Strange Breed is a 4 piece, all queer, all-female alternative garage-rock band based out of Vancouver, BC. Sounding reminiscent of every 90’s femme rock anthem (think Sleater-Kinney, Veruca Salt, Bikini Kill, Hole) while keeping a firm grip on the modern alternative-rock sound of today (Paramore, The Pretty Reckless, The Beaches, July Talk).
In a short 2.5 years, they have been invited to play large local venues such as Fortune Sound Club, The Fox Cabaret, The Waldorf, Venue, The Rickshaw, and The Cobalt, and have completed their first cross country tour. They recently finished recording in the legendary Hipposonic & Fader Mountain Studios to release the digital singles that have sparked the bands’ quick success, as well as build suspense for the release of their debut album, “Permanence.”. They have had their music played on popular community/campus radio stations across the country including CBC Music, CITR 101.9 FM & CJSW 90.9 FM and their song “Sharks” was selected as CJSF 90.1’s #1 (Vancouver Mixtape) Track of 2018. They were also Top 100 Finalists in CBC’s Searchlight 2019 Competition, listed as a producer’s pick.
Strange Breed released their debut studio album, “Permanence.” on September 13th, 2019, and shortly after embarked on a cross country tour spanning from Vancouver Island to Montreal, QC. Within the first 3 weeks, “Permanence.” cracked the Ear-Shot Campus Radio Top 50 Charts (Week of Oct 1 2019), as one of the only unsigned albums to do so, and has gotten public acknowledgment from music scene veterans such as Bif Naked & Said The Whale. “Permanence.” also made Beatroute’s “Top 10 Vancouver Releases of 2019” List.
Strange Breed constantly has individuals of all different backgrounds reaching out and expressing how much they appreciate seeing queer representation in accessible music, and hearing “good, catchy tunes with an actual message”.
“…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. (-Hannah Toms for Discorder Magazine” — Read the whole article here)
“…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.” (-Aly Laube for The Runner Mag — Read the whole article here)
Strange Breed is all about promoting positive change through the messages in their music and in their general interactions with the world and online – be it political, social, or based around physical/mental health. They have been a part of raising money for vital organizations like Music Heals BC, Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and WISH! Drop In Centre Society. “Permanence.” is the deepest and most pure exploration of those values and beliefs.
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. ♥️”
Safe spaces, Inclusivity, Good times and Great music is what these babes are all about.