Sills & Smith is an independent, alternative folk/rock band based in Ottawa, Canada. The group includes core members Jeremy Sills and Frank Smith. With three previous, critically acclaimed, independent alternative rock albums stoking the creative fire, Sills & Smith release their fourth, and most accomplished studio album of originals to date entitled "Etched" on August 7, 2014. Etched is a powerful, melodic, 13 track musical and lyrical adventure.
The new full-length recording explores the human experience and social justice issues to a hard driving, guitar-based sound. The music is a genre bending and blending stew that touches on folk, alternative rock and progressive rock styles. Produced and recorded by the legendary Phillip Victor Bova at Bova Sound in Ottawa, Etched features an all-star cast of great players: Phil Bova (bass), T Bruce Wittet (drums), Kevin Breit (guitars, mandolin), Don Wallace (guitars), Roddy Ellias (guitars), Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello). Jeremy Sills plays acoustic guitars, piano and crystal bowls. All songs on Etched were composed by Frank Smith and Jeremy Sills -- Words and Music - Frank Smith; Music - Jeremy Sills. Both Sills and Smith handle vocals on the disc.
The band's first three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: The Glorious Ache (2013), No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011) were recorded and produced by the immensely talented Jonathan Edwards. All are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.
The music of Sills and Smith has met with rave reviews in respected music journals including: Cashbox Canada Magazine, Sea of Tranquility and Snob's Music. Both Uncertain Vista and No Way In, No Way Out were lauded for excellence, making Snob's Music's Best of 2011 and Best of 2012 lists respectively. The band is known for its distinctive sound, an adventurous musical palette that is equal parts folk, progressive rock and alternative rock.