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10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Sam Hill of The Everywheres

Posted on May 8th, 2020

In case you missed it, our little label is turning 10 years old this year. To celebrate our anniversary, we're rolling out a monthly series of features on some Father/Daughter artists. They'll tell us who they are, give us a look into the making of their record, what they've been up to since, and even put together a playlist for us to soundtrack this 10 year anniversary party with. Our fourth entry in the series goes back to 2013. Get some insight into the origin story of The Everywheres (Sam Hill) and his record, The Everywheres. Listen to the hand-curated mix from Sam, here.

Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Sam (The Everywheres): I hadn't heard of label when i first heard from Jessi. It was probably almost 8 years ago and I had just stopped playing with my first band. It was an exciting attempt with old friends but I didn't know how to write songs back then. Anyway, a girl in LA named Jennifer Graciano who is great (and I once in a blue moon still say hey to) had a music blog that I actually can't remember the name of. She had posted a few songs by my first band Spooky Campers. I'd been living in Halifax with my partner Shannon at the time who was our first bassist, and was recording a few songs on my own in the basement office room. I sent them once to Jennifer and she threw it online. By some insane instance of chance Jessi happened upon it and liked it enough to try and get in touch with me. It was surreal. I remember speaking on the phone with Jessi a few times and remember it being semi surreal that a real honest record label would want to put my music out. Breaking into the small scene that we had here at the time seemed like big enough a challenge on its own but it really pushed me to be brave so to speak. She sent me a few records they put out that I still have, Pure Bathing Culture, Mutual Benefit and a 7" by a band I think was called Family Trees that I absolutely loved. Obviously I said yes I'd love to put a record out and I finished the first lo-fi, strange days, learning as I went along record. I could be wrong but I think my record was the first full length, which is truly an honor considering who has come next. To be somehow linked to those artists is humbling. On a side note, I actually travelled to San Francisco a few months before the album was released and stayed with Jessi and David in San Francisco. I was younger and still figuring things out but they were the most gracious hosts. The kinda folks who can immediately put you at ease and make you feel like family. Father/Daughter/Son/Brother/Sister/Mother records.

F/D: How'd you meet the rest of your bandmates?

Sam: We've had many bandmates and forms through the years but there is definitely still what I would call a "core group". But I guess even the folks that gave their time to only fill in or play a few shows with us I remember very fondly, (shout out to Noah Dalton, that Menz and Mollyz show where he parted the crowd, of York Redoubt Fame). Shannon who I mentioned earlier was my partner for nearly two years and we were living together for the entirety of the writing and recording of the album. She sang on a few tracks and you can easily pick her out. Her encouragement saw me through more than probably 2 moments of self doubt. So Shannon was friends with Nick Hanlon and Curtis Rothney. They had lived next door to each other and those two were what you would call young and beautiful boys who skateboarded. They had been playing guitar and drums respectively for a couple months each, not long at all but we decided to jam. We might not have sounded complicated but right from the start we knew how to play with each other. They felt like family pretty quickly. Anyway I can't go on about every story and member of the band because no one cares and I don't want to type that long. Brian played drums a lot. He is the best drummer in the world and he played on Dignity Fever and our live tape. Adam is the best bassist in the world and he's been with me through thick and thin. Rilla played the piano for us and she really is closer than family at this point. Bianca I don't see so much anymore but she was a brilliant drummer and the funnest person to tour with. Seamus, or Zuul if you want to call him that. Love him too.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments?

Sam:The recording process back then, especially compared to now, was ridiculous. I'd imprison myself in my basement if I caught myself recording like that now. I had a slow computer and a very basic Tascam four track. It was all overdubs and drum loops. Driving the tape, driving the computer. The record obviously in retrospect I would change but it caught a time and it caught a moment in my development as a recording enthusiast and as a songwriter and I'm proud of it. But yep. it was basic, not secrets there just pressing buttons.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

Sam: Favorite releases so far... that is difficult. As I said, that first 7 inch Jessi sent me by Family Trees, there is a song on it called Dream Talkin that I'm still in love with till this day. Shame, I wish they woulda recorded more songs. Wonder what they're up to now. I don't keep up with music so well unless its something I'm obsessed with but there are a few. It was really cool to see Partner who are from Sackville, New Brunswick, only a couple of hours from here in Halifax, put a record out with F/D. Those two have been playing in incredible bands keeping that incredible small town scene going for a long time and I was glad to see them spread to the world at large. Vagabon, Mutual Benefit, etc. The folks at the label just know how to find genuine people making genuine music. Its refreshing.

F/D: What've you been up to since?

Sam: Been up to a lot and a little since. Won't get into all of it. I've been working on a new album for a few years and it's the best thing I've ever done. It's the first one I've done the drums for too. It's back to being like the first album, all me mostly, though Robert Loveless who is a brilliant musician and my roommate and brother will be on a few tracks. It will be a record thats worth it, hopefully Father Daughter will love it enough to put it out post COVID, post recession, post everything. But anyway, yeah, what have you been up to in the past 8 years?