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Billy Talent

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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
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Stations Featuring
Billy Talent

    New Alternative First

    New Alternative First
    2 songs

    New Rock First

    New Rock First
    2 songs

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