Debaser (band)

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Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2003–2007
Labels None

Debaser was a Canadian indie rock band from Toronto, Ontario.

Vocalist Luke Higginson is also the younger brother of actress Torri Higginson.

Drummer Bill Turnbull is also a noted commercial and television actor [1] having recently appeared in Canadian and U.S. national ads for IKEA, Best Buy, Five Alive, Tropicana, the CFL and Grand Wolf Lodge. He is also the drummer in Toronto garage-punk band Pinko Kronkite.


The band first started playing in the formation that would become Debaser in January 2001 while attending Toronto's Etobicoke School of the Arts. The band started taking things seriously after the notable local booker/promoter Dan Burke stumbled across their rehearsal space and booked Debaser on the spot to play the Silver Dollar in June 2003. In 2004 Debaser released their first self-titled EP on their own label, No-Fi Records. Now out of print, the EP was followed by the 3" single "Full Circle" (out of print) and their debut LP Blackouts in October 2005. Blackouts sold out its initial print run in only 3 months [2], but has since been re-pressed and is available online and at shows. Extensive Canadian touring [3] in support of Blackouts got Debaser airplay and chart activity on Canadian campus radio coast to coast, and resulted in showcases for the band at Canadian Music Week, North By Northeast, Wavelength and Pitter Patter Nights. 2006 saw the band release the 3" EP Between Houses and a split EP with local shoegazer outfit Fjord Rowboat. In June 2007 the band announced they were taking an extended break.


  • Debaser (2004, Self-titled EP, out of Print)
  • Full Circle (2005, 3" Single, out of Print)
  • Blackouts (2005, LP)
  • Between Houses (2006, 3" EP)
  • Fjord Rowboat/Debaser (2006, split EP)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2005 Cassies winners[1] Archived at the Wayback Machine. No mention of the band Debasers
  2. ^ "Pixies-free zone" NOW Toronto, 2006-06-08 - dead link, but Archived ath the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Debaser - interview" WaveLength, Feb 19, 2006. Archived at the Wayback Machine]

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