Treble Charger

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Treble Charger
Also known as "nc17"
Origin Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Pop punk
Years active 1992 (1992)–2006 (2006)
2012 (2012)–present
Labels ViK
Nettwerk
RCA
Sonic Unyon
Smokin' Worm
Associated acts Broken Social Scene, The Priddle Concern, Don Vail, Sum 41, Gob
Website treblecharger2012.tumblr.com
Members Greig Nori
Bill Priddle
Past members Morris Palter
Rosie Martin
Trevor MacGregor

Treble Charger is a Canadian indie rock music group formed in 1992 in Sault Ste. Marie, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Greig Nori, and co-lead vocalist and guitarist Bill Priddle. The band, initially consisting of four members, had disbanded in 2006 only to reunite in 2012. They began with a melodic indie rock style, but evolved into more of a pop punk band after signing to a major label in 1997.

History[edit]

Early years (1992–1996)[edit]

Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the band consisted of Nori, Priddle, Rosie Martin and Morris Palter, and was named NC-17 (after the movie rating) until an American band with the same name threatened to sue. They adopted the name Treble Charger, but named their debut album NC17. NC17 was released independently at first by Smokin' Worm in 1994, but it was a hit on campus radio, MuchMusic, and CFNY when it was re-released by Sonic Unyon Records in 1997.

In 1995, the band released Self=Title, which included a CD-ROM track promoting 30 of Treble Charger's favourite Canadian indie bands, including The Inbreds, Change of Heart, By Divine Right, Hayden and Thrush Hermit.

Irishman Michael Murphy who was born in Limerick, managed the band in the earlier days of their work.

Shift to pop punk (1997–2006)[edit]

1997's Maybe It's Me was the band's major label debut. Palter recorded drums for only a few tracks, and, after Nori considered recording the rest of the drums himself, session drummer Mike Levesque stepped in. The album featured a more polished, commercial sound than the band's earlier albums, and launched the hit "Friend of Mine". Soon afterward, Trevor MacGregor joined as the band's drummer. That lineup, along with several of their songs from this album, were also featured in the 1999 film Mr. Music. The band played the role of an 'undiscovered' indie band that gets discovered and helps to turn fictional Tone Records around from its slump.

Wide Awake Bored, released in 2000, completed the band's evolution to a pop-punk style. This album also featured the hit singles "American Psycho" and "Brand New Low".

In 2002, Treble Charger released Detox, featuring hit single "Hundred Million" and "Don't Believe It All".

Bill Priddle, identified with Treble Charger's early indie rock direction rather than the later pop-punk, left the band in 2003. Initially, it was said he was taking a break from the group,[1] but it later came out the departure was permanent, and Nori had asked him to leave sooner than Priddle had intended. He told Chart:

"I was always into music for music's sake, when it got all corporate and about gimmicks and imaging and wearing the right clothes and having the right lingo, that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. We had a market of 16-year-old kids and we had to try to guess what our fans wanted. Which is really the opposite of where I was coming from. I've always thought the best music was, obviously, done by people that did music for themselves."[2]

Kelly Osbourne guitarist Devin Bronson filled in for Priddle for the rest of the Detox tour. Priddle continued his collaborations with Broken Social Scene and is a member of his new band The Priddle Concern.

By this time, their work with and the success of their proteges Sum 41, whom Nori produced, had started to eclipse Treble Charger's own career. In late 2004, it was reported that Treble Charger itself was on hiatus, but an animated version of the group, including Priddle, would appear, with Sum 41, on The Comedy Network series Kevin Spencer.[3]

However, a message posted on July 20, 2004, on their official website said they were continuing to record and the band was still together. But on September 1, 2005, Greig Nori said in an interview:

"Thanks for all the amazing support you have given us. It seems like we're bigger now then we have ever been. I only wish more people had caught on to our music sooner so that we could have had an easier time at being a band. I'm not saying it's over yet but I am saying that right now I need to focus on other things. Maybe in a while I will get the urge to write a new TC album but right now my heart's not in it. Thanks for enjoying our music."

