This Saturday marks the day we have been waiting and planning for a long time… STAFF SPA DATE!!!! Oh, and also the launch of the Whitehorse Canadian tour, which kicks off at the fantastic Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, and rides the white horse across the country to debut performances at some of the best venues in the country, such as the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg and, OMG, Massey Hall in Toronto!!
To celebrate our excitement about this hallmark milestone on the Whitehorse journey, the prolific duo have recorded six cover songs by artists famously attached to Massey Hall, such as “Winterlong” by Neil Young, “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot, “Dark Angel” by Blue Rodeo, and more. Watch for a series of stunning and intimate (intimate as in “up close and personal”, not as in “performed in undies”) live videos we’re launching over the next month. These recordings will also be available on iTunes, and through digital downloads delivered on screen-printed posters (available at the merchandise table at Whitehorse concerts) designed by our long time pal and artistic collaborator Tyler Clark Burke.
A number of the shows are already sold out (Victoria, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge) and moving fast in other cities. See below for ticket links. We’re super stoked that for the first time ever in Canada, commercial radio stations are starting to get on the horse. CBC, college radio, and CKUA have been super supportive from the beginning, and we’re pleased to add Live88.5 in Ottawa, X92.9 in Calgary, Live105 in Halifax, KIXX in Kingston, XM The Verge, and a bunch of others to the party. Stay tuned, more stations are jumping on board every week!
Hitting a number of best-of lists (such as Best Canadian Album in Popmatters, which we all know really means Best Album Everrrrr) and rave reviews in international publications such as Uncut, American Songwriter, and a host of others (including an interesting blog that actually does “rave reviews”, ie. they review records while at a RAVE! “Oontz oontz oontz oontz, this record gets 5 glow sticks out of 5, oontz oontz oontz”), Whitehorse are proving quickly that their new album “The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss” is certified awesome. Following our proven strategy of global conquerage, this means that we are finally ready to launch said full length recording of wonderful tunes in the glorious new world of America. Our friends living south of the border can now officially see/hear what all the fuss and ‘horse-play is about!
Jenn Grant‘s new album “The Beautiful Wild” is also being released Stateside this week, on the very fine Ba Da Bing! Records. She plans on celebrating by wearing a pair of star spangled jammer pants for a month straight following her US release date, both in patriotic solidarity with her American fans, and in the name of glorious comfort. Jenn is on tour now with Erin McKeown and getting added at tastemaker stations like KEXP and rave reviews from tastemaker publications like No Depression (They are real buds. Get it? Tastemakers? Buds? Tongue joke?), so we are off to a beautifully wild start.
Both Whitehorse and Jenn Grant were touted in the Boston Globe earlier this month in the Top Ten Artists to Watch in 2013. We took this to mean that they are up to some shady business, so rest assured, we are keeping a very close eye on their activities!
As noted above, Interstellar Rodeo tickets make the perfect Christmas gift, at least to those who are planning to be in Edmonton next summer (now is a good time to make that plan! Edmonton rulz, and Interstellar Rodeo double rulz!). If you live in other locales across the country, or feel the burning need to re-up your dose of Six Shooter awesomeness to tide you over until Rodeo time, then lucky for you, we have Whitehorse on a giant tour that starts on the west coast and takes them as far east as Montreal… culminating of course at Massey Hall in Toronto on March 2. Tickets for most shows are already on sale (check tour dates). Send your loved ones to Whitehorse in the new year – the fate of the world depends on that gift. And since you are clearly sitting at a computer or web-enabled smart device of some kind right now, you should also take the time to check out this awesome new live video for the single ‘Devil’s Got A Gun’!
I have certainly been known to wax poetic about the virtues of glorious vinyl, and, well, here I go again. There is really no format as awesome and tangible as a big ol’ 12” record. I love the big artwork, the smell of a freshly cracked gatefold, and the tactile experience of putting a record needle into a groove. I’m pleased as punch that turntables are easily and readily available again, it truly fills me with holiday glee (or whatever this feeling is… could be the pickled okra) to see my favorite format thriving. Given all this mushy luv for wax, you can be sure that we keep our selection of new Six Shooter vinyl current, with Jenn Grant‘s “The Beautiful Wild” and Whitehorse‘s “The Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss” available now!! To convince you about how serious we are about vinyl, and also how much we love bundles, we have more artist bundles in our specials section for both Jenn Grant and Whitehorse — pick up a copy of each of their vinyl offerings at the low price of 2 for $30. Records look great wrapped up under a Christmas tree, and you can watch as your lucky gift recipient’s face turns from fake smile to real smile when they realize it’s not a calendar!
