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It’s a jungle out there for Said the Whale

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Thanks to extensive touring, Vancouver pop rock band Said the Whale have become Lethbridge favourites, though they weren’t prepared for the jungle they found themselves in the midst of last time they were here in November at Henotic where they were surrounded by a sold out house of jungle clad ravers.

“It was a night that will go down in history. I feSaid The Whale playing a jungle rave at Henotic in November. Photo 
by Richard Amerylt bad for the 15 or 20 Said the Whale fans who bought tickets to see the band and found themselves in the middle of a crazy jungle rave,” reminisced guitarist/ vocalist Tyler Bancroft, who is looking forward to being back in Lethbridge, this time at the Slice, July 27.

“ But it was out bass player Peter (Carruthers)’s birthday so we all got really drunk and forgot the whole thing,” he said.

The band isn’t above doing something unusual, they just completed the Malahat Revue — a seven show cycling tour of British Columbia with Jeremy Fisher, Hannah Georgas, Aidan Knight and We Are The City.

The latter two will be playing Lethbridge with Said The Whale this time. Said The Whale finished their tour at the Vancouver Folk Festival, July 18, then take a quick breather before heading east for a Western Canadian tour.
“None of us have ever played a folk festival before so we’re looking forward to it,” he said adding the cycling tour is going great.


“We have one support vehicle and we have eight of us performing each others’ songs on stage. But we’ll have to train alot more if we want to cycle over the Rockies,” he laughed adding other than the Lethbridge date, all of the shows on their western Canadian tour are all ages tours.

“We have a lot of fans who are under 18 and it sucks that they can’t get into our shows,” he continued adding they worked deals with some bars to open early and play early and they will be playing a variety of community  halls as well.

“All ages shows are different because people are actually listening to you and we can play some of our mellower stuff. We don’t get a chance to do that in a bar because people are drinking and chatting. These open the doors a lot for us, so we’re looking forward to them,” Bancroft enthused, adding they also have a few new songs they will be playing, though a new CD won’t be happening any time soon.

They have several EPs and two full length CDs out including “Howe Sounds/Talking Abalonia” which was released in 2008 and “Islands Disappear” which came out last year plus several EPs.
“Ben (Worchester) and I write very slowly. We just let the songs come to us. We let it come naturally and hope they work out for the best,” he continued.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 July 2010 11:13 )  
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