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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 DSa (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, Janes 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 schools talent show, where they met DSa, 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 DSa
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.
Didnt reach mainstream sells due to Canadian Pezzs popularity in Torontos independent record scene.
Tracks included: M&M, Fairytale, Nita, Mothers 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