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Thursday, 11 September 2014 06:21

Wooden Sky plays the Lyric in Swift Current Sept. 22

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Toronto band The Wooden Sky are headed on tour in support of their fourth album Let’s Be Ready, which was recently released on Chelsea Records (a brand new label started by the band).

They'll be playing in Swift Current Sept. 22 at The Lyric Theatre.
Letting their hair grow long and armed with perhaps their most confident record to date, The Wooden Sky is poised to cross the world reaching new heights on the back of its latest album, Let’s Be Ready. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $35.
Let's Be Ready follows up their Juno Award-nominated album Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun. For this album, the band tried a new process: writing demos and then taking the songs on the road to play them live rather than take them straight into the studio. By playing the new songs live before they were recorded they were able to see what worked and what didn’t from a live perspective and then record a leaner, more true to their live show version of the songs.
Since the release of The Wooden Sky’s last LP in 2012, Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun, the intervening world has grabbed hold of the band, twisting and shaping the production of what will be their fourth album: Let’s Be Ready.
Navigating the strife and uncertainty of evolving friendships, lost loves, death and the ever-shifting challenges of the music industry, Gavin Gardiner (vocals/guitar), Andrew Kekewich (drums) and Simon Walker (multi-instrumentalist) found themselves in a new place: holed up in Toronto’s west end in Gardiner’s garage-turned-studio to be exact.
With the help of familiar collaborators Edwin Huizinga (violin) and Andrew Wyatt (bass and vocals), the band spent grueling hours together digging deeper into their sound, looking both for answers to their doubts, and a way to quiet them.
The results, you could say, are loud. The album was conceived amidst many changes for the band — saying goodbye to both a founding member and their long-time record label. In the process of putting the pieces back together, The Wooden Sky looked to the talent and brawn of friend and producer Chris Stringer. Together they worked and reworked the songs, studio-hopping around Toronto in order to give each track a unique shape and space on the record.
With Let’s Be Ready, The Wooden Sky draws on nostalgia to capture the warmth of the tunes that inspired them to make music in the first place.
This warmth — coupled with a freshness that looks to the future — serves up a new sound and new hope for the band. Let’s Be Ready acknowledges the pains of the past but with a gentle optimism and acceptance. Let’s Be Ready also marks the first release from the bands new record label, Chelsea Records.
Chelsea grew out of the rubble in which the band found itself in early 2014, but has nonetheless come as a welcome change with exciting new possibilities in tow. In the future, the band hopes Chelsea will be able to provide this for other committed artists as they too grow and develop, providing them with the resources and freedom they need to forge ahead in their careers.

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