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The Demics

The Demics

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Originally formed in London Ontario 1977, the band consisted of vocalist Keith Whittaker, guitarist Rob Brent bassist Iain Atkinson-Staines and drummer J. D. “Jimmi” Weatherstone. Through 1978, the band were rising stars in the Canadian punk scene. They recorded their debut EP in the fall of that year. The EP’s single, “New York City” released on Ready Records was a breakthrough hit on radio across Ontario and Canada 1979. Brent left the band and went on to form the post punk/new wave band, “Mettle” as guitarist and synth player. Steve Koch replaced him. The band released a self-titled full-length album in 1980, but subsequently broke up due to internal tensions. In 1996, a new CD compiling both of the band’s original albums titled New York City was released domestically on Huge Records. Also that year, “New York City” was named the greatest Canadian song of all time in a reader poll by National Chart Magazine. Vocalist Keith Whittaker died of cancer July 1996. Guitarist Rob Brent died of a heart condition November 5th 2014 at the age of 57.

Mario Circelli

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