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OriginRegina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Genresindie rock
Years active2001–2004, 2013-present
LabelsJade Tree
Past membersDagan Harding
Leif Thorseth
Joel Passmore
Brenan Schwartz

Despistado was a Canadian indie rock band from Regina, Saskatchewan.


Despistado was active from 2001 to 2004.[1] The band consisted of vocalist and guitarist Dagan Harding, guitarist Leif Thorseth, bassist Joel Passmore and drummer Brenan Schwartz.[2]

Despistado released their first EP, The Emergency Response, in 2002 (produced by David j Taylor); it was subsequently re-released in 2004 on Jade Tree Records.[1] Widely hyped as a "next big thing", the band's single "A Stirstick's Prediction" was used in a commercial for T-Mobile.[3] After many cross-Canada tours in 2004[4] which reportedly left the band exhausted and riven by personal tensions,[2] they returned home to prepare for an international tour in the fall;[2] due to family obligations, Passmore declined to participate in the fall tour through the United States with The Weakerthans, and was temporarily replaced by Robin Sernich.[2] By Christmas the band had broken up.[2] Their full-length album The People of and Their Verses, completed before the band's breakup, was subsequently released on Jade Tree in 2005.[1]

Passmore is currently in the bands Sylvie and Rah Rah;[3] Dagan Harding is preparing to release his second solo album, as well as playing with Thorseth in the band Geronimo throughout the late 2000’s; and Schwartz played with Anatta prior to that band's breakup and currently plays in the band Porticoast.[1]

The band undertook a brief reunion tour in 2009.[1] They again reunited in 2013 for a tour of Western Canada,[1] performing some new material during the latter tour.[1] The band have planned for a vinyl reissue of The People of and Their Verses,[3] and have acknowledged but not yet officially confirmed to the media the possibility of recording a new album in the future.[3]


  • The Emergency Response (2002)
  • The People of and Their Verses (2005)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Despistado Reunite for Western Canadian Tour, Hint at New Material". Exclaim!, July 12, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Despistado Bassist Muses About What Could Have Been". Chart, April 5, 2005.
  3. ^ a b c d "The triumphant return of Regina’s Despistado". Ominocity, April 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Despistado represent Jade Tree across Canada". Chart, May 10, 2004.