Billy Talent Biography
This Punk-Rock Alternative-Rock quartet based in Toronto, CANADA, consist of Benjamin Kowalewicz on vocals, Ian D'Sa on guitar, Jon Gallant on bass and Aaron Solowoniuk on drums. The group members met while still in high school; they played for a number of years under a different name before changing to Billy Talent, in 1998.
Their first release under the new moniker was the 2001 4-track independent
EP "Try Honesty".
Two years later, in the middle of the summer of 2003, Billy Talent issued their self-titled debut album which climbed the Canadian Albums chart landing at #6; it also hit #11 on Top Heatseekers chart and #194 on The Billboard 200, Stateside, while the first single "Try Honesty" cracked the top 30 of The Modern Rock chart; this track along with "The Ex" and "River Below" were also a minor hits in Great Britain. Supporting the album on the road for almost a year, the band performed at the legendary Lollapalooza Tour on the second stage and with Jane's Addiction.
In June 2006 the quartet released their sophomore effort entitled "Billy Talent II" which quickly bulleted to #1 in Canada and reached the #134 position on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 list. The CD spun off five singles: "Devil In A Midnight Mass", which peaked at #4 on the Canadian Top 100 chart, the European hit "Red Flag", the Canadian Rock radio top 20 smashes "Fallen Leaves" and "Surrender" and a minor hit with the final single, "This Suffering".
September 2008 saw Billy Talent release a charity single called "Turn Your Back", recorded in collaboration with Pennsylvania punksters Anti-Flag; the song debuted inside the top 30 of the Canadian Singles chart.
The Toronto rockers issued "Billy Talent III" in July 2009, reaching #1 on the Top Canadian Albums chart in no time, the disc was also a top 10 entrant in many European countries and made a mid-chart appearance on The Billboard 200. The first single, "Rusted From The Rain", hit #1 on both Canada's Alternative and Active Rock charts and was followed by three more top 10 hits: "Devil On My Shoulder", "Saint Veronika" and "Diamond On A Landmine".
Billy Talent are back with a new single titled "Viking Death March" off their 2012's studio album.