King Cobb Steelie

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King Cobb Steelie
OriginGuelph, Ontario, Canada
GenresIndie rock, grunge[1]
Years active1991–present
LabelsRaw Energy Records, EMI Canada, Outside Music
MembersKevan Byrne
Kevin Lynn

King Cobb Steelie is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 1991 from Guelph, Ontario,[2] and later based in Toronto.[3] The band's most successful single was 1997's "Rational",[4] from the album Junior Relaxer. Their music fuses elements of punk, grunge,[1] funk, jazz and dance. The core of the band is singer/songwriter Kevan Byrne and bassist Kevin Lynn. A variety of other collaborators, including Sam Cino, Al Okada, Gary Dutch, Geoff Walton, Steve Clarkson, Mike Armstrong, Nathan Lawr, Don Pyle and Michelle McAdorey, have contributed to individual albums.


In 1993 the band, named for a special kind of toy marble, released its self-titled album, which fused progressive rock with dubstep sampling.[3] In 1994 the band was signed to the EMI label.[5] In July 1997 the band performed at Graceland in Vancouver.[2]

Percussionist Robin Easton participated as drummer 14 in the Boredoms 77 Boadrum performance which occurred on July 7, 2007 at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, New York.[6] That year King Cobb Steelie released an album, Destroy All Codes.[7]

After several years of only occasional activity, the band played a 20th anniversary benefit show at Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, April 16, 2011 with proceeds going towards Ontario Hands & Voices, an organisation dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.[8] In the fall of 2012,[9] the band re-released Project Twinkle on Pheromone Recordings and performed the album live in its entirety at the Horseshoe Tavern and at Van Gogh's Ear in Guelph as part of the Stay Out Of The Mall XI festival.[10]

On December 12, 2013 King Cobb Steelie released Goodbye Arcadia, a 4 track EP. This was the first new material in 9 years. That year they performed a concert in Toronto as part of the Long Winter concert series.[11]


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  1. ^ a b Barclay, Michael; Schneider, Jason; Jack, Ian. Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985-1995. ECW Press, 2011
  2. ^ a b "Sonuvafreakin' Eh!". Dropd, Review by Darren Kerr of July 18, 1997 concert in Vancouver.
  3. ^ a b Reviews. CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. March 2001. pp. 72–. ISSN 1074-6978.
  4. ^ Larry Flick (27 September 1997). Major Label Compilations Mix It Up With Flair. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 31–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ Larry LeBlanc (24 December 1994). A Breakthrough Year for Canadian Acts. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 53–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  6. ^ Michael Barclay; Jason Schneider; Ian Jack (1 June 2011). Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985-1995. ECW Press. pp. 96–. ISBN 978-1-55490-968-1.
  7. ^ "King Cobb Steelie Destroy All Codes". The Coast, December 06, 2007 By Sean Flinn
  8. ^ "King Cobb Steelie Genre-smashing Guelph band comes together for a great cause, and it feels so good". NOW. Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  9. ^ "King Cobb Steelie remains current". Waterloo Record, 2012-12-13 Michael Barclay
  10. ^ "King Cobb Steelie to Perform 'Project Twinkle' in Full on Canadian Dates". Exclaim!. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  11. ^ ". Exclaim!, Joshua Kloke Nov 09, 2013
  12. ^ "10 Albums That Are Perfect For A Rainy Day!!!". Bloody Disgusting, By Jonathan Barkan on August 28, 2013

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