The Kindred (band)

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The Kindred (formerly Today I Caught the Plague)
Origin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 2005–Present
Labels Sumerian Records
Associated acts A Legend Falls, There Were Thousands, Bill Furious, Die Nameless
Website The Kindred
Members Johnny McArthur
Ben Davis
Matt Young
Steve Rennie
Eric Stone
Kenny Saunders
Past members David Journeaux
Mike Ieradi
Matt Belanger
Ryan Berthiaume
Aaron Homma
Pete Saumure
Apeman Akhtar

The Kindred is a Canadian progressive rock sextet formed in Ottawa, Ontario, formerly known as Today I Caught the Plague. Formed in the winter of 2005–2006, the band released their debut EP Ms. Mary Mallon on July 4, 2008 and their debut full-length Lore on June 14, 2011, both independently.


Following the break-up of David Journeaux and Mike Ieradi's previous band, A Legend Falls, the two formed Today I Caught the Plague. Slowly the group fleshed out their lineup, including members from Bill Furious and Among Ashes. The group's lineup was complete with the addition of Steve Rennie from Die Nameless.

After numerous pre-production sessions the band finally entered Addictive Sound Studios with producer and good friend Dean Hadji. After a few weeks of recording the band finished their debut EP, Ms. Mary Mallon.

Following the recording of Ms. Mary Mallon, bassist Matt Belanger left the band. With an EP ready to be released and a group of musicians eager to tour, the band recruited Eric Stone and Matt Young, formerly of There Were Thousands. The band's lineup was now complete.

Ms. Mary Mallon was released on July 4, 2008, with some of the band's members being barely out of high school.[1] It has received very positive reviews.[2] While promoting the album at Toronto's Reverb, critic Dave Synyard of Exclaim! magazine said they "played an entertaining set and got the pit started for the night..."[3]

The band has completed multiple full scale tours to date, and have shared the stage with bands such as Between the Buried and Me, Protest the Hero, The Devin Townsend Project, Intronaut, The Faceless, TesseracT, Intervals and Scale the Summit among many others.

In 2011 the group went into the studio with Canadian producers Anthony Calabretta and Cameron McLellan to record their first full length album. In June they released Lore to numerous critical acclaim. Since the release of Lore, Today I Caught the Plague have done several Canadian tours including headlining the first leg of the lore tour in the summer of 2011. In the fall of 2011, Today I caught the Plague embarked on the Scurrilous tour with Protest the Hero and in addition did a sting of headlining shows after. In December they also embarked on a full Canadian tour supporting The Devin Townsend Project. In March 2012, Today I Caught the Plague will tour the U.S. for their first time in support of Protest the Hero, Periphery, Jeff Loomis and The Safety Fire. Today I Caught the Plague will be touring through the U.S. as direct support for Scale the Summit starting in late May and the tour will end in mid June.

On May 25, 2013, the band officially announced the name change with a press release:[4]

After 5 years of touring and creating music under Today I Caught the Plague, we have collectively decided it's time to move on. This is a choice we've made as a group and is definitely one we had some difficulty making, although we are happy we made it. There have been no changes to members and no plans to stray away from our style of writing and performing music. We are still the same people, with the same creative ideas and aspects that have led you to believe in our music over the last 5 years. We will now, and for the rest of time, be known as...THE KINDRED.

On May 15, 2015, David Journeaux posted on the band's Facebook page announcing his departure from the band.[5] Three days later the band announced Johnny McArthur as their new vocalist and Kenny Saunders as their new drummer, replacing Mike Ieradi who left the band to join Protest the Hero.[6]


Current members[edit]

  • Johnny McArthur - lead vocals
  • Ben Davis – guitar, vocals
  • Steve Rennie – guitar, vocals
  • Eric Stone – bass, vocals
  • Matt Young – keyboard, vocals
  • Kenny Saunders - drums

Former members[edit]

  • David Journeaux - lead vocals (2005-2014)
  • Mike Ieradi - drums (2005-2013)
  • Matt Belanger – bass, vocals (2007–2008)
  • Pete Saumure - guitar, vocals (2005-2006)
  • Aaron Homma - guitar, vocals (2005-2006)
  • Ryan Berthiaume - bass (2005-2006)



  • 2011: Lore (as Today I Caught the Plague)
  • 2014: Life In Lucidity (February 25, 2014 as The Kindred)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Today I Caught the Plague Artist Page". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Hughes, William (10 Sep 2008). "Today I Caught The Plague Ms. Mary Mallon". Sputnik Music. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Synyard, Dave (December 2008/January 2009). "Today I Caught The Plague / Arise and Ruin / Straight Reads the Line". Exclaim! (Toronto: 1059434 Ontario Inc). ISSN 1207-6600. Retrieved 28 January 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Today I Caught The Plague becomes The Kindred". Lambgoat, LLC. 25 May 2013. 
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