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All the Stars & Elements, This Ship’s latest, offers a little bit of everything.

click to enlarge This Ship exemplify perseverance. - MICHAEL UNRAU
  • This Ship exemplify perseverance.
  • Michael Unrau

Since forming in 2011, Halifax-based indie group This Ship has been increasingly gaining speed and turning heads. One reason for this could be the band's kitchen sink approach, where tambourine breakdowns, gang singing, handclaps, keytar solos, heavy riffs and dance beats offer a little something for everyone.

Such variety is on full display on This Ship's

All the Stars & Elements, out June 22. The record contains only five songs, but it runs just as long as most LPs. Because of limited studio time, however, the inclusion of some these tracks came down to the wire.

"There was certainly an element of danger in the recordings. Some of the songs didn't really come together until our time was almost up, and a lot of the production happened in the studio," says vocalist/guitarist Bethany Fulde. "I think we were all afraid that if we didn't record soon and get these songs out, we'd stagnate creatively."

Fulde says the band succeeded despite the pressure by alternating between various production techniques, by finding inspiration in unusual instruments and by generally persevering. She cites the recording of the seven-minute "The City" as an example of this endurance.

"We'd only just finished writing a month before, we laid down all the tracks, and the ending just wasn't there," she says. "But we seemed to feed off that panicked energy and surprised ourselves with the results. Everyone just piled on and it felt great."

The band is currently on a 17-day eastern Canada tour that will culminate with the release party at Michael's on June 22. For Fulde, the LP signifies growth and progression. "You learn a lot about each other's creative processes when you record an album together," she says. "We hope that it shows through our songwriting, recordings and live show, and that we continue to grow as a band, as musicians, and as performers." —JL

This Ship

w/The Lucy Grays, Floodland

Saturday, June 22, 10pm, $8

Michael's Bar and Grill, 6100 Young Street


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