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The Dudes

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The Dudes are a Canadian indie rock band, formed in 1996 in Calgary, Alberta. Dan Vacon is The Dudes’ major creative force in the band. The group also includes guitarist Bob Quashnick, drummer Scott Ross and newest member and bassist Braden Funchner.

Critics have likened their musical style to Modest Mouse, although band members cite their influences as The Flaming Lips, Joel Plaskett, and Weezer. (which are probably more accurate comparisons)

The Dudes gained popularity in Calgary both for their lo-fi approach to recording and releasing albums and for their live stage-show. On their album, Brain Heart Guitar, they worked with Calgary producer Russ Broom, and released the album in 2006 on the LoadMusic record label.

Their music has been played on university radio and CBC Radio 3, and the group has played at South by Southwest and Canadian Music Week.

Their song “Dropkick Queen of the Weekend” was heard across Canada in 2006, having been featured in a Rogers Wireless advertising campaign.

On January 12, 2007 they released a new single from Brain Heart Guitar, “Do the Right Thing”. Its video was filmed at Webber Academy, a private school in Calgary, in the summer of 2006.

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  • hubrismusic

    i prefer DUDES. [3]

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • RyanSolomon

    the dudes are alright... I prefer DUDES.

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Bradyorton

    Fantastic band. Calgary is proud.

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
  • kattychamp

    WOW, i love you guys, so much. And lyrics "i fell low at the side of the road broke in winnipeg nobody comes to our shows". Pretty sure if you guys came to winnipeg i would be there right away. no doubt about it.

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Chrome109

    NEED GUITAR TABS!

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Eigenspace

    The new album is fantastic!

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • rishard93

    Pretty lies, i think its there newest song is so good ! it blows my mind !

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • SenorSpine

    These guys are awesome.

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • jjlevi

    Cup of Blood, Simply Amazing!

    25 Oct 2008 Reply
  • wphockey

    heard about them through pandora. i'm surprised there isn't more listeners.

    12 Aug 2008 Reply
  • canadianwoo

    good to see them up here. im spreading the word down under haha

    24 Jul 2008 Reply

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