Library Voices

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Library Voices
Origin Regina, Saskatchewan
Genres Indie pop
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Labels Nevado Records
Members Paul Gutheil
Ethan Anderson
Michael Dawson
Carl Johnson
Brennan Ross
Amanda Scandrett
Mike Thievin

Library Voices are a Canadian indie pop band from Regina, Saskatchewan.[1] Formed in 2008 as a ten-piece group of musician friends,[2] they have released two EPs and three full-length albums. The current band members include Paul Gutheil, Ethan Anderson, Michael Dawson, Carl Johnson, Brennan Ross, Amanda Scandrett and Mike Thievin.

The band features such instruments as horns, strings, and an accordion.[3]


The band was noticed by The New Yorker[4] and by Spin.[1][5] The alternative newsweekly Now, in a favourable review of the band's EP Hunting Ghosts (& Other Collected Shorts), described the track "Step Off the Map & Float" as "the EP's clear standout, one of the year’s catchiest and cutest indie rock singles."[6] Vue Weekly wrote, "there's a curious pop-anthem flavouring to Hunting Ghosts that makes the sound gel more than you might expect."[3] The Calgary Herald's critic wrote of the band's album, prior to its release, "Even in its current rough, unfinished form, it's obvious Library Voices have come up with one of 2009's finest records of the year."[7]

Their EP was nominated for Independent Album of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards,[8] and their album Denim on Denim was nominated for the same award in 2010.[9] Their second full-length album, 2011's Summer of Lust, was preceded by the lead single "The Prime Minister's Daughter", which responded to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's controversial assertion that "ordinary people don't care about the arts" by imagining a future scenario in which his daughter Rachel falls in love with a musician.[10]




Year Song Chart peak Album

2011 "Generation Handclap" 23 Summer of Lust
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


  1. ^ a b Zoratti, Jen (July 30, 2009). "There's nothing hushed about these Voices... Regina pop ensemble Library Voices is making a big noise with its debut EP, Hunting Ghosts & Other Collected Shorts", Uptown. Retrieved on 2009-08-06.
  2. ^ White, Jen (November 20, 2008). "Library Voices: Book Nerds Archived 2010-02-19 at the Wayback Machine.", Retrieved on 2009-08-06.
  3. ^ a b Kelly, Lewis (August 21, 2008). "Prevue - Library Voices", Vue Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-08-06.
  4. ^ Wanger, Shoko (April 22, 2009). "Band of books", The New Yorker. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  5. ^ Gatson, Peter (October 14, 2008). "Three Undiscovered Bands You Need to Hear Now!", Spin. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  6. ^ Bimm, Jordan (July 2009). "Library Voices: Hunting Ghosts (& Other Collected Shorts)", Now. Retrieved on 2009-08-06.
  7. ^ Hamilton, Mark (November 14, 2008). "Library Voices", Calgary Herald. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  8. ^ (July 15, 2009). "The Deep Dark Woods among WCMA nominees", The StarPhoenix. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  9. ^ Fuller, Cam (August 12, 2010). "Dearth of award nominations from Saskatchewan", The StarPhoenix. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  10. ^ "Voices sing to bring back arts funding"., April 13, 2011.
  11. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - September 20, 2011". America's Music Charts. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 

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