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Said The Whale

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Said The Whale have earned their place in the Canadian music pantheon. They’ve won a Juno Award, topped the alternative radio chart, and amassed a devoted base of fans who affectionately describe themselves as “SaidHeads” — all the while maintaining their resolute independent spirit. Already in 2021, the Vancouver band’s scorching pop-rock single “Honey Lungs” has cracked the Top 10 on the Canada Rock Chart.

All this has culminated in their most ambitious album yet, Dandelion, which fully realizes the band’s vision with towering hooks and sweeping orchestrations. The album came together during pandemic lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, when Said The Whale booked a string of short sessions with producer Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties) at his Tugboat Pl. Studios in New Westminster, BC.

Dandelion is an optimistic title,” says the band’s Ben Worcester. “Dandelions are everywhere. Some people see them as nothing but a garden weed, but to many others they are a beautiful flower whose bloom marks the first sign of spring. Not to mention they are edible from root to flower, and have many medicinal properties. They grow whether or not you want them to, so why not focus on the positives?”

Like dandelion seeds spreading through a garden, Said The Whale let their creativity run wild, gradually writing songs through a series of happy accidents, spontaneous experiments and lush overdubbing. Some songs were carefully cultivated at home and then brought to life in the studio; others blossomed on the spot, with little forethought. There was no grand design other than: if it feels good, keep going.

Singer-guitarists Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester share the mic on soaring anthems that blend giddy pop hooks with open-hearted lyricism. The dual songwriters bring an empathetic perspective to today’s fraught political climate on “Honey Lungs,” and they wrap their arms around the world on the euphoric rallying cry of “The Ocean.” Keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown takes centre stage on the instrumental piano composition “February 15,” one of several songs featuring strings from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and bassist Lincoln Hotchen and drummer Spencer Schoening offer a rhythmic masterclass on the dizzying twists and turns of “Sweetheart.” The album doesn’t directly respond to the pandemic — although the vintage pop alchemy of “Everything She Touches Is Gold to Me” and the sweetly domestic “Dandelion” reflect a time when the hard-touring band were forced off the road and stayed within their family bubble.

Roaring guitar distortion, fragile toy piano, giant-sized synths and baroque flourishes — every moment blooms with bright, vivid sounds and subtle details thanks Steve Bays, who produced and mixed the album during all-night sessions while much of the world was shut down. “Steve is an incredibly detail-oriented producer,” says Tyler. “Sometimes we would work until four or five in the morning. Then sleep at his house and work the next day until late into the night. It was exhausting, but each song came to life in such an amazing way with so many layers.”

Dandelion will be out on October 22 through Tyler’s label, Everything Forever. Over a decade into their career, Said The Whale refuse to bask in success — they’re swinging for the fences and holding nothing back in their relentless pursuit of pop-rock perfection.

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03-27-2018

Exclaim! share the details of Said The Whale’s new ‘Demoitis’ podcast featuring members of Arkells, Mother Mother, and Tokyo Police Club!

03-27-2018

Said The Whale’s “Congratulations” is Song of the Day over at 3am Revelations!

03-21-2018

Hear Said The Whale’s newly shared “Congratulations” over at Aupium!

01-13-2018

Her Harbour and Said The Whale part of PhotoMusic’s Best of 2017!

01-02-2018

Said The Whale & The Elwins featured as one of top 10 Canadian Tracks of 2017 over at No Filter Ottawa!

01-02-2018

CBC Music’s Top 103 Canadian indie songs includes tracks by Young Galaxy, Born Ruffians, The Elwins, Said The Whale, Scenic Route to Alaska and Iskwé!

12-15-2017

Adrian Underhill, Fake Shark, Amber Run, Said The Whale, VACAY and make it onto Spotify’s Indie 2017 playlist.

11-03-2017

Said The Whale, The Elwins Nick Ferrio & Ben Stevenson all remain on the CBC Radio 3’s R-3 30.

10-13-2017

Nick Ferrio cracks the Top-30 on CBC Music R-3 30. He joins Ben Stevenson, The Elwins and Said The Whale

09-08-2017

Said The Whale’s ‘Nothing Makes Me Happy’ and ‘Honeycola’ by Ben Stevenson are apart of Independent Clauses Big Happy Mixtape.

09-08-2017

Find out what Said The Whale’s one and only pre-show ritual is over at Digital Tour Bus.

09-08-2017

Ear To The Ground features Said The Whale on their #NewMusicFriday!

“This is a killer track. There’s just no getting around the fact that this song is a banger. The nihilistic perspective on the lyrics resonate more than either of the editors would like to admit. That said, the pop goodness with the amazing vocals are exactly what we need right now.

09-01-2017

The new Said The Whale,’Nothing Makes Me Happy’ featured as one of the Top Tracks on Podcart.

09-01-2017

Said The Whale conduct a full on assault on your speakers, watch more at One Stop Record Shop.

“Making our insides bubble over with happiness, this surging, indie-synth number will keep you clicking repeat all afternoon.”

09-01-2017

OurBasement.ca has a great new Spotify playlist featuring Said The Whale, Young Galaxy, Twin Bandit and much more!

08-18-2017

Check out Vents Magazine review of Said The Whale’s new track!

08-18-2017

Said The Whale’s ‘Nothing Makes Me Happy’ added to the Indie Uplift Playlist on Spotify!

08-18-2017

Spotify has the new SpinGrey Playlist featuring Said The Whale’s new track!

08-18-2017

Audible Addixion shares thoughts on Said The Whale’s new track ‘Nothing Makes Me Happy’.

08-18-2017

Everyone has insecurities and Said The Whale explore this by bringing you their new song ‘Nothing Makes Me Happy’.

