry, one of the best and most well-put together events we’ve ever been a part of…

On3Radio is legendary in germany, best known for helping bring punk rock and krautrock to the masses 30-some years ago… now they have an annual indoor festival AKA the best party ever!!

we got to Munich a day early and spent the afternoon doing radio and TV performances and interviews (online soon!), then played a show at the Feierwerk club downtown with our Toronto friends Dance Yourself To Death and My Little Pony from Olso. Packed show, amazing crowd, love both of these bands and partied till 5:30am!

the actual festival had sold out in 5 days, even though none of the bands had been in Munich before… playing for a crowd of over 500 people who are guaranteed NOT to have heard your music could go either way, but despite some tech problems they wouldn’t let us leave without an encore! plus we sold out of our CD’s after the show – not bad for our first time in germany…

we also watched Ebony Bones put on one of the best live shows I have ever seen… as well as Pete Doherty playing the worst set in the history of music (plus he tried to steal Airick’s hat!! asshole.)

now, I must pause and mention the food… fast food is pretty much the only option on tour (and that’s totally ok, we aren’t picky when it comes to eats)… but this festival had just about every kind of meat, cheese, fruit, dips, bread, pudding, yoghurt, pasta, rice, soup and chocolate EVERYTHING, and tried to pass it off like it was no big deal. Ha.

afterwards there was a mega- afterparty at the hotel(!) with our new friends My Little Pony, Chris Garneau’s band and Royal Bangs from Tennessee (who were also incredible by the way), blasting some weird future-motown shit and dancing till about 6am when the cops finally came… even the hotel owners came down to party!!!

video and audio from the festival coming soon! here’s some photos to get by till then.

-Daniel

UPDATE: 2nd shows added in Dublin, London and Munich!

Saturday November 21 – All Ages afternoon show at Academy 2 in Dublin, IE
57 Middle Abbey St / 2pm
Monday November 23 – Warm-up gig in London, UK at 12 Bar
26 Denmark Pl / 10pm / £5
Friday November 27 – Private party in Munich, DE (email [email protected] for details)
-Daniel

Final 2009 Dates, MTV Live and more!

Here are our final live dates for 2009! We’re extremely happy to have some of our favourite bands with us on these shows – hope to see you there!
December 14 – Toronto, ON / MTV Live / 888 Yonge St / FREE / all ages
December 17 – Peterborough, ON / The Red Dog / 189 [...]

London Show Poster

the facebook event is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158619608890&ref=mf
thanks to @MusosGuide for putting this all together!
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-Daniel

Vote for us to win “Best Live Act” at the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards!

We’ve been nominated for “Best Live Act” at the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards – just go to http://radio3.cbc.ca and vote! It’s super easy (and free) to sign up for an account with Radio 3 – you can vote once per day until this Sunday Nov 8.
KAPOW!!
Daniel

SB featured on Paste Magazine’s “Top Ten Bands at CMJ” and in AM NY

Paste Magazine’s “Top Ten Bands at CMJ” http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2009/10/the-10-best-bands-we-discovered-at-cmj-2009.html?p=2
also AM NY (one of New York’s daily newspapers) ran a feature on us the day of our CMJ showcase last week… sweet!!
we heart NY… be back soon!
Daniel

3 ACOUSTIC SHOWS IN TORONTO!

To help raise some funds for our trip to Europe (we leave November 9!) we’re playing three special acoustic shows in Toronto – come out and support us and our friends!!!
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3 – Donlands & Mortimer have asked us to join them for one of their weekly shows at C’est What (67 Front St [...]