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CANADA - Ontario

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Old World Vulture

More than a decade’s worth of experience with other bands convinced Mike Costanzo (guitar), Devin Hughes (synthesizers), Jamie Hunter (drums) and Anthony Perri (bass) that they'd spent more than enough time chasing after the right opportunity. A meeting of minds and musical ideas took place in Toronto, Canada in the twilight of 2008. Old World Vulture was born.

Initially thought of as an outlet to breathe new life into old songs from previous projects (Binge, Boneless, Instruments of Lust and Fury, Jamie Hunter, The Redstripes), their focus quickly shifted. The band did away with vocals; songs were written. A new sound reverberated from within the walls of their Midtown rehearsal space.

The fledgling Old World Vulture took on a purely instrumental approach, weaving elements of rock, drone, psychedelia and electronica into a pulsing swirl of melodic sound. Over the span of two months in the summer of 2009, the band recorded three songs with Chris Hegge (Career Suicide, Fucked Up, The Meligrove Band, The Coast) at Toronto’s AudioLab Recording Company. “Benny,” “How the West Was Lost” and “Bastard Engine” were given away as free digital singles through October-December of that year, each with an exclusive remix by Valiise.

In early 2010, the band returned to the studio to record two more songs – “’Changing Thoughts” and “Too Much Eye Makeup” – which were combined with their earlier recordings to form their self-titled debut EP.

In the year that Old World Vulture has existed, the band has been a part of a variety of weekly showcases and music festivals including Two Way Monologues, Wavelength, Pitter Patter Nights, Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite and Canadian Music Week, and have played countless shows in and around southern Ontario. They’ve managed to win over the ears of friends and strangers alike, garnering airplay on 102.1 The Edge in Toronto with their first single, “Benny.”

There’s a certain gracefulness to the music of Old World Vulture, much like the soaring patterns of the large birds with which the band shares its name. But beneath the surface lies an angry, festering rumble, waiting to explode and swoop down upon the ears of the unsuspecting listener. Perhaps you’re next…

Carry on.

– March 2010