|Origin||Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada|
|Genres||garage rock, alternative rock, post-punk|
|Years Active||1995 - present|
|Associated Acts||The Standard|
John Norton (1995 - present)
Dashiel Teague (1995 - present)
Shane Moore (1997 - present)
Josh Pushkin (1999 -2001)
Max Mini (2007 - 2012)
Killer Crowns are a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 by lead John Norton and drummer Dashiel Teague at an intermediate school in Burnaby, B.C. In 1997, bassist Shane Moore joined the band's lineup, and they christened themselves Stanley Park. They signed with Parlophone in 1999, shortly before releasing their first EP. They achieved worldwide fame with the release of their sophomore effort, Edutainment in 2005. The single "School Spirit" topped the charts in 2005 and 2006. The next year saw October, where the band turned more towards punk rock. The album drew success throughout 2007. Some critics claimed that the album was better then the First two albums by far. 2008's The Genius drew attention to an indie crowd. It received mixed to positive reviews, but still sold almost 3 million copies. After a year of touring for the 3 albums prior, and another year of hiatus, the band was back to recording for their fifth album in 2011, coming up with the revolutionary Mistaken in Early 2012. 2013 brought up Thinking Alone, with a more depressing tone.
Early years (1995–98)
In 1994, A young Norton purchased two six string electric guitars for him and Dashiel Teague for Christmas, off allowance money. In early 1995, they clashed together and played on the weekends. They went through many band names. Johnny Norton and Dashiel Teague first started playing gigs throughout Vancouver, Canada, at 12 years old. They soon started playing at high school football games in Vancouver and northwest Washington State. When Shane Moore joined in 1997, the band decided to go professional. In 1998, they named themselves Stanley Park after Stanley Park in Vancouver.
Turf EP and Killer Crowns (album) (1998–2003)
In 1999, The band signed with Parlophone. They soon came out with their first EP, Turf, in August of that year. The record is the only one released under the band's name Stanley Park. It consisted of four tracks, and about 1,000 copies were sold in Canada. In 2000, the entirety of the band members were still in high school, and they had to focus on their debut album. This resulted in Norton and Teague dropping out of high school early. Shane Moore still showed up for practices, and eventually graduated high school in 2001. During recording, the band issued an EP, the Untitled EP, that covered all of the band's work since January 1995. The band recorded until the end of 2001, and eventually the album released on June 4th, 2002 as Killer Crowns. The Album didn't chart in the US or UK, but made the top 40 in Canada, and sold 250,000 copies (as of July 2007). The second single, "Indie Culture" became a hit with its 2006 MTV music video.
In 2003, after the first album was carried out, Norton and Teague decided to finish high school and both graduated in 2004. During that summer, extensive recording procedures took place until September of that year, Three months before the first single, "Nerds" dropped, and started climbing the charts. The album was released on February 27th, 2005 in Canada, with huge success. The third single, "School Spirit" was on the charts from release as a single on April 16, 2005 until early 2006.
Immediately after completing Edutainment, The band recorded another album, which remained a mystery to many until Late 2006 when it was released. October had the band focusing on punk rock instead of their traditional alt-rock sound. It was released on October 30, 2006. The album had 5 singles and was a major success story for the band. The album charted at number one for 2 weeks in Canada, and 1 in the US. The album hit only number 4 in the UK.
The Genius (2007-11)
As 2007 came to an end, the success of the band started work on a fourth album, as Norton described it: "This one's a bit more... question-forming. It's about how someone can get so easily lost in a world like this." hinting that the band was making a concept album. The band recorded in Seattle from August 2007 to May 2008. The first single, "Running Off" released in September 2008 to positive reviews. The full album was released on November 3rd, 2008 in Canada. The band left the studio in 2009 and 2010 to tour in support of Edutainment, October and The Genius.
After a yearlong hiatus, the band came back after almost three years since a studio album to record. In December 2011, it was announced by all three members that A new album would be released the following year. On March 23, 2012 Mistaken was released to extremely positive reviews. The use of electronic music pleased critics into saying that "this might be one of the best albums of all time."
Thinking Alone and albumno_7 (2013-present
On September 25, 2013 Thinking Alone was released, it has received mixed to positive reviews.
In 2015, The Best of Killer Crowns was released, citing the band's 20th anniversary. It was released as a 5-album set (Killer Crowns (album), Edutainment, October, The Genius, and Mistaken) Along with The Turf, Untitled, and Newton EPs.albumno_7, the band's seventh studio album, was released on March 4, 2015.
- Killer Crowns (2002)
- Edutainment (2005)
- October (2006)
- The Genius (2008)
- Mistaken (2012)
- Thinking Alone (2013)
- albumno_7 (2015)
- Turf EP (1999)
- Untitled EP (2001)
- School Spirit EP (2004)
- Killer Christmas EP (2007)
- Running Off EP (2008)
- Albert EP (2009)
- Newton EP (2011)
- Stanley Park Live in Vancouver- 1995-1999 (2006)
- Edutainment and More Live (2009)
- Killer Crowns Live 2009 (2010)
- Mistakenly Live Tour (2013)
- Vancouver Boys: 1995-2010 (2010)
- The Best of Killer Crowns: 5-album set (2015)
- John Norton- guitar, vocals (1995-present)
- Dashiel Teague- drums, vocals (1995-present)
- Shane Moore- bass guitar (1997-present)
- Josh Puskin- guitar (1999-2001)
- Max Mini- guitar, bass guitar (2007-2012)