Their story begins 10 years ago, when matt brown and anna-lynne williams were teenagers growing up in Southern California, met through mutual friends and began working together to create what would eventually become, with the help of ross simonini and drummer jamie williams, the distinct sound of trespassers william.
trespassers william became a presence in the North American music scene when their second studio album, different stars, was re-released by Nettwerk Music Group worldwide in 2004. Called "Gently mesmerizing...haunting" by NME, different stars hinted at influences of ambient, folk and shoegaze, and established the band as subtle nuanced songwriters.
The Tear Garden is a psychedelic/gothic/electronic band, formed by Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy in 1985 after Key served Ka-Spel on tour in Canada as a sound engineer. The Tear Garden was released that same year, with Dave Ogilvie producing.
The group reconvened in 1987 to release Tired Eyes Slowly Burning with contributions from the other members of Skinny Puppy to a limited degree of success. Members of the Legendary Pink Dots would henceforth contribute to Tear Garden and in 1992 they released the full-length album Last Man to Fly. Another EP, Sheila Liked The Rodeo, much of which was live studio improvisation was accompanied by a video (directed by William Morrison) of the title track in 1993.
First impressions can be deceiving. A quick glance at the title of Vancouver's Rose Chronicles' new disc Happily Ever After might generate images of softness and safety. Add to that equation the sweet soprano created by vocalist Kristy Thirsk, surround her with the lushness of Richard Maranda's ethereal guitar wizardry and the textured allure is obvious. But the true beauty to Happily Ever After exists within the disc's many layers; from the driving rhythms of the opener, "Bruise" to its emotionally-charged closing track "Lovely Psycho", Happily Ever After overflows with trademark Chronicle touches: soaring melodies, lyrical catharsis and epic soundscapes.