A few years ago, the Spill Canvas had a goal to play to an audience of 1,000. Last year, the band played the full Vans Warped Tour run. And the band vocalist/guitarist Nick Thomas, guitarist Dan Ludeman, drummer Joe Beck and bassist Landon Heil just wrapped up a European tour with the Plain White T's.
"It's funny because all of our goals have been accomplished," said Thomas during a phone call from Chicago. "We're touring the world and meeting people and calling it our job.
"It's starting for us. We're getting some success. And we're in it for the long run," he said. "But to tell the truth, even if we were a one-hit wonder, I'd take that as well."
The Spill Canvas hail from Sioux Falls, S.D. The band's first album was released in 2004. Since then, the band has recorded two extended-play CDs and three full-length ones. The latest release, "No Really, I'm Fine," was released last summer.
"We had the luxury of sitting down and thinking about how to make that album," said Thomas about "No Really, I'm Fine." "We were able to make some demo (recordings) of the songs and sit and listen to them. If we decided to change them, we did."
The band also worked with producer Neal Avron, who has produced Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy and Everclear.
"Having Neal on board was great," Thomas said. "He has worked with everyone, it seems. And he helped us shape this album. He helped us become more confident as musicians, and we had a better understanding of how we wanted the album to sound."
The album sits at No. 17 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, and the band has appeared on Fuse TV and MTV's "TRL." MTV2 recently picked up the track "All Over You" for its Elite 8 rundown.
With all the attention, Thomas said it's important for him to remember who he is.
"Success is great," he said. "And the ego gets stroked. But as a band, we try to stay grounded and remain the same people we were when we first started playing music.
"The challenge for us is to keep upping the level of quality in the band and the music. Right now, we feel the album still has a ton of life in it. But at the same time, I'm addicted to writing songs. And I probably have a bunch of albums written that no one will hear."The trick is to keep working and progressing as a band and musicians. We are also conscious about our fans. We have developed our fan base organically. And we need to stay true to ourselves if we're going to stay true to them."
If you go . . . .
What: Yellowcard, the Spill Canvas, PlayRadioPlay, Treaty of Paris
Where: Avalon, 3605 S. State
When: today, 6:30 p.m.
How much: $20
Phone: 467-8499, 800-888-8499Web: www.smithstix.com