"Our objective is always to capture new fans," explains drummer Wes Marskell, "not just to please old ones. There is something really rewarding about playing a show in Dublin or even Vancouver and selling records to kids who had no idea they like your band an hour before."
Their return to Europe marks their fourth visit since their first overseas trip in 2008, and DD/MM/YYYY are on the road in support of their split 12" with BEAK> and the upcoming European re-release of their 2009 LP Black Square through Portishead mastermind Geoff Barrow's Invada Records.
Top that off with his first ever European gigs in December alongside renowned acts like Herbaliser, DJ Premier and Tony Touch, it becomes obvious that Shad has fulfilled his own TSOL prophecy and is well on his way to seeing "the world off of rapping these bars."
The Salle del Castillo played host to four consecutive nights of independent Canadian talent, showcasing 14 groups both on an individual basis, and as an overarching national collective eager to mix, mingle, collaborate and create. With renowned acts like Broken Social Scene, Buck 65, Owen Pallett, Do Make Say Think and The Hidden Cameras sharing the stage with the likes of Snowblink, Timber Timbre, Zeus, Andre Ethier, Destroyer and Daniel, Fred & Julie, Heartland delivered the essence of independent Canadian music to an awestruck European crowd.
Former tour manager and roadie Jason Campesinos! joined the band just a few months ago following the departure of drummer and founding member Ollie Camp! And he didn't miss a beat on Friday night, delivering a powerful concoction of electronic and organic percussion work that had the crowd bouncing around despite the rising temperatures inside the venue.