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Kyle Jenkins | Interrobang | Lifestyles | December 4th, 2006



When lead singer Brett Carruthers told me “love, sex and death rock” sums up their music, I thought he was joking. He couldn't have been more serious; this group certainly doesn't mess around.

Two years ago, a London band called Aphasia traveled to Toronto to participate in Indieweek, which is pretty much a two-day battle of the bands competition. They came in first place, gaining the attention of the events organizer and owner of Gen-Sub, Darryl, who offered to manage them and help record their first full-length album.


The deal inspired the foursome to change their name to Lye and also replace their drummer. In October 2005, Lye released Companion which features James Toth on guitar, Stephany Seki on Bass and Mudseed on drums. The album was produced by Greig Nori,; the same Greig Nori who produced Sum 41's albums.

Companion certainly established Lye's niche, which draws influences from Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Tool and Deftones.

The band has yet to have distribution other then digitally and playing shows, but that's irrelevant since the album has sold over 700 copies by word of mouth. In the new-year, Lye is going back to the studio to begin recording a brand new EP which they plan on promoting through a cross Canada tour and even a possible European tour.

Also, keep an eye out for Lye's new DVD coming out in the New Year. It features a live performance at the Opera House in Toronto and will surely tweak the interests of any music lover.

Lye's recent rise through the ranks in the North American music scene has been described by their record label, Addictive Records, as “an anomaly: too heavy to be considered indie-rock, too industrial to be considered metal and too talented to be ignored.”

Since forming the band, Lye has toured extensively throughout Ontario from Windsor to Montreal and even into the United States.

Although, the band maintains Pennsylvania as their favourite venue.

“Our first time in Pennsylvania was great and also our biggest turnout of the whole tour” Carruthers said. However, I'm sure here in London we can change their mind from Pennsylvania. Lye will be hitting the Salt Lounge on December 15 with Electric Knife Fight, How Dare You and Ill Bliss. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is sure to please even the hardest to impress.
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