The Spill Canvas

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The Spill Canvas
Origin Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Genres Emo,[1] acoustic, indie
Years active 2002–Present [2][3]
Labels Reprise Records
Members Nick Thomas
Joe Beck
Dan Ludeman
Landon Heil
Past members Ross Wheeler
Brandon Aegerter
Scott McGuire

The Spill Canvas is an American alternative acoustic band from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


The Spill Canvas started as a side project for lead singer, Nick Thomas, who at the time, was guitarist and backup vocalist for Metalcore outfit Nodes of Ranvier . As time passed, Thomas resigned from Nodes, and went full-time with The Spill Canvas. The band's first widespread album, Sunsets and Car Crashes, which was written, produced, and performed by Thomas, was released by 111 Records on April 20, 2004. Thomas was joined by members Joe Beck, Ross Wheeler, and Brandon Aegerter shortly after the release of One Fell Swoop. Wheeler and Aegerter left the group and were replaced by Scott McGuire and Dan Ludeman. The four members collectively wrote what would be The Spill Canvas' second album, One Fell Swoop. The album was released on August 9, 2005.

On their official page in late 2006, the band announced a change of label through a news post by bassist Scott McGuire; "Also, did I mention that there is a new record label in the picture? That's right, we have signed to Sire Records."

In early 2007, McGuire declared that he was no longer a part of the band, stating, "The Spill Canvas has decided in order to make music to its fullest potential, they must do so without me." There is still much speculation as to whether he was kicked out of the band or if he decided to leave, but it is known that Thomas and McGuire did not get along[citation needed]. The temporary replacement for McGuire was Landon Heil, the guitarist of another band known as The Glass Atlantic. He is now a permanent member of the band.

On May 1, 2007, the band released an EP entitled Denial Feels So Good, to hold their fans over until their new album arrived. The EP consisted of three original songs and two covers. Marc Sheaffer, a keyboardist from Sioux Falls, played keyboards on "Gold Dust Woman". Following the release of the EP, the band played on the entire 2007 Warped Tour, promoting the release of their third album No Really, I'm Fine. The new album was recorded in March and April 2007, and in Alternative Press Issue 229, it was confirmed that Anthony Green of Circa Survive and Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin would be guests on the new album. Anthony Green sang backup vocals on the song "Bleed, Everyone's Doing It", and Andrew McMahon played keyboards in the re-recorded version of the song "Saved", a song originally recorded for the soundtrack of the motion picture, Superman Returns.

On July 26, 2007, No Really, I'm Fine was rumored to be the title of the upcoming album.[4] This agreement lasted for two years. Soon after, however, websites such as and Best Buy, had listed the new album with the title Conduit. On August 28, 2007, the band posted a Myspace bulletin stating that the album was going to be titled No Really, I'm Fine. The album was released under this title on October 2, 2007, although it was leaked on the internet a few days earlier.

The band went on a Fall tour across North America in the Fall of 2007, named "All Your Favorite Spots". The tour was supported by Meg & Dia, Playradioplay!, and Treaty of Paris. On January 23, 2008, it was confirmed on Yellowcard's official MySpace that The Spill Canvas would be touring with them in a spring acoustic tour. In February 2008, they headed to Europe with Plain White T's and The Fold. This past summer, The Spill Canvas headlined a national tour, supported by Steel Train and Ludo. Up-and-coming pop-punkers Sing It Loud joined them for the first half of the tour, with Liam and Me joining for the end. They were joined by Motion City Soundtrack for the final leg of the tour.

On September 11, 2008 The Spill Canvas launched the "[Photographer For A Day]" contest which gives their fans a chance to win tickets to see them and be their Photographer. The winner has not yet been announced.

In late 2008, they toured with OneRepublic, The Hush Sound and Augustana. On this tour, most vocalists from all of the opening bands, including Nick, came up during Augustana's set to perform Traveling Wilbury's hit "Handle With Care", trading off lead vocals.

In early 2009, The Spill Canvas toured the UK supporting You Me at Six alongside Emarosa

Abnormalities, featuring new music from the band, was released on January 12, 2010 through The Spill Canvas store and digital retailers. Their next EP, Realities, was released shortly thereafter on April 13. On July 27, 2010 their newest album, Formalities, saw digital release. The album contains songs previously seen on both Realities and Abnormalities, along with acoustic versions of songs from those EPs and two brand new songs. They spent the summer of 2010 touring with the Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot.

On January 13, 2011, an article in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader stated that the band may be on a temporary hiatus and there was no indication when, if ever, the band would return.

On May 15, 2011, after a long time of being inactive on Twitter, "Someday soon" was tweeted from The Spill Canvas.

On August 11, 2011 the band posted, "Tell your friends to follow @thespillcanvas we are going to be posting lots of interesting news and announcements in the coming weeks!" on Twitter.

The Spill Canvas played a "reunion show" in their hometown of Sioux Falls, SD on October 28, 2011, during which they announced they are no longer on a label and plan to record a new album, with a Kickstart campaign raising funds to record it. They played a new song at the show.

On November 3, The Spill Canvas is playing another show in their home state at South Dakota State University.

On January 21, 2012 The Spill Canvas posted a studio update on YouTube[5]

The Spill Canvas will release their new album, "Gestalt" on May 22, 2012 according to their Facebook account. The song "Parallels and Money" will be included on this album. On April 20, 2012, The Spill Canvas released the first track off of their upcoming album "Gestalt", called "To Chicago" on their PureVolume account. The song reached number one on Pure Volume.[6]

After a hiatus lead singer Nick Thomas released a solo record funded by kickstarter called "Shadowars" in 2014. The singer has been touring the record nationally with spill canvas bassist Landon Heil and new drummer Bryce Job.

Thomas and Job embarked on a brief east coast acoustic run with another South Dakota band Paradise Fears and William Beckett of The Academy Is.

The full band toured in November with co-headliners Deleasa and Cassio Monroe spanning the east coast.

In December the band toured the Midwest and West coast with openers My Body Sings Electric from Denver, CO.

The band most recently has been on the Radio Revival Tour with Secondhand Serenade and Ryan Cabrera.

Band members[edit]

  • Nick Thomas - lead vocals, guitars, piano, production
  • Dan Ludeman- guitars, backing vocals
  • Landon Heil - bass
  • Joe Beck - drums, percussion
  • Bryce Job - drums, percussion (Nick Thomas Solo Band)





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