The Deadly Snakes
The Deadly Snakes
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Garage rock, indie rock|
|Years active||1996–2006, 2009|
|Labels||Sympathy for the Record Industry, In the Red, Paper Bag Records|
|Associated acts||Oblivians, Tangiers, Sloan, The Hives, Andre Ethier, Quest for Fire|
|Past members||André Ethier|
Matthew "Matt-Dog" Carlson
Max "Age of Danger" McCabe-Lokos
Formed in Toronto in 1996, the band's final line-up consisted of André Ethier on vocals and guitars, Matthew Carlson on guitar, trumpet and bass, Chad Ross on guitar, bass and mandolin, Jeremi Madsen on guitar, bass, saxophone and percussion, Max McCabe-Lokos (using the stage name Age of Danger) on piano, organ and percussion, and Andrew "Gunn" Moszynski on guitar and drums. Earlier versions of the band included Carson Binks (now of San Francisco's Genghis Khan) on saxophone, and - at different times - Yuri Didrichsons, James Sayce (both later of Toronto-based indie band Tangiers)and Randy Ray on bass. Greg Cartwright, of The Oblivians and The Reigning Sound, produced the band's first two albums. He briefly joined The Deadly Snakes, playing guitar and singing several songs on the album I'm Not Your Soldier Anymore, and touring as a member of the band in support of that album.
Originally formed as a one-off band for a friend's birthday party, the Snakes kept performing together and soon became a popular draw on Toronto's live music scene. After releasing several 7" singles, the Deadly Snakes released their full-length debut album, Love Undone, in 1999 on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label.
The band toured both Canada and internationally, and released three further albums on In The Red Records. Their 2005 single "Gore Veil", from the album Porcella, was named the fifth best song of the year by CBC Radio 3. The album Porcella was subsequently shortlisted for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize.
The Deadly Snakes announced their amicable breakup in August 2006, and played their last show on August 26, 2006 at the Silver Dollar Room.
In September 2009, rumours of a full-fledged reunion began to circulate following the announcement of a one-off reunion show at the free-of-charge Scion Garage Fest on October 17 in Portland, Oregon.
Ethier has released four albums as a solo artist. He is also a painter whose work has been exhibited internationally. Ross and Gunn formed the band Quest for Fire, who released their self-titled debut on Tee Pee Records in 2009. McCabe-Lokos is an actor who has appeared in Land of the Dead, Lars and the Real Girl and The Incredible Hulk.
- "After tomorrow, they'll be on different planes" Archived 2013-09-09 at Archive.today. National Post, August 24, 2006.
- "Toronto’s Deadly Snakes Reunite for Portland Garage Festival". Exclaim!, September 17, 2009.
- "A Completely Biased Ranking of the 60 Best Canadian Indie Rock Songs of the 00s Part II". Vice, Cam Lindsay Apr 10 2017
- 2006 article about the band and its demise from NewYorkNightTrain.com