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The Weakerthans are a Canadian indie rock band, whose blend of punk-inflected folk rock with literate, witty, introspective lyrics have made them one of the most popular bands in the current Canadian music scene.
Formed in 1997 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the band was started by John K. Samson after he left the popular punk band Propagandhi to write and start a publishing company. Samson hooked up with bassist John P. Sutton and drummer Jason Tait, and created The Weakerthans as a vehicle for a more melodic, introspective brand of songwriting than his time in Propagandhi.
The band's debut album, Fallow, was released in 1997 on G7 Welcoming Committee Records, and garnered the band positive reviews from Canadian music critics. Guitarist Stephen Carroll joined the band later, and in 2000, Left and Leaving was released.
In 2003, the band released Reconstruction Site on Epitaph Records, and were awarded with rave reviews from Canadian and international critics for their ambitious combination of punk, rock, folk, country, Elizabethan sonnets and lyrics about getting an emotional pep talk from a cat. It also became their best-selling recor...