The hits "American Psycho" and "Brand New Low" were featured in EA Sports Hockey game NHL 2002 and "Hundred Million" was used in NHL 2003 and in Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild. EA also used "Wear Me Down" and "Business" from the Wide Awake Bored album in Triple Play 2002. "American Psycho" was used in promotional advertisements for the direct-to-video movie American Pie: Band Camp and featured in the movie Dude, Where's My Car?.

On February 3, 2006, Greig Nori disbanded Treble Charger, at that time, ending their 14 year career.

Post-breakup activity (2006–2011)[edit]

Greig Nori has stopped managing Canadian band Sum 41, although he now manages other bands. He is currently a "musical guru "for the Canadian reality show disBAND (Renamed Much Discovered) on MuchMusic. Bill Priddle pursues a solo career in Toronto, and released a solo album in 2008 with his new band The Priddle Concern. Trevor MacGregor currently writes music for TV and film. Morris Palter went on to pursue degrees in contemporary percussion performance, and continues to perform solo and chamber music of contemporary composers all over the world.

Treble Charger was one of the inaugural inductees into the Sault Ste. Marie Walk of Fame on September 30, 2006 during the grand opening weekend of the Steelback Centre, the city's new sports and entertainment arena.

Nori produced Organ Thieves' first full-length studio album Somewhere Between Free Men and Slaves, which was recorded between 2010–2012 and released on April 3, 2012.

Reunion (2012–present)[edit]

On January 15, 2012, a Twitter account was opened for the band, with the opening tweet saying "Wow - it's been a while. Might be time to knock the dust off...", which led to speculations about the band reuniting, also following Greig Nori's tweet "Thinking I should probably call Bill, and maybe pick up some new guitar strings, hmmmm.[4] On January 20, 2012, it was confirmed that the band will reunite (without Martin and MacGregor) and has announced plans to play a reunion show at The Indie Awards in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week.[5] Another show for March 21, 2012, in Toronto, Ontario, was confirmed, with the band playing alongside Organ Thieves who release their debut album Somewhere Between Free Men and Slaves which Greig Nori produced.

Band members[edit]

Current line-up[edit]

Touring members[edit]

  • Jason Pierce - drums (2012–)
  • Dave MacMillan - bass (2012–)

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Former members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
CAN
[7][8]
CRIA
[9]
1994 NC17 -
1995 Self Title -
1997 Maybe It's Me 77 Gold
2000 Wide Awake Bored 9 Platinum
2002 Detox 10 Gold

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak Chart Position Album
CAN
[10]
CAN
Alt.

[11]
1994 "10th Grade Love" - - NC17
1995 "Even Grable" - 6 Self Title
1996 "Morale" 41 16
1997 "Friend of Mine" 41 9 Maybe It's Me
"How She Died" - 19
"Red" - 20
2000 "American Psycho" - 4 Wide Awake Bored
2001 "Brand New Low" - -
"Business" - -
2002 "Hundred Million" - - Detox
"Don't Believe It All" - -
1. ^ Chart did not exist after 2000.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ "Bill Priddle Takes A Break From Treble Charger". Chart. 29 September 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-22. [dead link]
  2. ^ Chorney-Booth, Elizabeth (23 October 2003). "Ex-Treble Charger Bill Priddle: I Wasn't Happy Going In The Punk-Pop Direction". Chart. Retrieved 2008-11-22. [dead link]
  3. ^ McDougall, David (19 October 2004). "Treble Charger, Sum 41 Get Trashed On TV Show". Chart. Retrieved 2008-11-22. [dead link]
  4. ^ "https://twitter.com/#!/TrebleCharger
  5. ^ "Treble Charger Announce Reunion". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  6. ^ Dunmore, Kathryn. "Treble Charger sets sights on Burlington's Sound of Music Festival". http://www.insidehalton.com. http://www.insidehalton.com. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Treble Charger Top Albums/CDs positions". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Treble Charger - Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  9. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Treble Charger". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  10. ^ Peak positions for Treble Charger's singles in Canada:
  11. ^ "Treble Charger Rock/Alternative positions". RPM. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 

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