Removal (band)

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OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresExperimental music
Years active1997 (1997)–present
MembersBill Johnston (guitar)
Rob Clark (bass)
Ernie Hawkins (drums)

Removal is a Canadian progressive metal/experimental music group based in Vancouver.[1] They recorded and released six studio albums. The band produced and released instrumental only music on their full-length albums, occasionally partnering with other artists to provide lyrics and vocals for an existing musical track.[2] The band performs without vocal microphones, communicating with the audience through text and images projected on the wall behind the band.


Removal was formed in 1997 in Vancouver. Guitarist Bill Johnston and bassist Rob Clark met drummer Ernie Hawkins when they began recording some of their jam sessions at his studio, Big Midget.[3]

The band completed a number of tours in Europe, and for a time kept a van of tour equipment at the ready in Amsterdam[4] for their roughly annual tours, including one in 2004 in support of their album The Strong Silent Type.[5] Removal used the 1980 Ford Econoline van that accompanied Terry Fox on the Marathon of Hope for touring in North America for many years.[6][7][8]

The band released its last album in 2007.[7]


Removal CD 1997
My Name Is Irrelevant CD 1999
1 of 10: w/ Mr Wrong of nomeansno 7" 2002
There Can Be Only None CD 2002
2 of 10: w/ Mr. Chi Pig of SNFU 7" 2002
3 of 10: w/ Joey Shithead of D.O.A. 7" 2003
4 of 10: w/ Johnny Hanson 7" 2003
5 of 10: w/ Danko Jones 7" 2003
6 of 10: w/ Mike Watt 7" 2003
The Strong Silent Type CD 2004
7 of 10: w/ Snake of Voivod 7" 2004
8 of 10: w/ Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad 7" 2004
9 of 10: w/ Peaches 7" 2005
File Under Futile CD 2007
If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say, Start A Band CD 2007[2]


  1. ^ "Removal plots European return". Georgia Straight, by John Lucas on March 30th, 2006
  2. ^ a b " Removal If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, Start a Band". AllMusic Review by Laurie Mercer
  3. ^ "Instrumental, Once Removed Vancouver Trio Removal". Dropd Magazine, Interview and photography by Rodney Gitzel
  4. ^ "Once Removed". Vue Weekly, Edmonton, September 29, 2005
  5. ^ "Their silence is deafening". Vue Weekly, August 26, 2004
  6. ^ Terry Fox van completes marathon of its own, Toronto Star, May 17, 2008
  7. ^ a b "That van has some good ju-ju". The Province, 19 March 2017
  8. ^ "The life, death, and rebirth of Terry Fox’s ‘Marathon of Hope’ van". Autofocus, By Brendan McAleer April 26th 2017

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