On the way home from our show in Nelson, BC on New Years Eve we talked about making a music video and what the story line could be. We decided that it would be cool if we were playing instruments made of ice to a bunch of snowmen under the moon. With little budget and know-how, this concept seemed too far fetched to achieve, but eventually the DIY project took steam and through the whole month of January we toiled in minus 15 celcius temperatures in a backyard in Fernie experimenting with various methods of making ice instruments. We used the snowbanks in the yard as a lab to make molds for water to be frozen into shapes and also used an old drum kit as a mold, lining each drum with plastic to make the ice drum set come alive. We made an entire ice and snow stage venue right down to the microphones and cymbals. After a location was decided on, we held a snowman making party with friends to create the snowman audience. Our good friends at Green Couch Productions came and filmed the video and we are more than stoked about how they made the vision come to life.
Announcing Shambhala and Edge of the World Music Festival!
April 29th, 2013
As I walked to the post office this morning with mitts, two coats!, and a wooly toque on, I must admit, winter was getting me down. What a wonderful thing it was to get home to announce exciting news about the summer. Shambhala has been on our list of festivals to play since our wee beginnings. And getting invited to The Edge of the World Festival is equally incredible. We are all excited to hop on a plane to Haida Gwaii and see one of the most beautiful places in the world. What excites us most though, is playing with some of these incredible artists who always make us smile and dance. Let the countdown begin!
Were honored to be nominated again this year in a few categories for the Kootenay Music Awards. We are up for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (The Bear), Best Folk/Country, and Best Live Act. The awards are voting based so if you want to support this little ol’ Kootenay band and you think we might be the best in one of the above categories, then click HERE, sign up, and vote for us. We also happen to be performing at the awards this year at the Spirit Bar in Nelson, BC on May 10th. And this ain’t no red carpet/black tie affair. There will be 60% more dreadlocks, plaid, whiskey and…… So come on out and hear the best of the Koots!
We are over the moon stoked to return to our epic hometown bash Wapiti 3 featuring Plants and Animals, Current Swell, Loon Choir, and our friends from the train, Portage and Main (I’m a rhyming wizard *puts on wizards hat and keeps typing*) Find tickets for Wapiti 3 HERE. We are equally over the moon stoked to announce our involvement with Folly Fest, another East Coast shin-dig that we will be apart of this summer featuring a whole wack of folk and electronic music including banjo favorite Old Man Luedecke. Seriously about 4 years ago I was trying to figure out how to amplify a banjo over top of loud drums without having ear splitting feedback and I wrote Mr. Luedecke a Myspace message (ya that’s right, Myspace) asking him for advice on the issue. I was so nervous to even hit send thinking this big shot banjer has better things to do with his time. Within 20 minutes there was a large message back with all sorts of tips on amplifying the banjo. So not only is he a masterful clawhammer player and juno winning songwriter-storyteller, but an all around nice guy too and we can’t wait to share the stage with him. Stay tuned for Folly Fest ticket sale info (*takes off wizard hat when neighbor sees rhyming wizard sitting at computer in underwear*)
It is puking snow out there on this February day, and of course for us Fernie dwellers that means a day of knee deep awesome fun on the ski hill today but despite this, I can’t keep my mind off the summer when we will pile into a van and hit the road across this magnificently large and beautiful countryside. Music festival season is far from now, but my mind keeps wandering to four months from now when we will be living off ESSO gas station coffee and Subway sandwiches on a mind numbingly long drive across the prairies straight to East Coast. That said, we are absolutely through the roof stoked to announce that we will be performing at the 2013 Evolve Music Festival Festival in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Stay tuned for more Canada wide show dates.