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Billy Talent

Punk revival quartet Billy Talent used to be known as Pezz back in their Streetsville, Ontario, high school days. But by 1999, 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. Billy Talent got the word out during that summer with a slot on Lollapalooza and a series of dates with the Buzzcocks. Before they knew it, the band 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. Billy Talent hit the studio in February 2005 to begin work on their 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 its 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 their 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 long-standing 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 in June of that year. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Stations Featuring
Billy Talent

    New Rock First

    New Rock First
    2 songs

    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
  2.   Louder Than the DJ
  3.   Try Honesty
  4.   Diamond on a Landmine
  5.   Afraid of Heights
  6.   Surprise Surprise
  7.   Red Flag
  8.   Devil in a Midnight Mass
  9.   Fallen Leaves
  10.   Kingdom of Zod
  11.   River Below
  12.   Rusted from the Rain
  13.   Saint Veronika
  14.   The Ex
  15.   Devil on My Shoulder
  16.   Show Me the Way
  17.   Nothing to Lose
  18.   Viking Death March
  19.   Worker Bees
  20.   Surrender
  21.   Line & Sinker
  22.   Hanging by a Thread
  23.   Sudden Movements
  24.   The Dead Can't Testify
  25.   Prisoners of Today
  26.   Lies
  27.   This Suffering
  28.   Pocketful of Dreams
  29.   Sympathy
  30.   Pins and Needles
  31.   This Is How It Goes
  32.   Dead Silence
  33.   Don't Count on the Wicked
  34.   Cure for the Enemy
  35.   Tears into Wine
  36.   Turn Your Back w/ Anti-Flag
  37.   Burn the Evidence
  38.   The Navy Song
  39.   Covered in Cowardice
  40.   Where Is the Line?
  41.   Standing in the Rain
  42.   Cut the Curtains
  43.   Swallowed Up by the Ocean
  44.   Crooked Minds
  45.   Runnin' Across the Tracks
  46.   Lonely Road to Absolution
  47.   Turn Your Back
  48.   Voices of Violence
  49.   Living in the Shadows
  50.   Man Alive!
  51.   Love Was Still Around
  52.   Cold Turkey
  53.   Definition of Destiny
  54.   Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)
  55.   Perfect World
  56.   Devil On the Shoulder
  57.   Stand Up and Run
  58.   Chasing the Sun
  59.   White Sparrows
  60.   Scandalous Travelers
  61.   Behind the Scenes Stills Galleries
  62.   Band Bios
  63.   Live Concert Footage: This Is How It Goes/Cut the Curtains/Line & ...
  64.   Live Acoustic Sets: Standing in the Rain/Lies/Try Honesty
  65.   Actual Crowd Surfing
  66.   Try Honest
  67.   Try Honestly
  68.   666
  69.   Beach Balls
  70.   In the Fall
  71.   Living the Shadows
  72.   When I Was a Little Girl
  73.   Guitar Villain
  74.   Perefect World
  75.   Bloody Nails + Broken Hearts
  76.   Don't Need To Pretend
  77.   Big Red Gun
  78.   Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats
  79.   The Crutch
  80.   Rabbit Down the Hole
  81.   Time-Bomb Ticking Away
  82.   Leave Them All Behind
  83.   Horses & Chariots
  84.   This Is Our War
  85.   February Winds
  86.   No Name