By Alex HudsonVancouver's Bend Sinister released their last album, Stories of Brothers, Tales of Lovers, way back in 2008. Now, four years and a couple of EPs later, the prog pop outfit are ready to drop the follow-up. Small Fame is scheduled to arrive July 10 through File Under: Music, and you can stream the entire thing at Exclaim.ca.
Like this year's On My Mind EP, the full-length was produced by Shawn Cole (Yukon Blonde, You Say Party) at Mushroom and Fader Master studios in Vancouver. The 12-song collection includes a couple of the strongest tracks from that prior short-form release, along with a number of previously unheard songs.
According to a press release, these tunes find the band "[carrying] out their traditional brand of classic rock influenced song writing while maintaining a uniquely modern twist throughout the entire album." Influences apparently include far-flung acts like the Beach Boys, Iron Maiden and Hall and Oates.
Bend Sinister will celebrate the release of Small Fame with a July 19 show at Venue in Vancouver. They also have upcoming shows at Cactus Jack's in Kamloops, BC, on July 20 and Vancouver's Khatsalano Festival the day after that.