The band members have known each other since the age of twelve, are art students and have played in various bands prior to band formation. On a two-month trip to New York City, they recorded several songs with the help of a four-track recorder. According to rumour, the four-track recorder was given to them after helping a friend in Barcelona who needed drug money.
After landing a record deal, they began working on an EP entitled Rememberese EP which was released on June 17, 2003. Their debut album Logic Will Break Your Heart was released later that year, and constant touring gained them a steady following. Their second album, Without Feathers, was released May 9, 2006 on Vice Records. They supported Kings of Leon on their UK spring tour in 2007.
They signed with Arts & Crafts for the release of their third album, Oceans Will Rise, which was released August 19, 2008.
On July 20, 2008 they played to a crowd of over 270,000 in Quebec City, opening for Paul McCartney, for the city's largest concert ever, to celebrate its 400th anniversary. On February 7, 2009, they played a free 1-hour and 15 minute show at Nathan Phillips Square as part of Toronto's WinterCity Festival. They supported the Kings of Leon on their tour of Australia and New Zealand in March 2009.
On March 28th, 2009, The Stills were awarded 2 Junos (Canada's music awards), in the categories for Best New Group of The Year (despite having already released 3 records), and Best Alternative Album of the Year for their album "Oceans Will Rise". The group also performed their hit song "Being Here" during the televised portion of the awards show the next day.