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Monday, September 27, 2004

Steady touring pays off for Billy Talent
Canadian Press

TORONTO (CP) -- From emptying stinky airplane septic tanks to getting stuck in frigid Saskatoon snow drifts and then strutting the Juno stage as Canada's best new group, it's fair to say the members of Billy Talent have been through all the typical highs and lows on the quest for rock stardom.
Frontman Ben Kowalewicz, who worked at Pearson International Airport before the band got its record deal, credits an unrelenting tour schedule for the Toronto group's steady growth -- which saw them break double platinum last week after clocking sales of more than 200,000 CDs in Canada.
In the past 12 months, the punk-pop band has crossed Canada four times and toured Europe and the United States five times. They've opened for Jane's Addiction and Buzzcocks, and been part of the Vans Warped Tour. The guys from Bad Religion are fans, having worn Billy Talent T-shirts on stage.
"It's just been absolutely insane," said Kowalewicz, who is as zippy over the phone as he is onstage, his voice bouncing all over the place with endless energy. "I don't quite understand it and I don't think I ever want to."
This week, the foursome will climb aboard a swanky, fully furnished tour bus for their fifth jaunt across Canada before hunkering down with the task of writing a second album.
"We've now graduated to a bus level in Canada," Kowalewicz says excitedly.
The non-stop shows, he says, helped the band earn a Juno for best new group and a MuchMusic trophy for best rock video for Try Honesty.
The popularity of that song helped make them one the country's biggest radio success stories of past year.
"A lot of bands always ask 'How do you make it?' You write good songs and you tour your ass off," he said. "We did a lot in a short period of time . . . by the time you start one place and finish in another you have to start back up again in order to maintain your relevance."
Billy Talent is made up of four friends originally from Mississauga, Ont.
Kowalewicz, guitarist Ian D'Sa, drummer Aaron Solowoniuk and bassist Jonny Gallant met 11 years ago in high school at a battle of the bands competition.
After milking the local watering holes and dingy pool halls for all they could, the foursome decided they'd have to find real venues to perform at if they wanted to make a living from music.
Naming themselves after a character from Bruce McDonald's pseudo rockumentary Hard Core Logo, (based on a novel by the same name), they recorded a four-song disc -- featuring their screaming vocal style -- to shop around. It eventually earned them a publishing deal with EMI Music.
"We've been together for 11 years. For us to finally have a little bit of success and momentum and people actually give a shit about what we're doing is pretty crazy," said Kowalewicz, who is often called Billy by fans who don't realize the band's name is from a novel.
The foursome, all in their late 20s, plan to spend November through January writing new material. Kowalewicz think he'll be able to once again capture the mood of today's youth now that he's visited other countries.
"I feel more connected with reality than I ever have. I've been to so many different places and listened to so many different point of views," he said. "I feel more connected to the earth and my surroundings. Now I don't think the world is big and scary and as hopeless as I once thought it was."


Billy talented

Band proves 'screamo' music makes it with the kids
Special to the Toronto Sun
The Docks, Toronto
Friday, October 8, 2004
3 stars and a half out of 5

