|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Their track "Rollercoaster" was used in a Maynards candy commercial, which led the company to be inundated with requests for the name of the band. The commercial was viewed more than 77,000 times on YouTube and was written about in the Toronto Sun and in Marketing magazine. The duo wrote the song initially for the 30-second ad, calling it "Maynards Candy Song", but after its popularity they wrote two-and-a-half minutes more of the song, retitled it, and released it for digital download in July 2007. The single "Rollercoaster" entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and peaked at number 57 after 12 weeks on the chart.
All Illusion (2006)
Their 2006 debut full-length release All Illusion was recorded and mixed in Kobakov's house. Their 2007 EP People Carrier includes two remixes of "Rollercoaster", one by Small Sins and one by Sofia Scandalli.
Kobakov, whom by age 20 had completed a music performance degree in classical piano at the University of Toronto, has written film scores, including for the movie Young People Fucking. He has done string arrangements for such artists as Stars and Sarah Slean. He has also toured as part of the live band for Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton and Small Sins. Separately, Kobakov has released three albums under the name Cy Scobie, and a classical piano album called Pop Music.
Vopnfjörð has also released several solo albums, most recently Young Waverer in 2013. He has played all over Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom throughout his career. He achieved his first number one single on CBC Radio 3's The R3-30 charts in May 2013.
For live shows, Kobakov and Vopnfjörð are joined by bassist Thomas D'Arcy of Small Sins, guitarist Ian LeFeuvre of Starling, guitarist Steve Krecklo of The Carnations, and drummer John Ocerbian from Sarah Harmer's band.
|Year||Album title||Release details|
|2007||People Carrier EP||
|2008||Funky Lady EP||
|2007||"Rollercoaster"||57||2||—||—||none||Charted on Top 40 and Hot AC radio|
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