|Origin||Kingston, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Hard rock, alternative rock, post-grunge|
|Labels||Cadence Music, Frostbyte Media, Maple Music, MCA|
|Associated acts||Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir|
Rickferd Van Dyk
Headstones are a Canadian punk-influenced alternative rock band that began in 1987 in Kingston and were active until 2003, subsequently reforming in 2011. The band consists of vocalist Hugh Dillon, guitarist Trent Carr, and bassist Tim White. They frequently sold out at small and mid-sized venues and were known for their high energy live shows, particularly the antics of Dillon, who interacted with his audience in a variety of ways more rock less super shock. The songwriting tackled many serious and controversial topics.
The band signed to MCA Records in 1993 and released an album, Picture of Health, that year with original drummer Mark Gibson; Gibson left the band after touring for Picture of Health was over. Dale Harrison was recruited for the follow-up Teeth and Tissue in 1995. In 1996 the Headstones received Juno Award nominations for Best Group and Best Rock Album, and released Smile and Wave that same year. Three years later Nickels for Your Nightmares was released, in which time Carr and Harrison became fathers and Dillon recovered from a drug addiction.
Breakup and reunion
After the band broke up in 2003, Dillon started a new band, the Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, whose debut album The High Co$t of Low Living was released in June 2005. Dillon has also found success in acting, appearing in several films, including Hard Core Logo, Dance Me Outside, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, Assault on Precinct 13 and the TV series Durham County, Degrassi: The Next Generation and Flashpoint and Continuum. In addition, their song "Come On" was featured in the videogame Triple Play 2002, and was also the theme for the Canadian version of the sketch comedy show, Comedy Inc.
White went on to become a music producer and composer for television and film, working at Imprint Music.
Three of the original band members (Dillon, Carr & White) reunited for four shows in February 2011 for a mini tour. They played at Sound Academy in Toronto, Barracuda Pretty in St. Catharines, The Venue in Peterborough and Norma Jean's in London. The band also played eight shows in December 2011: two in Vancouver and one each in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, London, Guelph, Peterborough and Niagara Falls, New York.
Releases since 2011
After reforming the band and getting back onstage, Dillon and the rest of the Headstones went back into the studio to record a new album. Released in 2013, Love + Fury was crowdfunded through PledgeMusic, before being released by Universal Music. The album garnered the band their first top 10 album, and a #1 hit single.
They followed this up in 2014 with One in the Chamber Music, another crowdfunded album, and their first ever vinyl offering in 2015.
Their latest album Little Army, was released on June 2, 2017 on Cadence Music. The band gave their fans an exclusive behind the scenes look into the making of the album, in real time, and includes #1 hit single 'Devil's On Fire'.
|1993||Picture of Health||-||Platinum|
|1995||Teeth and Tissue||62||Gold|
|1997||Smile and Wave||36||Gold|
|2000||Nickels for Your Nightmares||34|
|2002||The Oracle of Hi-Fi||47|
|2013||Love + Fury||7|
|2014||One in the Chamber Music|
|2015||Fuck It - Vinyl|
|2001||The Greatest Fits||43|
|Year||Title||Peak Chart Position||Certifications||Album|
|CAN Content (Cancon)|
|1993||"When Something Stands for Nothing"||71||—||—||Platinum||Picture of Health|
|"It's All Over"||—||—||1|
|1994||"Tweeter and the Monkey Man"||—||—||—|
|1995||"Unsound"||58||—||—||Teeth and Tissue|
|"Hearts, Love & Honour"||—||—||—|
|1997||"Cubically Contained"||20||13||—||Smile and Wave|
|"Smile and Wave"||57||14||—|
|2000||"Settle"||—||4||—||Nickels for Your Nightmares|
|"Blonde and Blue"||—||8||—|
|2001||"Come On"||—||—||—||The Greatest Fits|
|2002||"Reframed (Every Single Failure)"||—||—||—||The Oracle of Hi-Fi|
|2013||"Long Way To Neverland"||87||1||—||Love + Fury|
|"Far Away from Here"||—||—||—|
|2014||"Colourless"||-||17||—||One In The Chamber Music|
|2017||"Devil's On Fire"||1||Little Army|
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- Peak positions for Headstones' albums on Canadian Albums Chart:
- For "Teeth and Tissue" "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 61, No. 10, April 10, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2013-05-24.
- For "Smile and Wave" "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 65, No. 11, May 19, 1997". RPM. Retrieved 2013-05-24.
- For "Nickels for Your Nightmares" "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 70, No. 25 April 24, 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
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