Torn Down Units
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Torn Down Units

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The best kept secret in music


"Exclaim! November 2003 Issue"

These four young, crazy-assed rock and rollers from Orangeville, ON play instrumental boogie rock, hard country-influenced punk and a little surf. Kicking things off with a spaghetti-instrumental, the Torn Down Units quickly change gears into the catchy twin guitar strut of "Give Me Your Heart". Jumping back and forth from Southern fried booty-kicking rockers to tricky instrumentals isn't an easy thing, but these guys pull it off. Think Bad Wizard meets the Sadies and you've got an idea of what these guys are throwing down. Album highlights include Torn Down Blues", which is a short and sweet teaser of an instro, as well as the full on wah-wah fest of "Home". "Dance Of The Elves (in g minor)" shows a sense of humour and reminds one of Tchort's more freaky flights of fancy. Recorded on a shoe-string budget, there is a lot of crunch to this album, making it a ballsy little guitar rock record.

-Reviewed by Craig Daniels - Exclaim!

"Long Gone Loser Magazine - Australia"

These guys are the perfect soundtrack to any film with someone wearing a cowboy hat in it. This is blues, country, punk, rockabilly, hoe down music. Great stuff that's lotsa fun! You can bust some groovy moves while listening to this. File this CD right next to half of the Estrus catalouge and you Dukes Of Hazzard collectibles

-Reviewed By Damo - Long Gone Loser Magazine


Rock Out Or Get Out E.P. (1998)
Rock Out Or Get Out L.P. (1999)
A Fatal Blow Of Rock n' Roll L.P. (2001)
Loved, Lost, Still Standing L.P. (2003)
A Showdown At The Hoedown E.P. (2004)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Torn Down Units (hereafter referred to as TDU) has been rocking Canada since the late 1990s. The band was formed by Orangeville-based singer/guitarist Ian “Ian Unit” Coburn who enlisted the help of old friends Chris Mullen (bass), Dean Morrison (drums) and Dustin Dinoff, a.k.a. The Duster (guitar) to generate a unique rock n’ roll sound he hadn’t been hearing enough of. The four have since turned TDU’s sound into something comparable with nothing else out there right now. This is best demonstrated on the band’s latest E.P. release, “Showdown at the Hoedown”, which is without question the band’s strongest offering to date. “Showdown” follows the 2003 release of the Units’ popular “Love, Lost, Still Standing”. “A Fatal Blow of Rock n’ Roll”, and the band’s first off, the E.P. “Rock Out or Get Out”, are still available.
The Units have played all over southern Ontario, including stops in Toronto, Hamilton, London, Guelph, Ottawa, Brampton and Orangeville, and finally made its first highly anticipated appearance in Montreal in January, 2004. It was also the only musical outfit brave enough to entertain the people of Walkerton, Ontario only one day after news of the now infamous Ecoli water scandal broke. The Units play regularly in Toronto at great musical institutions like the El Macambo, the 360, Sneaky Dee’s, The Horseshoe Tavern and The Silver Dollar Room, and other up-and-coming venues like The B-Side and Rancho Relaxo. They have played along side bands like Zen Guerilla, Tricky Woo, Cheerleader, Sticky Rice, Teenage Head, Supagroup and hundreds of others. Many happy music lovers have left TDU shows somehow reminded of The Supersuckers, The Stooges, Nashville Pussy and early Rolling Stones; all killer bands, so the comparisons don't bother the Units at all.
TDU’s mandate is to keep the fires of rock n’ roll burning hotter than ever in an age where the only music getting attention (be it positive or negative) is conceived in a board room, not a jam space, and is void of any wit, charm or substance. Faced with this grim reality, TDU offers an alternative, designed for people who still believe in the power of rock n’ roll.