Founded in 2000 and disbanded in 2011, The Stills was a Canadian rock group from Montreal, Quebec. Tim Fletcher, the band’s lead singer and guitarist, guitarist Gregory Paquet, bassist Olivier Corbeil, and drummer Dave Hamelin made up the group’s original line-up. Prior to joining the Stills, the band members played in a number of bands, including Chinatown, Amentum, and The Undercovers. They had known each other since they were 12 years old.
The band’s debut album and EP, both of which were produced by Gus Van Go, were both released on June 17, 2003, on Vice Records (and 679 Recordings in the UK). The tracks “Lola Stars and Stripes,” “Changes Are No Good,” and “Still in Love Song” were featured on the album Logic Will Break Your Heart, which was made available in North America on October 21, 2003, and the UK on February 23, 2004. Liam O’Neil, a keyboardist, contributed to a number of the album’s songs. AllMusic praised the album’s “brooding post-punk soundscapes and art rock swagger” and noted comparisons to Interpol and Echo & the Bunnymen.
When Paquet departed the group in 2005 to complete his education, Hamelin switched to the guitar and shared lead vocal duties with Fletcher. O’Neil became a full-time keyboardist for the group, while Julien Blais joined as the drummer.
Without Feathers, the second album by The Stills, was released on Vice Records on May 9, 2006. (and in the UK by Drowned in Sound Recordings). It was once more produced by Van Go, and it signalled a clear departure in style from the post-punk revivalism of the debut’s 1980s influences to a cheerier, more Americana-oriented sound that Pitchfork called “cheerful and sincere.” Sam Roberts, Emily Haines (Metric), and Jason Collett made cameo appearances (Broken Social Scene). On the band’s 2007 spring UK tour, they served as Kings of Leon’s opening act.
For the release of their third album, Oceans Will Rise, which was released on August 19, 2008, they signed with Arts & Crafts. The album, according to critics, “reconciled the open-hearted earthiness of their sophomore effort with the mannered 1980s sound that first gained them known.”
The Stills opened for Paul McCartney on July 20, 2008, in Quebec City, which was celebrating its 400th year. They performed at Nathan Phillips Square on February 7, 2009 as a part of Toronto’s WinterCity Festival, and they once more accompanied Kings of Leon on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in March 2009.
The Stills won two Juno Awards (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys) on March 28, 2009, for their album Oceans Will Rise in the categories of Best New Group and Best Alternative Album. The band announced Paquet’s re-entry and Hamelin’s return to the drum kit on April 29, 2010. The Stills made an official disbandment announcement on their website on April 15, 2011.
The band Eight and a Half was founded in 2009 by Hamelin, O’Neil, and Broken Social Scene drummer Justin Peroff. In 2012, they released their self-titled debut. O’Neil is associated with the hip-hop group Da Gryptions and performed a number of instruments on Kings of Leon’s 2010 album Come Around Sundown.
Fletcher played guitar for the Canadian rapper k-os and sang backup vocals on the Sam Roberts Band’s 2014 album Lo-Fantasy. After that, Fletcher co-founded Megative with dancehall musician Screechy Dan, former Stills producer Gus Van Go, songwriting team Like Minds (Jesse Singer and Chris Soper), and producer Gus Van Go. The group made their debut in 2017 with the single “More Time.” On July 27th, 2018, Megative released their self-titled debut album on Last Gang Records.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Still’S Best Song?
The Still’s best song is “In the meantime.” It is a beautiful ballad with amazing lyrics that will touch your heart. The song is about a couple who is going through a tough time and they are trying to hold on to their love. This song is the perfect way to show someone how much you care about them.
What Is Genre Of The Stills?
The Stills are a Canadian indie rock band from Montreal, Quebec. Their musical style has been variously described as “indie rock”, “garage rock”, or “post-punk revival”.
What Famous Songs Did The Stills Write?
The Stills are best known for their hit single “Still in Love Song”, which was a top 10 hit in the UK and Ireland. They also wrote and performed the theme song for the popular TV show “Friends”. Other well-known songs written by The Stills include “All I Wanna Do” and “Dream On”.
Who Originally Wrote The Stills Song?
The Stills song was originally written by Tim Hardin.