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Who? Born and bred in Verona Italy, Canadians (sans the’the’) — Duccio Simbeni (vocals/guitar), Michele Nicoli (guitar),Massimo Fiorio (bass/vocals), Vittorio Pozzato (keyboards/vocals) andChristian Corso (drums) — formed in 2005. A Sky With No Starsmarks the band’s debut effort, of which is making enough waves in theirnative Italy, to cross the big Atlantic wave next spring for theirfirst Stateside appearance at SXSW ’08.

What’s the Deal?Though they may be “a sad band pretending to be a happy one,” asMassimo puts it to, Canadians’ sound can’t help separateitself from the sunshiny, West Coast vibe it idolizes. With fuzzy,Weezer-era power chords, Casio playtime key-fills and nerdy-nasal”Teenege Dirtbag” vocals à la Wheatus, it’s Beach Boys for the grungeset, though one vocal shy of the four-part harmony. Also riddled withsongs about summer, old flames and nature, A Sky With No Starsdoes have its dark melodies, to validate Massimo, as on the minor-keybell twinkles in “Good News,” but they’re all outshined with heavyparty-hook galore on anthems such as “Ode to the Season” and “SummerTeenage Girl.”

Fun Fact: The name Canadians ishappenstance, on account of Massimo’s love for the word one day atrehearsal. Though when they’re feeling creative they like to tellpeople one of the following stories: “We like Canadian bands. We likeCanadian flag. We like Canadian nature. We like Canadian girls.”

Now Hear This:
Canadians – “15th of August” DOWNLOAD MP3

Now Watch This:
Canadians – “Summer Teenage Girl”

On the Web:
Canadians at MySpace

Talk: Will these Canadians invade America with their West Coast vibe?