The Marble Index (band)

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The Marble Index
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Germain, Knickle and Tweedle pose with a fan after a show in Edmonton, Alberta.
Background information
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Years active 2001–2010
Labels Maple Music (Canada)
Associated acts Spirits
Members Brad Germain
Ryan Tweedle
Adam Knickle
Past members Nati Vanstone
Dan Delaplante

The Marble Index was a Canadian rock band from Hamilton, Ontario. The group formed in 2001, and comprised Brad Germain (guitars and vocals), Ryan Tweedle (bass), and Adam Knickle (drums).[1] The band is named after the album The Marble Index by Nico.


The Marble Index was formed in Hamilton, Ontario in 2001 by Brad Germain, Ryan Tweedle and Adam Knickle. Dan Delaplante joined the band in 2008 and performed until their breakup. After being discontented with other bands they had played with, Germain and Knickle decided to start their own band with songs they had written at Adam's grandmothers house. After auditioning various bass players, they asked their friend Ryan Tweedle (at the time a guitar player) to join them since they did not have a bassist. Their first EP was recorded in 2002. It took less than a week to complete.

They were soon approached and signed by Canadian Music Manager Dan Brooks (Lowest of The Low/The Miniatures/The Meligrove Band), who was from Hamilton, Ontario but had resided in the United Kingdom for a number of years. The band recorded their self-titled album with John Kettle in Wigan, England in 2004.[2] They lived and recorded in a converted barn with no hot water or showers. Because of the substandard living conditions, the band was continuously getting sick. However, they persevered. After three weeks, the band emerged with an album. The band subsequently created their own label, Death Of Records, and after two industry showcases, licensed their debut release through Universal Music Canada. The 2006 release Watch Your Candles, Watch Your Knives was released through Maple Music and Distributed by Universal Music Canada.

In late 2004, The Marble Index opened for The Pixies on their Canadian tour. Their second album was released in August 2006. It was recorded in Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios, with producer Scott Shields[3][4] (Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros). The band was nominated in 2005 for the Juno Award for New Group of the Year,[5] but lost to Alexisonfire. The band toured throughout North America, as well as Europe and Japan. The Band did pick up a number of Hamilton Music Awards, "Best New Group" 2004, "Peoples Choice" 2004, "Video of the Year" 2005 for "We Can Make It", "Drummer of the Year - Adam Knickle" 2005, The Band also enjoyed a number of "Best of:... 2004 and 2005 list including CFNY's Edge 102.5 top 100 Songs list in both 2004 and 2005.

In autumn 2006, The Marble Index song “All That I Know” was featured in a Zellers back-to-school commercial. Two songs were also featured in a Labatts Blue commercial, and "I Believe" was featured on the Muchmusic compilation Big Shiny Tunes volume 9.

Dan Delaplante was added to the band's roster in 2008. On July 3, 2008, the Marble Index played its first show as a four-piece at the Casbah in Hamilton, Ontario.


Although never officially announced, the band decided to go on indefinite hiatus in early 2010. They recorded demos for a new album, but never entered the studio to record them. The group ended with numerous songs in the vault, never to be released. The Marble Index shared the stage with many big acts including - The Pixies, Hot Hot Heat, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace, Pilate, Hanoi Rocks, Powderfinger, 54-40, Massive Attack, Thornley, Bedouin Soundclash, The Trews, and Mother Mother. The group had toured extensively throughout their active 9 years and was said to be one of Canada's hardest working bands.

Current endeavours[edit]

Brad Germain was the vocalist of Sonic Unyon records band Spirits, but left to pursue different projects. He is currently a member of the Dinner Belles, Spruce Invaders and performs with the Gord Lewis Songbook (Gord Lewis from Teenage Head).


  • Watch Your Candles, Watch Your Knives (2006) Canada/USA/United Kingdom/Europe/Japan/Switzerland/Austria/Germany
  • The Marble Index (2004) Canada/United Kingdom/Europe/Japan/Australia
  • I Believe UK EP (2004) UK
  • I Believe 7" single (2004) Canada
  • EP (2002)


  1. ^ (June 1, 2004). "NXNE Profile: The Marble Index", Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  2. ^ Newton, Steve (December 7, 2006). "The Marble Index moves beyond the garage", The Georgia Straight. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  3. ^ Greene, Jo-Ann (2006). "Watch Your Candles Watch Your Knives – Marble Index", Allmusic. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Carroll, Bryan (March 15, 2006). "Marble Index finds success in Europe ... but not the time to pay speeding tickets", Vue Weekly. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Sperounes, Sandra (February 18, 2005). "Marble Index gets Juno nod, needs airplay: Hamilton band in line for best new group", Edmonton Journal, p. E12.

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