Bands & Activities
Starting as NC-17, this Canadian alternative pop/rock group changed its name after an American band with the same moniker threatened to sue. Greig Nori (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Bill Priddle (guitar, vocals) met in high school in Sault St. Marie, Ontario, and paid the 5,000-dollar cost of releasing NC-17 on its own Smokin' Worm label as the band's full-length debut in 1994.
After partnering with indie label Sonic Unyon and re-releasing NC-17, the album became Canada's best-selling indie record and the ballad "Red" received heavy play on college radio and Much Music (Canada's music television network). The following year, the band released the self-titled EP, which doubled as a CD-ROM zine dedicated to 30 of its favorite Canadian indie bands. The album was later released as Treble Charger in the U.S. and featured American indie bands.
Treble Charger made its major-label debut with Maybe It's Me on BMG's Canadian imprint, Vik Records, in 1996. In 2000, the song "American Psycho" became a hit. The song helped push Wide Awake Bored to platinum status in Canada. Treble Charger spent the summer of 2000 touring on Canada's Summersault with Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, and Our Lady Peace.
In 2003, the band resurfaced with Detox, featuring “Hundred Million” and “Don’t Believe It All”. Treble Charger went on to tour with Sum 41, Matthew Good, and Foo Fighters before disbanding shortly after.
Greig Nori went on to become one of Canada’s most accomplished producers working with The New Cities, Mariana’s Trench, and Hedley. Greig was also featured in the MuchMusic series “Disband” and “Discovered”. Bill Priddle went on to play with Broken Social Scene and The Priddle Concern.
Influencing a generation of artists, Treble Charger will grace the stage for the first time in almost 10 years in 2012.