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Saskatoon, SK, S7T 0L8
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With nods to influences like Fleetwood Mac, Metric, Fiona Apple and The White Stripes, TSM creates a fresh sound that warrants attention. Too Soon Monsoon’s debut full-length record, Waves, is a concept album, heavily influenced by the South Saskatchewan River running through their veins in Saskatoon. The record carries the listener on a journey of healing while the band discovers a deeper understanding of interconnectedness through love, loss, nature, art and spirit.
"...delivers a whirlwind of pop sensibilities that yearn for a deeper insight into the meaning of existence. On the band’s debut album, this Saskatoon three-piece aims to expand consciousness and gain deeper, internal knowledge while not succumbing to the pretentiousness usually found in metaphysical pop music. TSM have created a record that dares the listener to consider what existence truly means, while never failing to deliver on a catchy pop hook or danceable beat. Waves: We Provide What We Absorb, We Absorb What We Provide, is an album for a party that’s thrown to celebrate the end of existence." Cups n Cakes Network
The band is currently beginning to work on their follow-up record to 2019's full-length album - new music to be released soon, but not too soon. TSM had an exciting 2019, with the highlight being the release of Waves: we provide what we absorb, we absorb what we provide on May 3, 2019. The album was produced and mixed by Adam Grant: The Ghost of Adam J Productions (former bass player of One Bad Son) and mastered by Trevor Case: Case Mastering (Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott). Both Adam and Trevor worked on TSM’s 2017 EPs. The full-length album went on to be named the #9 Saskatchewan Album of 2019 by SaskMusic and a fan vote.
As a band that consists of an Indigenous drummer and a non-Indigenous vocalist, TSM is living their artistic goal: bring people closer together with music to better recognize our oneness. The band values the freedom they have as independent artists and want to use their privilege to create safe experiences, promote inclusion and celebrate the power of being true to yourself. The band strives to have anyone who comes to their shows or who listens to their music (especially youth) to feel validated, to feel heard and to feel supported to be themselves. Through their own experiences, TSM encourages others to feel comfortable expressing love (or any other emotions), to be open and accepting of change, to grow, to promote peace as opposed to conflict and to explore & be in awe of the wonders of life.
"If even just one ten year old kid listens to our music, or watches one of our performances, and has the confidence and support to know that it is okay to wear a wild costume, to express emotions, to get up on stage and dance & sing & drum & talk about love & nature & sadness, and not be embarrassed or fearful of what someone ‘cooler’ may say, then we know that our music and our art has been successful." - Greg
TSM have performed at Breakout West, SaskJazz Festival, Ness Creek, Winterruption, Big Winter Classic and opened for PVRIS, Mo Kenney, Busty and the Bass and Scenic Route to Alaska. TSM first performed the new album from front-to-back during a special sold-out 'album-preview' performance show at Winterruption 2019 in Saskatoon on January 26. This performance was also their debut performance as a three piece, with Declan Hills joining the band on guitar for 2019.
Too Soon Monsoon initially formed as a duo near the end of 2016 after Greg (vocals/keys) had posted a 'bandmate wanted' ad on Kijiji to which Nathan (drums) was quick to respond. As a duo, TSM released 2 EPs in the second half of 2017 (Little Fire and Side Effects). After recording the Waves album for the majority of 2018 as a duo, the band explored 2019 in a new form with Declan, embracing a new energy and live-sound. Too Soon Monsoon started 2020 with two exciting festival slots: Big Winter Classic (Calgary) and Winterruption (Edmonton). The spring of 2020 finds TSM releasing a double single: Stop The Cycle of Conflict featuring a remix to Cycle of Conflict feat. Eekwol and an acoustic guitar version of album closer, Energy in Motion....
March 18, 2021
TSM started 2020 with the excitement of a planned hometown headlining JUNOfest show, but like the rest of the world they suddenly had to adjust to an isolating and challenging new reality due to the global pandemic. “Be Easy” first became a thought a few weeks into quarantine while reflecting on the necessity to have compassion for yourself and others. The live-off-the-floor recording features passionate vocals, expressive piano and organ, grounding bass, and thunderous drums. “Be Easy” is a preview of Too Soon Monsoon’s powerful upcoming full-length album which was recorded over 3 consecutive days in an old converted church called The Sound Castle. It also happens to be the first release with new member, bassist Steve Adams - formerly of One Bad Son. The March 19 single “Be Easy” will be accompanied by a music video in April that uses footage from the recording session.
The new single “Be Easy” is bound to resonate with listeners after an especially challenging winter that found many people going inward. The relatable song touches on the emotional whirlwind of the past year: “I grow but then resort to old ways - when I’m stressed or tired I lose my will to change. Please be easy on me…” Building to an explosive ending, the band demonstrates the energy they are able to harness while playing together in a room.
Too Soon Monsoon recorded their sophomore album over three inspired days earlier in September, tracking new material for the first time live-off-the-loor in full band takes. The band received funding from the SK Arts Board to experiment with this new recording method and originally planned to only demo tracks and get a feel for this recording style in order to determine whether it would be suitable to use moving forward. The band immediately fell in love with this style of recording and felt like it allowed them to capture the chemistry and energy they have when they play on stage - taking them back to the sound of their early days jamming in a garage. TSM would play each song a few times and make note of their favourite take for mixing. Josh Palmer co-produced, mixed and mastered the songs and Christian Douglas engineered the recording. The upcoming album features very minimal overdubs: electric Hammond B3 organ/Leslie speaker combo and a few doubled vocals but the finished product is essentially what they were playing live as a band. Too Soon Monsoon is incredibly proud of this new music and plans to release additional singles before dropping the full album later in 2021.
