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Downloadable bio and press kit

Downloadable press kit for Where Night Holds Light.

Here is a downloadable press kit for Love This Time. You can also download this kit along with some hi-res press photos from our Mint Records media page.

An EPK version of some of the information on this page:

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For press reviews of our albums, please visit the music page - thanks!

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THE BUTTLESS CHAPS are a five-piece act based in Vancouver, Canada. Formed in 1998 in Victoria, the Chaps made the leap to the mainland in order to reach a wider audience. Since their inception the Chaps have played for audiences across the continent and have created five studio albums demonstrating increasing breadth and artistry every time. All songwriting is done as a collaborative effort and, according to Mike Usinger (Georgia Straight), the result is “fiercely original, often breathtaking stuff.”

The principle tenets of the band have been to have fun and to place absolutely no limits on their musical wanderings. The result is an imaginative and seamless journey from traditional country to new wave to punk, performed without irony or pretense. The honest enjoyment the Chaps get from playing their music is evident in their eclectic and vibrant live shows. The band projects an infectious energy, leading Michael Barclay (Exclaim) to write: “with their individual musical skill and combined charisma, one gets the impression that The Buttless Chaps could do just about anything.”

The Chaps have twice performed live sets on the CBC radio show Radio Sonic, and have been interviewed and filmed live on MuchMusic. Their third studio album Death Scenes I II III reached the top ten on the nationwide in September 2001. The band signed a licensing deal with Vancouver independent label Mint Records to release their latest album Love This Time in September 2003. The record has earned high praise including several five-star reviews, charted on both Earshot! and Chart magazine in Canada for four months, and is currently breaking into the US and UK. The band made their US debut in January 2004 touring from San Diego to Seattle with The Handsome Family. They returned to the US in March with Mint labelmates The Gay on a journey to SXSW in Austin, Texas.

“The Chaps mix 'n' match the bits and pieces and tinker to their hearts' content. The results are sublime.” – George Zahora (Splendid) reviewing Love This Time. In 2005 The Buttless Chaps put the finishing touches on their latest studio effort "Where Night Holds Light" which is was released February 21st on Mint Records. A western Canadian tour was completed in November 2005, and a tour supporting The Rheostatics in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Toronto. March and April of this year was spent supporting the new release in Canada, and and the west coast of the USA. Some highlights from the year included collaborative performances with The Rheostatics, Ford Pier & Oh Susanna and a performance at The Vancouver East Cultural center with Veda Hille & members of The Hard Rubber Orchestra. The Chaps also shot a video for the song "Where Night Holds Light" filmed on beautiful Uncha Lake near Burns Lake in Northern B.C. (Where two band members hail from.) The band appeared at CMW in 2007 and also completed yet another tour of Western Canada in support of the record.

April 1st, 2008 saw the release of CBC Radio 3 Sessions, a digital only release coinciding with the bands 10th anniversary show April 4th in Vancouver B.C. Cbc Radio 3 Sessions features re-interpretations of songs from The Chaps catalogue with the addition of Jesse Zubot (Violin) and Peggy Lee (Cello). October 2008 saw the release of the band's sixth studio recording "Cartography". The Buttless Chaps once again toured Canada, highlighted by appearances at Pop Montreal & the Western Canadian Music Awards. 2009 plans include working on some new material and a confirmed appearance at the Dawson City Music festival in July.

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  • Dave Gowans - vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, air raid siren, recorder, Casio
  • Lasse Lutick - electric guitar, lap steel, synthesizers, banjo
  • Morgan McDonald - keyboards & synthesizers
  • Ida Nilsen - vocals, accordion, keyboards, euphonium
  • Dan Gaucher - drums
  • Torben Wilson - drums & pads

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