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Formed in Kingston, Ontario in 1987, Headstones began their early music career performing to anyone who would listen. Inspired by Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins, Hugh Dillon led members Trent Carr and Tim White into becoming a band synonymous with the real Canadian road-worn punk, touring their anti-social behaviour across the country to rough and restless fans.
They signed to MCA Records (now Universal Music Group) in 1993 and quickly released Picture of Health, earning them platinum status on the Canadian charts. Their second release, Teeth and Tissue, reached gold in 1995.
The band solidified itself as a commercial force in the music industry, dominating the charts and airwaves with hits off 1996’s gold-selling album Smile and Wave. They received JUNO Award nominations for Group and Rock Album of the Year. Following their success, Headstones put out two more records, Nickels For Your Nightmares in 2000 and The Oracle of Hi-Fi in 2002. The band officially broke up one year later in 2003, still ranked as one of the most commercially successful Canadian rock bands.
In 2011, Headstones officially reunited for fans at Toronto’s Sound Academy. Storming the stage, Headstones seamlessly picked up from where they left off 10 years ago. They entered the studio and recorded the track, “binthiswayforyears,” releasing it for free via their website.
In October 2012, they began crowd-funding through PledgeMusic in the way of grass-roots self-promotion, as a way to directly engage their fans. Within a day, they had reached 100% of their goal; as of the album release, they had reached 295%. With this overwhelming response from fans, they too committed themselves to creating an authentic record true to their punk-rock roots.
The band wrote a collection of hard-hitting new songs during their time in the studio, including #1 single "longwaytoneverland." Headstones released Love + Fury worldwide, earning them a top 10 album for the first time in their career and a 2014 JUNO Award nomination for Rock Album of the Year.
In 2015, Headstones looked back at their history and reimagined some of their biggest hits with the release of One In The Chamber Music - their first vinyl release, featuring two brand new tracks.
Currently joining Dillon, Carr and White onstage and in the studio, are Steve Carr, Rick van Dyk and Lyle Molzan. The band returned to the studio earlier this year to begin recording their new full-length album, Little Army. The album, featuring the first single, "Devil's On Fire", is a testament to the band’s connection with their followers, as they live streamed the recording process and walked their fans through the making of the album.
WATCH "Devil's On Fire": bit.ly/2qAtk6x
During his self-imposed hiatus, Dillon devoted his time and energy to his acting career. He had already appeared in several films in his early punk rock days, including the cult hit Hard Core Logo, as well as, Dance Me Outside and Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. It was his role in Debra Granik’s Down to the Bone during its debut at Sundance Festival in 2004 that lead him to his most globally successful roles to date as Mike Sweeney on the television series Durham County, and as Ed Lane, lead sniper for five seasons on CTV/CBS/ION’s Flashpoint. He remains in the forefront of success stories with his role in AMC’s The Killing, guesting on David Lynch’s series Twin Peaks, a coveted role in feature film Wind River with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, and opposite Nicolas Cage in The Humanity Bureau. He also starred in CBC's war drama X Company, which recently aired its third season.