Page semi-protected

Calpurnia (band)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock
Years active2017–present
LabelsRoyal Mountain (US/CA)

Calpurnia is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2017, originating from Vancouver. The band consists of Finn Wolfhard (vocals, rhythm guitar), Malcolm Craig (drums), Ayla Tesler-Mabe (lead guitar, vocals) and Jack Anderson (bass). [1]

The band released their debut single "City Boy" on 7 March 2018. They announced their debut extended play (EP), Scout, alongside the release of the second single, "Louie", on 12 April 2018. On 18 May 2018, they released their third single, "Greyhound", as their first ever single on vinyl. "Scout" was released on 15 June 2018.


Prior to formation, Finn Wolfhard and drummer Malcolm Craig met on set for the music video for "Guilt Trip" by PUP in 2014, along with meeting guitarist Ayla Tesler-Mabe and bassist Jack Anderson.[2] The band officially formed in 2017, with their first release being a cover of "Wanted You" by Twin Peaks.[3]

The band officially signed to the Canadian independent record label, Royal Mountain Records, in November 2017, as well as starting recording on an extended play with Cadien Lake James of Twin Peaks producing and recording.[4] In January 2018, the band performed at the Rough Trade in New York City, covering "Here She Comes Now" by The Velvet Underground, "Where Is My Mind?" by Pixies, "El Scorcho" by Weezer and "Butterfly" by Twin Peaks.[5] The lead single of their then-unannounced extended play (EP) Scout, as well as the band's official debut, "City Boy", was released on 7 March 2018.[6] The single debuted at #23 on the Billboard Alternative Digital Song Sales chart with sales of 2,000 units.[7] The second single, "Louie", was released by the band on 12 April, and the band simultaneously announced the EP Scout.[8] It was released on 15 June 2018. The band made their television debut on July 23 on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

In February 2019, Weezer featured the 4 members of Calpurnia as the stars of their new video made for the track "Take On Me" which appears on their album Weezer (The Teal Album). The video takes a trip back to the 1980s, paying tribute to the original music video by a-ha.[9]


Current members


Extended plays

Title Details
Scout Release: 15 June 2018
Format: Digital download, CD, vinyl


  • "City Boy" (2018)
  • "Louie" (2018)
  • "Greyhound" (2018)
  • "Wasting Time" (2018)
  • "Blame" (2018)
  • "Waves" (2018)
  • "Say It Ain't So" – Weezer cover (2018)
  • "Cell" (2019)
  • "Under My Belt" (unreleased, 2019)


  1. ^ "CALPURNIA". Royal Mountain Records. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. ^ Kaplan, Ilana (11 April 2018). "Calpurnia are teen rockers with old souls". Dazed Digital. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Finn Wolfhard's band Calpurnia cover Twin Peaks' "Wanted You" — watch". Consequence of Sound. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  4. ^ Gore, Sydney (19 November 2017). "Fonn Wolfhard of Stranger Things forms band called Calpurnia, signs to Royal Mountain Records". The Fader. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  5. ^ "See 'Stranger Things' Star Cover Velvet Underground With His Band Calpurnia". Rolling Stone. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  6. ^ Boucher, Ashley (11 March 2018). "'Stranger Things' Star Fonn Wolfhard's Band Calpurnia Debuts First Single (Video)". SFGate. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  7. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (13 March 2018). "'Stranger Things' Actor Finn Wolfhard Makes Billboard Chart Debut With His Band Calpurnia". Billboard. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  8. ^ Murphy, Sarah (11 April 2018). "Calpurnia Announce 'Scout' EP, Share New Single "Louie"". Exclaim!. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  9. ^ "CALPURNIA STARS IN NEW WEEZER VIDEO FOR a ha's "TAKE ON ME"". Music News Net. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  10. ^ Trendell, Andrew (22 May 2017). "'Stranger Things' star Finn Wolfhard joins Mac DeMarco on stage". NME. Retrieved 18 April 2018.