The Wooden Sky will play Spiritbar on September 26.

The Wooden Sky makes peace

Lead singer Gavin Gardiner talked to the Star about their fourth album and the upcoming show at Spiritbar on September 26.

Gavin Gardiner, the charismatic frontman of Toronto rock band The Wooden Sky, has been grappling with uncertainty lately.

He’s parted ways with his long-time record label Black Box Music to start a new imprint, Chelsea Records. Meanwhile, founding member, bassist and close friend Andrew Wyatt has moved on after spending nearly a decade performing with him, both as The Wooden Sky and Friday Morning’s Regret, their original moniker. Add to that the routine drudgery of life, the evolving friendships in his life and a variety of projects he’s working on for film, and the Canadian rockstar has a lot to think about. But lately he’s been learning to accept how little control he has.

“I find as I get older I get better at accepting that things won’t necessarily always be the way I want them or to be, or the way they have been. Nothing’s static, and that’s not a bad thing,” he said.

This is a theme he explores in the Wooden Sky’s fourth album, Let’s Be Ready, which was released at the beginning of September. And much like his emotional headspace, their essential sound is starting to morph.

“There’s no way for a sound not to evolve. You bring three, four, five people into a room and everybody’s bringing their own unique experiences, their own attitudes and thoughts and feelings, and that accounts for the evolution,” he said.

“Our goal for this album was pretty loose. We said let’s make a record that sounds more like we sound as live band. We wanted to have that kinetic live energy.”

Gardiner found, while touring extensively, he was having trouble connecting to his music in the same way. Some of the songs he’d played repeatedly didn’t have the same emotional hook, and he found he was going through the motions. Introducing a spontaneity and live energy to their performance was exactly what he needed to rediscover his passion.

“I don’t have much time on this earth. I don’t want to spend it pretending I’m happy playing music, I want to actually be happy playing music,” he said. “When we play live, there’s an energy just from being in front of the people, and we’re trying to push that as far as we can.”

On the album, this energy manifests itself both in sparse atmosphere tracks like “Write Them Down”, acoustic country/folk-influenced tunes such as “Maybe It’s No Secret”, and aggressive rock anthems like opening track “Saturday Night” which is their current radio single.

Gardiner said he’s especially attached to the final song on the album, “Don’t You Worry About A Thing”, which he wrote in a panicked hurry near the completion of recording.

“It was tempting to end with ‘Let’s Be Ready’, because that’s the title track. But we were listening to it and there were 8, 9 songs and it didn’t have an end. It didn’t finish. So I sat at home while we were in the studio and I wrote. It started with the spark of the idea and then it all came running out, and I was so excited about it I ran back to the studio to show them,” he said.

The Wooden Sky are playing at Spiritbar on September 26. Tickets are $15 and are available from the Hume Hotel.

 

Just Posted

Playmor Junction daycare expansion faces opposition

Neighbours upset with rezoning application, citing traffic, noise and concerns about future uses

Foster care is ‘superhighway to homelessness,’ youth advocate tells Nelson audience

Katherine McParland grew up in foster care and lived on the streets

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Pacific Insight to lay off part of workforce

The company says it is transferring automotive production to its Mexico facility

Black belt tests on this week at Kootenay Martial Arts

Grandmaster Brenda Sell returns to assist in testing

VIDEO: Candidates at Nelson election forum

Mayoral candidates joined 18 council candidates for an evening of very short answers

Jets score 3 late goals to beat Canucks 4-1

Winnipeg ends three-game Vancouver win streak

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started weedmama.ca to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome

The Grade 9 student wanted to give away tickets in the spirit of inclusivity

Most Read