|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
|Past members||Mark Gibson
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.
New Album Releases
The band released the song "binthiswayforyears", in August, 2011 as the first single of the band's upcoming album, Love + Fury. The band released a music video for the song in October of that year, and began crowdfunding on PledgeMusic to pay for the album's production. In March, 2013, the album was made available to stream on PledgeMusic for pledgers of the album, and the album's second single, "longwaytoneverland", debuted on radio on CHTZ-FM. The single was released as a digital download soon after, and the album was released in May.
The band's album, One in the Chamber Music, was released on November 24, 2014. A collection of new arrangements of previously released songs as well as two new tracks, the album was the band's second to be funded by pre-orders through PledgeMusic. They followed this up with their very first vinyl release Fuck It in 2015, featuring two new songs.
Their latest album Little Army, was released on June 2, 2017 on Cadence Music.
|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||-|
|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"||Little Army|
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- 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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