Spring Canadian Tour with Mike Edel!

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Towers and Trees are teaming up with fellow Victoria, BC artist Mike Edel to play tour dates throughout BC, Alberta and as far as Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Toronto! The first wave of dates have been announced, with more cross-Canada dates coming soon. For  complete details, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409186059384455

3/25 – Golden, BC – The Rockwater
3/26 – Calgary, AB – The Ironwood
3/27 – Calgary, AB – The Ironwood
3/28 – Kelowna, BC – Streaming Cafe
4/8 – Duncan, BC – The Garage Showroom
4/9 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore
4/10 – Victoria, BC – The Roxy Theatre (Second Show Added)
4/11 – Victoria, BC – The Roxy Theatre (SOLD OUT)
4/12 – Nanaimo, BC – The Buzz

April 23-May 16 – Cross-Canada CMW Tour! (Dates TBA)

 

West Coast (New Song and Music Video)

We are so very proud and excited to share a brand new song and video with you: West Coast (the title track from our forthcoming album).

It was important to me that we release this song first, because it ties together what we’re trying to do sonically and thematically. This album hasn’t been easy to write or bring to life. Most of the songs come from a period of time that I’d describe as a major fault-line between two chapters in my life. Closing the book on one chapter of your journey is rarely easy, but it is an essential step towards opening the next.

For me, this song West Coast is about that moment that makes bridging the two chapters possible; that line in the sand called forgiveness, which separates what was from what may be. It’s a little tragic but it’s cathartic, and it’s what gave me the faith to believe in love, even in the midst of losing it.

West Coast is available for purchase on iTunes and our Bandcamp page. Hope you enjoy and thanks again for all your support!

<3 Adrian and the T&T Fam

One Winter’s Morning with the Watoto Children’s Choir…

How about something heartwarming to chase away those winter chills? I’m thinking about that time we spent an inspiring, smile-filled morning with the amazing kids of the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda. Their journey through life has been anything but easy – each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents through war or disease – and yet any one of us can attest to the warm, radiant joy that filled the St. Ann’s auditorium when they arrived.

It’s beyond me where and how they continue to find such jubilant spirit, and so instead I just stood back and was humbled, honoured and awe-struck by it. How cool to see the very children whose lives have been transformed by Canadian sponsors and supporters of Watoto, in turn come to our part of the world and impact lives here. Enjoy :)

(song starts at 2:35)

11,350 Reasons Why #YouAreAmazing

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#YouAreAmazing. On October 10, we waded into the world of crowdfunding by launching our first Kickstarter campaign, looking for $4,500 to help us finish and release our forthcoming LP the West Coast.

#TippingPoint. The next morning, I woke up to my phone buzzing off the hook. It was our band chat. In less than 12 hours, we had already surpassed 100% of our funding target! Over the next month, we watched that number climb higher: 150%, 200%, 250%… ultimately closing at 252% of our original goal for a total of $11,350!

#GameChanger. It would be tough to overstate just how much this means to us. Beyond opening doors to finish the album and get it out into the world, just as importantly for me it brings new confidence and peace of mind. Like our video says, “I’m all in on this album, we’re all in,” and not just creatively. This album is also a fairly large, complex and pricy business endeavour. Honestly, it hasn’t always been easy to stay focused on the creative while constantly keeping one eye on the bank and the budget. But this money gives us that freedom to shake the worry of our back and fully lean into making the album of our lives. And that, my friends, is priceless.

#QuidProQuo. In exchange, we also have our work cut out for us. Our 113 backers have lots of great loot coming their way:

  • 113 free downloads of our first single.
  • 22 album digital downloads
  • 65 signed CDs
  • 23 signed vinyls
  • 22 tee shirts
  • 15 tickets to our exclusive pre-release listening party in Victoria
  • 1 piano lesson from Ben
  • 4 brand new, original songs written by Adrian
  • 5 private house shows where we will personally prepare a home-cooked dinner for our hosts beforehand.

#THANKYOU. To everyone who helped make this happen, either by pledging or simply by spreading the word. It means the world to us, honestly.

The West Coast LP Teaser Video and Kickstarter Campaign

 

What better weekend than ‪#‎Thanksgiving‬ to share a bit about what we’ve been working so hard in the studio on? Friends, allow me to introduce you to the West Coast LP, our current obsession. I am so thankful to be creating this record with some of the most gifted people I know. I’m also thankful that we have been able to fund 90% of our recording costs ourselves because of the support you’ve shown us this past year! We’re releasing this teaser video along with a small Kickstarter campaign to give us one last push to the finish line. We’re asking for $4,500 over the next 30 days to help finish and release the album. This is our homestretch. ‪#‎ThisIsTheWestCoast‬

Please visit our Kickstarter campaign website and consider pledging your support to help us finish and release this album!

PS – Our deepest and sincerest thanks to Daniel Pender (www.thepotentiallyfamous.com), the ridiculously talented man who produced the teaser video for us.

