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Hibakusha has released 1 self titled album. Songs that have recieved airplay include Televangeline, Moped Song, Bobby Sands, Vinegar and Masquerade.


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Hibakusha started like many bands in the drummers basement. Back then they were called the Grope Toads and played in clubs throughout Southern Ontario. They were kind of a funky alt rock band at that time.
Over time they became less influenced by what was going on musically around them and more influenced by the artists that initially inspired them.
Hard rock bands of the seventies combined with Punk and Hardcore. And a new sound began to imerge. Personal changes began happening too. Mark McIntyre joined the band and immediatley gelled with the new direction. All that was left was the most difficult. A singer and lyricist to collaborate with.
All members of the band were putting thier skills to use gigging and recording as sidemen with other projects. It was on a pick-up gig in Kitchener Ontario that Stevenson and Barnes met singer/songwriter Paul Macleod.
Paul was already well known throughout Canada for hypnotic songs and soaring tenor voice. When asked whether he would consider collaborating with the band he asked to hear what we'd been doing. Inspired by what he heard he penned the first tunes immediately.
Hibakusha was now complete.
Hibakusha is a big sound. The music takes twists and unexpected turns but is always grounded by hooky melodies. At times it makes you think of Rush or Pink Floyd while still sounding like more modern material.
Each instrument has a voice and a presence much like the collaborative projects of the pre 80's era. The result is a sound that is all it's own.