TORONTO -- Thank you, Billy Talent. Thank you for selling out the The Docks nightclub on Friday night. Thank you for proving that a cool, new Canadian band can make money, even if they scream really loud. Because not so long ago, I heard a man responsible for the evil mediocrity that is Nickelback declare that "screamo" music would never make it. Dude, you were so wrong.
There were so many kids at the sold-out show it was practically unbearable for adults, trying to squeeze through thousands of sweaty boys and girls on their way to and from the front of the stage.
Some as young as 10 were probably attending their first concert. Not Nickelback. Not Avril Lavigne. Billy Talent, a loud, smart-assed foursome from Toronto whose platinum-selling, self-titled debut is far more daring than most of what passes for alternative rock these days, what with the primal screaming and all.
Even from the back of the massive room, the band's energy roared from the first guitar riff like a group rebel yell. Singer Ben Kowalewicz was his usual hyper-active, charismatic self. He cultivated his pin-up status with sexy, trashy talk, while maintaining a 'nice guy' image. "Take care of each other out there," he told the moshing crowd in his whiny voice. "We're not Limp Bizkit."
True, Billy Talent is considerably smarter than most blockhead nu-metal. But they're close enough to what's popular for kids to relate. Drummer Aaron Solowoniuk's rhythms can verge on funky rap-rock, Ben sometimes does dual vox with guitarist Ian D'sa, ala Linkin Park. A few slower songs even sounded a bit much like '80s hard rock. Still, it felt new and exciting to see Billy Talent's mass acceptance by a new generation. This is not their parents' music, or even their older brothers'.
The coolest of the kids also dug openers Death From Above 1979 and the Metric, two other local buzz bands who consistently kill live. DFA's powerful, two-man fuzz rock assault bewildered some of the crowd, while the Metric got lobbed by several water bottles when not playing their hit Combat Baby. Saucy singer Emily Haines responded with an extended ad-lib rant on closer "Dead Disco" that lambasted dumb mob mentality. Point: Metric.
Thanks to Billy Talent for bringing thousands of young people to see those two bands and for headlining a show that cemented the new wave of Canadian music taking over, big time. Whether the folks pushing Nickelback like it or not.


Formed in 1999, Billy Talent is one of the few bands to take hardcore punk, polish it up and still make it sound dirty enough to appeal to diehard punk fans. After a year of touring alongside

Formed in 1999, Billy Talent is one of the few bands to take hardcore punk, polish it up and still make it sound dirty enough to appeal to diehard punk fans. After a year of touring alongside The Buzzcocks and major league rockers on Lollapalooza, their latest self-titled record was released in September on Atlantic Records. Life In A Bungalo got the chance to speak with vocalist Ben Kowalewicz during some downtime on their US tour.

One of the highlights of your album is Standing In The Rain, which doesn?t seem to get mentioned much in the press. What were you thinking when you wrote that song?
A lot of people don?t like that song. We were recording our album in Vancouver, a very big port city where a lot of drugs flow?especially heroin. There?s a small area of about four blocks that is the most polluted, desolate area that has just been raped and pillaged by heroin. It?s almost hard to believe that it exists in North America. Prostitution and crime is also very high right by where we were recording. I remember walking, and I saw this girl. She was about my age, she was a prostitute, and it looked like the world had given up on her. It was weird, because I locked eyes with her, and saw her quite a few times. Ian wrote a song, and brought the music to Standing In The Rain. It was dirty, but beautiful and very hopeful and triumphant. While writing lyrics for it, I thought, ?How did Sting ever write a song about prostitution without the stupid ?80s way of doing coke and banging hookers?? He wrote Roxanne in a very insightful sort of way. I went home for a couple days, and wrote Standing In The Rain with a napkin and a pen while flying back from Vancouver.

Did you ever talk to that girl?
No, I never actually spoke to her. A lot of times, being a singer and lyricist is very cool because one of the best ways I like writing is from the third person point of view. Just seeing her in her environment, and being there long enough to absorb it was enough.

On the opening track This Is How It Goes you hit these insane high notes, on par with a sloppy Bruce Dickinson?it really gets operatic?do you even care that it?s not clean? What were you thinking when you were pelting that out?
I have a really hard time in the studio. I don?t like studios. I think studios are not made for me. I like playing live, and I don?t think the music has to be perfect. If there is energy and emotion then that?s all that matters. The bands that blow my mind away are the ones that just don?t give a fuck. They are in that moment, and that moment is the only one that?s relevant to the people there. When you are in the studio you have to be very conscious of what you are singing and how you are singing. I like the finished product, but I don?t like the method. Some days I just didn?t feel it, and some days I would just walk in, hit record and bang! That?s what was great about our producer?even if we were in our 15th hour of overdubs, if I was able to sing, he would let me sing. The booth was always ready to roll. I think I sang most of the album back in Toronto, in a little shithole studio that wasn?t even a studio. I sang pretty much half the album in two days, after trying to do it for three weeks.

