Chixdiggit

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Chixdiggit
Chixdiggit, Prague, 24.3.2014.JPG
Background information
Origin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genres Punk rock, Pop punk
Years active 1991–present
Labels Sub Pop
Fat Wreck Chords
Website chixdiggit.com
Members KJ Jansen
Mark O'Flaherty
Kepi Ghoulie
Tyler Pickering

Chixdiggit is a pop punk band formed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The idea of the band was conceived by three high-school students in 1990 when they started making band t-shirts for the as yet fictitious band.[1] According to the band the name Chixdiggit is "the Heavy Metal way of writing 'Chicks Dig It'." The band released their debut, self-titled full-length, in 1996. In 2007, eleven years after their debut album and following three more studio albums, the band released a re-recording of the album, titled Chixdiggit! II. The band has a reputation for writing often light-hearted pop songs, usually about girls and relationships.

Biography[edit]

The band was started after K.J. Jansen, Mark O'Flaherty and Mike Eggermont started selling Chixdiggit T-shirts at their high-school, although at this stage the band did not officially exist. Eventually the shirts started selling well, which provided the band with enough money to purchase a drum kit. However, none of the band members had any musical experience nor did any of the members own instruments (except Mark who owned a classical guitar). Mike took up playing bass and because "KJ couldn't sit still long enough to be drummer" he took up playing guitar as well as becoming the lead vocalist for the band.[1]

Officially the band started in 1991 and started playing shows in 1992. However, they only played a small number of shows at this stage and decided to concentrate their efforts on practicing. In 1993 the band started playing regularly in venues around Calgary.

In 1996 Chixdiggit were signed to Sub Pop records. They released their first self-titled album on the record label, however they only lasted a short time on the label. The band left the label as they felt as though they didn't fit in with the record label's ideals. As stated by Mike from the band: "the people that actually had to sell our records and deal with us on a day to day basis were not quite so fond of us."

At this stage Chixdiggit was touring worldwide. They were quickly picked up by Honest Don's Records, a Fat Wreck Chords subsidiary from San Francisco.

After the release of 2000's From Scene to Shining Scene, the band took a hiatus, from which they returned in 2003,[2] and in 2005 the band started writing and recording its fourth full length album, Pink Razors.[3] The album was released April 19, 2005 on Fat Wreck Chords in North American and Bad Taste Records in Europe.

Mike Eggermont left the band in 2002 and started a software company. In 2003, drummer Dave Alcock (owner of Sundae Sound recording studio) left the band, and was replaced by the band's original drummer, Jason Hirsch.[4]

On October 31, 2007, the band released a re-recording of their debut album, Chixdiggit!, on Bad Taste Records. The re-recorded album was titled Chixdiggit! II.[5]

In 2011 Chixdiggit released a 6 song EP titled "Safeways here we come" released in North America by Fat Wreck Chords

Band members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • KJ Jansen - guitar, vocals
  • Mark O'Flaherty - guitar, vocals
  • James Gamble - bass, vocals
  • Tyler Pickering - drums

Former[edit]

  • Mike Eggermont - bass, vocals (1991–2000)
  • Dave Alcock - drums (1997–2003)
  • Jason Hirsch- drums (1991-1997, 2003-2007)
  • Mike McLeod - bass, vocals
  • Kepi Ghoulie - bass, vocals

Kevin Challacombe - long time touring roadie and sporadic live guitar/bass player. Toured Canada, USA, and Europe 1994-2006

Discography[edit]

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Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Cassettes[edit]

  • 1993 - Humped (self-released)

7"s[edit]

Splits[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chixdiggit Band Info". Chixdiggit Official Website. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Chixdiggit Returning". Punknews.org. 2003-10-26. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Chixdiggit recording new album". Punknews.org. 2005-01-03. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Chixdiggit swap drummers". Punknews.org. 2004-01-22. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Records / Chixdiggit! / Chixdiggit! II BTR 116". Bad Taste Records. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Chixdiggit discography". Chixdiggit Official Website. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 

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