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Event Archive - Yoko Casionos, Elias

Sat. December 9th 2006 Logan's Pub (No Minors)
Tickets at: Lyles Place, Ditch Records & Cds,
Presented by: Atomique Productions
At a time when the Vancouver scene is spurting out esoteric pop bands of every stripe, The Yoko Casionos appear as an anomaly: a straight forward pop-rock group with no pretense, an abundance of energy, and songs that would make sense on commercial radio, if commercial radio made sense.

So, The Yoko Casionos are a pop band. Apologies not forthcoming.

A showcase at the El Mocambo at the NXNE music festival in Toronto led to the band being awarded the 2005 Best Unsigned Artist prize. Nonplussed, the band returned home to Vancouver to begin work on a full-length album with producer Todd Simko (Pure). As these recordings made their way back to Toronto, the A&R folks at Universal Music caught on to what was happening. What was happening was an album that would eventually become the band’s debut, These Are the New Old Times. What was happening was that Sloan was inviting the band out on tour. What was happening was that Universal was signing the Yoko Casionos to a three-album deal for the world.

Not ones to rest on their new-found laurels, the Yoko Casionos have embarked on a 28 date tour of Canada supporting their friends Sloan. “I basically begged them to get this record out in time to tour with Sloan this fall so I could see them play and catch up with them and it looks like it's happening and I can't wait," says Chris Murphy of the rock band Sloan. Chris Murphy’s begging has worked and the record is slated for a September 26th release in Canada.

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Yoko Casionos

The Yoko Casionos are one of Vancouver's most cherished bands. Opening gigs for local staples such as Copyright and national indie icons like The Flashing Lights have won them a cult-like following of fiercely loyal and dependable fans. Their music is accessible but holds a sway of artistic integrity not associated with bands that have potential ma... more info


Elias is a Vancouver-based band comprised of brothers Brian (vocals, piano, guitar) and Jonathan Healy (bass) with lead guitarist Rob Tornroos and drummer Dominic Coletta. Together, they deliver an anthemic mix of dark, moody vocal melodies with original guitar riffs, haunting keyboards, and forceful rhythms. Having formed in 2005 and released t... more info
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