Your record definitely has a raw hardcore punk sound that hasn?t been heard since the mid-1990s. Who do you draw your influences from?
For me personally, I draw a lot of inspiration from all the older bands. Vocally, I love Perry Farrell from Jane?s Addiction, David Bowie, Robert Smith, even Kurt Cobain to Mike Patton. I draw a lot of influence from what my brother was listening to growing up, and then forced me to get into. So if it weren?t for him, I wouldn?t be listening to this kind of music at all.

Your vocal style is very different. It goes from singing to a screeching chorus of angry noise.
Ian, our guitar player, sings just about as much as I do. We have a lot of shouting vocals, and it?s a little bit of all of us?not just me. We do a lot of call and response harmonies, which are very Fugazi, Clash influenced. They say a line, then I say a line, and it all meets at the end.

Billy Talent has been lumped together with the so-called screamo genre. What modern bands do you identify with?
I like Thursday, and all those bands are out there doing what they do, but the funny thing about our band is that we have never really been accepted into any kind of scene. Growing up we played a lot of punk shows, hardcore shows, and ska shows. So we always were bouncing through all these different kinds of genres, and we made friends with all these different bands. There are all these bands that we really got along with, but we were never accepted by one scene. I think what we are trying to do is just write good songs, and let the music speak for itself. Whatever way you need to dip the aspirin in jam to digest it is fine. Surprisingly, we?ve never really played with any of the modern screamo bands. We?ve played with Boy Sets Fire, Sparta, Mars Volta and The Blood Brothers, but we?ve never actually had a tour with one of the newer emo/hardcore bands.

Your moniker is taken from a character in a book that becomes a huge Canadian punk rock star and then crashes hard. Do you think your band is cursed to go that route, because of your name?
How it came to be, was I had seen the movie version of ?Hard Core Logo,? and we were looking for a band name. The guy that played Billy Talent is my favorite Canadian actor Callum Keith Rennie, and not even thinking about what the character did (sell out and go to a major label) we just thought it was a cool name. It was Canadian, and we like the Ziggy Stardust thing, where the band?s name is a real name.

Any worries that down the line people are going to start calling you Billy like they do to the lead singer of Jimmy Eat World?
That happens already. People chant ?Billy? when they see me, but we did put in the liner notes that Billy Talent is a fictional character from a book. All of our names are also in the notes, which is kind of lame as well. I can relate to the guy from Jimmy Eat World?poor bastard.The Buzzcocks and major league rockers on Lollapalooza, their latest self-titled record was released in September on Atlantic Records. Life In A Bungalo got the chance to speak with vocalist Ben Kowalewicz during some downtime on their US tour.


Tuesday, 8 p.m., Burton Cummings Theatre

Billy Talent's Ben Kowalewicz hopes people will take his advice when talking about him: Try honesty.

Since the release of the band's debut last September, the vocalist has heard stories about him that would make Paris Hilton blush.

"I heard I'm a gay heroin addict, which is awesome," he laughs. "People just create things in their heads about us. I don't care -- my friends and parents know who I am so I don't have to justify anything to anybody."

Kowalewicz has learned to take the pros and cons of being in the national spotlight in stride. He was dumped by his long-time girlfriend for being away on tour too much and misses family and friends in Toronto, but for all the heartache, Kowalewicz, 28, and his bandmates have had more than enough good times to make up for it.

"There's peaks and valleys, high and low times, but we've become friends with bands we've respected for so long and met so many amazing kids that it blurs into one unique, amazing, unbelievable experience."

Those experiences include: Selling 200,000 copies of their album; winning a Juno for best new rock band; winning a MuchMusic Video Award for their breakthrough single, Try Honesty; touring Canada four times; touring Europe five times; being asked to open for Jane's Addiction in England and The Buzzcocks in the U.S.; spending a month on the Vans Warped tour; partying with Bad Religion's Jay Bentley and NOFX's Fat Mike.

Now, the punk quartet are making one last trip across Canada before getting down to work on their sophomore release. They graduated from a van to a bus for the tour -- which sold out the Burton Cummings Theatre in two hours -- and got to pick their opening acts: synth-pop group Metric and noise duo Death From Above 1979.

