Let's Be Wilderness

This recording started forever ago… or maybe it was more like 2015 on a vacation I took with my family to Germany. I thought it’d be cool to meet up with Grant and Andy and Tony in Glasgow at some point during the trip –we’d hang out, drink whiskey and maybe visit a castle or some sort of Scottish dungeon... Then it occurred to me that instead of castles and dungeons we could just go to the Castle of Doom and work on some songs.

Andy, me and Grant spent the night before tracking jamming and going through the songs. Tony & I spent the rest of the evening importing and quantizing and making basic templates from demos that I had made largely from Garage Band cooking utensils and Impc- the idea being that we wanted to use as much as possible from the original demo work and kind of let the sorts of sounds and ideas that come from that kind of contained landscape permeate and at times dictate where we’d take the songs.

We worked for 4 proper record days with Tony at Castle of Doom and tracked 5 songs pretty much fully except a few backing vocals. It came together quickly and was really fun. I remember being on the plane back to Montreal listening to it and feeling like it was something that felt different and unique and probably worth pursuing a bit further.

About a year later I was on tour opening for Blonde Redhead and thought how amazing it would be to work with Simone on something. So then I asked him if he wanted to come to Montreal with me and potentially visit some Montreal dungeons and castles… or perhaps because there were none, we’d just record a few songs. He said he’d like to. So Tony got on a plane and flew to meet us. Loel and Tim were hanging at Wintersleeps Mile End headquarters working on some song ideas for Wintersleep amongst other things, so we made up a band to finish the final few songs.

Probably one of my favorite experiences recording so far. I hope that shines through. I’m so excited to share it.  See you soon!

Photos by Justin Gellerson


I started working on this record with my brother Michael at our parents’ house in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia over Christmas holidays in 2008. We had a little too much time on our hands. Some scotch too. We wanted to make a present for mom. She’d had a tough year with the passing of our grandparents, her mom and dad. With little preparation (a laptop, no microphones, click tracks, or even tuners come to think of it), we recorded about 12 ideas and we went our separate ways. Eight months later we found some time over Easter weekend in Halifax and tried the same thing, reworking a cluster of songs from the first session and adding four extra songs to the workload. We used the same laptop, but this time we rented actual, real microphones and we used click tracks for a few songs and tuners (for the most part). We think. Maybe a little less scotch this time around. Some of the songs turned out to be fuller and more mature after a second take, better than expected. Other songs maybe didn’t quite hit the mark & we chose the original “Christmas” versions. But the recording as a whole seems to do something dream-like. Hope you like it.

Image by Nicole Aline Legault