08-18-2017

Hear the new Said The Whale’s track ft. WILLA over at I Heart Moosiq!

08-11-2017

Said The Whale featured in today’s Matinee over on The Revue!

08-07-2017

Glad to see Matt Paxton, Basement Revolver & Said The Whale all charting this week, thanks 93.3 CFMU!

08-07-2017

Said The Whale announces surprise single ‘Nothing Makes Me Happy’ on Exclaim!

06-08-2017

The new Said The Whale video for ‘I Will Follow You’ premiered at PopMatters today!

05-19-2017

Hear the new Said The Whale song ‘Miscarriage’ over at Podcart’s new podcast.

05-03-2017

Truly incredible review of the new Said The Whale track ‘Miscarriage’ at Bearded Gentlemen Music by The Aural Premonition.

04-22-2017

Said The Whale live at Paste Magazine!!!

04-22-2017

Said The Whale are cover stars on Gothenburg Sessions New Indie Spotify playlist!

04-07-2017

Truly phenomenal review of the new Said The Whale album. Out now on Hidden Pony Records!

04-07-2017

I Heart Moosiq lets you in on a little secret about Said The Whale’s ‘Confidence’.

04-07-2017

Fantastic review of the new Said The Whale album at Dansende Beren. Out now on Hidden Pony Records!

04-07-2017

PREMIERE: New Said The Whale video for ‘Confidence’ is streaming exclusively at Paper Magazine!

04-07-2017

Great review of the new Said The Whale record up on Exclaim! today!

04-07-2017

Listen to the new Said The Whale album at CBC Music! Out this Friday on Hidden Pony Records!

04-07-2017

Said The Whale in some great company at The Revue’s Weekend Showcase!

04-07-2017

Excellent article at AUX on the new Said The Whale LP.

04-07-2017

I Heart Moosiq on the new Said The Whale single ‘Miscarriage’.

04-07-2017

The new Said The Whale is featured today on Indie Shuffle!

03-31-2017

New Said The Whale is the Song of the Day at 3am Revelations.

03-31-2017

Hear the new Said The Whale single ‘Miscarriage’ at The Revue! New album out next Friday March 31st.

03-31-2017

New song from Said The Whale is up on Ultimate Music!

03-31-2017

New albums from Said The Whale and Leeroy Stagger are part of CBC Music’s spring album preview.

03-31-2017

Hear the latest song from the new Said The Whale album. Premiered today at Noisey.

03-06-2017

CBC Music named new singles from Said The Whale and CHANCES ones you need to hear this month.

03-06-2017

Excellent review of the new Said The Whale song ‘Heaven’ at SoundChips!

03-06-2017

Watch the new Said The Whale video at Ultimate Music!

03-06-2017

PREMIERE! New Said The Whale video streaming first on Exclaim!!

02-21-2017

Said The Whale has a new album coming out March 31st. Aesthetic Magazine has the details.

02-19-2017

Fantastic review of the new Said The Whale single ‘Heaven’ at I Heart Moosiq!

02-19-2017

The Velveteins are moving up the CBC Music charts, and Said The Whale’s new single makes its first appearance!

02-19-2017

GroundSounds talks with Said The Whale about their new record.

02-19-2017

New music from Said The Whale, Laughed the Boy, Her Harbour, Maya Killtron, Sarah Beatty, Timid, the Brave, and Rykka featured on Music For Lunch’s new playlist!

02-19-2017

New Said The Whale single ‘Heaven’ is premiering at Consequence of Sound!

01-31-2017

Listen to the new Said The Whale single ‘Step Into The Darkness” on Audible Addixion!

01-31-2017

Said The Whale added to the new Day & Age Spotify playlist!

01-31-2017

Said The Whale added to Songpickr’s Best Songs of 2017!

01-31-2017

Hear the new Said The Whale single at The Revue’s Weekend Showcase!

01-31-2017

Ohestee features the new Said The Whale single. New album out March 31st on Hidden Pony Records.

01-31-2017

RARAs Farm named the new Said The Whale their Song of the Day!

01-31-2017

Listen to the new Said The Whale single ‘Step Into The Darkness’ at ColoRising!

01-31-2017

New Said The Whale album is coming this March on Hidden Pony Records. Check out the first single at Earbuddy!

01-31-2017

Check out The Matinee at The Revue to hear the latest Said The Whale single!

01-09-2017

All Things Go give you a taste of what’s to come from the new Said The Whale record!

01-09-2017

New Said The Whale album coming in March! Hear the new single ‘Step Into The Darkness’ at The Spill Magazine!

More Ben Ji coming in 2017!

01-09-2017

I Heart Moosiq on the new Said The Whale single!

“I find myself bathed in a warm, comforting glow. The trio serenades us by melding synth hued luster with rustic charm, lifting our spirits and reassuring us in the sublime process.”  

01-09-2017

Said The Whale have returned! Listen to the new single ‘Step Into The Darkness’ at GroundSounds!

01-09-2017

Check out the new Said The Whale single up on Legendary Kids Press!

New album out March 31st on Hidden Pony Records

01-09-2017

New Said The Whale ‘Step Into The Darkness’ is up on The Daily Listening!

01-09-2017

Hear the first new Said The Whale single from their new album at Ultimate Music!

01-09-2017

New Said The Whale single featured on Dusty Organ!

  “The chorus’ exploding presence quickly becomes the Sun of the track, bringing the vocal hooks and steady rhythm into its orbit as “Step Into the Darkness” juxtaposes its title with a bright, heart-warming character.”

01-09-2017

New Said The Whale single premiered at NYLON today! New album out this March on Hidden Pony Records!

  “Though fewer in number, the pulse between the remaining members has grown louder and more confident than ever before.”