Press Release from Mint Records - The Buttless Chaps wrap it up in 2009
After 10 years, 6 albums and countless tours, The Buttless Chaps have decided to part ways. No hard feelings exist amongst band members, just a feeling that it is time to move on to new musical projects and that the band has creatively run its course. The most recent incarnation of the band featured Dave Gowans on vocals, guitar and banjo, Morgan McDonald on keyboards, Lasse Lutick on guitar and synthesizer, Dan Gaucher on drums, and Ida Nilsen on vocals, accordion, synthesizer and euphonium. Mint Records released their final album in 2008 titled Cartography. Original drummer Torben Wilson left the band a few years prior to these last recording sessions.
The Chaps have been known for their vibrant, eclectic live shows and a fearlessness with experimenting in the studio, always exploring many different muscial genres within their compositions. Over the years the band had several notable highlights, touring with acts such as The Rheostatics & The Handsome Family, and having several concerts and sessions recorded by CBC Radio. One session titled CBC Radio 3 Sessions was released digitally last year and featured contributions from Jesse Zubot (violin) and Peggy Lee (cello).
Some members will continue with their other projects; Great Aunt Ida, Fond of Tigers & Bad Human all have recording plans in the works and lead singer Gowans will be finishing a record this spring with new act Cloudsplitter. The band also features Nilsen and Zubot, and will likely perform select concerts.
Mint Records is proud to have released four recordings by the Chaps, 2003's Love This Time, 2005's Where Night Holds Light and last year's Cartography, and CBC Radio 3 Sessions.
Thanks to family, friends and fans for all their support over the years! - The Buttless Chaps
Watch a version of the Song "Complications May Arise" Filmed Live at the Drake In Toronto by Zunior TV
News October 14th, 2008 - Purchase Cartography on Cd, LP or itunes!
News August 7th, 2008 - Fall Tour Dates Announced More on the way!
Cartography is set to be released by Mint Records Oct 14th on CD & Vinyl (with digital download). We are excited to be making plans to head out on the road in October, check out the tour dates as they are booked here.
Listen to our 10th anniversary show on CBC Concerts On Demand!
On April 15th 2008 we did a show at The Biltmore in Vancouver B.C. joined by some very special guests. The CBC was in attendance & recorded the evening. You can listen to the concert here. This recording includes a bunch of new songs from our upcoming album titled "Cartography".
CBC Radio 3 Sessions now available on I-tunes for purchase!
More info and how to buy a copy can be found here.
Check out the videos for "In My Fingertips" & "Caboose" live at the 2007 Mint Records X-mas party shows (Filmed by Andrew Pearson).
Listen to our CBC Radio 3 Session
A while back the chaps recorded a 6 song session in the CBC Radio 3 Studios. Joining us for the session were some special guests , Jesse Zubot on Violin & Peggy Lee on Cello. The session features a cover of the song "The Killing Moon" originally recorded by Echo and The Bunnymen. Click here.
to listen & check out the photos!
CBC & New Music Canada picks Master And Commander as a Track Of The Day ..
This February Dave & Lasse purchased an indie record shop in Vancouver called Red Cat Records. We had a small party to unveil some new store fixtures, a new layout some other suprises (such as a keg of beer.) A little while later a small article and the song "Master And Commander" appeared as the song of the day on New Music Canada. If you want to check it out it can be found here.. If you are in Vancouver, come check out the store and say hello !
Updated digital links & mail order info now available in the music section
Interested in purchasing a Buttless Chaps cd by mailorder or by download? Links to mail order retailers and digital sites where you can preview songs such as Zunior, i-tunes and E music can be found here. Thanks for listening!
Watch the music video for Where Night Holds Light!