The Once along with the incomparable Daniel Ledwell traverse the gentle war between the heart and the head with sonic simplicity and harmonious ease on their latest release, We Win Some We Lose. It is a creation that is both epic and minute in it's scope and execution; it holds closely everything the band has been since its genesis while allowing serious strides forward in poetry and play. We Win Some We Lose explores the length of life in meek moments that mark the depths of gain within loss. It is an anthemic ode to the ‘good hurt.’ Lie down and listen.
The new EP will be released October 4th.
1. The Blood Inside Your Heart (For Olive) - 5:34
2. Gonna Get Good - 4:18
3. We Are Love - 4:19
4. Tell Me Something I Don’t Know - 5:10
5. Last Lemonade - 4:58
6. Last Lemonade [Live] - 5:30
7. The Blood Inside Your Heart (For Olive) [Live] - 4:25
*All songs written by The Once (Phil Churchill, Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale) except “We Are Love” and “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” co-written by The Once and Chris Kirby.
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Producer: Dan Ledwell
Oct 12–15 Celtic Colours Sydney, NS
Oct 16 Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre Windsor, NS
Oct 21 Arts & Culture Centre St. John's, NL
Oct 22 Arts & Culture Centre Gander, NL
Oct 23 Arts & Culture Centre Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
Oct 24 Arts & Culture Centre Stephenville, NL
Oct27 Fredericton Playhouse Fredericton, NB
Oct28 Imperial Theatre Saint John, NB
Oct 29 Riverview Arts Centre Riverview, NB
Oct 30 Arts & Culture Centre Corner Brook, NL
Nov 3 Centre in the Square Kitchener, ON
Nov 4 Peter's Players Gravenhurst, ON
Nov 5 Abbott Hall, Tamworth Legion Tamworth, Ontario
Nov 7 Sharbot Lake Country Inn Sharbot Lake, ON
Nov 9 The Burlington Performing Arts Centre Burlington, ON
Nov 10 The Living Arts Centre Mississauga, ON
Nov 11 Dalhousie Community Centre Calgary, AB
Nov 12 Nickelodeon Music Club Calgary, AB
Nov 13 Sundre Arts Centre Sundre, AB
Nov 26 Arts & Culture Centre Labrador West, NL
Nov 27 Lawrence O'Brien Arts Centre Happy Valley - Goose Bay, NL
Their fans have been waiting patiently for a year for new music, and with We Win Some We Lose The Once have delivered a deep, thoughtful and exciting new collection of songs.
A modern indie folk trio from Newfoundland, The Once has collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, numerous ECMA awards, was named Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council. They have earned not one, but two JUNO nominations for best Roots/Traditional album, the most recent in acknowledgement of Departures (2014). While originally known for its haunting interpretations of traditional music, The Once has at long last uncovered a sound that truly represents their inner artistry.
“I think we finally know what The Once sounds like,” says Phil Churchill, “and with that knowledge comes a freedom we would not let ourselves have before.” The Once’s newest EP, We Win Some We Lose, perfectly encapsulates the trio’s newfound artistic freedom and songwriting voice.
With their folk roots still firmly in hand, Phil, Geri, and Andrew have embraced a distinctly modern sound by the inclusion of drums and percussion, electric guitars, and sweeping keyboards. CBC’s Jeff Rielly says We Win Some We Lose “leaves [him] in a perpetual state of wistful, anthemic longing. An innocence that nevertheless leaves [him] with the sense that we are flirting with tragedy.” Lyrically, The Once’s newest collection of songs encompasses an arresting sense of loss, emphasized musically by Geraldine’s bewitching delivery of beautifully haunting melodies. The first single, “We Are Love,” offers a ray of hope amidst an otherwise provocative and emotive musical anthology.
The group formed out of pressure and necessity when working at a summer theatre festival in the tiny ex-fishing village of Trinity, Newfoundland nearly 10 years ago. In the Newfoundland vernacular 'the once' means 'imminently, but not necessarily so.' Phil, Geri, and Andrew wanted something that would embody who they are, where they come from, and would illicit a smirk and a nod amongst Newfoundlanders back home, but would forever require an explanation elsewhere.
The Once’s first album actually came about due to a stroke of serendipity, when a stranger at a show was so impressed that he offered them $5000 to record an album. Their award-winning self-titled debut was eventually released by the Canadian label Borealis Records, as was its follow-up Row Upon Row Of The People They Know, for which they received their first JUNO nomination.
In 2013 another chance encounter, this time at a Glasgow festival, lead to a collaboration and friendship with Mike Rosenberg, a.k.a. Passenger. Hot on the heels of his worldwide #1 hit, 'Let Her Go', Rosenberg invited The Once to sing on both of his recent albums – including his current #1 album, Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea – and together they have performed all over the world. In 2014 the band released the album Departures worldwide to great critical acclaim, leading to multiple awards, including another coveted JUNO nomination.
With the release of the EP, We Win Some We Lose, The Once enters a new era, with new sounds, new styles and new ideas. The whirlwind of the past few years has honed their sound and creativity, and having found their voice, the band is looking firmly ahead.