Said The Whale

Story

Long before Vancouver’s Said The Whale became a JUNO Award-winning, radio chart-topping indie rock band, it was an exploratory songwriting experiment led by high school friends Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester. Now, a decade since their 2007 formation, they have taken the project back to its freeform roots while simultaneously venturing forward into uncharted art-pop territory.

As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide, the band’s fifth studio album, marks a return to the group’s formative philosophies. Set for release on March 31, 2017 via Hidden Pony Records, Said The Whale recorded their latest batch of songs in various Vancouver studios, with We Are The City’s Cayne McKenzie serving as producer; helping to reconfigure song textures, soaking scratch vocals in effects and stitching back together song fragments into completed tracks. The sessions were briefly interrupted by the birth of Tyler’s son, and Jaycelyn, newly married, had to record some of her parts while on her extended honeymoon in Southeast Asia.

“(As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide) is a return to how Tyler and I used to make music,” notes Ben, “which is just experimenting with anything and everything. We started out using Casio keyboards and drumbeats on our computers, and then we turned into a rock band. This is a return to being free to make anything.”

Through all the years, the racked up international tour miles, and internal change the band has weathered, this new record remains true to the spirit of Said The Whale’s classic work. At its core, As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide is a singer-songwriter record, guided by introspective lyrics and arresting, alchemical group harmonies. “This is our most personal, earnest record for sure,” Tyler says. “Even the upbeat songs are lamenting and sad.”

The first single from the album will be released in early January 2017. Additional album news, music and visuals will be forthcoming in the new year.

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Media

Press

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.”