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Published on August 7th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Rock My World Canada, chapter 89: Hype

[Mike Carr is determined to create a catalogue/reference work featuring all kinds of Canadian rock and alternative releases from the past few decades. Check out his a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. – AC]

From 1983 until 1989 Hype became one of Canada’s leading hardcore punk acts. Hype became the first Toronto hardcore band to release a full-length LP with Life is hard……then you die! in 1985 and first to tour that same year. In 1987 they released their second LP Burned and completed another tour followed by a third in 1988.

Hype was also a major force in the Toronto hardcore scene through their concert promotions arm Reuben Kincade Productions. Hype played with many noted groups such as 7 Seconds, MDC, The Freeze, Youth Brigade, S.N.F.U., Adrenalin OD and False Prophets among others. (source: Discogs). In 2018 HYPE released a “Live” album and re-released remastered versions of their first two albums.

Find out more about this artist and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. Get your copy here. Follow Mike on Facebook and Twitter.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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