Slacker Logo
Tuning

Artist

Billy Talent

ON AIR
Advertisement
Advertisement
Canadian punk revival quartet Billy Talent formed in 1999 while the members of the Streetsville, Ontario band were still in high school. Originally known as Pezz, the quartet -- vocalist Ben Kowalewicz, guitarist Ian D'Sa, bassist Jon Gallant, and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk -- had adopted a new moniker and were making their way in Toronto with the self-released Watoosh! LP under their belt. The Try Honesty EP followed in 2001; it led to strong local buzz, exposure supporting larger touring acts, and an eventual demo deal with EMI. The band entered the studio in early 2003 with producer Gavin Brown and emerged with its eponymous debut in July, which was slated for a September release on Atlantic. The group got the word out during that summer with a slot on Lollapalooza and a series of dates with the Buzzcocks. Before they knew it, Billy Talent had not only garnered an impressive following, but also a slew of Juno (Best New Group, Group of the Year, and Album of the Year) and MuchMusic (Best Video, Best Rock Video) awards to their name. The band hit the studio in February 2005 to begin work on its sophomore offering. Submitting to fan requests, the group re-released Pezz's Watoosh! that September before the highly anticipated and explosive II appeared in June 2006. A handful of festivals and U.K. dates were played prior to spending the rest of the summer on the Warped Tour, and in 2007, they preserved a live performance in Düsseldorf, Germany on CD and DVD with 666 Live. Two years later, the band released its third studio album, the aptly titled Billy III. The album found the quartet incorporating some classic hard rock sounds into its punk approach. In 2012, they released the album Dead Silence. Although it still retained the band's punk urgency, Billy Talent hailed the recording as a kind of conceptual break from their previous trilogy of albums, and several of its singles -- like "Viking Death March" -- were rewarded with Juno nominations. Following the release of the 2014 Hits anthology -- which featured a pair of new songs -- the band regrouped and began to prepare material for its fifth studio album. Just prior to entering the studio, drummer Aaron Solowoniuk made the difficult decision to sit out the recording sessions while he continued his longstanding battle with multiple sclerosis. Fellow Canadian Jordan Hastings (Alexisonfire) was quickly recruited to play as Solowoniuk's studio stand-in, and in early 2016 the group completed work on Afraid of Heights, which was released that July. ~ Johnny Loftus
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
Billy Talent

    New Rock First

    New Rock First
    1 song

    New Alternative First

    New Alternative First
    1 song

    Punk U

    Punk U
    1 song

Albums by
Billy Talent

Top Songs by
Billy Talent

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Try Honesty
  3.   Diamond on a Landmine
  4.   A Passage To Bangkok
  5.   River Below
  6.   Red Flag
  7.   Afraid of Heights
  8.   Louder Than the DJ
  9.   Surprise Surprise
  10.   Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats
  11.   Rabbit Down the Hole
  12.   Rusted from the Rain
  13.   Saint Veronika
  14.   Kingdom of Zod
  15.   Fallen Leaves
  16.   Viking Death March
  17.   The Ex
  18.   Time-Bomb Ticking Away
  19.   Devil on My Shoulder
  20.   Devil in a Midnight Mass
  21.   Prisoners of Today
  22.   Nothing to Lose
  23.   Show Me the Way
  24.   Hanging by a Thread
  25.   Stand Up and Run
  26.   White Sparrows
  27.   Turn Your Back w/ Anti-Flag
  28.   Sympathy
  29.   This Is How It Goes
  30.   This Is Our War
  31.   Horses & Chariots
  32.   The Crutch
  33.   Dead Silence
  34.   Swallowed Up by the Ocean
  35.   Cure for the Enemy
  36.   Man Alive!
  37.   Crooked Minds
  38.   Turn Your Back
  39.   The Dead Can't Testify
  40.   Tears into Wine
  41.   Perfect World
  42.   Covered in Cowardice
  43.   Where Is the Line?
  44.   Cut the Curtains
  45.   Line & Sinker
  46.   Living in the Shadows
  47.   Leave Them All Behind
  48.   Big Red Gun
  49.   Chasing the Sun
  50.   Don't Count on the Wicked
  51.   Love Was Still Around
  52.   Devil On the Shoulder
  53.   Cold Turkey
  54.   Definition of Destiny
  55.   Sudden Movements
  56.   Pocketful of Dreams
  57.   Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)
  58.   Burn the Evidence
  59.   Surrender
  60.   Pins and Needles
  61.   Lies
  62.   February Winds
  63.   Runnin' Across the Tracks
  64.   Lonely Road to Absolution
  65.   The Navy Song
  66.   Worker Bees
  67.   This Suffering
  68.   Standing in the Rain
  69.   Voices of Violence
  70.   Scandalous Travelers
  71.   Behind the Scenes Stills Galleries
  72.   Band Bios
  73.   Live Concert Footage: This Is How It Goes/Cut the Curtains/Line & ...
  74.   Live Acoustic Sets: Standing in the Rain/Lies/Try Honesty
  75.   Actual Crowd Surfing
  76.   Try Honest
  77.   Try Honestly
  78.   666
  79.   Beach Balls
  80.   In the Fall
  81.   Living the Shadows
  82.   When I Was a Little Girl
  83.   Guitar Villain
  84.   Perefect World
  85.   Bloody Nails + Broken Hearts
  86.   Don't Need To Pretend

Artists Related to Billy Talent

<