Much love   
- Adrian and the T&T Family

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2056372387/the-west-coast-lp-an-album-by-towers-and-trees

#StudioStories

The studio isn’t just about creation. It’s also a refiner’s fire. It is where you set the immovable bar. There were two wildcard songs left on this album when we entered studio, and today was decision day. How do you decide a song’s fate? First you explore. You pour your time into giving that song the best chance possible. It is innocent until proven guilty. You discuss, debate, agree, disagree and hug it out. You manufacture friction in hopes of creating a spark, because in the end, spark wins. Today, one song failed to spark and fell by the wayside. The other burst into flames and drew us like moths into the wee hours of the morning. The journey continues. #StudioLife#StudioLove

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Then All Was (Pretty) Quiet…

Studio Collage… Not quite silent, but fairly ‘inside-voicey’, because Towers and Trees has slipped back into the studio to wade deeply into that most sacred of artistic territories: the creative process.

For me, these past two years have been filled near to the brim with both heartache and hope, and throughout my journey, I have continued to write, because songwriting has become my most faithful companion. I have written songs of which I am extremely proud and to which I am eternally grateful.

I’ve heard that anytime you head into studio you want to feel like you’re bringing the best songs you’ve ever written, and I certainly believe it for this album, especially with what the others in this group bring to them. These are songs that want to be shared. So together with this incredibly gifted family I have found, we are growing them, shaping them, and capturing them to the best of our abilities.

The other side of being a musician – the pushing, performing, marketing and competing – can be a tireless and noisy beast. While some artists are adept at striking a balance, I haven’t yet learned to marry these two worlds. So things are growing a little quieter on the surface, as we silence the beast to search for new sounds.

I’d like to stay in this mode until we have a new album to release. It’s tough to say exactly how long the process will take, especially since this passion project is still something we currently squeeze into the cracks of our non-day-job lives (another topic for another day), but the goal is to complete a new album by the end of this year, with a single ready for early release.

It’s such an exciting time! I’ve had a vision for this album for well over a year now and it’s finally coming to fruition. We’ll endeavour to keep sharing as the pieces come together.

Thanks for your ongoing love and support!

Adrian and the T&T fam

Spring Tour Baby! The Landmarks BC/AB Tour w. the River and the Road!

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We’re very excited to announce that this April we’re hitting the road with Vancouver’s the River and the Road for the aptly named Landmarks Tour!

- April 17: the Queens, Nanaimo BC (w. Gold and Youth, presented by Got Pop?)
- April 18: Upstairs Cabaret, Victoria BC (w. Mike Edel, presented by the Zone @ 91.3)
- April 19: Cobblestone Pub, Cobble Hill BC
- April 20: Media Club, Vancouver BC
- April 21: Kamloops/Kelowna TBA
- April 22: the Last Drop, Revelstoke BC
- April 23: Rockwater, Golden BC
- April 24: Broken City, Calgary AB
- April 25: Brixx Bar & Grill (@ the Starlite), Edmonton AB

Towers, Trees, Rivers, Roads… there will be no shortage of these and other landmarks as two of BC’s most exciting emerging indie acts wind their way from Nanaimo, BC to Edmonton, AB this April!

Towers and Trees (Victoria) and the River and the Road (Vancouver) first met on yet another landmark: a mountainside in Port Renfrew where each was wowed by the other’s set at Tall Tree Music Festival. Not a surprising turn of events when you consider that both bands share similar strengths: profound song-writing and an exceptional, high-energy live show.

These strengths have also earned both groups accolades in the broader community as well. Both are recent alumni of BC’s prestigious PEAK Performance Project, placing them amongst BC’s best and brightest indie artists, and both have passionate, dedicated fanbases that continue to grow with each dynamic show, new video, song, etc.

At the conclusion of the tour, T&T will return to the island to continue work on their debut full-length album, while R&R will forge ahead Eastward, eager to make a mark at Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2014!

Here’s a bit about The River and The Road if you’re not familiar with them:

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The River and The Road is a band built on risking new beginnings and telling their stories along the way.

After crossing an ocean, leaving a hemisphere, and a long stint hitch hiking across the American Southwest, singer/guitarist Andrew Phelan made his way to Chicago with the looming need to cross into Canada for work. He had two flight choices – Montreal or Vancouver – and flying west was cheaper. Once there, he found a healthy contest in singer/banjo player Keenan Lawlor, who had been playing around Vancouver for the previous eight months. In the beginning the two butted heads, seeing in each other the greatest competition for the attention of an East Vancouver open mic audience. Competition turned quickly to collaboration, and after several months as a duo, they recorded their debut eponymous twelve-track album. In the spring of 2012, the band emerged as a dynamic four-piece with the addition of drummer Cole George and bassist John Hayes.

