Sandbox (band)

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Origin New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1993 (1993)–1998 (1998)
Labels Nettwerk
Past members Mike Smith
Paul Murray
Jason Archibald
Scott MacFarlane
Troy Shanks

Sandbox was a Canadian alternative rock band formed in 1993 in New Glasgow. The band consisted of Paul Murray on vocals, Mike Smith and Jason Archibald on guitar, Scott MacFarlane on bass and Troy Shanks on drums. Paul Murray is a nephew of singer Anne Murray.


Sandbox was formed by Mike Smith in New Glasgow in 1992. They debuted with the 1993 indie EP, Maskman.

Canadian chart success[edit]

Their debut album Bionic was released on July 23, 1996. The album spawned their most well known single, "Curious", which reached No. 34 on Canada's RPM Singles chart and No. 8 on Canada's Alternative chart.[1][2] The song also received regular airplay on MuchMusic. They were nominated for Best New Group at the Juno Awards of 1996. They also won three East Coast Music Awards.

A second album, A Murder in the Glee Club was released in November 1997. The album was produced by Don Fleming who also produced albums for Hole, Stone Temple Pilots, and Teenage Fanclub.

Breakup and post Sandbox[edit]

Following the dissolution of the band, guitarist Mike Smith went on to play Bubbles, a popular character in the Canadian cult hit television series Trailer Park Boys.[3] Bassist Scott MacFarlane played for Crush and Gordie Sampson. Jason Archibald graduated from Dalhousie University in 2001 with a degree in medicine.