"Billy Talent" Is Released
Billy Talent is the second full-length album of Canadian band Billy Talent, after their first, Watoosh!, was released under their old name of Pezz in 1999.
Billy Talent was certified 3 times platinum in Canada in January 2007. The album was recorded at The Factory in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Billy Talent (formerly known as Pezz) are a Juno award-winning Canadian band formed in 1993 in Streetsville, Ontario. The band consists of Ben Kowalewicz (lead vocals), Ian D'Sa (lead guitar and backing vocals), Jon Gallant (bass guitar and backing vocalist) and Aaron Solowoniuk (drums and percussion). The band existed for almost a decade before mainstream success. The members met and played in high school under the name Pezz and remained underground in Toronto's indie music scene until 2001. The band renamed itself Billy Talent after running into legal trouble with the old name. It was then that Kowalewicz's connection with a worker in Warner Music Canada's A&R landed the band a record deal and launched them into mainstream success. Since then, Billy Talent has made two multi-platinum records in Canada, and continues to expand their success overseas, this included touring for 20 months supporting their second album. They are currently set to release their fourth album Billy Talent III on July 14, 2009.