Disband Premiere

MuchMusic has forever changed the lives of six boys from Alberta. Now known as Stereos, the musicians were discovered on the MuchOriginal series DISBAND which helped them sign a major label record deal with Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  Don’t miss the rags to riches story in the one-hour season finale of DISBAND, premiering Wednesday, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET on MuchMusic.

A few months ago Pat Kordyback, Robb Chalifoux, Miles Holmwood, Daniel Johnson, and Aaron Verdonk were living a rock ‘n’ roll hard luck story – trying to keep their musical ambitions alive while scrambling to find money for rent. The born and bred Edmontonians who fuse doo wop, r&b, pop, rock, and hip hop, submitted a tape to MuchOriginal series DISBAND, which gives young Canadian bands a chance to be seen and heard by music industry execs. On a wing and a prayer, they hopped in a van and drove to Toronto, never imagining their MuchMusic journey would end with a major label deal from Universal Music Canada.

“DISBAND is exactly what MuchMusic is all about – music, celebration, and Canada,” said Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice-President, General Manager, Much MTV Group, CTV Inc. “Our audience has a great sense of bravado and a ‘why not’ spirit infused into all areas of their lives. DISBAND captures that spirit in every episode, but especially in this amazing season finale where we see one unknown Canadian band fulfill a dream by getting a major record deal.”

MuchMusic’s hour-long special chronicles the band’s journey to stardom, including three long road trips from Edmonton to Toronto and quitting numerous jobs multiple times to make their musical dreams a reality. Not to mention a week long rock star boot camp with DISBAND Guru Greig Nori (Producer, Iggy Pop, Hedley, Marianas Trench, and Lead Singer, Treblecharger), a session with the foremost songwriters in the business, the pressure of recording a professional demo in one day, a naked photo shoot, all capped off by a do-or-die performance in front of top music execs. After a few more shows, road trips, and meetings, Stereos signed with Universal Music Canada.

“MuchMusic’s DISBAND is an authentic glance into the world of rock ‘n’ roll and an exciting platform to expose new Canadian talent,” comments Mark Spicoluk, A&R, Universal Music Canada and DISBAND judge. “Stereos are an eclectic band whose star is rising and I can’t wait for them to be introduced to MuchMusic’s audience and the music fans across the country.”

Now, Stereos presents the world video premiere of their first single, Summer Girl and perform live on MUCHONDEMAND on Thursday, May 28 at 5 p.m. ET. The band is currently working with Canadian production legend Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Metric, Billy Talent) in anticipation of the release of their debut record, set for Fall 2009. Follow Stereos rise to fame with exclusive blogs, photos, and behind the scenes footage at muchmusic.com.

MuchOriginal series DISBAND helps develop young, struggling Canadian bands and gives them music industry exposure with honest critique. Artists from across the country are put through a one week rock star boot camp with DISBAND Guru Greig Nori followed by the biggest performance of their lives in front of the country’s music industry elite. During its first season, 21 bands were profiled and given the opportunity of a lifetime. The show is a bona fide hit on Much, receiving over 700 applications in its first season. Bands can apply at muchmusic.com/disband.

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