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Guelph, Toronto ON, Canada

Fil, Mike, Matt and Tim formed a band, then simply called “Flashlight”, out of boredom and frustration and quickly moved from the small college town of Guelph to the much larger Toronto, Ontario. At first, they were unable to get the attention of nightclub owners, so they devised a fictitious talent agency, called the Harry Wells Booking Agency, which would “represent” them. With the agency as their intermediate, they quickly gained enough recognition to go on tour.

They began touring across Canada in a van, with little to eat and nothing but their dreams keeping them going. In 1997, they managed to release a self-titled debut album through the Quebec-based Stomp Records, which they would follow up with the Running Season LP two years later. During this time they also managed to film a video for their song “Sonia Bianchi”, which received air time on Much Music.

By 2000, the band had established an impressive touring schedule and had added the word “Brown” to their name. They then released another self-titled album (under the new name) through Union 2112 (the new version of Stomp, which had recently merged with 2112 Records).

Midway through their 2002 tour, the band was contacted by Rob Cavallo, a man who was adored by the band members. Rob flew the band to Los Angeles, originally to record a two song demo, but this quickly turned in to a record deal with Hollywood Records. In April 2003, the band released their major label debut, My Degeneration, an album they deemed to be a “culmination of a 6 year career of living on the edge between a dream and despair”.


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  • brainwashedcity

    take her to the beach and she's ignored

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • T50L

    Toronto is a much better place for advancing as a band than Guelph is. There are shows every day in Toronto that a newer band could try and open for

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • AdamBuddy

    is this the same band that play the song 'blindsided' on ska the 3rd wave volume 4?? I've read they used to just be called flashlight and that's what the song is listed as on the comp. Doesn't really sound like my degeneration (only flashlight brown album ive heard) but im not exactly super familiar with flashlight brown.

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • surfwax111

    My Degeneration is a masterpiece of an album. [2]

    4 Oct 2009 Reply
  • paisleypaisley

    Their bio doesn't really put Guelph in a very good light, does it? Guess it suits some people more than others. (Boring people like me). Love the band, though. :)

    23 Sep 2009 Reply
  • captainfresh

    anybody know where I can get my hands on Blue? (and not for 50 bucks on Amazon)

    18 May 2009 Reply
  • garu

    My Degeneration is a masterpiece of an album.

    25 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Sebutone

    My Degeneration is fantastic, wish these guys were still around. And ofcourse like a lot of Canadian Bands, this one is/was overlooked

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • start_static

    But tonight would have gone way smoother had we had more beer.

    12 Mar 2008 Reply
  • fmoo

    hehe, one of them looks like harry potter

    1 Oct 2007 Reply
  • FueledByPez

    This band is too good to go mainstream.

    12 Jul 2007 Reply
  • skanadian

    How could one band go through so much trouble with a crappy label? Keep on moving guys. See you soon.

    26 Jul 2006 Reply

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