The Diableros

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The Diableros
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock
Indie rock
Years active 2004–2010
Labels Outside Music

The Diableros were a Canadian rock band, formed in Toronto in 2004.


The band was fronted by singer-songwriter Pete Carmichael. The group started after founding drummer Phoebe Lee suggested to Carmichael that they play his unheard original songs together.

In November 2005, The Diableros released their first album, You Can't Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts, recorded by Airfields drummer Jakob Thiesen.[1] As an independent release, it was sold at local music shops and raised the profile of the band within Toronto. Carmichael appeared on the cover of NOW in December and a few local year-end best-of lists mentioned the band's debut.[2][3]

2006 saw The Diableros garnering international acclaim when the album was re-released on The Baudelaire Label with positive reviews from Exclaim!,[4] Pitchfork Media[5] and Entertainment Weekly. The band toured Canada supporting The Stills in the spring with new guitarist Ian Jackson, organist Matt Rubba and bassist Gary Leggett. The album's lead track, Working Out Words, was remixed and released as a 7" single in the United Kingdom on Wi45 records. The Diableros were then selected to be the opening act on Day 2 of Toronto's first Virgin Festival. A second Canadian tour followed with Toronto's Uncut, with guitarist/bassist Ian Worang filling in as replacement for Leggett.

Much anticipation came for a second full-length album from the band. Spring 2007 was spent recording with The Hylozoists' Paul Aucoin at Halla Music in Toronto. In October, Aren't Ready for the Country was released on The Baudelaire Label.[6] Facing multiple deaths in the family and mounting day job pressures, they completed a short tour with The Most Serene Republic in spring 2008 and decided to regroup.

Later in 2008, friends in The Postage Stamps became available to join and another lineup change ensued, featuring local promoter Keith Hamilton on bass, Mike Duffield on drums and former Stamps singer-songwriter Jordan Walsh on organ. Ian Jackson remained as long-standing guitarist.

The Diableros released a five-song EP in October 2009; titled "Old Story, Fresh Road", on Outside Music. It was produced by Juno award-winning recording engineer Laurence Currie and financially supported by the Ontario Arts Council.[7]

Per their blogpost on MySpace on November 10, 2010, The Diableros have disbanded due to creative differences. Officially, "The Diableros are done."[8] Guitarist Ian Jackson and organist Matt Rubba continue to play together in the indie-pop quartet, Persian Rugs. Singer-songwriter Pete Carmichael continues to record and perform under his own name.


Track listing:

  1. Working Out Words
  2. Push it to Monday
  3. Tropical Pets
  4. Sugar Laced Soul
  5. No Weight
  6. Olympic Island
  7. Through the Foam
  8. Smash the Clock
  9. Golden Gates

Track listing:

  1. Up in the Mountain Range
  2. Ever-changing
  3. Nothing Down in Hogtown
  4. Any Other Time
  5. Turning Backwards
  6. Mist
  7. Telepathic Love
  8. Kicking Rocks
  9. Left From the Movies
  10. No One Wants to Drive
  11. Broken Barns

Track listing:

  1. Wandering Dry
  2. Quell the Cold
  3. Heavy Hands
  4. When the Water Rises
  5. Old Story, Fresh Road

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Easley, Jonathan. "The Diableros You Can't Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts". Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  2. ^ Liss, Sarah (2005-12-08). "The Diableros. Incendiary indie rock upstarts unleash their demonically catchy debut". NOW. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  3. ^ Keller, Jason (2007-10-11). "The Diableros". NOW. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  4. ^ Sutherland, Sam. "Talk Show Night At Juicebox Manor: The Diableros". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  5. ^ Ubl, Sam (2006-06-30). "The Diableros. You Can't Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  6. ^ Danielsen, Aarik (2008-04-07). "The Diableros: Aren't Ready for the Country". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  7. ^ Kloke, Joshua (2009-12-17). "The Diableros: Old Story, Fresh Road EP". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  8. ^ Hughes, Josiah (2010-11-11). "The Diableros Call It Quits". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2014-04-02.