New release from The Houses was a local collaborative effort

Welcome to Kitimat is a six-track EP released by The Houses (Where We Grew Up) in collaboration with local record label Divine Bovine

An upcoming album release from Kamloops band The Houses (Where We Grew Up) has folded other local talent into the mix.

Welcome to Kitimat is a six-track EP being released in collaboration with Divine Bovine, a local label that has brought recording space, distribution and other talents to the table.

article continues below

Divine Bovine's Emilio Pagnotta of Mother Sun and Echo Beach, among other projects, hosted the band at his studio. He also mixed the record, made his own musical contributions and created the video for the album's first single, Memphis.

Something new on this album for The Houses is the inclusion of four other collaborators, including Pagnotta and his two other Mother Sun bandmates Alex Ward and Jared Doherty, along with Lacee Smith.

"It's not something we've really done before," said The Houses drummer and keys player Sean Schneider.

Schneider said working with Divine Bovine brought a real communal feel to making music, and he plans on further collaborations following this experience.

"Really, by collaborating with people you realize how important it is in the music scene to support each other and work together," he said.

The album has been in the works for the past two and a half years and is based on themes by The Houses' other member, Rob Wikstrom.

Schneider said Wikstrom's upbringing in Kitimat inspired the record, which is a "a combination of fact and fiction," that works through some darker topics on the emotional side of things.

"With this one, since it's a lot more raw on the emotional side of things, not having the big Vancouver studio polish on it was something we thought we could do," Schneider said.

The band was originally planning for a full-length follow-up to its first LP release, Dying (2019), but the pandemic got in the way.

Schneider said without being able to travel, the duo wanted to produce something more shorter ahead of getting back on the road.

That full-length album is already written, according to Schneider, and is something the band plans to pursue after it can return to live shows.

As part of the album's release on June 25, Schneider said a pre-recorded performance or live stream is in the works, but might not happen until after that date. Updates will be posted to the band's social media pages and the album will be available on all major streaming services.

© Kamloops This Week



Question of the Week POLL

Do you think the provincial government waited too long to declare a state of emergency in response to the wildfires?

or  view results

Popular Kamloops This Week

Events Calendar

Help Us Help Kamloops. Support Local Media.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kamloops This Week is now soliciting donations from readers. This program is designed to support our local journalism in a time where our advertisers are unable to due to their own economic constraints. Kamloops This Week has always been a free product and will continue to be free. This is a means for those who can afford to support local media to help ensure those who can’t afford to can get access to trusted local information. You can make a one-time or a monthly donation of any amount and cancel at any time .

NEW: For every donation of $25 or greater, we will offer a digital advertising package to the local non-profit group of your choice.

Click on for more information or to make your donation.

Thank you in advance for your support.