April 29, 2019
Saskatoon alternative-pop band Too Soon Monsoon(TSM) is releasing their debut album, "Waves: We Provide What We Absorb, We Absorb What We Provide" on Friday, May 3. The album is influenced by the South Saskatchewan River flowing through their home in Saskatoon. "Waves" carries the listener on an emotional journey along with the band while speaking to universal themes like interconnectedness, growing up, love, loss and slowing down to appreciate and reconnect with nature, art and spirit. The album is produced, mixed and engineered by The Ghost of Adam J (Adam Grant) and mastered by Case Mastering (Trevor Case). The recording of this album was made possible with financial support from Creative Saskatchewan's Sound Recording Grant Program.
TSM initially formed as a duo near the end of 2016 and released two EPs, performed at Breakout West, Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Winterruption, Ness Creek Music Festival, Big Winter Classic and opened for PVRIS, Mo Kenney, Wide Mouth Mason, Yes We Mystic and Scenic Route to Alaska. Near the end of 2018, the piano/drum duo introduced new band member, guitarist Declan Hills, and began 2019 with a new energy and sound. Experience the new album live at Too Soon Monsoon's upcoming album release shows - check for details and ticket links below.
Fri May 3: Saskatoon at Capitol Music Club w/ Eekwol & T-Rhyme, Saul Chabot and S'Moore
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Sat May 4: Regina at The Club in The Exchange w/ Dead Levee and Dagan Harding Band
The band will continue into May and June playing shows across Alberta in support of the new album:
Fri May 10: Calgary at Broken City w/ Friends of Foes, Yvette, At Mission Dolores
Sat May 11: Banff at The Storm Cellar
Fri May 31: Edmonton at Station on Jasper
Fri Jun 7: Lethbridge at The Slice
Fri Jun 8: Red Deer at Bo's Bar and Stage
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Watch Too Soon Monsoon's latest music video for album track 'Point of It All' here
Waves: We Provide What We Absorb, We Absorb What We Provide (May 3, 2019)
2. Mountains of Blue
3. Strange Age
4. Stay Golden
5. Point of It All
6. Teal Mirror
7. Growing Up
10. The Walls (Pt. 1)
11. The Walls (Pt. 2)
12. The Walls (Pt. 3)
13. Cycle of Conflict (feat. Eekwol)
14. Energy in Motion
August 15, 2018
This September, Saskatoon based pop duo Too Soon Monsoon (TSM) is releasing the first tastes of new music from their upcoming debut full-length album. The two songs, "Ocean" and "Mountains of Blue" offer a preview of the direction that band is taking with this new album. The singles will be released to all streaming services while the band tours Western Canada in September. This new music was inspired by the band's journey through the Rocky Mountains last fall, so returning to these Mountains of Blue on their way to the Ocean during this tour will be extra special. These fall dates are in the lead-up to the band's Breakout West 2018 showcase performances.
TSM has been busy in the studio, recording this album once again with Adam Grant, who previously worked with the band on their two 2017 EPs (Side Effects, Little Fire). Too Soon Monsoon’s debut full-length record is a concept album that carries the listener on an emotional journey along with the band while speaking to universal themes like interconnectedness, growing up, love, seeking purpose and slowing down to appreciate and reconnect with yourself, one another, nature, art and spirit. Being a two-piece band that consists of an Indigenous drummer and a non-Indigenous singer/keyboardist, TSM’s goal is to create music and art that can bring people from different cultures and backgrounds closer together. The new album is scheduled to be released in Spring 2019.
September 2018 Dates:
Sept 1: Pretty in Punk Festival - Prince Albert, SK
Sept 7: Bohemia - Edmonton, AB
Sept 8: Koi - Calgary, AB
Sept 12: Capitol Music Club - Saskatoon, SK - supporting Scenic Route to Alaska w/ Smokekiller
Sept 13: The Storm Cellar - Banff, AB
Sept 16: LanaLou's - Vancouver, BC
Sept 18: The Roxy - Vancouver, BC
Sept 19: The Royal on Baker - Nelson, BC
Sept 21: The Grindhouse Cafe - Kamloops, BC
Sept 22: The Slice: Lethbridge, AB
photo and poster design by Kristen Torwalt
February 17, 2017
Too Soon Monsoon, a new Saskatoon duo, has released their first single and video for Wandering. Wandering is a reflective song about longing for purpose, going through the motions, wanting to do something but not really knowing how to or feeling afraid to take a needed leap or risk. The track's produced by Adam Grant, bassist of One Bad Son. Adam is currently working closely with the duo and producing their first EP, “Little Fire,” which came out July 7.
Wandering video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85HWTrQorH8
The track is available online wherever you stream or buy your music.
Here is a link to the song on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/toosoonmonsoon/wandering-too-soon-monsoon
The band is also a part of the 2017 CBC Searchlight contest, which features the video for Wandering.