Raw, feral, anthemic music for the underdogs – Strange Breed is the shift in alternative rock that you’ve been waiting for. Reminiscent of 90’s femme-rock heroines such as Veruca Salt, L7, Hole and Sleater-Kinney while channelling the modern-rock prowess of acts like The Pretty Reckless or Paramore, Nicolle Bell-Dupas (Vocals/Guitar), Terra Chaplin (Lead Guitar), Megan Bell-Dupas (Drums) and Jess Dubois (Bass) have perfected the art of serving memorable rock ‘n roll hooks with a filthy side of riot-grrrl rage. Through layers of distortion and unapologetically feminist lyrics, Strange Breed is the musical equivalent of jumping on your bed screaming at the top of your lungs at the injustices of the world with your best friends.
Based out of Vancouver BC, Strange Breed’s polished rock releases and gritty live performances have been the catalysts to the bands quick and growing notoriety in their local scene and beyond, even catching the attention of the industry leader Alternative Press Magazine, who mentioned the band in “Top 50 Canadian Artists to Watch”. Their vocal support of traditionally marginalized groups, such as their own queer community, has helped the band connect with an audience of kind and empathetic listeners who want to listen to music with a conscience, helping others while they do so. The band and their audience have helped support multiple important organizations ranging from RAINN, Music Heals BC, Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, WISH! Drop In Centre Society and more. Their single entitled “Reputation”; an ode to justice for victims of assault, found itself on Apple Music’s “New In Rock” Playlist and on popular Canadian program The Strombo Show’s Top 100 Songs of 2020 List.
Claws out and arms open; this is rock music for anyone seeking a way to amplify their own voice and discover a unique, “safe space” in a scene that is not always inviting to all. Currently, you will find Strange Breed “behind the scenes” writing new songs, producing their sophomore album, planning tour dates and “queering the status quo” of the music industry.
What they say in the press…..
“Strange Breed is the queer feminist quartet we need now and forever.”
– CBC Music
“Listening to Strange Breed is like climbing into a teleportation device and finding yourself transported back to your teenage bedroom, listening, for the first time, to a band that totally gets how you are feeling when it feels like no-one else does.”
“…The positive atmosphere they created did not, however, disguise the seriousness of the issues addressed in some of their songs — “The C Word,” an homage to consent, and “Gun Control,” a challenge to the hypocrisy of the NRA.”
– Discorder Magazine
“…It’s heavy subject matter made accessible through the group’s playful songwriting and boisterous personality, both in the studio and in front of a crowd.
Even the most catatonic show-goer might find it hard to sit still during one of Strange Breed’s sets. If you’re not moving, the band will do it for you—sometimes by dancing with an enormous plush shark during their fittingly-titled track “Sharks”, sometimes with a leap into the crowd from Dupas.”
– The Runner Magazine
Strange Breed always takes a moment during each show to ensure that the acknowledgement is made of who’s land they have the privilege of playing music on, and ensures that people know what kind of environment they are entering when they come to a Strange Breed show…
“WE PROMOTE SAFE SPACES.
What does THIS mean? We don’t tolerate folks who spew hate speech against marginalized groups. We don’t support violence of any kind. We don’t tolerate sexism, racism, homophobia/transphobia etc. We don’t want to see any kind of predatory behaviour at our shows – if someone says no to you (be it to dance, to make out, to let you buy them a drink, anything at all) RESPECT that. If you don’t, you’re out in a heartbeat.
If you ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable at one of our events, please find one of us and say something. We want you to know what kind of environment you’re a part of when you come to one of our shows. ♥️”