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  • 1. By Karee Vann
    1st Block
    Final Project
    BILLY TALENT
  • 2. Who is Billy Talent?
    NAME: Billy Talent (as of 2001)
    GENRE: Punk Rock/Canadian Rock/Post-Hardcore/Rock
    BAND MEMBERS:
    Benjamin Kowalewicz (vocals)
    Ian D’Sa (guitar)
    Jon Gallant (bass)
    Aaron Solowoniuk (drums)
    BAND ORIGINS: Between Meadowvale and Streetsville of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
    CURRENT ALBUM: Billy Talent III (2009)
    INFLUENCES: Influences include The Clash, Buzzcocks, Jane’s Addiction, Rage against the Machine, Fugazi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Refused, and At the Drive-In.
    SIMILAR ARTISTS: Include Harvey Danger, Senses Fail, From First to Last, The Living End, Saosin, The Offspring, Thursday, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Rise Against, The Gamits, My Chemical Romance, Reuben, Inward Eye, and Social Code.
    FOLLOWERS: Include The Explicits.
  • 3. How Did they Come Together?
    Kowalewicz and Gallant were part of the band “To Each His Own” at first, Kowalewicz, who eventually moved up to vocals, on drums and Gallant, who later replaced Kowalewicz on the drums, on bass. After joining up with Solowoniuk, they applied for their school’s talent show, where they met D’Sa, currently part of the band “Dragonflower”, back stage. They band together for a short while under the name “The Other One”, eventually changing the name to “Pezz”, who they came to be known as. Until 1999.
  • 4. BAND MEMBERINFORMATION
    Name: Benjamin Ian Kowalewicz
    Role in the Band: Lead Vocals
    Birthday: December 16, 1974
    Instruments: Can play Drums and Guitar.
    Education: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School
    Relationship Status: In a relationship
    Children?: None
    Band History: To Each His Own, The Other One, Pezz, Billy Talent
  • 5. BAND MEMBERINFORMATION
    Name: Jonathan Eric Gallant
    Role in the Band: Bass, back up Vocals
    Birthday: July 23, 1976
    Instruments: Bass, Guitar
    Education: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School,
    Humber College
    Relationship Status: Married
    Children?: Yes, son, Xavier Jeffrey Gallant
    Band History: To Each His Own, The Other One, Pezz,
    Billy Talent
  • 6. BAND MEMBERINFORMATION
    Name: Ian Michael D’Sa
    Role in the Band: Guitar, back up Vocals
    Birthday: October 30, 1975
    Instruments: Guitar
    Education: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School
    Relationship Status: In a relationship
    Children?: None
    Band History: Dragonflower, The Other One, Pezz, Billy Talent
  • 7. BAND MEMBERINFORMATION
    Name: Aaron Solowoniuk
    Role in the Band: Drums
    Birthday: November 21, 1973
    Instruments: drums, percussion, Pearl ‘Masters’, Sabian
    Education: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School
    Relationship Status: Married
    Children?: Yes, daughter named Willow
    Band History: To Each His Own, The Other One, Pezz, Billy Talent
  • 8. The Canadian PEZZ
    “Pezz” lasted them until 1999, which, during the time they were called such, they had released one album and two demos. The first demo, Demoluca released in July of 1994, their second soon after, Dudebox, in January of 1995, and then their first full-length album, “Watoosh!” in 1998. “Canadian Pezz” ended in 1999 due to legal trouble with the Memphis Tennessee Punk Band. “American Pezz” had released their first recording under that name in 1990, and their first full-length in 1995. Management for “Canadian Pezz” threatened a lawsuit and sued $5000 from BYO Records in Los Angeles from the American Pezz. Lawsuit was dropped and in 2001, the Canadian “Canadian Pezz” dubbed themselves “Billy Talent”.
  • 9. DEMOLUCA
    Released in July of 1994
    Tracks included: “Free At Last” and “Just A Thought”
    Called such after a friend, Jason Deluca.
    Released in January of 1995
    Tracks included: “Dudebox” and “Turner”
    Called such after a friend, Dave Tedesco, had stopped by during recording.
    DUDEBOX
  • 10. FIRST ALBUM!!!
    WATOOSH!, recorded at Great Big Music, was released in 1998.
    Didn’t reach mainstream sells due to Canadian Pezz’s popularity in Toronto’s independent record scene.
    Tracks included: “M&M”, “Fairytale”, “Nita”, “Mother’s Native Instrument”, “Bird In Basement”, “Recap”, “When I Was A Little Girl”, “Warmth of Windows”, “Square Root Of Me”, “Absorbed”, and “New Orleans Is Sinking”.
  • 11. WATOOSH! MUSIC SAMPLE
    SONG: “NITA”
    GENRE: PUNK ROCK/ CANADIAN ROCK
    ARTIST: PEZZ
    YEAR: 1998
  • 12. Where Did The Name “Billy Talent” Come From?
    After ending their journey as “Pezz”, Kowalewicz and friends dubbed themselves “Billy Talent” in 2001, the name coming from the guitarist in the book Hard Core Logo by Michael Turner.
    They have released four albums to date under that name: Billy Talent, Billy Talent II, Billy Talent III, and Billy Talent: 666 Live, along with two deluxe albums: Billy Talent III Deluxe Edition and Billy Talent: 666 Live Deluxe.
  • 13. BILLY TALENT Music Sample
    SONG: “TRY HONESTY”
    ALBUM: BILLY TALENT
    GENRE: PUNK ROCK/ CANADIAN ROCK
    ARTIST: BILLY TALENT
    YEAR: 2003
  • 14. Discography
    Demoluca (Demo) – Unknown – 1994
    Dudebox (Demo) – Unknown – 1995
    Watoosh! – Atlantic – 1998
    Try Honesty EP – Self Released – 2001
    Try Honesty / Living In The Shadows (Single) – Atlantic – 2003
    Billy Talent – Atlantic – 2003
    The Ex (Single) – Atlantic – 2003
    River Below (Single) – Atlantic – 2004
    Devil In A Midnight Mass (Single) – Atlantic – 2006
    Red Flag (Single) – Atlantic – 2006
    Fallen Leaves (Single) – Atlantic – 2006
    Billy Talent II – Atlantic – 2006
    Surrender (Single Promo) – Atlantic – 2007
    Billy Talent 666 Live – WEA, WEA – 2007
    Surrender (Single Promo) – Atlantic – 2007
    Billy Talent III – Warner Music Canada – 2009
    Devil On My Shoulder (Single, Promo) – Warner Music Canada – 2009
    Rusted From The Rain (Single, Promo) – WEA - 2009
  • 15. Imagesof theGroup
  • 16. Works Cited
    Information was taken from the following websites:
    Discogs.com
    TrueKnowledge.com
    Auth.Grolier.Com
    Infotrac.galegroup.com
    Infoweb.newsbank.com
    BillyTalent.com
    FaceBook.com [their OFFICIAL pages]
    Answers.com
    Thetabworld.com