Townline (formerly known as Oliver Black) is a Canadian rock group from Welland, Ontario. Members of the band include Serena Pryne (vocals), Nick Lesyk (guitar), Greg Zack (bass guitar), and Allan Colavecchia (drums). Musically the band performs a mix of Americana and Southern Rock music with a slight Country flare, moving on from their past heavy rock and roll sound. They have always performed in such a manner that allows their music to stay fresh and non-derivative. The band has been described as "If Tina Turner sang lead for The Cult."
The band originally formed, under the name Lenz Riot, in March 2002, and played primarily cover songs at shows throughout the Niagara Region. As the members of the band began to write songs together, they changed their name to Oliver Black (in 2004). Oliver Black had then performed shows across Canada, opening for bands as diverse as Rush, Thornley, Default, Jeff Martin, and The Trews.
The band gained a reputation as consistently providing high-quality live performances, including receiving a score of 93/100 from Chart Attack magazine for their 2004 performance at the North by Northeast music festival in Toronto, Ontario.
In January 2005, the band was signed to TVT Records, with Universal Music Canada being responsible for distribution in Canada. To date, this relationship has led to the release of one EP, Live In Texas, which was released on March 21, 2006. The follow-up to this, the full-length album 6th And Brazo's, was expected to be released in January 2007; however, as of June 2007, the album had not yet received a commercial release due to TVT's ongoing financial problems and eventual bankruptcy.
As part of the recording process, Oliver Black temporarily relocated to Austin, Texas, where they wrote parts of the album and recorded demos. The album name, 6th and Brazo's, is in fact a reference to an intersection in that town. While in Texas, Oliver Black also continued to build on their reputation as live performers, opening for bands such as Grady, Silvertide, and Ted Nugent.
In September 2008, Oliver Black officially changed their name to suit their new musical pursuits and sounds, to Townline.
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|Live In Texas||March 21, 2006||TVT Records||
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