Ready for Love
"Toronto's best kept secret! The melodies, momentum, hooks and lyrics are the classic rock and roll stand the test of time variety." ~ CBC The Hour 'Dance Yourself To Death have created a fantastically fun debut. Ready For Love's most striking feature is it's consistency.' ~ Exclaim Magazine "Great hooks, a sound somewhere between Blondie, Heart and the Pretenders." ~ Spill Magazine Formed in 2005, Toronto's Dance Yourself to Death had only played a handful of gigs before a copy of their independent EP found it's way into the hands of knighted larger-than-life pop icon Elton John. Sir Elton was taken by the band's addictive hooks and heart-tugging melodies, which seamlessly fuse elements of '70s rock, '80s synth-pop and '90s dance music. He cast DYTD to play in the prom scene of It's A Boy Girl Thing, the film he was producing, and included one of their original songs on the film's soundtrack. DYTD went on to license songs to several other films, and watched their fan base grow as tracks from the DIY EP landed on a number of independent radio station charts and positive reviews poured in. When original guitarist Nina Martinez departed DYTD for the Cliks in 2007, Carmen Elle (guitar) and Johnny Ryan (keys) joined original members Jen Markowitz (bass, vox) and Susan Gale (drums, vox). Now a quartet, this new incarnation of DYTD sailed through a number of high-profile gigs. They shared stages with everyone from Canadian critics' faves Mother Mother and the Hidden Cameras to international stars like Peaches, Uh Huh Her and the Indigo Girls and played their first European show in Munich, Germany, where they drew a crowd of 1500 people. Noted electronic artist JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN) was eager to work with DYTD, and delivered a remix of their original song "Sea of Love". When DYTD headed into the studio in the spring of 2008, they had three years' worth of songs to choose from. The band members acted as producers, working with co-producer and engineer Lorne Hounsell (Cuff The Duke, K-OS, Bedouin Soundclash) to create their full-length debut, Ready For Love. They drew inspiration from artists who spanned several musical eras, from Fleetwood Mac to the Cars, to New Young Pony Club, creating a sound that's hook-laden, highly addictive, and ready for repeat rotation on your stereo. The final product is an instantly accessible record that will keep you holding on tight to your first kiss, your worst heartache, and all your forgotten love letters.