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This Montreal-based quartet has struggled with their identity. Young and impressionable, with their 2003 debut album, Logic Will Break Your Heart, they loved Joy Division. For album two, 2006’s Without Feathers, they reached towards roots-oriented heartland rock. In 2008, the Stills channel U2 and the grandiose anthems and aural caverns that come with a band looking to get out the message. Which is, as the title of their 2008 album implies, about climate change. “Snow In California” uses tricky electronics and earnest wailing against this man-instigated onslaught, while “Snakecharming the Masses” wraps itself in a molten-guitar-heavy grind that works up against the otherworldly vocal chants to create a tense and disorienting atmosphere. With such grandiosity abounding, “Panic” lopes with an agreeably pulled back attack that recalls the easeful melodies of Travis. “Being Here” serves as a welcomed modest stroke that pushes forth with a simple guitar attack, a seductive keyboard break and a firm vocal hook from singer Tim Fletcher that makes the strongest statement of all.


Formed: 2000 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The Stills only bore scant similarities to Interpol, but like those suit-wearing New Yorkers, the Stills launched their career with a stately post-punk sound inspired by the likes of Echo & the Bunnymen and Joy Division. Having known one another since the age of 12, the band's founding members -- vocalist Tim Fletcher, drummer Dave Hamelin, guitarist Greg Paquet, and bassist Oliver Crowe -- played in various bands before forming the Stills in 2000. Two years later, they temporarily left their native...
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