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Idle Sons is a Burlington, Ontario based rock band that formed in 1994 under the name Slurpymundae.


Idle Sons was a Burlington, Ontario based rock band that has earned a devoted following in Canada and beyond. The group was formed in 1994 by childhood friends Mike Eastick, Sean Kelly, Ryan Barkwell, and Bruce Nicol. Mike and Sean were on the same line on their hockey team while Bruce and Ryan were pitcher/catcher combination during baseball season. The group originally took the name Slurpymundae under which they toured extensively and released two EPs and one full length album independently.

In the year 2000, after returning home from a cross-Canada tour with fellow Burlington band, Finger Eleven, the group set to work recording a three song demo. Friends James Black and Rick Jackett of Finger Eleven were enlisted to produce the demo. At this time, the group began to feel that the name Slurpymundae did not have a future and so they made the switch to Idle Sons. Around this time the group also signed on with Coalition Entertainment manager Julian Gruhl.

Upon hearing the three-song demo, Atlantic Records A&R Rep Kevin Carvel quickly brought the group to the attention of the label. The band signed their first major label recording contract with Atlantic Records and flew to Los Angeles to record their debut album with producer Gavin Mackillop. After six months of recording, the group had completed their debut effort. It was to be called ?Hell or High Water.?

Soon after the completion of the debut Idle Sons album, Atlantic Records began a merger with an internet company. This merger led to the reorganization of many positions within the company, namely the departure of Kevin Williamson to Maverick Records. As a result of this, Idle Sons were dropped and their record was handed back to them.

Despite the disappointment, Idle Sons would carry on with an intense regimen of songwriting and touring. After almost four years of waiting, the band signed a deal with EMI Canada. The band soon departed for Vancouver where they would work on their EMI debut at The Farm, the oceanfront, 14-acre (57,000 m2) studio complex run by producer GGGarth (Garth Richardson), the studio whiz whose credits include Rage Against the Machine, Trapt, Chevelle, Rise Against, Mudvayne, Kittie, L7 and many others. The sessions would last for 20 days and the album Sixteen Seasons was the result.

On , 2006 EMI Canada released Idle Sons? ?Sixteen Seasons.? The record comprises three different types of songs: Four tracks ("Bleeding," "This Evening," "Long Way Home" and "Before the Fall") survived intact from the never-released Hell or High Water. Four more ("Waiting Around," "Good Life," "Better Days" ? the track that long-time fans might remember as "Push" ? and "Now Forever") were reworked from their original Hell or High Water form. The final four songs (the first single "Tell Me," "Getaway," "Little Bit Less" and "Maggot") are all brand new, all products of the various jams from that seemingly endless period of limbo. Two were demoed just two weeks before the recording sessions began.

In May 2006, the band toured Canada in support of ?Sixteen Seasons? with Three Days Grace, Mobile, and Theory of a Deadman.

The first single, Tell Me, cracked the Top 20 for rock radio in Canada in July 2006.

In December 2006 Sean left the band to pursue a career in teaching. He is currently teaching Grade 7 at Lisgar Elementary School. His last show with the band was on December 16, 2006 in London, Ontario at the Salt Lounge.

The band has been nominated for a (CRMA) Canadian Radio Music Award and a Juno in 2007.

On , 2007, the band announced it had disbanded.

Mike is now playing with a new band called "The Grave"

Bruce is now tour managing for a number of artists including the likes of Justin Nozuka, and Serena Ryder.


^ 2007 Juno Nominees


Mike Eastick (Guitar, Vocals)
Sean Kelly (Guitar, Vocals)
Bruce Nicol (Bass Guitar)
Ryan Barkwell (Drums, Percussion)

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