It’s been quite a few years since Tilda was formed in a sweaty storage closet in a warehouse loft in downtown Toronto. Back then the task for Michael Peterson and Andrew Long was simple: collaborate, write, record, repeat. Then life happens.
Fast forward to a dreary Ottawa February in 2012. Michael branched out from his then band, The Flats, to create a solo project under the name Tilda. It accidentally became a band.
Michael and Andrew with Nicolas Dyson, Tom Thompson, Brennan Pilkington, with a smattering of other guest appearances, hunker down at Michael's basement studio to recorded and then release ’Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor’ on their own label Random Orbit Records. They dub the album a ‘song story’ centered around a fictitious WW2 Pilot who has to bail out of his bomber over the ocean only to bob along the surface, awaiting potential rescue.
Tilda hit the road late spring 2013 and completed a series of short, successful record release tours. There have been a smattering of gigs over this winter and more coming this spring, with an East Coast Summer Tour in the works.
In the mean time, its down to the basement then off to Belmont Lake Sessions in Peterborough to begin pre-production for the next record.
"If TILDA weren't completely satisfied to rather quietly release albums in between bouts of "real life" this band would surely be in the ears of indie-folk lovers across the nation. In a music scape too often leaning toward quirk, Michael Peterson's often-hushed velvet voice feeds us smart lyrics while his bandmates' experience delicately elevates the story-songs with gentle panache. The trumpet is a lovely back-up vocalist on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor." - Amanda Putz, host & producer of CBC Radio One's Bandwidth June 2013
Michael Peterson Vocals, Guitars
Andrew Long Vocals,Bass
Brennan Pilkingtone Vocals, Drums
Nicholas Dyson Trumpet
Tom Thompson Electric Guitar