Speed Orchid
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Speed Orchid


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Starblower 7" Single
Polly Ann EP

The Polly Ann EP received airplay on college radio stations across the country - reaching as high as #2 on some charts.


Feeling a bit camera shy


“You’re waiting for the word to shine,
I'm waiting for the word to shine along with you"

Polly Ann

The greatest band, from the greatest city, in the greatest country, in the whole wide world. This sums up the attitude and philosophy of Toronto's pop indie
sensation, speed orchid.

With shimmering lead guitars swirling around a heavy rhythm section, crashing drums and soft, dreamy vocals, speed orchid has captured the best of British pop and North American rock, creating a unique sound that has pop fans begging for more.

Formed in the fall of 1995 by lead singer/songwriter Cristian Di Rocco, the band had within months, an arsenal of stellar songs and immediately went in the studio to record. The outcome was the brilliant "star blower" single, released in early 1996. An ode to groupies, this 7" single garnered rave reviews and steady college radio airplay. This cumulated in an appearance that summer at the CFNY hosted CNE bandshell, opening for such acts as admiral, sandbox and the killjoys.

After a lengthy delay, speed orchid returned to the recording studio, wiser, better, and more determined than ever to establish themselves as one of the number one indie pop bands in the country. Produced by Jeff McMurrich ( Danko Jones, Mean Red Spiders), the band captured the sound and style that they had been striving for, and in early 2000, they released the polly ann CD EP. It was an instant hit. Cracking the college radio top 20, (reaching as high as #2 in some cities, and lasting in some cases over 16 weeks on the charts), the band had established itself as a bonafide pop act.

In 2001, speed orchid played the 360 Club as part of the NXNE festival in Toronto. After another self-imposed exile from the Canadian music scene, speed orchid have returned to claim what is rightfully theirs…..indie pop stardom.