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Beast to Bone

by The Sands

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Be More 03:41
Fall 03:58
Rise 02:38
Devil 04:28
Magnolia 03:43
City is Gone 04:46
Jealous Guy 05:19
Hold On 03:07


The Beast's Release at the China Cloud Vancouver BC Friday Feb 6th:

"What a fantastic show! Hauntingly beautiful, achingly honest and super cool music performed flawlessly. Thank you for a great night. Bravo to all of you..."
-Robert Moloney

Two Shows coming up..

Thursday 14 May 2015
Lana Lou's Rock & Roll Eatery, Vancouver, BC, Canada (map)
Line-up: The Sands, Rodney Decroo

Friday 12 June 2015
The Media Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Line-up: The Sands, Joline Baylis, The Crackling

Garnering great reviews across the country and beyond, the music of Beast to Bone hits Vancouver. Two longtime musical friends and collaborators celebrate the release of their independent new work.

The critics say it all:

“Vancouver singer Julie McGeer and cellist/pianist-about-town Peggy Lee have created a charmingly idiosyncratic little keeper in their first joint foray as The Sands. Beast to Bone, produced with the help of West Coast violin iconoclast Jesse Zubot — who helmed Tanya Tagaq’s Polaris Music Prize-winning Animism last year — flutters between indie folk, jazz and experimentalism in beguiling fashion, its breathy vocals and lilting, gossamer melodies belying an undercurrent of toughness that occasionally manifests itself in knotty guitar tones and lyrical darkness. It’s quite a unique piece of work, casting a spell.” Hold On” is pure, sighing, brassy pop pleasure.”
-- Ben Rayner, The Toronto Star

“**** “Astonishing!! Peggy Lee and Julie McGeer have great synergy and they pretty well create a whole new sonic language." says Mark Anthony Brennan, putting it with the top 15 Baffled Octopus's best Canadian albums of the year.

"The Sands brings a new caress of folk and jazz, vivid and fresh.
Beast To Bone is extremely visual. Lots of big sprawling landscapes — the cello like gentle waves crashing and the wind rustling through leaves, the songs tell vivid stories — it’s performance art unfolding on a sound stage."
Brad Simm, Beatroute

"There is theatricality in the entire composition that is Beast to Bones, the first album from The Sands. The album is a performance, but it is not a soundtrack. At least not until there is a production for it. It has tension, character development, surprise, and satisfaction, presented with an insistent yet delicate touch...Let's just call it a complete musical experience worthy of many listens and an encore."
-Leanne V Nash, BC Musician Magazine

“The album sounds like a million bucks. ...songs whose beauty goes hand-in-hand with a surprising accessibility… Inventive and bursting with colours ...invites listeners to turn the volume knob to the right. Producer Jesse Zubot musically creates quite convincing scenarios enhanced by ingenious spatial placements, rich with instrumental timbers.'”
-Beppe Colli, Clouds and Clocks

'One listens with childish glee and an appreciation of a novel. The album makes for great pop with little to no cliche.. with scenes both vast and incredibly intimate. There is such a rich collection of song material at The Sands’ disposal and none of it is wasted: every note has a necessary, fulfilling effect. That’s not something you hear every day.'
-Jack Derricourt, GrayOwl Point

After numerous plays, The Sands’ Beast To Bone is still revealing itself. It is at once lush yet sparse; cool yet warm; folk yet jazz. The Sands is a tapestry of sound used subtly."
"Between them, they have created the most seductive local recording of 2014"
Tom Harrison, The Vancouver Province

'McGeer sings in her delicate bittersweet voice… JP Carter oozes reverberant trumpet ..more than enough of meat on Beast To Bone to warrant multiple listens.'
-Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun

“The album has elegance accentuated by the contributions of a crack up team of musicians… eloquently poetic and demure.”
-Gregory Adams, The Georgia Straight

'Original. A musical adventure that dazzles. A lovely accomplishment'
--Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music Magazine

Alan Ranta, critic for Exclaim and Georgia Straight and juror for The Polaris Canadian Music Prize, has put Beast to Bone in the top 20 of his Polaris choices he considers could be on the 'long list' 2015,
highlighting our song 'Fall'!!


The album is a fiercely original and intimate experience that combines jazz, indie pop and folk roots to find a sum that is greater than its parts. Seductive grooves resonate with soul and intermingle as lush horn arrangements form a complex idiosyncratic counterpoint, casting dark shadows and vibrant light sometimes simultaneously.

The Sands is a rare confluence of Western Canada's foremost players from the jazz and indie scene including JP Carter (Inhabitants, Destroyer, Dan Mangan), Paul Rigby (Neko Case, AC Newman), Cole Schmidt (Pugs and Crows), Darren Parris (Frazey Ford) and Barry Mirochnik ( Neko Case, Veda Hille).

Beast to Bone features the dynamic songwriting team Peggy Lee and Julie McGeer and is produced by the ever-innovative, Polaris prize winner Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq) , a known catalyst for powerful musical experimentation across Canada. Collectively, the ensemble comprises over a hundred years of musical experience -- a vintage imbedded in the music.

With popular influences as diverse as Feist, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, and Nick Cave, the music of The Sands is a reflective, vulnerable, dramatic and sometimes explosive journey.
We hope you enjoy it.


An eloquent and informative interview Peggy Lee had with Beppe Colli of Clouds and Clocks in how the seeds of The Sands, Beast to Bone were found and germinated. Our story.

An interview Julie McGeer had with Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight


(media photos included)



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Our first 12 Reviews and they are GLOWING HOT!!!!!!

An interview and review with Tom Harrison, The Province
Interview and Review, Brad Simm of Beatroute-

Review Ben Rayner Toronto Star
Review Leanne Nash, BC Musician Magazine
Mark Anthony Brennan, Ride the Tempo
Beppe Colli, Clouds and Clocks
Jack Derricourt, GrayOwl Point
Francois Marchand, The Vancouver Sun
Gregory Adams, Georgia Straight
Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music Magazine
Alan Ranta

Artwork with each song on Bandcamp Julie McGeer
Art for the cd cover Lee Hutzulak
Photo Susanne Uliana Photography


released October 28, 2014

Julie McGeer-lead vocals, Peggy Lee-piano and cello, JP Carter-trumpet and effects, Paul Rigby-guitar, Cole Schmidt-guitar, Darren Parris-bass, Jeremy Berkman-trombone, Barry Mirochnik-drums, Debra Jean Creelman-backup vocals, Jesse Zubot-violin


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The Sands Vancouver, British Columbia

Singer-songwriter visual artist meets cellist-composer... Julie McGeer and Peggy Lee have backgrounds informed by jazz, classical,folk & pop collaborations. Julie has just released her solo EP A World Away
Peggy, who is known for her instrumental ensembles, has worked extensively with Veda Hille, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz and Mary Margaret O'hara.
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