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The Worst Pop Band Ever

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The Worst Pop Band Ever

The WORST POP BAND EVER The ugly lovechild of Radiohead and Milesdavis “ The music's fresh, may appeal to pop lovers but assuredly to jazzers keen on a kind of driven fluency as genre stylings are examined, discarded and reworked.” Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

The WORST POP BAND EVER BIO With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Deerhoof to J Dilla, The Worst Pop Band Ever is a Toronto based group that tries to combine a love of improvisational jazz and indie pop. Featuring two Juno award winners, the members of the WPBE have worked with a who's who of Canadian and international musicians, including Feist, Blue Rodeo, Elizabeth Shepherd and the Shuffle Demons. Together, whether it be blending acoustic bass with turntables or analog synths with the saxophone, the WPBE sets out to twist and bend both originals and covers, straddling genres and butting heads with expectation. ...
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Music featured on video "Peggy Baker" for the National Film Board of Canada as part of the Governor General Awards. Also to be included on the best of the NFB bluray.
”Street wise yet substantive, these compositions would appeal to fans of Vijay Iyer, Brad Mehldau, or DJ Logic, as dealt by the poised sax/piano front line (Chris Gale and Dafydd Hughes), a robust rhythm section (bassist Drew Birston and drummer Tim Shia), and excellent colorizations by turntablist Leo37....From start to finish Dost Thou Believeth in Science? is hip enough and deep enough for jazzers and non-jazzers alike.” Mark Turner (All About Jazz.com)

“The music's fresh, may appeal to pop lovers but assuredly to jazzers keen on a kind of driven fluency as genre stylings are examined, discarded and reworked. “ Geoff Chapman (Toronto Star)

”The Worst Pop Band Ever is the total package - great compositions, unique covers and standup-worthy comedic banter... the group’s two-set night at The Winchester Kitchen was a highlight of the (2012 TD Canada Trust Jazz) festival.” Mike Deiconti (torontojazz.com)

”While jazz might not be the most popular type of music on playlists these days, if anyone can make the genre break through to a pop-loving mainstream crowd, it could just be The Worst Pop Band Ever. Ironic, no?” Canadian Musician Magazine

”The CD is really cool…Lots of surprises and turns and fascinating layers, both in the arrangements and the 'atmospherics'” Andy Sheppard (CBC Radio, the Signal)

“This is great music - and I'm not just saying that because they play one of my songs.” . Michael Blake (Ben Allison, Blake Tartare)

“I got the record and I really dig it! You guys sound great…” Dave King (Bad Plus, Happy Apple)

“The Worst Pop Band Ever is a rare vintage that delivers some of the most unique and delightful flavours in the Toronto music scene. Theirs is a creative, refreshing sound, (seemingly) effortlessly performed with a truly gentle touch.” Andy Frank (CIUT 89.5 FM, Toronto)

1)Thanks for Coming Out - 2007, PPF House 2)PPF House Basement Suite Sampler - 2008, PPF House 3)Dost Thou Believeth in Science? - 2009, PPF House

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