March 22, 2018

Current obsession, and one of the best live shows we've seen in years.

 

November 6, 2017

It is a happy political day here in Montreal...(on vous adore Valerie Plante)...and we are making use of this rainy Monday to write write write write write...

 

October 31, 2017

Our current Halloween playlist features @timber_timbre_, @marissa_nadler, and even some recent @feistmusic.

Oh, and @methylethyl. So weird and wonderful. 

Obsessed with this song.

 

September 6, 2017

As of today we are being repped for sync liscensing/publishing with Harris & Wolff here in Montreal @harriswolff :)

 

August 16, 2017

Dog days of summer, finally, we walk around slowly in the sweetly frying heat, we sizzle and sweat and nap in the shade, it is glorious, but rehearsing is impossible. #toohotforthat #findbodyofwaternow

 

March 27, 2017

Album = Mastered.

We couldn't be more grateful to Graham Lessard who produced/engineered/mixed, and made our dreams come true. Mark Lawson lent his genius mixing ear to a few tracks as well. Stef Schneider is a drumming wizard. 

You can listen to a few of the songs here https://wanderyearsband.com/music


December 26, 2016



December 3, 2016

We're more excited about this show than pretty much anything else right now.

http://www.blueskiesturnblack.com/show/1410


November 10, 2016

The birds they sang 
at the break of day 
Start again 
I heard them say 
Don't dwell on what 
has passed away 
or what is yet to be. 
Ah the wars they will 
be fought again 
The holy dove 
She will be caught again 
bought and sold 
and bought again 
the dove is never free. 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack in everything 
That's how the light gets in. 

We asked for signs 
the signs were sent: 
the birth betrayed 
the marriage spent 
Yeah the widowhood 
of every government -- 
signs for all to see. 

I can't run no more 
with that lawless crowd 
while the killers in high places 
say their prayers out loud. 
But they've summoned, they've summoned up 
a thundercloud 
and they're going to hear from me. 

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack, a crack in everything 
That's how the light gets in.  

You can add up the parts 
but you won't have the sum 
You can strike up the march, 
there is no drum 
Every heart, every heart 
to love will come 
but like a refugee. 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack, a crack in everything 
That's how the light gets in. 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack, a crack in everything 
That's how the light gets in. 
That's how the light gets in. 
That's how the light gets in.

October 15, 2016

Thanks, Toronto, for being so much fun again last night.  
#aftershowglow  



Sept 14, 2016

The beautiful Wilta, captured in the process of shooting Fine Line video.



August 20, 2016

Mark Lawson is pretty cool. We like his mixes so much that we're posting a few....

July 19, 2016

This is how we spent the weekend.




June 10, 2016

@annafahr is a true blue friend, as well as filmmaker extraordinaire. We are very lucky.



June 5, 2016

Someone asked us last night where they could get the EP we released last year. It's still only available as a stream/free download from our Bandcamp site. We want to keep it that way!

https://wanderyears.bandcamp.com/releases


May 2, 2016

We love this little article about our journey so far:

Montreal recording project Wander Years have had a busy year.

After releasing their self-produced EP last May, the long-time friends spent the summer and fall rehearsing new material in preparation for recording their debut LP. They rang in 2016 at Montreal's Hotel2Tango studio, alongside drummer Stefan Schneider (Bell Orchestre, The Luyas) and producer Graham Lessard (Stars, Timbre Timber, Young Galaxy).

"It was just the four of us, sixteen hours a day for three weeks, pooling all our creative energy into these songs," says Melissa Trottier, the half of the project who plays piano and does most of the writing. "It was pretty magical. Jess and I have been collaborating since we were kids, it's exciting to finally be putting it all together into something."

She says "finally" with good reason. The two met in their early teens at Ottawa's Arts Canterbury, the nationally-renowned arts high school that produced members of Arcade Fire, among others.

"We heard each other sing for the first time while playing these coffee houses our school would host every month. One night we both got up to sing songs we had written - it was basically love at first sound!" laughs Jessica Steiner, the other half of Wander Years, who plays multiple synthesizers while sampling and looping her accompanying vocals. 

Steiner moved to Montreal to study music at Concordia, and Trottier continued writing while studying acting at a conservatory in Toronto. Soon they found themselves back in the same town, Trottier moving to the city to perform as part of local theatre collective Scapegoat Carnivale. They began spending long hours in each other's home studios, recording what would come to be Wander Years material.

The result fills a spectacularly unique corner of the Alternative Pop universe, where retro synths and pulsing beats meet sweet piano lines and post-modern melancholy, with influences ranging from Portishead to Kate Bush. 

Wander Years premiered their live show at Canadian Music Week in May 2016. Their debut full-length album is in the final stages of mixing, and is set for release in early 2017.

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