"That's the one thing I want to stress every time I'm doing an interview -- come down early for down and dirty, loud, sexy rock 'n' roll," Kowalewicz says. Presumably with honesty.


I never heard of these four dudes before their "self titled" debut record on this major label. Well, where the heck have they been? These guys really rocked me away: think of how I met them. Got the CD, put it in the stereo and I have been blown away since the first guitar chords and drum fills. It's like a rock'n'roll band but with post-hardcore influences. Now, as far as I hate labels and comparisons, I cannot not think about bands like Refused or The Icarus Line, or even the newest idols as The Kinison or Tora!Tora!Torrance, but at their top. Billy Talent can really put out the finest rocking music from their instruments, and even tough they are young, these four Canadians have really a lot of shots under their belt. Such tracks as "Line And Sinker", "The Ex", "Nothing To Lose", "Lies" and the singles "Try Honest" and "This Is How It Goes" show the band playing different and amazing music: from the fast and furious hardcore chords and screams to the softer rock'n'roll, almost poppy punk music. It's good to see young bands like Billy Talent and it's clear Billy Talent will go far.


Billy Talent are a relatively new name in the UK. It will probably come as a surprise to learn they have been together for over 11 years. Together since high school in battle of the bands competitions they played for a number of years under the name Pez, before changing to Billy Talent, a name inspired by a character in the 1996 film, Hard Core Logo.

"We released four tapes, remember those, and did an independent full length album under the name Pez," explains Kowalewicz. "Under Billy Talent we released a four track independent EP thing as well."

A fair, if somewhat bizarre comparison Billy Talent make is likening themselves to an episode of Seinfeld, the hugely successful sitcom staring Jerry Seinfeld.

"We just have an obsessive compulsive, overly neurotic sense about us," explains Kowalewicz. "We just have a really unique way of dealing with situations with the four of us. We manage to get ourselves into so many stupid situations that could be easily avoided," he adds, choosing not to reveal any further details.

Not only having played together for 11 years the band have, until now, never had a record contract. Jumping directly into the depths of a major label with Atlantic Records was certainly an experience for them. "We're learning," jokes Kowalewicz. "It's different, but we're comfortable. Everyone, including myself, thinks of major labels as these big, evil, faceless and mindless corporations. But now every single label from indie to major has just been hacked and slashed because no one is buying albums or music anymore so they had to let a lot of people go. I've got a lot of friends in the industry that have been fired. Trying to humanise the industry is what I've been trying to do. These are people and everyone at Atlantic so far has been fine. When making the album no one was coming in suggesting stuff to us, all the artwork and music we got to do ourselves. Any decision making was okayed through us. The thing the major label basically gave to us was the ability to have CDs in stores."

It's clear from listening to Billy Talent that what they're doing is not original, they are in essence a punk rock band. However there is a degree of freshness to their sound that is lacking from the music scene. The band have taken a tried and tested formula, tweaked it, thrown in an element of Seinfeld and created an excellent product.

"When you're playing with people it is the dynamic between the people you're creating with. You could get someone to come and play in the band but it wouldn't be the four of us," Kowalewicz attempts to explain. He continues acknowledging that the band are not attempting to reinvent the wheel. "We're a rock and roll band. It's one those things with us."

In their 11 years together, Kowalewicz is quick to recall some of his most memorable moments in Billy Talent. The band supported the Buzzcocks on their American tour and have recently played with Jane's Addiction, a band Kowalewicz grew up loving and respecting. "I'm not really impressed with their new album," he argues. "I think it's dated. The reason I liked Jane's was for the energy that came off their albums. The new one I find very polished."

A lot of Kowalewicz's lyrics come from listening to different people's experiences and points of view, venting their frustrations through himself. The track 'Standing In The Rain' for example tells the story of a heroin-addicted prostitute.

"It's weird. I meet a lot of people; that's the beauty of this job," he begins. "I get to hear so many stories and people's points of view on things I might have never thought of. You meet people you can relate with and people that have lived through things I could never imagine. A lot of the time I like writing in third person but from the first person view, if that makes sense."

