Turning 10 has been Whale of a tale for wide-eyed Vancouver indie-rockers

Said the Whale with Fast Romantics

April 29, 7 p.m. | The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.

Tickets: $25 at ticketfly.com

Said the Whale turned 10 this year. That’s a milestone in the career of any band. It is rarely reached without struggles and the JUNO Award-winning Vancouver indie rockers have had theirs.

For the release of its fifth album, titled As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide, the group has shrunk from a quintet to a trio.

Bassist Nathan Shaw and longtime drummer Spencer Shoening left the band following 2013’s hawaii. The band’s fourth album delivered the Canadian rock/alternative chart-topping single I Love You. Touring was relentless and remaining founding members Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester both admitted burnout. Keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown rounds out the trio.

“We toured 10 months of 2013, which was mayhem, which was great because you want that success,” said Bancroft. “Afterwards, the idea was to take some time off, live life, be inspired to write. It took longer than expected and that led to some members needing to re-evaluate what it was they wanted to do.”

“And a baby, and a wedding and some relationship stuff,” added Worcester. “But the core trio that remained really makes this record different from anything that came before.”

As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide is indeed a departure for Said the Whale. The driving guitar rock of I Love You or bouncy pop of Camilo (The Magician) or This City’s A Mess is replaced with the keyboard textures and brooding lyric of Step Into the Darkness.

The lead single from the new record sets the overall tone for all dozen tracks. That tone is one of reflection and acceptance of what life throws at you entering adulthood.

The band hasn’t lost its snappy brevity though. The 10-song record clocks in at around 34 minutes.

“We went into the studio with no expectations, unsure if it was going to be a series of solo records or what,” said Bancroft. “What resulted was the happy accident of a very cohesive record that reflects a lot of where we are now. This record has everything to do with what happened while we were on the break, starting a family, running into trouble and so forth.”

Trouble expressed in the song Miscarriage, which doesn’t hold back the trauma of losing something you want so badly: Tell me how to act/All I want to do is make it alright/I want to tell you that you’re beautiful and everything is fine. Trouble explored in Emily Rose, about 25 year-0ld Emily Sheane of Burnaby who was killed in a hit-and-run on March 9, 2006. United Nations gang associate Ibrahim Ali pleaded guilty to the crime last October and was sentenced in December.

“Spencer dated her and we met her through him and she had been on the road with us on a few occasions,” said Worcester. “She was a really special person and her death really affected a lot of people. Tyler put it best when he noted that

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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