“The Worst Pop Band Ever is the total package – great compositions, unique covers and standup-worthy comedic banter…the band showcased the players’ unique ability to jump from jazz to hip-hop flavoured rock with minimal effort…” torontojazz.com
“This may be one of the worst band names ever, …but the jazz on its seven tunes is intriguing, well-calibrated and focused in a very contemporary, accessible fashion.. The music’s fresh, may appeal to pop lovers but assuredly to jazzers keen on a kind of driven fluency as genre stylings are examined, discarded and reworked.” Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star
With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Levon Helm to J Dilla, this Toronto based group tries to combine a love of jazz and indie pop. Whether it be blending acoustic bass with turntables or analog synths with the saxophone, the WPBE sets out to twist & bend both originals and covers, straddling genres and butting heads with expectation. The ugly lovechild of Miles Davis & Radiohead.
Adrean Farrugia – piano
Dafydd Hughes – Keys
Tim Shia – drums
Michael Herring – Bass
Here is the Worst Pop Band Ever at Frankies, Vancouver
Here is a video that is great fun. They are with a bunch of dancers at the Toronto Jazz Festival.