The New Cities

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The New Cities
TheNewCities SOCAN Awards 2010-11-22.jpg
The members of The New Cities.
Left to right: Philippe Lachance, David Brown, Nicolas Denis, Christian Bergeron, Francis Fugere, Julien Martre.
Background information
Origin Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
Genres Rock, synthpop, dance-rock, electro, pop punk, alternative rock
Years active 2005[1] –2013
Labels Sony Music Canada
Members David Brown
Christian Bergeron
Nicolas Denis
Francis Fugere
Philippe Lachance
Julien Martre

The New Cities is a Juno Award and ADISQ Award nominated band originating from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada and currently based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The current members of The New Cities are David Brown, Christian Bergeron, Nicolas Denis, Francis Fugere, Philippe Lachance, and Julien Martre.

Early years[edit]

The band recorded their first EP album with producer Steve Nadeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in early 2006. They independently released it under the name "The New Cities EP" a few months later and started touring Canada. The band met producer Greig Nori in the spring of 2006 and started working with him on new material which led to signing a record deal with Sony Music Canada in October 2008.

Lost In City Lights[edit]

The New Cities headlining at the Festi-Voix on June 29th 2010, Trois-Rivières, Quebec.

Following their signing with Sony Music Canada, the band released their first full-length album Lost in City Lights in May 2009.

Their debut single Dead End Countdown peaked at No. 16 on the Canadian Hot 100, won the 2010 SOCAN Pop/Rock Music Award and was nominated in 2 categories at the Canadian Radio Music Awards. The music video for Dead End Countdown was nominated at the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards.

The New Cities' second single "Leaders Of The Misled" was featured in the TV movie Degrassi Takes Manhattan, part of Season 9 of the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. The track "Lost in City Lights" was featured in the third season of Gossip Girl.

In support of Lost in City Lights, TNC has toured with acts such as Simple Plan, Hedley, Marianas Trench, Carly Rae Jepsen, ILL Scarlett, Mobile, Faber Drive and Ten Second Epic. They have opened for major acts such as The Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, NIN, Sum 41 and Metric. They have also toured the UK twice and France in the winter of 2009-2010.

Kill the Lights[edit]

The band's second album, Kill the Lights has been released on September 27, 2011. The first single called "Heatwave", co-written by the band and The Matrix, has been released on June 16, 2011. It features a melody from the song Tarzan Boy, popularized in 1985 by Baltimora.[2] Singles "The Hype" and "Mugshot" were released along with Franglais versions.

Following the release of their new album, the band joined Avril Lavigne in Canada to support her 2011 Black Star Tour in October. Notable performances in 2012 include the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and the Bamboozle festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey.


Current members[edit]



Album Date of Release Label
The New Cities EP March, 2006 Independently released
Lost in City Lights May 5, 2009 Sony Music Canada
Kill the Lights September 27, 2011 Sony Music Canada


Year Title Chart
Album Certification
"Dead End Countdown" 16[3] Lost in City Lights Gold[4]
"Leaders of the Misled" 99[3]
"Hypertronic Superstar" 58[3]
"Heatwave" 38[3] Kill the Lights
"The Hype" 55[3]
"The New Rule"

Compilation appearances[edit]

Album Date of Release Label Song(s) Notes
Juno Awards 2010 Mar 30, 2010 Sony Music Canada "Dead End Countdown"
NRJ Hit Liste 2010 Apr 6, 2010 Sony Music Canada "Leaders of the Misled"
10 Dollar DJ - Canada Day* Nov 2, 2010 Sony Music Canada "Dead End Countdown" iTunes Canada exclusive.

Music videos[edit]

Title Album Date of Release Director(s)
"Dead End Countdown"[5] Lost in City Lights Apr 17, 2009 Jodeb
"Leaders of the Misled"[6] Aug 18, 2009 Jodeb
"Hypertronic Superstar"[7] Feb 01, 2010 Frank Borin
"Looks Minus Substance"[8] Dec 13, 2010 Jodeb, David Brown
"Heatwave"[9] Kill the Lights Jul 26, 2011 John Poliquin
"The Hype"[10] Oct 11, 2011 John Poliquin
"Mugshot"[11] Mar 19, 2012 Colin Minihan
"The New Rule"[12] Feb 19, 2013 MatCyr

The music video for "Dead End Countdown" was released in the UK and Ireland in March 2010. It has been added to Kerrang! TV, Scuzz TV, NME TV, Chart Show TV and The Box playlists.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 "Heatwave" MuchMusic Video Awards
"Post-Production of the Year"
Nominated[citation needed]
2010 "Dead End Countdown" SOCAN
"POP/ROCK music award"
2010 "The New Cities" JUNO Canada's Music Awards
"New Group of the Year"
Nominated[citation needed]
2010 "Lost in City Lights" ADISQ
"Album Anglophone de l'année"
2010 "The New Cities" Canadian Radio Music Awards
"Best New group or solo artist of the year (HOT AC)"
2010 "The New Cities" Canadian Radio Music Awards
"Best New group or solo artist of the year (CHR)"
2009 "Dead End Countdown" MuchMusic Video Awards
"Post-Production of the Year"
Nominated[citation needed]


  1. ^ "YouTube - thenewcities's channel". Retrieved 2009-06-25. Formation Date: November 15, 2005 
  2. ^ "The New Cities's Heatwave sample of Baltimora's Tarzan Boy". Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Canadian Hot 100 Billboard". Retrieved 2011-11-10. Songs by The New Cities Peak position 
  4. ^ "CRIA". Retrieved 2010-10-24. Gold Certification: August 2009 
  5. ^ "The New Cities - Dead End Countdown". YouTube. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  6. ^ "The New Cities - Leaders Of The Misled". YouTube. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  7. ^ "The New Cities - Hypertronic Superstar". YouTube. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  8. ^ "The New Cities - Looks Minus Substance". YouTube. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  9. ^ "The New Cities - Heatwave". YouTube. 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  10. ^ "The New Cities - The Hype". YouTube. 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  11. ^ "The New Cities - Mugshot". YouTube. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  12. ^ "The New Cities - The New Rule". YouTube. 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  13. ^ Archived from the original on August 14, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "21st Annual SOCAN Awards Toronto 2010 - Winners List". Retrieved 2010-11-24. POP/ROCK winner list 
  15. ^ "ADISQ 2010 - Winners and Nominees List". Retrieved 2010-11-25. ADISQ 2010 - Winners and Nomenees List 

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