The Wooden Sky has announced the release of their fourth album, Let’s Be Ready, due June 16th from Nevado Music. This album marks an era of new beginnings for the Canadian band, as Let’s Be Ready was conceived amidst many changes for them, including parting ways with one of their founding members. To give each song a unique perspective and to encapsulate their raw live energy, The Wooden Sky and producer Chris Stringer (Timbre Timbre, Ohbijou) decided to record the album in multiple studios throughout Toronto.
Let’s Be Ready opens with the catchy “Saturday Night”, which combines simple but sparkling guitar melodies over heavy lyrics that require thoughtful listening to parse. The Wooden Sky has recently released a music video for the song cut together from footage of their past, especially their ‘Bedrooms and Backstreets’ tour where they played anywhere they could. According to frontman Gavin Gardiner, “the visuals accompanying “Saturday Night” serves as an introduction for new fans and a look back for those who have been with us for a while. When you compress time like that it brings a lot of memories flooding back.”
Watch Saturday Night below:
The first single “Maybe It’s No Secret” showcases the band’s raw energy while talking frankly about the troubles of being in a nomadic touring band. It blurs the line between folk and rock, contrasting Gardiner’s deeply hoarse, world weary vocals with the melodic upbeat instrumentals, and making it a song easy to listen to over and over.
Listen to Maybe It’s No Secret:
In their new singles, The Wooden Sky draws on the pain and memories of the past and wraps them in bright melodies so the songs are still buoyed by a hopeful future. Lets Be Ready, their first album in three years marks renewed forward momentum for the band, arming them with new material to roam with. They will be down in Southern California this May for a short jaunt ahead of the album release, and in Seattle at the end of July for the Capitol Hill Block Party.
See The Wooden Sky live:
5/18: Los Angeles, CA @ School Night at Bardot
5/19: San Diego @ Seven Grand
5/20: Santa Ana @ Constellation Room w/ San Fermin
7/24-7/26: Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
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