Worst Case Ontario
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Worst Case Ontario

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"Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic"

"These guys use every toy on the guitar amp...the kind of alternative power pop that will appeal to fans of Miracle Legion and Bob Mould." - http://powerpopaholic.blogspot.com/

"Thomas J. Olsen, The Deli Magazine"

"New York rock after it learns to ditch the pretense...one of the better '90s-inspired indie outfits of late."

- The Deli Magazine

"Frederick Foxtrott"

"Reinvigorates a sound that once dominated mixed tape nights everywhere...reminding us why the slacker spirit never dies."

- FrederickFoxtrott.com

"Lara Crombie, We Heart Music"

"So perfectly earnest that it's hard not to feel charmed...maintains a steady laidback vibe that tastes better over time, like a hotdish...these boys are clever."

- http://weheartmusic.vox.com/

"Erica James, Unbound Culture"

"Messy, noisy rock that I cannot sit still to...can be compared to Nada Surf, Spoon and maybe a little I Am Kloot."
- www.UnboundCulture.com

"Mite Mutant, The Chicken Fish Speaks"

"Reminds me of Walt Mink...has an early '90s college radio sound that I love." - www.thechickenfishspeaks.com


"Smallcraft," soon-to-be-released EP. Has already received airplay on Providence's WBRU-FM station.

"Burning Politely," recorded and mixed between January and August 2007, mastered in September 2007, released in December 2007. Has received airplay on WFNX in Boston and Portland. Can be heard on Last.fm and Imeem. Can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon and at CDBaby.com/worstcaseontario.

A podcast interview can be heard at http://weheartmusic.vox.com/library/post/whm023-worst-case-ontario-and-ipods.html

Soon: Review in New York Press!



Worst Case Ontario of New York City plays antagonistic, neurotic indie sludge rock that has earned them slots on two unofficial SXSW 2010 showcases, airplay on national radio stations in Providence and Boston and a slew of glowing reviews, including from NYC's Deli Magazine.

The band officially named itself that cheeky moniker (after several lineups) in 2006. Sounding like a mudbath melee between Husker Du, My Bloody Valentine and Nada Surf, the band will soon perform at two sideline SXSW shows in Austin, as well as all over the south. The band has performed regularly at venues around NYC, among them Glasslands, Mercury Lounge, Union Pool, Crash Mansion, CBGBs, Luna Lounge, Knitting Factory, and Pianos, as well as Philadelphia's M Room and Khyber and Lancaster's Launch Conference.

Its first album, "Burning Politely" was released in 2007 and met with stellar reviews from URB Magazine, Powerpopaholic and other zines/blogs.

Worst Case Ontario's new EP, "Smallcraft," is available on CD/vinyl.

Vocalist/guitarist/worrywart Sam Weisberg recorded the band's first songs alone in the fall of 2001, on his drawling Fostex four track in a Japanese beetle-infested room in Oberlin, Ohio. By early 2004, Weisberg, now in New York City, had formed the first lineup, which began performing at such venues as The Continental and Trash Bar.

Between January and June 2007, the first lineup under the name Worst Case Ontario (Weisberg, Philly/Thinking Machines transplant John MacDonald on guitar; Drew Eastmead on drums; and Tater Read on bass) recorded "Burning Politely." Gregg Rossetti and Rich Skibinsky of Suspyre recorded and mixed the album in a home-built studio overlooking a silo in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. The album was mastered by Len Monachello of All Night Chemists.

By the end of 2007, Eastmead was replaced by Tim Perzan, formerly of Headquarters. Read left around then and was replaced in June 2008 by Joe "I slept in a graveyard" Grasso. The EP "Smallcraft" was recorded from February-March 2009 at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn and mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering. Andy Wellington replaced Grasso in early 2010.