Over Billy Talent
Toronto-based Billy Talent first came together when the band members were in high school. Singer Ben Kowalewicz, guitarist Ian D'Sa, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk originally went by the name Pezz, but switched to a name inspired by the novel Hard Core Logo in 1999. Seething with barking vocals and jagged guitar lines, Billy Talent inject some emo into their punk with tense, wiry vocal harmonies. Not as poppish as a lot of Warped Tour fare, their sound has the right degree of dark and angry to stand out in that festival's rogues' gallery.