NEW RELEASE FEBRUARY 2015: THE SCENT OF NEW SKINS
a year in the making, the scent of new skins marks the return of litterbug with a powerful and emotional album. full of songs about love, pain, running shoes, milkshakes and the 1980s (and more!), the scent of new skins is the first album with stewart lampe and spring burke and welcomes the return of justin harder to the band. watch for new litterbug videos from album tracks coming soon.
formed at a time when the world trade centres still existed and cost $15 u.s. to ascend, ("we'll go next time.") litterbug entered the musical landscape playing a stripped down indie rock that channeled folks like jonathan richman, the feelies, camper van beethoven, half japanese, and the velvet underground. in 2002, litterbug released its debut album pablo on its own label monkey-bar-records. receiving positive reviews and campus airplay, the band expanded from its core of marc simao, janie cranfield and lonnie ouellette, to include justin harder and aileen rankin. this lineup recorded and released the full-length album kaiser and the sort-of christmas ep hollis in 2004.
in early 2006, justin and aileen moved to saskatoon to pursue aileen's medical studies, while marc and janie relocated to vancouver. later that year, spencer rose and amelia mori joined litterbug and the band began to work on new material. this lineup first recorded in the summer of 2007, contributing the track rachel quinney to cjsr's get out of your basement compilation.
in the summer and fall of 2008, the band sequestered itself into vancouver's fairview baptist church, where it recorded over 20 songs for the zero hour sessions. paring down the album to 13 tracks, zero hour was released in late april, 2009. zero hour starts off in a dark place in mexico and winds up in a brighter place in death. in between are stories of murder, loss, imprisonment, the retreat from life, and RVs. this swirling album is litterbug's strongest and most artistic statement yet. featured guests include larissa loyva (kellarissa, former p:ano, choir practice), brady cranfield (womankind, former book of lists), and josh rose (robe & allied).
at around the same time as the completion of zero hour, amelia left the band to go to medical school in australia (med school again!), and david newberry and max boyle joined the band for some shows to promote the zero hour album. spencer rose left the band in september 2009 to focus on other projects and in october 2009, mouki k butt and stewart lampe joined the band as litterbug began to work on new material for a follow-up to zero hour.
in 2012, spring burke joined the band as a violinist, playing guitar, bass, keyboards and drums as well. mouki k butt retired. former member justin harder rejoined litterbug in late 2012 as the band wrote many new songs in preparation for the zero hour followup.
in february 2014, the band released stapler, a 15-track album of litterbug outtakes, rarities, and lost treasures. the album, which contained litterbug's first recorded track and outtakes from each of the three full-length albums, was met with a very positive reception. in september 2013, litterbug entered the studio to record songs for their next full-length album and an ep of cover songs, which are also both planned to be released in 2014.
in february 2014, the band released stapler, a 15-track album of litterbug outtakes, rarities, and lost treasures. the album, which contained litterbug's first recorded track and outtakes from each of the three full-length albums, was met with a very positive reception. in the fall of 2013, litterbug entered the studio to record songs for their next full-length album and an ep of cover songs. recordings finished in the spring of 2014 and then litterbug mixed and mastered the album in the fall of 2014. in february 2015, litterbug released the 16-track album the scent of new skins. a 5-song covers ep is planned for a release later in the year.
litterbug is also releasing several videos made in 2015. look for them on youtube: LitterbugNetwork.