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A View from the PEAK: reflecting on our #PPP2013 journey before the prize announcement

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Five months ago, we were given the biggest opportunity of our musical journey: a place in the PEAK Performance Project Top 20. Tomorrow, November 5 at 3:15pm, we’ll find out whether we’ve placed in the Top 5, or (hopefully) even the coveted Top 3. I won’t pretend that tomorrow’s outcome means little to us. Trust me, by this time tomorrow we will be either extremely elated (I hope!) or quietly disappointed (I not-so hope.). And why not? It’s been one hell of a journey and we all feel so damn proud of how far we’ve come since June!

No matter what happens we will be grateful just to have had the chance to participate, but giving ourselves license to be invested in the outcome also seems like the fair thing to do. The outcome won’t be a deal maker/breaker. It can’t. Because really, we need to see the PPP as one more stepping stone along our path, as it is for all 20 finalists, including the 15 who won’t get a cheque. But it is an awfully big stone that we’ve been carrying for nearly half a year. So yes, let’s be allowed to care about how we do, even if it’s just for one day! ;)

Phewf. Now that that’s out of the way, tonight I’m reflecting on everything we’ve gained regardless of the outcome, because some of this stuff is far more lasting than the 18-month prize period.

Richer for the Journey

First off, we have to give mad propz to the peeps who make this thing happen. Honestly, to Music BC, 102.7 the PEAK, Nimbus, Quinn Best and his production crew, the faculty, EVERYONE: y’all have put together one HELL of a program! The PEAK has been an eye-opener, ego-crusher, confidence-booster, door opener and capacity-builder all at once! I give a special thank you to Bob D’Eith as the man who brings this vision to life. Bob’s authenticity and passion are lost on no one, and I definitely look forward to working with him more in the coming years.

Also, mad propz to the class of ’13 for being such a sexy, funky and ridiculously talented group of homeboys/girls. Every one of you has earned a shot at top spot, and I have so enjoyed learning about you, your art, your hearts and what makes you tick.

We’ve formed some beauty-full relationships through this program, starting with the 19 other fabulous artists, but also extending into producers, media, industry pros and more. Folks like Lydia Hol and producer Winston Hauschild, who we were thrown in the washer with and came out the other side with a pretty kick-ass original song! Folks like Alex “Condor” Aligizakis, who mixed that song down and became the dude we hope to make our next album with! And of course how could we not mention our #YYJBromance with the Dougal boys? Friendships formed over long drives and the BC Ferries Pac-Buff are not easily broken. #truth

We’ve learned the value of true fans. For us that begins with our home base in Victoria. Yeah, I mean you #TeamYYJ. When we came back from our PPP Showcase show to play Rifflandia, it felt like a homecoming! Sure, it was a packed, noisy, sweaty, sticky room, but to us it felt like the warm embrace of a kindred lover ;) Honestly, I can’t describe how amazing a feeling it is to know that we don’t have to prove ourselves here because you already believe in us! That feeling gives us the strength and confidence to want to play more shows in BC and beyond, until we have that same feeling whenever we play in Vancouver, then in BC, and then Western Canada, and then Canada, and then…. well yes, that’s where the dreaming begins.

But taking a step back to Victoria again, we honestly couldn’t have got to this point without some of our true fans and peers in the community: the Zone @ 91.3 (Jon, Dylan, Tindy and the rest of the crew), Alan and Teresa from Vic42, Daniel Pender and the Seen, and so many more. These are relationships that have brought us so, SO much and will last long after the PEAK ends. THANK YOU for believing in who we are and what we do!

Eye to the Horizon

Finally, being in the PPP has given us such a clear sight-line on our path forward. A strong finish will definitely make this path seem that much more attainable, but it’s still one we can follow regardless of how we place.

We’re ready to make a world-class album: As a songwriter, it’s always been a goal of mine to write and record a full-length album, and I have never felt so ready as with this group around me. Some of our most popular live songs are ones we have yet to record. Nearly all the songs for the next album are written, and I am so excited about the prospect of creating a beautiful new body of music that we can feel proud to share and perform.

We’re eager to hit the road: touring can be one of the toughest logistical things to work out for a late-twenties/early-thirties band like Towers and Trees (with all our ‘real’ jobs and even ‘realer’ debts). But dang it are we eager to get out and play some shows! Our live show is one of our biggest strengths, so taking it on the road is an obvious next growth opportunity, and one we’re really excited about!

We’re excited to grow: This year has been all about growth. Growing our fan base, diving headfirst into firsts (festivals, music videos, etc.), becoming better musicians, artists and entrepreneurs. All of this is only making us more excited to keep growing.

We believe: I don’t say this lightly, because I have stubbornly refused for most of my adults years to get stars in my eyes or dream big about ‘making it’ as a musician. So when I say “we believe,” that’s not what I mean. What I mean is that right now in this project we believe in each other as musicians; we believe in the music we’re creating and why we’re creating it. It’s a beautifully simple thing, and one I’m sure that will be tested through time, so I think it’s important to celebrate the times when it’s alive and well. This is one of those times. The future is bright indeed.

… and now we play the waiting game ;)

~ Adrian