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SS Cardiacs was a Canadian indie rock band, briefly active in the early 2000s.[2] It consisted of Jessie Stein on vocals and guitar, Andy Lloyd on bass and Dana Snell on drums.[3]

SS Cardiacs
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresIndie rock
Years active2004 (2004)–2005 (2005)
LabelsBlocks, Out Of Touch
Past membersJessie Stein
Andy Lloyd
Dana Snell
Leon Taheny
Mike Small
Owen Pallett[1]


SS Cardiacs formed in Toronto in 2004. They performed as part of Canada Music Week in March, 2005.[4] That year the band released its sole album, Fear the Love, on Blocks in 2005. Stein's brother, José Miguel Contreras of By Divine Right, also participated in the album's recording.[2] Fear the Love appeared on the !earshot campus and community radio chart in June.[5]

Shortly after the album's release, Lloyd and Snell left the band due to internal tensions,[6] and Stein instead toured to support the album with a lineup that included Leon Taheny, The Meligrove Band's Mike Small[7] and keyboardist Owen Pallett.[8][9] With a more robust sound, the group released one last track entitled "Oh No!" via the Volume II 7" vinyl compilation on Out Of Touch Records.[10]

Stein subsequently retired the SS Cardiacs name, and went on to join Miracle Fortress and to form a new band, The Luyas.


  1. ^ Mick Middles (1 June 2012). Arcade Fire: Behind the Black Mirror. Omnibus Press. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-85712-773-0.
  2. ^ a b Sarah Liss. "Cardiacs Attack". Now, May 26, 2005.
  3. ^ Kolasky, Sarah (May 1, 2004). "The S.S. Cardiacs". Wavelength Toronto. Wavelength Music. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Canadian Music Week Toronto ON — March 2 to 5, 2005". Exclaim, Apr 01, 2005
  5. ^ "National Top 200 chart". !earshot Campus and Community Radio Report, June 2005
  6. ^ "Cardiacs Attack". NOW Toronto, Sarah Liss, May 26, 2005
  7. ^ "Six Degrees Of The Meligrove Band: How They're Connected To Almost Every Canadian Indie Act Ever". Aaron Brophy, Huffington Post Canada, 12/12/2014
  8. ^ "SS Cardiacs Fear the Love". Exclaim!, July 2005.
  9. ^ "A Completely Biased Ranking of the 60 Best Canadian Indie Rock Songs of the 00s Part I". Noisy.
  10. ^ " New vinyl: Chris McCluskey goes around and around." The Coast, By Chris McCluskey on Jun 1, 2006