NEW RELEASE FEBRUARY 2014: STAPLER
stapler is a full-length album of unreleased tracks from the vault. it consists of 15 lost litterbug classics, from zero hour outtakes, like i cry for murderers. plus, it includes all the songs richard thornley recorded with the band, past gems by amelia mori, and many of marc simao's favourite songs.
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.