The Stills performing in Toronto, Ontario. From left to right: Dave Hamelin, Liam O'Neil, Tim Fletcher and Olivier Corbeil.
|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Genres||Indie rock, post-punk revival|
|Labels||Vice Records, 679 Recordings, Drowned in Sound Recordings, Arts & Crafts|
|Associated acts||Chinatown, Amentum, Eight and a Half, Kings of Leon, Da Gryptions, the Sam Roberts Band, k-os, Beat Cops, Voizes, Megative|
|Past members||Tim Fletcher
The band's original lineup consisted of lead vocalist and guitarist Tim Fletcher, guitarist Gregory Paquet, bassist Olivier Corbeil and drummer Dave Hamelin. The band members had known each other since the age of 12 and played in various bands prior to forming the Stills, including Chinatown and Amentum.
Their EP, Rememberese, was released on June 17, 2003 by Vice Records (and in the UK by 679 Recordings), followed by their debut album; both were produced by Gus Van Go. Logic Will Break Your Heart was released in North America on October 21, 2003, and in the UK on February 23, 2004, and included the singles "Lola Stars and Stripes", "Changes Are No Good" and "Still in Love Song". Keyboardist Liam O'Neil played on several of the album's tracks. The album elicited critical acclaim and comparisons to Interpol and Echo & the Bunnymen, with AllMusic citing its "brooding post-punk soundscapes and art rock swagger".
Paquet left the band in 2005 to finish his university degree, and Hamelin moved to guitar, sharing lead vocal duties with Fletcher. Julien Blais joined as drummer, and O'Neil became a full-time member of the band on keyboards.
The Stills' second album, Without Feathers, was released May 9, 2006 on Vice Records (and in the UK by Drowned in Sound Recordings). Again produced by Van Go, it marked a distinct shift in sound, from the 1980s-influenced post-punk revivalism of the debut to a happier, more Americana-oriented sound, which Pitchfork termed "cheerful and heartfelt". It featured guest appearances from Sam Roberts, Emily Haines (Metric) and Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene). They supported Kings of Leon on that band's UK spring tour in 2007.
They signed with Arts & Crafts for the release of their third album, Oceans Will Rise, which was released August 19, 2008. Critics noted that the album "reconciled the mannered 1980s sound that first got them noticed with the open-hearted earthiness of their sophomore effort".
On July 20, 2008, the Stills played in Quebec City, opening for Paul McCartney, for the city's 400th anniversary. On February 7, 2009, they played at Nathan Phillips Square as part of Toronto's WinterCity Festival, and again supported Kings of Leon on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in March 2009.
On April 29, 2010, the band announced that Paquet was rejoining the band and Hamelin was moving back to drums.
On April 15, 2011, the Stills announced on their site that they had officially disbanded.
In 2009, Hamelin, O'Neil and Broken Social Scene drummer Justin Peroff formed the band Eight and a Half, releasing their self-titled debut in 2012.
Fletcher sang background vocals on the Sam Roberts Band's 2014 album Lo-Fantasy and played guitar for Canadian rapper k-os. In 2014, he formed the band Beat Cops with Mikey Heppner of Priestess, releasing the album Mean Streets in 2015. That same year, Fletcher released the album Punks on the Moon with his project Voizes. Fletcher then formed Megative with ex-Stills producer Gus Van Go, songwriting duo Like Minds (Jesse Singer and Chris Soper) and dancehall performer Screechy Dan. In 2017, the ensemble debuted with the single "More Time".
- Tim Fletcher – guitar, lead vocals (2000–2011)
- Greg Paquet – guitar (2000–2005, 2010-2011)
- Olivier Corbeil (a.k.a. Oliver Crowe) – bass, backing vocals (2000–2011)
- Dave Hamelin – drums, lead vocals, guitar (2000–2011)
- Liam O'Neil – keyboards, backing vocals, percussion (2005–2011)
- Julien Blais – drums (2005–2010)
|Year||Album details||Chart positions|
|2003||Logic Will Break Your Heart
|2008||Oceans Will Rise
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- "Lola Stars and Stripes" (2004, Vice Records/679 Recordings)
- "Changes Are No Good" (2004, Vice Records/679 Recordings)
- "Still in Love Song" (2004, Vice Records/679 Recordings)
- "In the Beginning" promo (2006, Vice Records)
- "Destroyer" promo (2006, Drowned in Sound Recordings)
- "Helicopters" (2007, Drowned in Sound Recordings)
- "Being Here" (2008, Arts & Crafts)
- "Don't Talk Down" (2008, Arts & Crafts)
- "I'm With You" (2009, Arts & Crafts)
- "Retour à Vega" on Wicker Park (Soundtrack Album) (2004, Lakeshore Records)
- "In the Beginning" on Music from the Motion Picture "P.S. I Love You" (2007, Atlantic Records)
- "Still in Love Song" (2003) - directed by Josh & Xander
- "Lola Stars and Stripes" (2003) - directed by Oliver "Twist" Gondry
- "Changes are No Good" (2004) - directed by Dominic DeJoseph
- "Love and Death" (2004) - directed by Chris Grismer
- "In the Beginning" (2006) - directed by Associates in Science
- "Destroyer" (2006) - directed by Eddy Morretti
- "Helicopters" (2007) - directed by George Vale
- "Being Here" (2008) - directed by Teqtonik
- "Don't Talk Down" (2008) - directed by Christopher Mills
- "I'm With You" (2009) - directed by Carlos and Jason Sanchez
- Chase, Ted (22 September 2008). "Tim Fletcher of The Stills: Q&A, Part II". QRO Magazine. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- Rosen, Alison M. "Music Interview: The Stills". Nerve. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/59011/the-stills-soar-without-feathers Billboard.com
- Maher, Dave (2007-09-10). "The Stills Sign to Arts & Crafts". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
- Goodman, William (2008-05-29). "New Stills Album Out Aug. 19". Spin.com. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- Fletcher, Tim (2010-04-29). "The Stills Announce Tour, Line-up Change". Arts & Crafts. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
- "The Stills Call It Quits".