Win Tickets ($30): Said The Whale @ Lola’s Room | w/ Melville, Indie Rock, Folk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Said The Whale @ Lola’s Room on October 23. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, October 20.


From our sponsors:
Said the Whale
October 23, 2017
Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. | $12 ADV, $15 Doors | All Ages

Lola’s Room
1332 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

Vancouver’s Said The Whale has been on a steady upward trajectory for the past six years, as relentless touring and a prolific string of releases have led to successes including a JUNO Award in 2011 for New Group of the Year and nationally charting singles. In 2013, the tireless five-piece – which includes dual songwriters Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester, drummer Spencer Schoening, keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown and bassist Nathan Shaw – will continue to break down doors by releasing its most adventurous and hook-filled batch of songs yet.

The band formed in early 2007 and, following some early EPs, released the debut-full length Howe Sounds

Taking Abalonia in 2008. Said The Whale began to amass a grassroots following through frequent tours, and they scored a string of Canadian radio successes with the albums Islands Disappear (2009) and Little Mountain (2012). These albums earned attention from media outlets like Spin, BBC 6 Music, and Consequence of Sound, and the band was profiled in the nationally televised CBC documentary Winning America. Said The Whale has been nominated for two more JUNO Awards in 2013 for Alternative Album of the Year and Recording Package of the Year (alongside art director Andy Dixon) for Little Mountain.

Having already released the three-song I Love You EP on June 4, the band are keeping with their inexhaustible work ethic, announcing their latest full-length album hawaiii is set for release on September 17, 2013, on Hidden Pony Records. Intentionally using a lower-case ‘h’and ending in a trifecta of ‘i’s’ the band wanted to put some distance and distinction between the sun-filled U.S. State, so far from their Vancouver, BC home base.

The album title also mirrors the different way Said The Whale assembled this new album. Singer/songwriter Tyler Bancroft noted: “Instead of booking a solid block of time to record the entire album, we did it in short bursts over a period of six months. The time in between sessions allowed us to reflect on what we’d recorded, to tour and road-test some of the songs, and to continue writing.”

The twelve track album has already seen first single and EP namesake “I Love You” become the biggest song at radio the band has had to date in Canada and the U.S. “I Love You” is currently being played at over 30 stations coast-to-coast in the U.S. It’s achieved #1 Phones and is in POWER Rotation at the influential station KNRK in Portland as well as solid rotation at Sirius’ “Alt Nation,” Seattle’s KNDD (the End), and Live 105 in San Francisco. “I Love You” has seen unprecedented love at Canadian radio having held the #3 spot at Mediabase Alternative Rock for over 5 weeks and is currently being played on The Edge, The Peak, The Shore, Sonic, The Zone, Live 105 Halifax and more – it’s spanning the country – and the video for the track is just seeing finishing touches will be released soon.

With Hawaiii, the band return to long-time collaborator Tom Dobrzanski (The Zolas, We Are The City) with band member Tyler Bancroft stepping up into the role of co-producer. The record was mixed by Gus Van Go and Werner F (Stills, Rah Rah). The new material was penned in a surge of creativity that found Bancroft and Worcester letting their guard down and following their instincts. “My songs on this album are the most vulnerable songs I’ve ever written,” notes Bancroft. “Lyrically it’s the most honest I’ve ever been.”

The signature sun-filled, hook-heavy vocal harmonies Said The Whale are known so well for, prevail over the album’s tracklisting, but alongside a notable sense of darker, serious subject matter and self-reflection. From the Ben Worcester lead vocals on album-closer “The Weight of the Season” to Bancroft’s heavy-hearted tribute to his mother and how he, as an adult, comes to grips with an aging parent, on “Helpless Son.” The up-tempo numbers abound with “Mother” and “On The Ropes” as well as the dreamy new sounds on tracks like “Resolutions.” The band, as any great band does, continues to evolve. hawaiii is the sound of a band already on the top of its game breaking free from all expectations and boldly reinventing its identity.


Future unknown, the model currently on display, Melville is the combined effort of a band in the making since 2011. That’s when, newly returned stateside from a four year stint living in Berlin, songwriter and vocalist Ryan T. Jacobs first debuted Melville at Portland staple the LaurelThirst Pub. Since then, the band has performed many shows and had several highlights including having single Heart debuted at halftime of a sold out Portland Trailblazers game, playing at SXSW and sharing the stage with the likes of 3 Doors Down, Wilco side-project The Autumn Defense, Minor Alps, Murder by Death and Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper) among others.

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9 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): Said The Whale @ Lola’s Room | w/ Melville, Indie Rock, Folk

  1. Travis October 17, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Well, this is on my 7th year wedding anniversary to the day so I think it could be a fun part of our evening out!

  2. Alex October 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Because it sounds lovely

  3. Robbie Lewis October 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    Just listened to these bands and I can’t wait to go see both of them!

  4. Heidi October 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    I’d love to go and support this local band!

  5. Riona Abhainn October 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    This looks fun, neat music and I love Lola’s Room!

  6. Kait Park October 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    Would be a fun way to celebrate my best friend’s 30th

  7. Devlin October 17, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    Missed them at SASQUATCH! Would love to get another chance to see them!

  8. bob October 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

    oooohh canadaaaaaaaa. meeeee~!

  9. Danielle October 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    Sounds like a fun show.

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