|Origin||Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada|
|Associated acts||Broken Social Scene, The Priddle Concern, Don Vail, Sum 41, Gob|
|Past members||Morris Palter|
Treble Charger is a Canadian rock band formed in 1992 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Greig Nori, vocalist and guitarist Bill Priddle, bassist Rosie Martin and drummer Richard Mulligan. They began with a melodic indie rock style but evolved into more of a pop punk band after signing to a major label in 1997. They disbanded in 2006 and reunited in 2012. Between 1996 and 2016, Treble Charger was among the Top 150 selling Canadian artists in Canada.
Early years (1992–1996)
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the band consisted of Nori, Priddle, Rosie Martin and Morris Palter and was named NC-17 (after the movie rating) until an American band with the same name threatened to sue. They adopted the name Treble Charger, but named their debut album NC17. NC17 was released independently at first by Smokin' Worm in 1994, but it was a hit on campus radio, MuchMusic, and CFNY when it was re-released by Sonic Unyon Records in 1997.
In 1995, the band released Self Title, which included a CD-ROM track promoting 30 of Treble Charger's favourite Canadian indie bands, including The Inbreds, Change of Heart, By Divine Right, Hayden and Thrush Hermit.
Shift to pop punk (1997–2006)
1997's Maybe It's Me was the band's major label debut. Palter recorded drums for only a few tracks, and, after Nori considered recording the rest of the drums himself, session drummer Mike Levesque stepped in. The album featured a more polished, commercial sound than the band's earlier albums, and launched the hit "Friend of Mine". Soon afterward, Trevor MacGregor joined as the band's drummer. That lineup, along with several of their songs from this album, were also featured in the 1999 film Mr. Music. The band played the role of an 'undiscovered' indie band that gets discovered and helps to turn fictional Tone Records around from its slump. Wide Awake Bored, released in 2000, completed the band's evolution to a pop-punk style. This album also featured the hit singles "American Psycho" and "Brand New Low".
Priddle, identified with Treble Charger's early indie rock direction rather than the later pop-punk, left the band in 2003. Initially, it was said he was taking a break from the group, but it later came out the departure was permanent, and Nori had asked him to leave sooner than Priddle had intended.
Kelly Osbourne guitarist Devin Bronson filled in for Priddle for the rest of the Detox tour. Priddle continued his collaborations with Broken Social Scene and is a member of his new band The Priddle Concern.
By this time, their work with and the success of their proteges Sum 41, whom Nori produced, had started to eclipse Treble Charger's own career. In late 2004, it was reported that Treble Charger itself was on hiatus, but an animated version of the group, including Priddle, would appear, with Sum 41, on The Comedy Network series Kevin Spencer.
However, a message posted on July 20, 2004, on their official website said they were continuing to record and the band was still together. But on September 1, 2005, Nori said in an interview:
- "Thanks for all the amazing support you have given us. It seems like we're bigger now then we have ever been. I only wish more people had caught on to our music sooner so that we could have had an easier time at being a band. I'm not saying it's over yet but I am saying that right now I need to focus on other things. Maybe in a while I will get the urge to write a new TC album but right now my heart's not in it. Thanks for enjoying our music."
The hits "American Psycho" and "Brand New Low" were featured in EA Sports Hockey game NHL 2002 and "Hundred Million" was used in NHL 2003 and in Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild. EA also used "Wear Me Down" and "Business" from the Wide Awake Bored album in Triple Play 2002. "American Psycho" was used in promotional advertisements for the direct-to-video movie American Pie: Band Camp and featured in the movie Dude, Where's My Car?
On February 3, 2006, Nori disbanded Treble Charger, ending their 14-year career.
Post-breakup activity (2006–2011)
Nori has stopped managing Canadian band Sum 41, although he now manages other bands. He is currently a "musical guru" for the Canadian reality show disBAND (since renamed Much Discovered) on MuchMusic. Priddle pursues a solo career in Toronto, and released a solo album in 2008 with his new band The Priddle Concern. MacGregor currently writes music for TV and film. Palter went on to pursue degrees in contemporary percussion performance and continues to perform solo and chamber music of contemporary composers all over the world.
Treble Charger was one of the inaugural inductees into the Sault Ste. Marie Walk of Fame on September 30, 2006 during the grand opening weekend of the Steelback Centre, the city's new sports and entertainment arena.
Reunion and upcoming sixth studio album (2012–present)
On January 15, 2012, a Twitter account was opened for the band, with the opening tweet saying "Wow - it's been a while. Might be time to knock the dust off...", which led to speculations about the band reuniting, also following Nori's tweet "Thinking I should probably call Bill, and maybe pick up some new guitar strings, hmmmm." On January 20, 2012, it was confirmed that the band will reunite (without Martin and MacGregor) and has announced plans to play a reunion show at The Indie Awards in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week. Another show was confirmed for March 21, 2012 in Toronto, with the band playing alongside Organ Thieves. The band played three more Canadian festival shows, in June, July and November.
- Greig Nori – lead vocals, guitar (1992–2006, 2012–)
- Bill Priddle – guitar, co-lead vocals (1992–2003, 2012–)
- Rosie Martin – bass (1992–2006, 2018-)
- Richard Mulligan – drums (2013-)
- Jason Pierce – drums (2012–2013)
- Morris Palter – drums, percussion (1992–1997)
- Mike Levesque – drums, percussion (1997)
- Trevor MacGregor – drums, percussion (1997–2006)
- Devin Bronson – guitar, backing vocals (2003–2004)
- Dave McMillan – bass (touring) (January – July 2012)
- Darcy Yates – bass (touring) (2012–2018)
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Maybe It's Me||
|Wide Awake Bored||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"10th Grade Love"||—||—|
|1995||"Even Grable"||—||6||Self Title|
|1997||"Friend of Mine"||41||9||Maybe It's Me|
|"How She Died"||—||19|
|"Red (Re-recorded version)"||—||20|
|2000||"American Psycho"||—||4||Wide Awake Bored|
|2001||"Brand New Low"||—||×|
|"Don't Believe It All"||—||×|
|2003||"Ideal Waste of Time"||—||×|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.
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- For "Friend of Mine" "Top Singles - Volume 65, No. 17, June 30, 1997". RPM. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
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