They're Baaaaack - The Stills Return... Sans Plumage

Beloved Montreal-based quartet-turned-quintet The Stills are back with a new album, a new band member, a new outlook on life and a fresh set of tour dates. Appropriately titled Without Feathers, their new album finds the band opting for a more stripped down, organic and honest sound, ditching the overdubs and effects and capturing the magical, spontaneous moments in the studio that make music worth listening to. That's what the press release says anyway... in so many words. I tend to believe the good folks at Vice headquarters though, as they've yet to lead me astray when it comes to one of their artists. Plus, you can download a song on the band's MySpace page, which proves their description to be pretty accurate.

For the first time, main songwriter and drummer Dave Hamelin has dropped his sticks to share in the vocal and guitar duties with frontman Tim Fletcher. Liam O'Neil, who you might recognize as the band's touring keyboardist, puts his stamp on this new album as well, sprinkling in some hammond organ and piano parts to fill out the new sound.

The Stills have two showcases down in Austin, including a spot at the annual Spin party at Stubbs. They'll then embark on a full tour in April in support of the May 9 release of Without Feathers. Details below:

03.17.06 - Austin, TX (Stubbs Spin party)
03.18.06 - Austin, TX (La Zona Rosa)
04.02.06 - Boston, MA (TTs)
04.03.06 - Philadelphia, PA (The church)
04.04.06 - New York, NY (Mercury Lounge)
04.05.06 - New York (Mercury Lounge)
04.08.06 - Baltimore, MD (Sonar)
04.09.06 - Cleveland, OH (Grog Shop)
04.10.06 - Detroit, MI (St. Andrews)
04.11.06 - Columbus, OH (Basement)
04.13.06 - Chicago, IL (Double Door)
04.14.06 - Minneapolis, MN (Varsity)
04.15.06 - Omaha, NE (Sokol)
04.17.06 - Salt Lake City, UT (Club Sound)
04.19.06 - San Diego, CA (Casbah)
04.20.06 - Los Angeles, CA (Troubador)
04.21.06 - San Francisco, CA (Popscene)
04.24.06 - Portland, OR (Doug Fir)
04.25.06 - Seattle, WA (Crocodile)
04.26.06 - Vancouver, BC (Richard's on Richards)
04.28.06 - Calgary, ALB (Broken City)
04.30.06 - Edmonton, ALB (U of A Power Plant)
05.01.06 - Regina, SK (Distrikt)
05.02.06 - Winnipeg, MB (West End Cultural Center)
05.09.06 - Kingston, ON (Elixer)
05.11.06 - Toronto, ON (Phoenix)
05.13.06 - Montreal, QC (Spectrum)
05.17.06 - Hamilton, ON (Underground)
05.18.06 - London, ON Call the Office)

They're Baaaaack - The Stills Return... Sans Plumage