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Origin London, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1994 (1994)–1998 (1998)
Labels Liquid Records
Past members Matt Werm
Brady Parr
Mat Davis
Dave Hall
Eric Howden

Salmonblaster was a Canadian alternative rock band from London. The band's lineup consisted of guitarist and singer Matt Werm, drummer Brady Parr and bassist Mat Davis. They were best known for their 1996 song "Freeway" from their Salmonblaster self-titled album, which received regular play on Canadian music station Much Music.[1][2] Their 1996 self-titled album was a top 10 hit on Canada's college music chart in 1996 peaking at number 5 in July of that year.[3] By November 1996, they were Toronto's top selling indie band.[4]

Early years (1994-1996)[edit]

Salmonblaster's members came together from various London bands in July 1994. Werm (originally known as Matt Wormsbecher) played guitar for Boris is Back, Parr played in Petch and Mat Davis was the guitarist for M.A.D. Davis was the second bassist for Salmonblaster. Originally Dave Hall, who was also in Petch, played bass but left the band when he moved to Ottawa.[5]

In 1994 they released a 3-song cassette that received heavy local airplay on CHRW-FM, the University of Western Ontario's radio station. The song "Chomalungma" made it onto the London Underground III compilation. In 1995 they released a second 3-song cassette that contained two songs that would later appear on their self-titled album: "Sugar Rush" and "Brian Jones".[6]

Self titled album and early success (1996-1998)[edit]

On July 16, 1996, Salmonblaster released their debut (and only) album. The self-titled album was a college chart hit, debuting at No. 5. The band toured behind the album throughout 1997 opening shows for I Mother Earth, Stabbing Westward, Econoline Crush, Glueleg and The Gandharvas, along with a long list of Canadian independent bands.[7] During this time Davis left and The Gandharvas bassist Eric Howden (now the solo artist Raised by Swans) filled in.

On March 20, 1998 the band appeared on the Tom Green Show. They played a new song called "Secret Agent" with a new bassist who was not introduced. "Secret Agent" was to be the first single off their forthcoming second album which had the working title of Headfuls of Chills,[8] however shortly after appearing on the Tom Green Show the band broke up citing creative differences, though Werm and Parr would form two subsequent bands (Panic Coast and Tournament!). Werm would later tell the UWO Gazette that Salmonblaster succumbed to pressure. The appearance on the Tom Green Show was released as part of the DVD set The Tom Green Show: The Complete Series - Inside and Outside the Box in 2005.

Post break up[edit]

After Salmonblaster broke up, Werm and Parr went on to form Panic Coast, who released Future Projected in 2000.[9] The band later changed their name to The Black Saturdays and released a self-titled album. Werm was also in Viperscheme who released one EP called Sell the Sky in 2001. Parr and Howden currently play in critically acclaimed indie band Raised by Swans, while both Parr and Werm are in a band called Tournament!.[10]


  1. ^ "London Music News : September 1996 : Salmonblaster" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  2. ^ Billboard - Google Books. 1996-08-03. Retrieved 2013-10-29 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Salmonblaster's road tunes on a roll It's all about `freedom,' says Toronto trio". 1996-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  5. ^ "LMN : January - February 1995 : Salmonblaster" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  6. ^ "CHRW 94.7 FM : LMW" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  7. ^ "IME - I Mother Earth - Subterranean Wonderland". Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  8. ^ [2] Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "UWO Gazette - Volume 94, Issue 58". 2001-01-05. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  10. ^ "Anthems | TOURNAMENT!". 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 

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