Rheostatics are a Genie Award-winning Canadian indie rock band. They were formed in 1978, and actively performed and recorded for 27 years, from 1980 until officially disbanding in 2007. Since then they have given a number of reunion performances at special events, and as of late 2016 are writing new material and performing again.
Although they had only one Top 40 hit, "Claire" in 1995, they were simultaneously one of Canada’s most influential and unconventional rock bands, a band whose eclectic take on pop and rock music has been described both as iconic and iconoclastic. In particular, two of the band’s albums, Whale Music and Melville, have been cited in numerous critical and listener polls as among the best Canadian albums ever recorded.