Vancouver, BC - Vancouver-based chamber pop band The Ruffled Feathers are independently releasing their 2nd full-length album Hand-Me-Down Centuries on July 28th, and will be celebrating with an album release show in Vancouver at Jim Green House Studio at The Cultch on July 29th. The first single 'Cadaverine' is available for streaming and sharing today.
The Ruffled Feathers formed back in 2008 with Gina Loes (vocals, guitar, ukulele), Andrew Lee (vocals, trumpet) and Charley Wu (piano, guitar), They released their first EP Lost Cities in 2010 and in 2012 the band added a few more members, then released their first full-length album Oracles.
The Ruffled Feathers’ released their next EP, Bottom of the Blue in 2014. The EP featured the video single 'It Doesn’t Last' which ranked as a Top 10 Regional Finalist in CBC Searchlight 2014, followed by 8 weeks on CBC Radio 3’s Top 30, rising to #2 on the chart. All of this momentum led to more ambitious projects and collaborations (and more band members!) and the band started working on their new album Hand-Me-Down Centuries in late 2014. And 3 years later, after a lot of hard work, it's finally seeing the light of day.
"I think recording has always taken us a long time," says lead vocalist Gina Loes. "And this one took a little longer. With the previous releases under our belt, I think we felt an expectation to increase the production value of our recordings and strive for the next bigger and better thing, and all of that takes time...AND money."
On Hand-Me-Down Centuries, The Ruffled Feathers' collaborative approach to songwriting results in richly-layered compositions that fold the whimsical textures of the ukulele into darker, wilder themes. Inspired by bands like Beirut and Sufjan Stevens, The Ruffled Feathers bring fanciful musicality to lived experience. They deliver songs about the vibrant, poignant moments that give shape to our lives: the stories of love and loss, petty victories and delicious failures, that move us and bind us together as human. The first single 'Cadaverine' is one of the darker tracks on the album, but it still is very much in the The Ruffled Feathers wheelhouse.
"Cadaverine is the chemical that releases from dying organisms that our brain immediately recognizes as the smell of death," says Gina. "Our trumpet player Andrew is a chemical engineer and studies air pollution and the chemicals that damage our ability to breathe. The song 'Cadaverine' reflects on the immediate, primitive awareness of death. This actually isn't the darkest song on the album, it’s just the most obvious. If you really want something dark listen to 'Sea of Hesitation' or 'Only 25'. 'Wood Buffalo' and 'How Many Days' are upbeat but ultimately heartbreaking."
Full of expert musicianship and talent, The Ruffled Feathers are a high-energy indie outfit that writes and records and plays shows for an established fan-base that is always growing. Their live performances push the limits of their recordings in style, arrangement and dynamics, resulting in unique, compelling audience experiences. The Ruffled Feathers’ current lineup is Gina Loes (vocals, guitar, ukulele), Andrew Lee (trumpet, vocals), Sam MacKinnon (drums), Molly MacKinnon (violin), Sophia Xiang (piano), and Paolo Brian (bass).
The Ruffled Feathers - Hand-Me-Down Centuries will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, July 28th. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: www.theruffledfeathers.com.
THE RUFFLED FEATHERS >> UPCOMING TOUR DATES
July 16 - Burnaby, BC - Civic Square
July 22 - Kelowna, BC - Fernando's w/ The Wayward Hearts
July 29th - Vancouver, BC - Jim Green House Studio at The Cultch w/ Laura Reznek (Album Release Show)
THE RUFFLED FEATHERS - HAND-ME-DOWN CENTURIES TRACK LISTING
RELEASE DATE: JULY 28th, 2017 (Independent)
2. How Many Days
4. Le Marche
6. Sea Of Hesitation
7. Strange Dreams
8. Wood Buffalo
9. Only 25
10. Kiss Me In The Moonlight
STREAM/POST The Ruffled Feathers - 'Cadaverine' HERE
WATCH/POST The Ruffled Feathers - 'Kiss Me In The Moonlight' HERE
CLICK HERE for album art + high-res press photos (Photo Credit: Matt Reznek)