In a single year, SOTS has gone from a basement to the stage, from unheard to 7 singles and an EP with 100k+ streams, multiple features in print, on blogs and airplay on terrestrial radio.
But in the beginning…
December 2021. Our first Christmas in lockdown. In the cold darkness of the season, songwriter and media composer Damian had mostly given up on music. But a vocation is not something we choose to do - it's something we have to do. Instead of giving up, he posted an ad in his adopted hometown of Guelph, Ontario: he called into the ether.
December 2021. Elena is in lockdown and bored. So bored that she may have had an extra glass of wine that night, and happened across an ad looking for a singer. Perhaps it was the boredom, perhaps it was destiny - but she answered it and SEASON OF THE SENSES was born.
Quickly realizing that her voice deserved more than a home recording (Their first singles Awakening and Young & Strange were mostly recorded in Damian's basement and the vocals in Elena's closet), they ended up at Phase One Studios in Toronto with Darius Szczepaniak (I Mother Earth, Barenaked Ladies, Big Sugar, Sum 41) for their next two singles. The addition of guitarist Christian soon after resulted in a new sound for SOTS: the same electronic base with the addition of a modern rock/metal edge - first featured in their immense cover of ABBA's Summer Night City and a feature in Germany's biggest alternative print magazine Sonic Seducer (and a finalist spot in their annual Battle Of The Bands). The trio returned to Phase One for their next single, Villain - a massive wall of theatrical electronic rock that one reviewer described as "Elle King meets Rammstein".
In early 2022 the trio added multi-instrumentalist Rob on Bass (and other instruments). They recorded their first singles as a 5 piece in March at Phase One: EVER - a Bowiesque heavy-pop bullet influenced by Weston’s time in rehab at the age of 17, and THE ETERNAL - a complete left turn into more gothic territory featuring lead Tuba and Accordion. After playing their first show (with a guest drummer), SOTS moved from a recording band to a live band - and at the end of 2022 found the quartet meeting Diana - a drummer who blew them away on their first listen, and has now rounded out the lineup.
Season Of The Senses is committed to existence as a musical chameleon: standing between two worlds, electronic and analogue, beauty and darkness, with a foot in each. Drawing from Rock, Electro, EDM and Extreme Metal but equal parts Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway and even Disco - powerful instrumentals find a counterpoint to their sonic bombast in the warmth of Elena's soaring and soulful voice with lyrical content exploring what it is to be human - with all of its sun & storm - and what it is to become something more.