Tricky Woo

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Tricky Woo
Tricky Woo performing live in 2005
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres garage punk, garage rock revival, hard rock
Years active 1996-2002, 2004-2005
Labels Sonic Unyon
Last Gang
Associated acts Ultraviolet Booze Catastrophe, Soft Canyon, Mongrels, Public Animal, American Lips
Past members Andrew Dickson
Adrian Popovich
Alex Crowe
Patrick Sayers
Eric Larock
Patrick Conan
Phil Burns
Sasha Roiz
Jon Fazakerley

Tricky Woo was a Canadian garage punk band, based in Montreal, Quebec. The band consisted of vocalist and guitarist Andrew Dickson, guitarist Adrian Popovich, bass guitarist Eric Larock and drummer Patrick Conan. Tricky Woo released music on Sonic Unyon, Estrus Records, TeePee Records, Triple X Records, Mag Wheel, Yeah Right! Records and Last Gang.

According to Julian Cope's Head Heritage site: "Unfortunately, the band became the victim of bad timing. They were doing pure unadulterated MC5/Stooges style rock a few years before the press in the U.K. gave attention to bands like The Datsuns and The Hives in the early 2000’s."[1]


Originally formed in 1996 by Andrew Dickson, Sasha Roiz (drums)[2] and Jon Fazakerley (bass),[3] the band released their debut album Rock and Roll Music, Part 1 in 1997[4] on VICE Magazine's SSG Records.[5] [6] Adrian Popovich soon joined on second guitar and Eric Larock took over bass duties for their follow up album The Enemy is Real. Pat Conan replaced Roiz on the drums for the band's critically acclaimed third album Sometimes I Cry.

Their 1999 album Sometimes I Cry was a nominee for Best Alternative Album at the Juno Awards of 2000.[7][8] Their song "Easy" was featured in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Zeppo".

Popovich left the band in 2000,[7] and the band released the more hard rock-oriented Les Sables Magiques in 2001 before breaking up in 2002.[9] The band members subsequently participated in a new project, Soft Canyon, which also included former members of Local Rabbits.[9]

Dickson, Popovich and Larock reunited with new drummer Sayers in 2004 for a cross-Canada tour, and the band followed up with the NWOBHM-inspired album First Blush in 2005, with Crowe replacing Larock.

A compilation of b-sides and rarities titled "The Children Of" was released on yellow vinyl by Yeah Right! Records in 2015.


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  1. ^ Brandon Tenold (31 May 2009). "Tricky Woo Sometimes I Cry". Head Heritage. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sasha Roiz: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 27 November 2011. Was at one time the drummer for the indie-rock band Tricky Woo, based in Montreal. 
  3. ^ "Tricky Woo Artist Page". CBC Radio 3. Archived from the original on 1 March 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Maerz, Jennifer. "Tricky Woo Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rock 'n' roll music. Part one" (sound recording) / Tricky Woo, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 84122864, AMICUS No. 21861132, retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Turned Out A Punk (6 January 2016). "Episode 61 - Suroosh Alvi (Co-founder of Vice)". Spotify. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Daniels, Craig (May 2001). "Interviews » From The Magazine » May 2001 » It's Tricky To Rock Around Tricky Woo". Exclaim!. Toronto: 1059434 Ontario Inc. ISSN 1207-6600. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Juno Awards Database". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b JAM! Music (21 March 2002). "Tricky Woo calls it quits (at least in name)". Jam!. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 

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