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The Skinny: Since its creation, in the early winter months of 2007, Ottawa, Ontario’s Today I Caught the Plague has worked endlessly to produce the most honest representations of musical vision they’re collectively capable of. The result: energetic art, reflective of a wide range of sonic expression.

The songs are largely recognizable by the aggressive undertones of their hardcore and metal influences, while melodically and rhythmically balanced by the many varying genres which have impacted each individual artist. From the inspirations of early classical music, through to the differing examples of today’s modern art, the group leaves no musical idea un-entertained. Simply stated, they create only with self-set limitations, bringing their music through to conception with uninhibited thoughts.

The roster and consequent sound of Today I Caught the Plague consists of Dave Journeaux on Vocals, Ben Davis and Steve Rennie on guitar, Matt Young on keyboards, Eric Stone on bass and Mike Ieradi on Drums. Friends and acquaintances before colleagues, the group shows a distinct sense of camaraderie in all their interactions both inside and outside the band.

In addition to their professional commitment to creating original music, Today I Caught the Plague strategically align themselves to infiltrate the scene with a constantly evolving stage show, and the implementation of both researched and experienced knowledge regarding the inner workings of today’s music industry. Their dedication is almost perverse in nature as the art form has quite literally become their hectic lives.

With the culmination of their recent country wide expeditions, Today I Caught the Plague find themselves at home, and in the midst of creating their first full length record. Following all this, the group will see themselves back out, on familiar roadways, and expanding their traveling scope, first south, then to other international horizons, as soon as circumstances allow.


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