Sunday, 7 February 2010
Billy Talent - Rusted From The Rain
Punk revivalist quartet Billy Talent used to be known as Pezz, is a Canadian band formed in 1993 in Mississauga, Ontario. The band consists of Ben Kowalewicz (lead vocals), Ian D'Sa (lead guitar and backing vocals), Jon Gallant (bass guitar and backing vocalist) and Aaron Solowoniuk (drums and percussion).
The band existed for almost a decade before mainstream success. The members met and played in high school under the name Pezz and remained underground in Toronto's indie music scene until 2001. The band renamed itself Billy Talent after running into legal trouble with the old name. It was then that Kowalewicz's connection with a worker in Warner Music Canada's A&R landed the band a record deal and launched them into mainstream success. Since then, Billy Talent has made two multi-platinum records in Canada, and continues to expand their success overseas, this included touring for 20 months supporting their third album. They released their fourth album Billy Talent III on July 14, 2009.
The III Tour is a current concert tour, started on February 21, 2009 and will end in Toronto March 28, 2010. Yesterday this tour did a stop in Stockholm at Arenan for a show together with the support act "Sights & Sounds". On the final touring leg in Canada the support acts will be Alexisonfire, Against Me! and Cancer Bats. Anyway back to yesterday, it was a interesting day, first time i heard "Sights & Sounds" a bunch of cool guys that could deliver some great music, did a very good show, me like. And Billy Talent wasn't to bad either, first time i saw them live. But they are not really my cup of the, but they know how to entertain and seams to be very experienced in what they do. Even if the band has grown to be a huge band they still have the manner to say hello and help out if needed witch is great. The cool thing about this day/evening was that downstairs (klubben) did the mini festival "Rest in Sleaze" took place, with some cool bands like "Crashdiet", guys from both Billy Talent and Sights & Sounds got really thrilled and spent alot of time downstairs to watch the other bands play. :)
Todays tune "Rusted From The Rain" (the 4th tune from the Billy Talents set list in Stockholm) is the first official single by Billy Talent off their new album, Billy Talent III. It was released on May 19, 2009. Lead singer Ben Kowalewicz has said that the song is very "tin man-esque" and evolved from an "epic Soundgarden-like riff". The lyrics are about marital breakdown, Kowalewicz told Kerrang!: "Nowadays, I'm seeing a lot of people who got married young are now getting divorced. It seems to be a new fad. Divorce is the new black." Enjoy!
Billy Talent would become their new name, inspired by the guitarist "Billy Tallent" from Michael Turner's novel Hard Core Logo. The film adaptation by Bruce McDonald would be the inspirational medium for the band. However, this still led to fans mistaking Kowalewicz as being named Billy Talent.
European Tour dates:
February 8, 2010 Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
February 10, 2010 Saint Petersburg, Russia GlavClub
February 11, 2010 Moscow, Russia GlavClub
February 13, 2010 Warsaw, Poland Stodola
Spotify Setlist of the tour, kinda cool, get it here.
More info @ Official Website or Billy Talent at MySpace
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