IllScarlett

IllScarlett

Infobox musical artist
Name = illScarlett


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Origin = flagicon|Canada Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Genre = Reggae rock, Ska punk, Dub
Years_active = 2004–present
Label = Sony BMG Music Canada
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URL = [http://www.illScarlett.com illScarlett.com]
Current_members = Swavek Piorkowski Alex Norman Will Marr Johnny Doherty
Past_members = Dan K. - Bass Pat Kennedy - Turn tables

IllScarlett (IPAEng|ˌɪlˈskɑrlɨt) (often typeset as illScarlett) is a four-member, Juno-nominated band from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. [ [http://www.maplemusic.com/artists/ils/bio.asp illScarlett Biography ] ] They recently released their second major studio album "All Day With It" (singles include "Life of a Soldier" and "Nothing Special") following the success of their EP "EPdemic".

Their sound can be defined as ska punk, mixing elements of ska, surf punk, reggae rock, dub music and alternative rock to create a reggae, upbeat sound. They mainly play in small clubs or in larger ska shows. They are making a name for themselves in the Canadian music scene and are well known in the Greater Toronto Area. Their most prominent influence is California band Sublime.

The band found their break when they decided to play outside the 2004 Vans Warped Tour venue in front of fans waiting in line to get in, using a generator to power their equipment. Kevin Lyman, the Warped Tour organizer and co-owner of Warcon Enterprises, noticed them and invited them to play at his personal barbecue.cite web|title=illScarlett signs with Sony BMG|author=Bliss, Karen|date=2006-11-17|publisher=Canoe JAM! Music|url=http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Lowdown/2006/11/17/2391957.html] Subsequently, they were offered spots on the tour for the following two years.

In September 2006, the band played at the inaugural Virgin Festival in Toronto.

IllScarlett's song "Who's Got It" was selected as the official song for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup soccer tournament hosted in Toronto, Ontario.

The band finished recording their first major-label album ("All Day with It") in Los Angeles, California under the production of Matthew Wilder, producer of No Doubt's multi-platinum "Tragic Kingdom" album. The new album was released on July 10th 2007 across North America. It was a great success. It includes new songs such as Who's Got It, Paradise Burning and Life of a Soldier. Also on the album are redone old songs such as Nothing Special, N.T.F (Next Time Forever), Clearer Now and Pacino. Their new single is "Nothing Special", which was previously on their independent release "Clearly in Another Fine Mess".

Band member Johnny Doherty is the son of the late Denny Doherty, tenor of The Mamas and Papas.

They are also noted for their promotion of responsible use of marijuana and have participated in the Global Marijuana March in Toronto. They have also been known to throw out rolling papers and joints at concerts. Many of their songs also cover this topic, including: Who's Got It, One-A, and Mary Jane.

History

Initially meeting in high school, Iona Catholic Secondary School, Swavek Piorkowski and Alex Norman assembled illScarlett from the remains of a previous band that wasn't heading in a musical direction they'd originally hoped. They named the band after a local street in Mississauga, Ontario, named Will Scarlett Drive. Later, Alex and Swavek began to seek members and found bassist, Daniel Krolikowski, guitarist, Will Marr, and DJ, Pat Kennedy. The first show the band did was at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. After many performances at small venues, illScarlett went into the studio to record their first demo called the Five Dollar Demo. In 2004, the band released a full-length CD titled iLLP. Shortly after the release of "iLLP", the band performed in the parking lot for the 2004 Vans Warped Tour in Toronto. They weren't actually scheduled to play inside the venue, but they set up their equipment beside the line where people were waiting to get into Park Place for the concert. illScarlett played an hour and a half set for the concertgoers. Within 3 songs, they got word from one of their friends that Sublime's old roadie who worked as tour security radioed the organizer of the Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman, telling him that there was a band sounding like Sublime playing in the parking lot. Kevin Lynman, asked the band to play at his barbecue later that night and the band accepted his offer. After the band's performance at the barbecue, Lyman extended an invitation for the band to perform a few dates on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour.

Band members

*Alex Norman - Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
*Will Marr - Lead guitar
*Swavek Piorkowski - drums
*Johnny Doherty - Bass guitar, backing vocals

Former members

*Daniel Krolikowski - Bass guitar
*Pat Kennedy - Turn tables

Awards/Nominations

Discography

tudio albums

*2004: "iLLP"
*2006: "Clearly in Another Fine Mess"
*2007: "All Day With It"

EPs

*2006: "EPdemic"

References

Interviews

* [http://www.thepunksite.com/interviews.php?page=illscarlett Interview with IllScarlett (2007)]
* [http://www.torontomusicscene.ca/interviews/illscarlett-continues-to-rock-the-radio-and-m.j.html illScarlett continues to rock the radio and M.J.] -From Torontomusicscene.ca
* [http://www.punktv.ca/?c=105&a=2827 illScarlett are interviewed at Warped Tour 2007]

External links

* [http://www.myspace.com/illscarlett illScarlett's Myspace page]


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