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Don Vail
Don Vail


Don Vail’s 2008 self-titled debut album is one of the uncelebrated Canadian greats of the late ’00s. Either 10 years too late or five too soon, they earned a cult, “band’s band”-type fandom in Southern Ontario and on the East Coast with their brainy pop, indebted to ’90s alt and art bands like The Posies, Guided By Voices, and Shudder To Think, executed with the pro touch of indie rock lifers Mitch Bowden (part of the Broken Social Scene extended family), Dave Dunham (Not Of, DAVIDS), Chris Bell (Customaries), and Bill Priddle (Treble Charger). Then, quickly after, they disappeared completely. Eight years on, the band has returned with new players and a new album, entitled “Fades”.

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