The Spill Canvas

The Spill Canvas

Infobox musical artist
Name = The Spill Canvas

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Origin = Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
Genre = Alternative rock
Years_active = 2002–present
Label = Sire Records
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Current_members = Nick Thomas
Joe Beck
Dan Ludeman
Landon Heil
Past_members = Ross Wheeler
Brandon Aegerter
Scott McGuire |

The Spill Canvas is an alternative rock 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 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 "Sunsets and Car Crashes". 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? Thats 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 with out me." There is still much speculation as to whether he was kicked out of the band or if he decided to leave. 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 of 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 [ The Spill Canvas Title Album - News Article - ] ] . 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. Currently, The Spill Canvas is headlining 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 will be joined by Motion City Soundtrack for the final leg of the tour.

On September 11th, 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.



*"Go For The Jugular" (2002)
*"Sunsets And Car Crashes" (2004)
*"One Fell Swoop" (2005), #29 Top Heatseekers, #47 Top Independent Albums [ Billboard Albums] ; Allmusic; Retrieved February 20 2008]
*"No Really, I'm Fine" (2007), #2 Top Heatseekers, #143 Billboard 200


*"The Concept EP" (2003)
*"Denial Feels So Good" (2007)
*"Honestly, I'm Doing Okay" (2008)


Additional research

* [ KSFY's Drew Sandholm interviews Nick Thomas, 11/17/2007]
* [ "Local Band Goes Big" article from KSFY, Sioux Falls media.]

Other Links

* [ Official Website]
* [ MySpace Page]
* [ Purevolume Page]
* [ Warped Tour 07 Interview]
* [ Page]

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