NXNE Preview: Said the Whale

Vancouver Band Said The Whale By: Sheena Lyonnais
June 4, 2010

Vancouver’s Said the Whale are one of few Canadian indie bands to be featured on Perez Hilton.  In 2007, the celebrity blogger described the indie darlings as, “if The Killers and Badly Drawn Boy were to have a love child, it’d be Said the Whale.” The band favours an organically artistic storybook feel, something they’ve proven in NXNEs past.  Guitarist/vocalist Tyler Bancroft tells us more.

1. How are you doing and where are you right now?

I’m doing very well, thanks. Sitting on board a tugboat in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia.

2. There are a lot of bands playing NXNE, why should we watch yours?

Because our show is free, and nearby there are sure to be loads of sunglasses and hotdog vendors. You won’t find that inside any other venue at NXNE.

3. What are you doing to prepare for NXNE?

I suppose we’ll have a band practice and brush up on our Toronto restaurant guides.

4. What are you hoping to get out of the festival?

Free shoes would be nice. We had the chance for free shoes last year, but we got too shy to ask and regret it now. This year we’ll have no shame.

5. Which act(s) are you hoping to catch during the festival and why?

Though it’s not a part of the festival, I will hopefully be watching Pavement at Toronto Island…

6. Tell me a tour story that is crazy but true.

We very recently had our trailer stuck in six-inches of mud and slime on a backwoods Prince Edward Island road. We hiked the remaining 10 km on foot and left the trailer unattended overnight.  The next day we were rescued by a local blueberry farmer/lobster fisherman who towed it out of the mud with his tractor. Thanks Gavin!

7. What is Said the Whale working on at the moment?

We are working on writing new music, as well as practicing songs by Aidan Knight, Hannah Georgas and Jeremy Fisher for our upcoming bike tour this summer, The Malahat Revue.

8. Which shows/events/BBQs are you playing?

We are playing on June 18 at Yonge and Dundas Square at 7:30 p.m. right before Sloan and K-OS.

9. Where can we find out more about you?

www.saidthewhale.com  or Twitter.com/saidthewhale .

10. Any last parting words for us music-hungry Toronto folk?
Sorry Toronto, they did not include parting words.

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