By Alex HudsonBack in the spring, Montreal rockers the Stills decided to call it quits after a celebrated decade-long career. Now, just a few months later, band members Dave Hamelin and Liam O'Neil have started a new project with Broken Social Scene drummer Justin Peroff. The trio are called Eight and a Half and they have an album on the way.
In the new band, Hamelin will play guitar and O'Neil will handle synths. Peroff told AUX, "We started making music long before the Stills broke up. And [the breakup] just sort of excelled the completion, because the Stills weren't writing in the studio. They weren't active at all. Dave moved to Toronto, so that made things easier, and Liam was in Toronto helping to engineer the new Metric record. So we were all in Toronto at the same time."
The musicians' proximity led to them self-producing an album at Toronto's Giant Studio. So what do the new tunes sound like? "I don't know, to be quite honest with you," admitted Peroff. "It's not even really rock'n'roll. It's got rock sensibilities, it's got pop sensibilities. It's very synth driven, but not in a 2007 electro way. It's pretty heavy."
The as-yet-untitled collection is being mixed by Grammy-nominated studio guru John O'Mahony (Coldplay, Metric). Expect it to come out early next year via Arts & Crafts.