Cities in Dust (band)

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Cities in Dust
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2003–present
Labels Paper Bag Records
Members Zach Frank
Craig Nordemann
Simon Toye
Matt Winters

Cities in Dust is a Canadian hardcore and indie rock band from Hamilton, Ontario. Its members consist of Zach Frank (vocals), Craig Nordemann (bass), Simon Toye (guitar) and Matt Winters (drummer).


The band took its name from the Siouxsie and the Banshees song "Cities in Dust" and formed in 2003. The band members worked on creating arrangements and developed their lively stage performance; many of the songs were written by Frank. In late 2005 they began recording their material in Toronto with the help of John Drew,[1] and in early 2006 they participated in Canadian Music Week in Toronto.[2]

Independent record label Paper Bag Records signed Cities in Dust in April 2006, in part due to the onstage antics of Frank.[3] Soon after, their debut album Night Creatures was released.[4]

Cities in Dust appeared at the World Electronic Music Festival in June 2006.[5] The band was nominated for three awards at the 2006 Hamilton Music Awards: "Record of the Year", "New Artist/Group of the Year", "Alternative Recording of the Year".[6] Night Creatures was named by Exclaim! magazine as one of the Top 10 Punk albums of 2006 in Canada.[7] and it received heavy rotation on CBC Radio 3.[8]

In 2007, Cities in Dust appeared on the soundtracks of three 2K Sports video games: College Hoops 2K7, Major League Baseball 2K7 and NHL 2K8. Additionally, their song "Chop Chop You're Dead" was included in the film Superbad.


See also


  1. ^ "Cities In Dust Learn To Like TorontoCities In Dust Learn To Like Toronto". Chart Attack, May 4, 2006
  2. ^ "Canadian Music Week". The Varsity, March 3, 2006. By Jordan Bimm and Claire Farmer
  3. ^ Bliss, Karen (April 18, 2006). "Lowdown: Paper Bag signs Cities in Dust". Jam!. Retrieved 2006-12-23.
  4. ^ "Cities in Dust Night Creatures".. Exclaim!, By Liz Worth. Jun 01, 2006
  5. ^ Baulcomb, Andrew (June 6, 2006). "Cities in Dust (review)". Steel City Music. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-23.
  6. ^ "2006 Hamilton Music Awards Winners". Hamilton Music Awards. November 19, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-23.
  7. ^ "Exclaim! Punk: Year In Review 2006". Retrieved 2007-05-13.
  8. ^ "SIRIUS Satellite Radio Canada charts". Archived from the original on November 18, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-23.

External links

  • Cities in Dust's Myspace
  • Paper Bag Records
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