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The Stills one of 45 acts in TWSSF’s musical lineup

click to enlarge Out on a Limb The Stills are among 45 musical acts set to take the stage during the 10 days and nights of Telus Fest.
  • Out on a Limb The Stills are among 45 musical acts set to take the stage during the 10 days and nights of Telus Fest.

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Alt. rock, indie, whatever you want to call them, it doesn't seem to matter. The group isn't preoccupied with finding an appropriate label to define their sound.

"I see ourselves as a band that's done sort of differentish type stuff on every record," Hamelin reflected. "So I don't really see us as pop rock or rock pop or hard rock with a '70s influence."

Rather, they simply try to approach each song with an open mind.

"The basis of a lot of our songs are just folk tunes and we just sort of arrange them within the context of our band, and that's just how they come out."

All labels aside, there's meaning behind their music.

According to the band's bio, Oceans Will Rise "considers the frailty of the human existence, our place in the larger schemes of the natural world, and the possibility, or lack thereof, for positive change."

But while their music is clearly filled with thought, there isn't an intentional message in their medium.

"I really never, ever, think about it that way," Hamelin said. "I don't think of it as an outlet. It isn't cathartic for me, it isn't like therapy, it's none of those things."

For Hamelin, the creative process can be far from pleasant, in fact.

"It's none of those things that everyone wants to make it, that you hear on TV: 'oh, it makes me feel better, I need it,' all this shit. No, it makes me feel worse and it sucks!"

Despite it all, Hamelin loves his career, just not the lifestyle and unnatural schedule that comes along with the job. In short, music is both a blessing and a curse.

"It can rule your life, and that's not always pleasant."

The group just returned from Australia and are preparing to head to China, but before that, they're returning to Whistler to play a gig on the Main Stage at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival on Thursday, April 23, followed by another performance at Moe Joe's later that evening.

Plus, they're already hard at work on their next album, which they hope to release in February.



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