Toronto alt-rock darlings, Birds of Bellwoods (Stevie Joffe, Adrian Morningstar, Chris Blades and Kintaro Akiyama), are thrilled to share their first new music of 2020, with the emotive and heartswelling song, Pinebox. An anthem for looking inward and letting go of the past, Pinebox is the first new music from the band since their stellar cross-Canada arena tour last fall with Rock The Rink. Have a listen here and check out the band’s socials for the Pinebox Challenge.
“Pinebox is an invitation to look yourself in the eyes, let go of who you have been, and move forward. It is a song about self-reflection in a time of stasis, and releasing the weight we carry with us from our early years,” the band reflects. “There is a mourning to it, but through that an explosion into hope. This track is also the first we’ve ever produced entirely ourselves, something we were always scared to do. We hope it can act as somewhat of a torch in the darkness. What can you forgive today, and what new world can that forgiveness lead you to?”
Pinebox began its creative roots about a year ago, but production was halted during the height of isolation in Toronto. Written, performed and produced by Birds of Bellwoods, the track was mixed by Howie Beck (Feist, Barenaked Ladies, Charlotte Day Wilson) and mastered by Noah Mintz. The track features additional instrumentation by Dylan Gowan, Alejandro Valdepenas, Josue Valdepenas, Jesse Morrison, Raha Javanfar.
Birds of Bellwoods made waves in 2018 with the release of their critically-acclaimed debut LP, Victoria. Birds of Bellwoods have wasted little time making an indelible mark on Canada’s musical landscape, with much of the attention to come their way stemming from their highly energetic and engaging live performances.
Their highly-anticipated debut album, Victoria, was released in 2018, with the lead single, Let You Go, spending over 30 weeks in the Top 40 at Alternative Radio in Canada, hit #1 on SiriusXM’s The Verge chart, and was featured as CBC’s Song Of The Week.Their album Victoria has amassed over two million streams on Spotify alone, and hasbeen featured on numerous Spotify and Apple Music Playlists, including Viral Hits Canada, Indie All Stars, Best Of The Week, and Breaking Rock.
The band has crossed North America on numerous dates, including a slew of high-profile Canadian music festivals, from CMW and NXNE to country juggernaut Boots & Hearts to the tastemaking haven of Osheaga. That’s in addition to packed shows supporting the likes of Arkells, Wintersleep, Virginia to Vegas and Scott Helman to name a few. In 2019, the band hit the road with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s Rock The Rink Tour as the production’s special live musical act.