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A Primitive Evolution

A Primitive Evolution is a Alternative, Rock band from Toronto, ON


Everything about A Primitive Evolution boils down to instinct. From their roots in Toronto’s cult rock scene to their unrivaled, uninhibited stage show, this band takes hard rock and grunge and pumps groove and sex back into it. Encapsulating the best of horror and romance, A Primitive Evolution have just released their debut album A.P.E. containing 11 tracks of drippy rock’n’roll.

Their self-produced debut video for “Death on Wheels” solidified the band and captured their enigmatic stage presence alongside Frankenstein cheerleaders as part of the 2007 L’Oreal Fashion Week. Voiced by the late, Martin Streek,a highly respected Toronto DJ, the video caught the attention of the vampire musical movie Suck. The production crew of the film were inspired by the performance setup of the video and wanted to use it in the movie. Iggy Pop made a cameo in the Playdead Mansion as the recording engineer for the fictional band, showcasing A Primitive Evolution’s jam space and home in the cult landmark.

Formed in the fall of 2007 out of the ashes of Toronto band Lye, vocalist Brett Carruthers and bassist Steph Seki began jamming with Playdead Cult owner and drummer Stu Dead. Playdead’s involvement in horror culture lead to inviting guitarist and owner of Toronto’s Darkside store Dimitri Anastasakis to jam along. As this line up they performed as part of the Queen Street Fire fundraiser alongside Billy Talent and the Creepshow. What initiated as fun turned into an organic drive to create something fresh – something with its own experimental ideas. In 2009 the group put their live act networking skills to the test and founded a new music festival VIVA LOS MUERTOS (2009 line-up featuring The Birthday Massacre). The festival had an overwhelmingly good response and the group plans to do it again in 2010, hoping to further secure the creation and maintenance of a dynamic death rock scene in Toronto.

“Creation is evolution” Carruthers says. “That’s what I figure we were trying to say with A Primitive Evolution. As evolved as we think we are as humans or animals, we are very much in the beginning of the evolution of mankind. We have so much to learn and yet so much has changed in the last hundred years; we have a long way to go as a species. We wanted our band to reflect that too, to just go off of what we feel, do it out of instinct and evolve naturally. Have some fun existing on this planet.”

Produced by Carruthers and Matthew Von Wagner, who has produced U.S.S. and Alpha Galates as well as worked alongside Joe Barresi and Bob Ludwig, A.P.E. is grounded on a few common themes. “Death on Wheels” draws inspiration from classic grindhouse horror films, while others like “Dead End” are thinly veiled love songs. “War B.” explores political undertones and the Western view of war. “Beyond True” and “Still Waiting” draw influences of Radiohead and U2 with an amped up feel uniting the main themes of the album and capturing the romanticism of human interaction. Prepare yourself for a band that is as primal as they are passionate, as convicting as they are creative, and as solid as they are sinister. As CHARTattack stated, "If you're not from Toronto or you don't know what I'm talking about, I feel sorry for you, because A Primitive Evolution are a rock 'n' roll wet dream and they're sexy as f#&k."

Band Members

Brett Carruthers - Vocals and Guitar
Stephany Seki - Bass and Vocals
Stu Dead - Drums


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Stolenowners wrote Jul 26/11
EH lets do a fkn show together already ... Stu its Q" .. what what

APrimitiveEvolution wrote Jun 28/11
Haha It's amazing how we went from 800 votes to 0 votes per month. I believe that is was due to the fact that we managed to stay in the top 10 for a few months but were never selected. These voting systems can only work for so long, getting all of your fans to rally together and vote is a tough task that asks a lot from your fanbase. These days there are thousands of sites like this selling the dream and getting you to work for them. We believe the effort would be better spent getting your fans to invest in your actual band rather than a voting site. So there ya have it, we will no longer be promoting or pushing for the vote here. Please check us out at our own website. or search for us on facebook where you can really contribute and interact with the band rather than wasting your time on here.

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LostintheRevolution wrote May 08/11
THX for being a friend!

Rock is forever on with the show!!!


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Hey guys, I hope you're gunning for the next Band of the Month... I'm definitely pushing for you!

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