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Spill Canvas A Big Deal At Home In South Dakota

of the Oakland Press

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There are so many rock bands from big cities such as New York and Los Angeles — even Detroit — that the cult of celebrity can be a bit smaller at home than it is on the road. But not so in Sioux Falls, S.D., where the rock quartet The Spill Canvas still ranks as a pretty big deal.

“It’s pretty wild there now,” acknowledges frontman Nick Thomas, who formed the group in Sioux Falls in 2002 and still lives there in a house with guitarist Dan Ludeman and bassist Landon Heil. “The whole comfort aspect has changed a bit because everyone knows you. Like when you go to the grocery story, you get, ‘You’re that guy in the band!’ ‘No, I’ve lived here my whole life.’

“It’s great, though. You can come back here and still be who you were when you grew up and be around family and friends and people that knew you for you. It’s definitely a grounding, rootsy kind of experience.”

The Spill Canvas does get out of Sioux Falls to tour, of course, and to record. The group is working on the follow-up to 2008’s well-received “Scraps/No Really, I’m Fine,” which probably won’t come out until 2011. To bridge the gap, meanwhile, The Spill Canvas has released a pair of EPs, “Abnormalities” and the new “Formalities,” which features the catchy pop single “Our Town.”

And even though the work is outside South Dakota, Thomas, 25, doesn’t think The Spill Canvas will be leaving its town anytime soon.

“Our niche is to be from the Midwest and whatnot,” he explains. “It’s kind of nice to stay there. It’s very relaxed, and we definitely have the Midwest pride, still, so we don’t need to be from anywhere else right now.”

The Spill Canvas and Tyler Hilton perform Friday, May 21, at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Door open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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