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Billy Talent
Billy Talent
Billy Talent at the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards.
(from left to right) Jonathan Gallant, Ian D’Sa,
Aaron Solowoniuk, Benjamin Kowalewicz
Background info
Also known as Pezz (1993–99)
Origin Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Genre(s) Punk rock, alternative rock, post-hardcore, ska punk (early)
Active Years 1993 (1993)–present
Record Labels Atlantic, Warner
Worked with Rise Against, Anti-Flag, Cancer Bats, Alexisonfire, Cunter, Say Yes, AFI, Royal Republic, Sum 41, Hollerado, Indian Handcrafts, Monster Truck
Official Website
Members Benjamin Kowalewicz
Ian D’Sa
Jonathan Gallant
Aaron Solowoniuk

Billy Talent (formerly known as Pezz ) is a punk rock band founded in 1993, originally from Toronto, Canada comprised of vocalist Benjamin Kowalewicz, guitarist Ian D’Sa, bassist Jonathan Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk. Over the years they have released 4 studio albums, 5 EP’s and 2 live albums.

Billy_Talent’s Biography

His first name, Pezz was sued by a group that already had that name and after the integration of a new bassist they adopted the name Billy Talent, which comes from a character in the novel Hard Core Logo, as they make clear in their first album of the same name.

The band’s second album, Billy Talent II, was released in 2006 when the group had already achieved a surprising international success and having won many awards including the revelation band in 2003.

In December 2008 they released their first live album, Billy Talent 666 which contains 6 audio tracks from 3 of their concerts in Europe, including the German festival Rock am Ring where they played before more than 85,000 people. The concert lasted approximately one hour twelve minutes, opening the concert with the song “This Is How It Goes” which is the first song of the album “Billy Talent” and was closed with the song “Red Flag” which is the second song of the album “Billy Talent II”

In mid-2008 they collaborated with Anti-flag on the song “Turn your Back”, whose sales profits went to the international red cross.

Currently they are one of the groups of greater projection and are known all over the world having toured with groups like Rise Against, My Chemical Romance and Muse and participating in many of the reference festivals around the world.

Billy Talent received a considerable amount of recognition in Canada, won 6 awards of the 25 nominations in the Much Music Video Awards and 6 awards of the 12 nominations in the juno awards. The band has also been nominated in the MuchMusic Video Awards every year since 2004, the nominations have been in general, Billy Talent has received 16 awards from the 42 nominations. The band also had the place no. 1 in 2009 rock song for the song “Devil on My Shoulder” that was in Much Music’s Holiday Wrap, along with the place no. 5 in the best 99 videos of Much Music for the song “Fallen Leaves”. On September 11, 2012 the band released their fourth studio album, “Dead Silence”, their first single, “Viking Death March”, reached no. 3 on the Canadian alternative rock charts. The second single, “Surprise Surprise”, reached No. 1 on the same lists.


The watoosh album! by Pezz is a mix of many genres like ska, punk rock, among other genres.

In 2003 the band published the namesake Billy talent, which acquired a more defined sound with notable influences of fugazi, Jane’s Addiction, refused among others. [citation required]

In 2006 the band concludes its second album called simply Billy Talent II. As for sound, this album is a continuation of his previous work, although in this the songs acquired a more aggressive sound and more emotional lyrics. [Citation required]

In 2009 the band released the album called Billy Talent III where you can appreciate an evolution of the sound making a slightly heavier atmosphere and demonstrating a more personal and personal style with respect to its lyrics. [citation required]

In 2012 the band released the album Dead Silence, which received positive reviews since its release, and most critics praise the change of style since its predecessor album. [citation required]

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