Indie pop/rock collective Said The Whale were recently the featured guests at 98.7-FM's Penthouse, an exclusive concert series hosted by Los Angeles-based radio station KYSR-FM at the historic Hollywood Tower in Hollywood, Calif. Before an intimate crowd, Said The Whale performed a set featuring tracks from their forthcoming studio album, Hawaiii, including "I Love You" and "Mother."
Prior to the performance, the Canadian quintet participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com and discussed topics such as touring, songwriting and the creative process for Hawaiii.
"[Sessions were] spread out over six months, so we had lots of time to write new songs in between and road test some of them," said guitarist/vocalist Tyler Bancroft regarding Hawaiii. "At the end of six months, we accidentally had an album done, which was the goal to begin with. [The album is] very diverse, stylistically, and I think [this] process helped that."
Formed in 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Said The Whale comprise guitarists/vocalists Bancroft and Ben Worcester, keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown, drummer Spencer Schoening, and bassist Nathan Shaw. In 2007 they released their full-length debut album, Taking Abalonia, followed by Islands Disappear (2009) and Little Mountain (2012). The latter album peaked at No. 17 on Billboard's Top Canadian Albums chart and garnered the group two Juno Award nominations for Alternative Album of the Year and Recording Package of the Year. Said The Whale earned their first Juno Award win in 2011 for New Group of the Year.
Set for release on Sept. 17, Hawaiii was co-produced by Bancroft and Tom Dobrzanski (We Are The City, the Zolas). The album features 12 tracks, including the single "I Love You," up-tempo numbers such as "Mother" and "On The Ropes," and the reflective "Resolutions."
Said The Whale are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through September.