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DIY Discovery | Pterodactyl Problems

Young Toronto rockers deliver something different, dangerous & just plain weird.

Photo by Raph Nogal / www.raphnogal.com

Most of the music I hear is sent to me by labels and publicists. But there’s nothing like getting it straight from the source. Welcome to the latest instalment of DIY Discovery, where I introduce you to artists who have sent me their music directly (and who don’t suck — that’s definitely part of the deal too). If you’d like to get in on that action, scroll down to the bottom of the page. But don’t skip over today’s fine find:

Pterodactyl Problems

HOME: Toronto

LATEST RELEASE: The debut album Esoteric Hobbies.

MY PITHY DESCRIPTION: The best bits of Weezer, Van Halen, Primus, The Killers, The Smiths, Foo Fighters, Queen and System of a Down — mixed with steroids and snorted.

SIX ADJECTIVES FOR THEIR SOUND: Audacious, eclectic, daring, intense, complex, idiosyncratic.


Fortune favours the bold. That also holds true for the different. The dangerous. And the just plain weird. Most bands like to think all of those adjectives apply to them. But they’re just kidding themselves. Young Toronto quartet Pterodactyl Problems — whose video Paresthesia premiered here a while back — are the exception that proves the rule. These guys clearly are unafraid to let their freak flags fly. And not just because frontman performs in drag. That’s definitely ballsy for a young rock band, even in these more tolerant times. But really, that’s window dressing; listen to their just-released full-length Esoteric Hobbies and you’ll hear what they’re really selling. Although firmly anchored in crunching indie-rock and pounding alt-metal, these songs colour way outside the lines, embracing and utilizing a vast array of sonic and stylistic influences to establish their individuality — and provide a musical breadth and depth to match their singer’s uncompromising dark-night-of-the-soul lyrics. In a world of cookie-cutter bands, Pterodactyl Problems are bringing something different, dangerous and just plain weird to the table. For my money, that’s reason enough to check them out.


Pterodactyl Problems have risen to save rock from extinction — and not a moment too soon. These fiercely original Torontonians are a gender-bending, genre-defiling hybrid gene-spliced from four distinct personalities: An outrageous frontman who probes dark emotional truths while clad in full drag; two unrepentant metalheads underpinning his devastating messages with crushing intensity; and a meticulous musical mad scientist sprinkling jazz, blues, classical and more into their alt-metal DNA. It aligns in their debut album Esoteric Hobbies — a dynamic, diverse disc that heralds the next stage in the evolution of rock. Those lucky enough to witness their high-energy performances know the awesome power of this four-headed, fire-breathing beast. The world won’t be far behind. It’s evolution, baby. Just in the nick of time.”




If you’d like to be a DIY Discovery, no problemo: Just go to the Submit Music page, fill out the form and hit send. Or email me directly here. I can’t promise I’ll feature you, but if you’re as awesome as you think you are, it could happen. You never know.

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