Two of Western Canada’s standout Rock n’ Rollers, Gay Nineties and The Wet Secrets, have teamed up for their next cross-Canada tour, beginning in two days, with an official appearance in Toronto for NXNE. The 4 week trek begins May 29th at Doc Willoughby’s in Kelowna, British Columbia, and ends in Ottawa, Ontario on June 21 at Zaphod Beeblebrox (see itinerary below).
Produced by Gay Nineties themselves along with Scott Ternan (54-40, Sam Roberts) and Mixer, Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties), the first single off their upcoming full length record (to be released in the fall), Letterman received The Shore FM 104.3 ‘Best of BC’ top prize, and has taken commercial Alternative Rock radio by storm, garnering coast-to-coast airplay and landing Top 15 on the charts in short order!
The official music video for Letterman, directed by Stefan Berrill of Brass Tracks Film (Hedley, No Sinner, Fur Trade, Bear Mountain) and funded by a Public Records and Telus grant, will be screened at their NXNE Showcase on June 19 at the Rivoli, presented by CO.PILOT Artist Management.
The 1890′s era, also known as The Gay Nineties was a memorable time and experience characterized by societal scandal, suffragette movements, and decadent art. ‘Gay Nineties’, the band are no different, delivering an explosive live performance showcasing their clear musical sensibility and style, inspired by multiple decades of artistic influences.
Gay Nineties found themselves in the Top 20 of the Peak Performance Project BC, playing showcases in CMW, New York City, and Montreal and are quickly finding a home at commercial radio in Canada. Their EP ‘Coming Together’ (released on First Love Records) has garnered critical acclaim and been distributed throughout North America and beyond.
The Wet Secrets will celebrate their long-awaited third album Free Candy with their first co-headlining tour. Released in February, CBC Music listed Free Candy as one of the “Top 10 Most Anticipated Canadian Releases of 2014”. The official music video for single Floating in the Sky, funded by Public Records and Telus, will also be screened at the June 19 NXNE Showcase.
Formed on a dare by Lyle Bell, Trevor Anderson and Kim Rackel, the bass and horn heavy quintet burst onto the scene with 2006’s A Whale of a Cow CD. Written and recorded within one week of the band’s formation, it was a clarion call to anyone within earshot that The Wet Secrets had arrived.
2007 saw the release of the fuzzed-up Rock Fantasy full-length. CBC Radio 3’s fervent support of the track “Secret March” landed the song at the #2 slot on the national CBC charts, won the band a Bucky, and brought on international acclaim. Festival touring soon followed, including mandatory stops at Austin’s SXSW and CMJ in New York, and the opening slot at Edmonton’s inaugural Sonic Boom festival. After a four-year hiatus spent focusing on other projects (Bell with Shout Out Out Out Out and Anderson withDirt City Films), the band has reconvened and crafted this deceptively sunny new album, Free Candy.
GAY NINETIES, THE WET SECRETS CO-HEADLINE TOUR DATES
May 29: Kelowna @ Doc Willoughby’s
May 30: Golden @ Rockwater
June 1: Calgary @ Palomino
June 2: Edmonton @ Pawn Shop
June 4: Lethbridge @ The Slice
June 5: Red Deer @ Beer Haus
June 6: Regina @ Sound Exchange
June 7: Saskatoon @ Vangelis
June 8: Winnipeg @ Pyramid
June 10: Kenora @ Bijou Steakhouse
June 13: Barrie @ Clarkson Pub
June 14: Hamilton @ Club Absinthe
June 19: Toronto (NXNE) @ Rivoli
June 21: Ottawa @ Zaphod Beeblebrox