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Mark Hamilton of Woodpigeon chats with Marc Riley

Mark Hamilton of Canadian group Woodpigeon is in the studio to chat with Marc.

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Woodpigeon are an independent rock collective originally founded in Calgary, Alberta, led by and performing the songs of Mark Andrew Hamilton. To date, Woodpigeon have released four studio albums, and a number of EPs to critical acclaim, and Hamilton has worked with over 70 collaborators both on record and in live performance. Live, Woodpigeon is often a solo project incorporating loops and layered vocals.

When asked about the band's name, Hamilton explains: "I've always been in love with the word Woodpigeon for as long as I can remember. When you write it in cursive, it looks like a rollercoaster".

The band's sound has been compared to Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Camera Obscura, Simon & Garfunkel, and Belle & Sebastian, amongst others. Band leader Mark Hamilton's main lyrical influence is The Kinks.

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