Zeus (band)

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For the Italian math rock band, see Zeus (disambiguation).
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, alternative, indie rock
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels Arts & Crafts
Associated acts Jason Collett
Paso Mino
The Golden Dogs
Website themusicofzeus.com
Members Rob Drake
Carlin Nicholson
Mike O'Brien
Neil Quin

Zeus is a Toronto-based Canadian indie rock band signed to the Arts & Crafts record label. Its members include Rob Drake, Carlin Nicholson, Mike O'Brien, and Neil Quin. In addition to recording and performing the music of Zeus, the band also served as the backing band for Canadian musician Jason Collett. The band have release three albums and an EP.[1]


O'Brien and Nicholson were childhood friends from Barrie, Ontario,[2][1][3] and played in one another's first bands along with Afie Jurvanen. When Jurvanen was recruited by producer Howie Beck to play guitar for Jason Collett, Jurvanen brought along O'Brien and Nicholson, who had learned Collett's album Idols of Exile in its entirety before their audition. The band he brought to Collett, which called itself "Paso Mino" consisted of Jurvanen, Michael P. Clive, and current Zeus members O'Brien and Drake, with Nicholson commonly acting as sound technician. After several years performing behind Collett, as well as performing original material and releasing the album Good People, Paso Mino dissolved when Michael P. Clive left the band to pursue a career as a professional chef, and Jurvanen began a new solo project under the name "Bahamas".[4]

O'Brien and Nicholson began recording together, joined for the original sessions by Dave Azzolini, Jess Grassia and Taylor Knox (The Golden Dogs). Their personal history went back to high school when they formed the band The 68's. Neil Quin (ex-The Golden Dogs) was soon added, completing the Zeus lineup.[4] The members of Zeus continue as Collett's backing band.[5] and toured with Jurvanen in a revue style tour Bonfire Ball Revue, when he described Zeus as sounding like The Band behind Collett, and sounding like Crazy Horse behind Bahamas".[4]


Their debut EP Sounds Like Zeus was released by Arts & Crafts in June 2009, and includes a cover of the Genesis song "That's All".[6][7]

The band's debut album, Say Us, was released 23 February 2010.[8] A vinyl LP was released two weeks ahead of the CD release.[9] Say Us was included on the 2010 Polaris Music Prize long list, but failed to advance to the short list.[10] In March 2010, the band performed at the SxSW Music Festival with long-time collaborators Jason Collett and Bahamas.[11] The band released two 7" singles, "Hot Under The Collar" b/w "Aeroplane" (7 December 2010) and "Permanent Scar" b/w "The Darkness" (12 April 2011).[12][13]

The second album Busting Visions was released in March 2012 entered the album charts at number 73 in Canada.[14] It was preceded by the single "Are You Gonna Waste My Time?".[15]

Zeus' third full length album Classic Zeus was released on Arts & Crafts on 2 September 2014.[16]

They are currently working on a fourth full-length studio album.

Band members[edit]

  • Rob Drake (2009–present)
  • Carlin Nicholson (2009–present)
  • Mike O'Brien (2009–present)
  • Neil Quin (2009–present)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album
2009 Sounds Like Zeus EP
2010 Say Us
2012 Busting Visions
2014 Classic Zeus


Year Song Chart peak Album


2010 "Hot Under the Collar" / "Aeroplane" 461 Non-album single
2011 "Permanent Scar" / "The Darkness" Non-album single
"Are You Gonna' Waste My Time?" 38 23 Busting Visions
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.
1. ^ "Hot Under the Collar"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Zeus on CBC Music". music.cbc.ca. CBC Radio Canada. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  2. ^ Gillis, Carla (October 15, 2008). "Power of Zeus". Now Toronto. Now Communication Ltd. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  3. ^ Lymangrover, Jason. "Zeus | Biography & History | AllMusic". allmusic.com. All Media Network llc. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  4. ^ a b c Bowden, Luke C. (September 24, 2014). "Carlin Nicholson talks about the Origin, Path, and Recording of Classic Zeus". nodepression.com. Freshgrass, lcc. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  5. ^ Schneider, Jason Schneider (September 5, 2008). "Zeus". exclaim.ca. Exclaim! Media Inc. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Zeus (16) - Sounds Like Zeus". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  7. ^ "Zeus Like Phil Collins | Chart Attack". Chart Attack. July 6, 2009. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  8. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Say Us - Zeus". allmusic.com. All Media Network llc. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Zeus (16) - Say Us". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  10. ^ "2010 Nominees - Polaris Music Prize". Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  11. ^ Stevenson, Jane (March 9, 2010). "Canadian Music Week preview". canoe.com. Post Media. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  12. ^ "Zeus (16) - Hot Under The Collar / Aeroplane". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  13. ^ "Zeus (16) - Permanent Scar / The Darkness". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  14. ^ "CANOE -- JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Archived from the original on 7 February 2005. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Stickler, Jon (July 23, 2012). "Zeus Offer New Single 'Are You Gonna Waste My Time?'". Stereoboard.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  16. ^ "Zeus (16) - Classic Zeus". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  17. ^ Canadian Rock/Alt. "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  18. ^ Canadian Rock/Alt. "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Canadian Rock/Alt. "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 

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