Serial Joe

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Serial Joe
Origin Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Genres Punk rock (early)
Nu metal
Alternative metal
Hard rock
Years active 1997–early 2000s
Labels Aquarius Records
Past members John Davidson
Ryan Dennis
Dan Stadnicki
Ryan Stever

Serial Joe was a Canadian band from Newmarket, Ontario which consisted of high school students Ryan Dennis (vocals, guitar), Ryan Stever (guitar), John Davidson (bass guitar) and Dan Stadnicki (drums). The group released four studio albums.

Dennis stated that the band's name came from a girl with a speech disorder who would mispronounce the name "Sergio" as "Serial-Joe".[1]


They won the 1998 Much Music Video award for best independent video ("Skidrow", off their independent EP KICKeD), later becoming the house band on YTV's System Crash. In 1999, the band released their first studio album for Aquarius Records, Face Down, which peaked at No. 47 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[2] The album's first single, "Mistake", gained international airplay. The song was also featured on popular Much Music rock music compilation, Big Shiny Tunes 4, as album's 16th track. The band won several awards, and were given the honour of performing at Woodstock 1999 in the "emerging artists" tent. In late 2001, Serial Joe released their final album Last Chance (At the Romance Dance), which showcased a more melodic pop/rock approach, in contrast to the band's earlier rap-influenced metal sound. Around 2002, they were dropped from their label and broke up shortly thereafter. Vocalist Ryan Dennis and guitarist Ryan Stever are now part of the hard rock group High Kapitol.


  • 1998 "Skidrow": Much Music Video Award for Best Independent Video
  • 1999 YTV Achievement Award for Best Band
  • 1999 (Nominated) "Mistake": Much Music Video Award for Best Rock Video
  • 2000 "Deep": Much Music Video FACT Award for Best Video (presented by Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons during a tour with them)
  • 2000 (Nominated) Much Music People's Choice Award for Best Canadian Band
  • 2000 (Nominated) Juno Award for Best New Band[3]
  • 2000 (Nominated) Gemini Award for Best Specialty Show


KICKeD (1998)

  1. Skidrow
  2. Dream Girl
  3. Velocity
  4. Lonely Heart
  5. Obsession
  6. Welcome To Happyland

Face Down (1999) (Gold)[4]

  1. Should Have Been Mine
  2. Deep
  3. Mistake
  4. Face Down
  5. Dragon On My Shoulder
  6. Shallow
  7. Push
  8. Sanity
  9. Centipede
  10. Confused
  11. Outrage
  12. Denial

Serial Joe... (2000)

  1. Silently Screaming
  2. Out Of Hand
  3. Absence Of Mind
  4. What I See
  5. Another Time
  6. False Design
  7. Mistake: USA Version
  8. Face Down: My Brilliant Beast Mix
  9. Should Have Been Mine: MetalDog Mix
  10. Deep: MetalDog Mix
  11. Absence of Mind: Jimi LaMort's Absinthe Mix
  12. What I See: Malhavoc's "Help Please Send Bobo" Mix

(Last Chance) At the Romance Dance... (2001)

  1. Completely
  2. Angry
  3. Unintended
  4. Stranded
  5. Mary
  6. Turn Around
  7. Suddenly
  8. Girl Like You
  9. You Don't Laugh
  10. Go for a Ride
  11. Committed
  12. Save Me