This manifests itself throughout their debut album, in many sombre ways, revealed when Kowalewicz begins talking about the track 'Nothing To Lose.' "I wrote it when I was reading a newspaper on tour," he explains. "There's a town near where I'm from and there was a boy being teased at school because he had really bad acne. One kid said 'why don't you go home and kill yourself?' That day he went home and hung himself at lunchtime. I realised there's more to life than high school, so I wrote a song from his point of view."

It's difficult knowing where to continue when someone has just recited an event like that to you.

Conversation eventually returns to the band and to D'Sa, and his talent besides that of guitarist as an animator. "You know that makes me mad," laughs Kowalewicz. "God pisses me off sometimes," he adds. "He gave this one kid so much talent it's ridiculous. It's unbelievable how talented he is. Ian does all our artwork. He graduated at the top of his class at background design. We wanted to go with a very cold, Russian, almost Communist look. We went almost opposite. I went to Cuba then we decided to do like a Cuban revolutionary flag, which is what the cover is about."

Cuba was "absolutely unbelievably amazing," Kowalewicz exclaims excitedly. "The musicians on street corners are unreal. There's no Americanism, no McDonalds or Burger Kings, no Kentucky fucking Fried Chicken. It's just how it was left in 1953."

Conversation shifts back to Russia and how Americanisation is gradually creeping into the former Soviet country. An abundance of McDonalds and other American corporations are already firmly routed in Moscow. Kowalewicz reveals it's the next place he wants to visit. "The plague is setting in," he jokes, referring to America.

Returning to Billy Talent Kowalewicz begins talking about his aspirations for the band.

"The most important thing is simply playing. We'll live breathe and die by playing," he states. "It's the best thing in the world. It's been a pretty crazy 15 months." After 11 years in the underground Billy Talent are finally making their presence known and enjoying it. "Enjoying to the absolute fucking fullest, which is the only way you should be," Kowalewicz concludes.

Billy Talent's self-titled debut album is out now on Atlantic Records.

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Rock Sound Interview Transcript - March 2004

What's your earliest memory?:
Getting beaten up by my brother and all his friends. He's knocked my teeth out with monkey wrenches, beaten me up with hammers and shot me with BB guns.

What were you like as a child?:
If there was an accident I would find it. I've stabbed myself, had fishhooks in my back, been hit by cars and fallen off cliffs. I always came with casts and band-aids on.

What were you like at school?:
I wanted to be good. In high school I didn't really do well because I just wasn't ready for it. I was going through a lot of stuff at that point in my life and being scholarly wasn't necessarily a priority.

What was your first job?:
Working in a fast food restaurant called Harvey's when I was 15. This lady who didn't like me gave me a toothbrush and a little bucket to clean between the tiles in the big freezer. An hour and a half passed and I was freezing my nuts off. When she opened the door I called her a bitch and got fired.

How would you describe your personality?:
Obsessively compulsively neurotic. I'm caring but don't cross me. The band probably think of me as the hot head. I'm very passionate and overly sensitive about a lot of things.

Have you ever been in love?:
Yes, with various girls. One in particular right now. She drives me fucking nuts but I love her.

What's been your biggest fashion disaster?:
I used to wear awful things like bright green bellbottom pants, yellow shirts and big crazy shoes and have bleached hair. I like the ultra-normal look now.

Who were your childhood heroes?:
When you're growing up your parents are the only people whoa re indestructible and know everything.

How did you lose your virginity?:
With my first girlfriend when I was 17 and the floodgates have been open ever since. It was awful and weird and terrible.

Have you got any weird habits?:
I clean obsessively. I can't rest until everything's neat in my apartment.

What were you like as a child?:
I was very shy and kept to myself. I was really inclined towards drawing and painting. I eventually graduated in classical animation and worked in the industry for three years.

Ever had any near-death experiences?:
When we were 15 we used to get drunk on this cliff in Mississauga. Once I wandered off by myself and I fell down a cave hole. It was a 25-foot drop but I just bruised my ass.

How would you describe your personality?:
I guess I'm an introvert but I like to be social as well. If there's a problem I'm the one who'll think it over for a couple of days.

