Vancouver’s Peace Sign to Suicide Squeeze for ‘The World Is Too Much With Us’

By Gregory Adams
Seattle’s Suicide Squeeze imprint is clearly in the midst of an infatuation with its neighbours to the north in Vancouver. As previously reported, the label issues Nü Sensae’s Sundowning next Tuesday (August 7), and now the label has added another of Lotusland’s punk-oriented bands, Peace, to its roster. 

The group’s sophomore set The World Is Too Much With Us will be delivered October 16. That’s the album art for the William Wordsworth-referencing LP, a photo of fiery-haired guitarist Mike Willock honking down on a big banana in a public park, up above.

Like last year’s full-length debut My FaceThe World Is Too Much With Us was recorded over at Jordan Koop’s the Noise Floor studio in Ladysmith, BC. 

According to a press release, the album “builds on the depth and drama latent” of past work, while accentuating the dynamics between Willock’s wah-indebted leads, resident poet/guitarist Dan Geddes’s post-punk sing-speak, drummer Geoff Dembicki’s steady thud and the “crushing and repetitive” bass work of Connor Mayer.

You can stream the upbeat album opener “Your Hand in Mine”here.

Peace will apparently be taking off on tour this October, but the group’s tour itinerary has yet to be set in stone.

The World Is Too Much With Us:

1. Your Hand In Mine
2. Fun and Games
3. The Perp Walk
4. Kissed Dust
5. Black Cocaine
6. Winterhouse
7. Free Time
8. Tattoo

Alan Cross Approved!

Famed music broadcaster and former host of “The Ongoing History of New Music”, Alan Cross, gives his thumbs up on the Sid Johnson record we worked on over the past year!

From his blog:

I really enjoy when an independent artist comes out of the middle of nowhere and is simply good at what they do. When they’re honest, and when they sound like they’ve been places, seen and felt things, cause that’s what this is really all about.”

Way to go Sid!

The entire album can be streamed and purchased HERE

Needles//Pins Talk Debut Album

Needles//Pins Talk Debut Album
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By Josiah Hughes for Exclaim. 

Last summer,we reported that peppy Vancouver garage pop trioNeedles//Pins would be readying an LP to be released on budding Lethbridge, AB punk label Mammoth Cave Recording Co. A fair amount of time has passed since then, but the promise has kept true, as the band’s debut LP 12:34 will be released via the imprint on June 1. 

Speaking with Exclaim!, Needles//Pins frontman Adam Solomonian confirms he’s eager to unleash the band’s debut long-player, though he’s quick to admit that they haven’t turned into an overly serious band. 

"I don’t think much has changed really," he admits. "We started the band to hang out and have fun, and that’s still the main goal really. We have been super fortunate to have met so many awesome people and gotten so many great opportunities. Really stoked on that." 

One thing that has changed, however, was the recording process for the new album. While previous efforts were recorded by bassist Tony or Twin Crystals frontman Jesse Taylor at his Nite Prison studio, Needles//Pins used their debut LP as an excuse to branch out. 

"People would always say, ‘You gotta have a recording that is more like your live sound’ or whatever," Solomonian says. "I love all of the things we recorded, I just wanted to try something different for the LP. So, we spent five days in Ladysmith, BC, with Jordan Koop [also from Twin Crystals] at his studio the Noise Floor. Super great time and I am stoked with what came out of it.” 

The resulting album is 11 tracks of hyped-up power pop that will fit in nicely with the rest of the Mammoth Cave roster. The band’s involvement with the Alberta label stems from a growing friendship with owners Evan Van Reekum and Paul Lawton. 

”We first encountered those dudes through the Bloodstains Across BC comp they did. They asked us for a track, which was really cool for us. We recorded ‘My Politics’ and sent it to them, and they were really stoked and asked us about touring with the Moby Dicks, which they were both playing in.” 

After touring the country with the Moby Dicks, the label eventually asked Needles//Pins to hand in a full-length. “It’s a huge honour to work with those guys,” Solomonian says. 

Once 12:34 drops, Needles//Pins plan to tour Canada in June. From there, they’re hoping to hit Europe in the fall and fit in a U.S. tour as well. With all these big plans, however, Solomonian doesn’t want to lose sight of the band’s original M.O. “The easiest part of being in the band is probably having fun. Hardest part is remembering to always have fun.”