We’re thrilled to announce that Trail of Tales, our new album, will be released on Borealis Records, and available worldwide on March 4 , 2016! We will be touring western Canada in celebration, March 3 – 12 so keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for upcoming details. Pre-ordering will be available in February.
Good times were had by all in Boise, Idaho this week.
We met a ton of great artists, played a pretty decent showcase, hung out along the river and at Boise State University in the welcome warmth of the October sun (highs of 25 C). And we hope to work with some of the fine arts presenters we met to arrange tours throughout the gorgeous US Northwest (including the wayyy up Northwest – we made some great new friends in Alaska!).
See you all out there soon. Looking forward to touring on the new album in 2016!
We’ve landed in Boise at the fabled Arts Northwest Booking Conference. This is a fabulous industry event that brings together an incredibly diverse collection of artists who blast out 12-minute showcase performances for arts presenters from across the western US. It’s been around a decade since The Bills were here, and we’re looking forward to meeting friends old and new, artists and presenters, and setting up some excellent tours through some beautiful parts of this country.
The new album is coming along swimmingly. And while it won’t be out on the proverbial record store shelves for at least a couple of months, we’ll have some great chances to showcase some new material and classic hits over the next two months.
Two rare local shows in August – Butchart Gardens in Victoria and the Filberg Summer Concert Series in Comox, August 12 and 13.
Then watch for a blazing version of the Bills in the US in September.
It’s been a flurry of activity in Bill-land these past few weeks, lots to bring you up to speed on. We’ve embarked on recording our fifth official album, which has been quite an experience already. The initial phase of tracking is taking place on beautiful Mayne Island, BC in a very comfortable, semi-rustic farmhouse studio, with an adjoining log house which is allowing for some really inspiring times. We have a LOT of exciting new music on the table, and can’t wait to start sharing it.
We’d like to give a HUGE shout out and thanks to the 181 supporters who pre-ordered and contributed financially via our IndieGoGo campaign! We reached 101% of our funding target of $12,000 CAD, and are so thrilled to have rallied as much energy as we did through social media and the videos we circulated.
Those of you who contributed, you can expect to hear from us with some updates as we move forward on the project, and of course, you can expect to receive the music (digital download code, or CDs) sometime in September 2015 (exact date still to be determined).
Thanks to the good folks in Alberta who came out to see us this past weekend, we returned to the Palace Theatre in Daysland for the first time in 13 years (good times!) and played to a sold-out house in Calgary to close the 35th season of the Nickelodeon Music Club.
Keep in touch, we’ll have some more tour dates to share with you very soon, along with some updates on the recording.
We’re so pleased to announce that the band is slated begin recording a NEW album in April 2015! You can be among the first to own the beautiful new music we’re going to create — learn all about our pre-ordering and fundraising campaign at INDIEGOGO. Visit the link below, and be sure to scroll down the page to check out the various PERKS available for each contribution level!
We’re pretty darn thrilled to be coming together from many corners of the globe to spend some quality time back on our home turf on Canada’s West Coast and get our creativity flowing!
Join other Bills fans and support our campaign!
Many of you may be familiar with online fundraising campaigns, but we are offering a FULL line of exclusive perks for those wish to jump in and contribute to the making of this record on a deeper level! Everything from hand-written lyrics, to personalized video messages from the band, to a full concert in your own house — all possible rewards for our esteemed donors! Visit the campaign headquarters and check it all out.
On our handful of great western Canadian shows to close out 2014, The Bills have had the very fine fortune to play with two great bassists – one of them the foundation of the band through JUNO-nominated recordings and thousands of miles of touring: Glen Manders, the other a rising young dude in the Canadian music scene, Nick Mentenko. Thanks Glen and Nick for so ably filling in for Scott, who’s off in Germany launching a new show.
But Scott will be back next Spring, when the band is set to dive into tracking for their next album. Until then, watch for the individual Bills in their various incarnations and pursuits. One of which is happily hunched over their home recording units, composing and arranging for the next beautiful batch of Bills tunes!
Watch for a chance to support the band’s upcoming recording by being among the first to pre-purchase the album. More info to come! Until then, happy days to all.