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New album update – March 2012 

The new record is really starting to take shape. A few weeks ago, we entered Bear Studios in Vancouver to track drums for the yet-to-be-named album. After several hours of shenanigans which included the usual philosophical debates about musical dynamics and copious amounts of high-fiving, we got down to the heart of the matter and finished a healthy portion of the live drums. As you can see for yourself, Byron did a 'bang-up' job and we are one step closer to releasing this album.

A big thank you to all of you that made it out to our Hollywood and Vancouver shows. We will be back playing live later this spring. And a note to our European fans, Byron will be touring with his other band (The Invasives) in support of The Hanson Brothers later this month. Be sure to check them out if you get the chance!

The Bar Sinister Reunion 

Although it was a bit of blur, our first show in over 5 years is in the books. Raw yet elegant, it had all the hallmarks of a classic Stayte gig with the added bonus of new songs performed with a renewed love for all things Stayte (some pics).

We had a great time returning to Bar Sinister in Hollywood and thanks to all of you who made it out. It was amazing to catch up with so many familiar faces from over the years (and special thanks to Kaura for being awesome).

For those that couldn't make it, rest assured – we will be back down the west coast later this year.

New year, new shows, new album! 

Early in 2011, Stayte released Walking in the Land of Wind and Ghost. This documentary featured over a decade of our trials and tribulations condensed into a little over 60 minutes. This was a massive undertaking and effectively closed the chapter on the recent history of the band.

Despite some amazingly witty outtakes on the DVD discussing the future of the band, this movie left quite a few people with questions about the future of Stayte – especially considering our activity in several other projects throughout 2011.

The answer to all those questions is funk… and 'yes'. Stayte is alive, well and ready to make some waves in 2012.

At the first screening of the film in Vancouver, we reconnected with Byron Slack - our drummer when we were signed to Nefer Records in 1999. After watching our journey and chatting for a while, Byron rejoined us on the drums. This spurred the reformation of the Stayte live band.

In the final few months of 2011, we made extensive progress on the new Stayte full-length record. Currently untitled, this record has matured from a handful of demos recorded while we were in Texas in 2008 into a cohesive blend of songs that will be our strongest release to date – by far. You can expect to hear the completed album in mid to late 2012. Until then, you will be able to check out some of that new material live. We just announced our first live show of 2012 – February 11th at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA.

So as the clock ticks over to 2012, we want to thank all of you for your patience and continued support. We look forward to seeing you all in 2012 - starting with those of you on the west coast of North America.

Rock and/or roll,

Clayton, Josh, Rick and Byron