About


Looking at today and working back, it's easy to see how The Spades have built such a strong fan base; good old fashioned hard work.


They've just completed a new album, "Subatomic" set to be released on March 23, 2010 through the band's newly formed independent record label, Pirate Radio Records. Recorded at the Bathouse with Gord Sinclair (The Tragically Hip) producing, "Subatomic" captures the essence of what the The Spades do best; gut wrenching rock and roll, catchy melodies and impassioned delivery. A tour with Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar/Grady) led to Gordie mixing the album in Texas and sending the tracks to Howie Weinberg in New York for mastering. Promising to be their best effort yet, "Subatomic" features the single, "The Revenge of Johnny Laundry" which is currently charting on rock radio across the country and was voted the #1 song for 2009 on The Wolf 101.5.


Born out of the belly of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, James McKenty (vox/guitar), Tommy Street (drums/vox), and Josh Robichaud (bass/vox) have toured across Canada several times in the past two years including a national tour with Matthew Good and shows with The Sam Roberts Band, Blue Rodeo, The Trews and The Tragically Hip (to name a few). They've played at venues as diverse as Massey Hall to the Virgin Festival in Calgary; and it’s these performances that have assisted The Spades in bringing their influence of 1960's and 1970's rock to a new generation.


Dark and dirty, just like the power trio's that preceded them. With nothing to hide behind, The Spades have developed an army of sound. The Hamilton Spectator dubbed them "simply the best garage rock outfit in Ontario", and recently The Peterborough Examiner had this to add; "The Spades: On the Verge of Breaking Big".