What's been your most life-changing event?:
Moving to Montreal for a year. After working so hard at college I kind of decompressed in Montreal. It taught me what life is supposed to be about. That and being able to go to England and see where I was born.

When was the last time you were tempted?:
Probably just a few nights ago with illegal substances. Moderation's the key.

What's the most vindictive thing you're done to another person?:
Ben and I wrote a song about an ex-girlfriend called "The Ex" before we had the record deal and now I'm realising that it's going to be on the radio.

Have you ever been in love?:
Yes, that would have been with the ex-girlfriend. And my girlfriend now.

Who were your childhood heroes?:
When I was a kid I saw "The Song Remains The Same" and I was blown away by Jimmy Page. Also Mr. T in The A-Team and David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider. Gandhi was a bit of a hero for me growing up from a multi-cultural background.

How did you lose your virginity?:
My parents went away for the weekend and I had my girlfriend over. I was 21, a late bloomer.

Tell us a little-known fact about yourself.:
I'm half-deaf in my right ear. I had a lot of operations as a kid. So I have to turn my amp up really loud.

What was your childhood like?:
Pretty much all I did was play music. I also played hockey as most Canadian boys do.

What were you like at school?:
I found school pretty easy. I did six years of post-secondary school too. Right after high school I did music for a year but I ended up getting a degree in finance.

Ever had any near-death experiences?:
I almost got buried alive when I was 13. All this snow started pouring off the roof and I was buried up to my hips. I had to be dug out.

What are your views on religion?:
Being born into the Catholic faith and going to Catholic schools has an effect on you. But I've lost my belief in Catholicism now so I suppose I'm an atheist.

How would you describe your personality?:
I'm a pretty happy, laidback guy, but the other guys think I'm moody so maybe not.

What's been your most life-changing event?:
The experience of going from playing in a band and not expecting anything, to suddenly having the opportunity to do it as a complete lifestyle. Getting married changed my life too. It's nice to have someone who loves you so much.

What's been your biggest fashion disaster?:
When I first started playing music at 13 I was a complete rocker. I had the mullet going on, I was wearing steel-toed boots, rock t-shirts, plaid jackets and tight jeans.

What's your biggest regret?:
I wish that I wasn't so learned in musical theory. It gets in the way of creativity.

How did you lose your virginity?:
That took me forever. I was out of high school and still hadn't lost my virginity but then I went to a party and this girl was all over me. I was 19.

Worst tour moment?:
We played in Quebec City and the next day we were flying to New York to play a show with The Darkness. We woke up the next morning and all of our gear had been shipped to the wrong city. We ended up having to but all new guitars.

What's your earliest memory?:
Peeing my pants at day care when I was three years old. I was a very polite child and kept saying "Excuse me" but I didn't get a response.

What were you like as a child?:
I was a nerd. Glasses, bad hair and my mom dressed me.

Ever had any near-death experiences?:
Concussions form BMX racing with no helmet on. I had three in one year as a kid and I was always in hospital. The lady there said I should change my name to OHIP, the name for our healthcare service in Canada.

How would you describe your personality?:
I'm very easy-going. They call me "Switzerland" in the band. Remember in the war when Switzerland didn't really participate? That's me.

Have you ever been in love?:
I'm in love right now. I'm married and I have a beautiful little girl. She's nine months old and her name is Willow.

What's been your most life-changing event?:
Becoming a father. We had our baby when SARS had just started in Toronto so we were the first to be in there when they shut the hospital down. They were only admitting women in labour and their husbands. The newspaper did an article on us about being born into a masked world.

Who were your childhood heroes?:
Brad Wilk was my favourite drummer and still is. Rage Against The Machine were just amazing.

How did you lose your virginity?:
On a school trip in Vermont when I was 15. It was hilarious. She was older than me, not by much though.

What's been your weirdest fan experience?:
It's weird being on the receiving end of cute little love letters from girls skipping their grade 10 class in high school. They just say "I love you, you're the hottest member of Billy Talent".

Tell us a little-known fact about yourself.:
I used to be a raver. I wore size 52 pants, the baggier the better, and dyed my hair blonde. They had some pretty good outdoor parties in Toronto in the early 90s.


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