Toronto’s The Craft Economy—whose members originally hail from Guelph, Montreal, Pennsylvania and PEI—has a sound inspired by ‘70s punk rock and ‘80s new wave, and is guided by a love of fun, well-crafted and danceable pop songs. They’ve brought their energetic live show to stages at NXNE, CMF, Pitter Patter Festival and POP Montreal.
The band is currently working on its debut full-length recording, which follows the success of “Is On Your Side EP” (2008) and “All On C EP” (2007). The as-yet untitled record will be released in early 2011.
“Is On Your Side” was released to great reviews, receiving lots of airplay in 2009 across the country, including daily play on CBC Radio 3 and spending 11 weeks on Radio 3's Top 30 (hitting #4 on March 20th, 2009) with the poppy synth-fueled, “Big Purse, Lil Dawg”. It also made the 2009 Radio 3's Top-103 year-end list and hit #3 on the Canadian Campus Radio charts on Jan. 10, 2009 (Chartattack.com) after getting lots of play at campus radio stations from Victoria, BC to Sackville, NB.
The band released their first EP, All On C (2007), through a Creative Commons Noncommercial-Share Alike license. To date, fans worldwide have downloaded over 32,000 songs (over 5,000 copies of the EP). The attention of the blogosphere caused the handmade lino-pressed physical copies of the EP to quickly sell out to buyers from around the world.
Both Is On Your Side and All On C are available on iTunes, Amazon.com and eMusic.com.
“The Craft Economy were dared into bandhood by Art Brut singer Eddie Argos after he once told everyone at a show to go home and start a band. Six people took him seriously. Introducing one of the most promising new wave, post-punk boy/girl vocal bands Canada has seen in a while. Their album All On C is a tight little package.” —Pop Montreal
"Is On Your Side, the band’s second EP, consists of effervescent ’80s new-wave with a post-punk drive. Backed by glossy guitar and synth arrangements, Kostas Kurelias and Linda McKenney trade vocal melodies evoking sweaty-palmed summer love.” —Alex Nino Gheciu, Eye Weekly
“The 5 songs on Is On Your Side run by in a 17-minute flash. I’ve probably listened to this EP about 20 times since I got my hands on it, and the songs are still causing me spasms.” — Owen Gayle, Two Way Monologues
“This is a record that will surely secretly impress the skinny-jeaned, keffiyah-wearing hipster in your life…” —John Papamarko, CHARTattack.com
“If Devo and The B-52's joined forces and transported themselves to 2007, they would be The Craft Economy. Catchy, fun and with just a slight hint of the theatrical, it's clear that they are actively campaigning for the title of world's greatest party band.” —ItsnotthebandIhateitstheirfans.blogspot.com
Is On Your Side (2008)
All On C EP (2007)
Available at iTunes, eMusic.com and Amazon.com
10-12 original songs, 30-60 minutes, all original, no covers.