The classic tale of musical romance continues for Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, the husband and wife duo behind Whitehorse. One year after their debut, Whitehorse returns in ambitious fashion with The Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss and a date at Massey Hall in 2013.
The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss is everything the talented pair’s first full length promised. As a whole, the album reveals the range of creative possibility that only expands as Whitehorse develops and focuses their sound. Song by song, the record takes surprising turns; while each track confidently bears Whitehorse’s signature blistering guitar work and love-knotted vocals, their willingness to take risks and ability to pull them off makes for captivating listening.
Whitehorse’s live show is built on mesmerizing guitar work and smoldering vocal chemistry, but also brings much more to the stage with complex layers of percussion, keyboard and telephone receiver amplification, tangled like an embrace with the help of looping pedals. Their sold out Winter Garden Theatre show in February, 2012 signaled their unquestionable arrival as a band.
With savage talent and tender hearts, Whitehorse expertly plays both lion and lamb on The Fate of This World Depends on This Kiss. Six Shooter Records is proud to release this fine album on August 28, 2012.
Six Shooter artists are confirmed for several milestone shows in Toronto, including Whitehorse’s debut as headliners at Massey freakin’ Hall (March 2, 2013). As well, Jenn Grant performs with Cuff The Duke (November 24) and Danny Michel with Quique Escamilla (December 8), both on the dreamscape stage of the Winter Garden Theatre (the coolest garden around… get it?).
All of our artists will be touring heavily in the coming year, which is awesome, ‘cause we are sick of them leaving all of their gear in our office. Check out the tour dates section for details on shows near you.
We are soooo excited about Victoria Day, that we thought it would be appropriate to chuck a bunch of our artists over to her Royal Ghostness’ home turf. The Good Lovelies are tearing it up right now in the UK (don’t worry, there is more Canadian greatness to come too)! Whitehorse embarked on their own UK (and Netherlands) tour starting today! And if that wasn’t enough, we’re sending the lovely Amelia Curran over to wow the Brits in June. Now that’s what I call stuffing the chips in the haddock!
Hit an indie record store near you to pick up vinyl copies of all of our latest releases: the excellent new album, Stars and Satellites by Trampled by Turtles, Deep Dark Woods’ fantastic Six Shooter debut, The Place I Left Behind, and the self-titled debut recording by Whitehorse. Also stay tuned for the vinyl release of Del Barber’s Headwaters…pre-orders available soon through our webstore. I love vinyl so much! The giant glorious artwork, the smell of fresh wax when you first pull your record from the sleeve, the pop of the needle when you drop it on that first groove, the opportunity to roll your eyes and shake your fist in the air when some dweeb says “they still make those things?”, being a record nerd is tha coolest!
To cap off their sold-out Prairie tour, Whitehorse will treat Edmonton audiences to a performance at the Interstellar Rodeo launch party on Tuesday, May 1 at the Haven (15120 Stony Plain Road). Doors at 8 pm, performance at 9 pm. Tickets available through www.sixshooterrecords.com.
Was SXSW just three weeks ago? Seems like the distant past. But still vivid in our memories is the smoking hot show Whitehorse performed at the Continental Club as part of the No Depression showcase. This Austin blog summed it up perfectly:
They’ve been racking up similarly stellar reviews on their sold-out USA tour with the Wood Brothers, and are now ready to bring their captivating live show to the Canadian prairies. Many of the shows are close to sell-out – so get your tickets now! See tour dates below for more details.
The smoldering duo of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, Whitehorse, has been burning up the highways, putting fire in the hearts of everyone who sees them play, racking up radio spins and youtube views, and selling out shows right/left/centre. You definitely don’t want to miss out on them if you’re headed to Austin. They are only there for two days, during which time they appear three times:
Wed, 3:40 – 4:05pm:
Canadian Blast BBQ, Brush Square Park
Wed, 11:00 – 11:40pm:
No Depression Showcase, Continental Club
Thurs, 2:00 – 2:40pm:
Trinity Hall (Trinity + 6th, Upstairs)