The New Black
powerpop / punk from Vancouver BC
Contact DetailsBob Loblaw (publicist)
604 986 8520
The New Black (2004-present)
A powerpop/punk juggernaut, equal parts Sons of Freedom, The Godfathers and Blondie, with a vocalist that looks like Kim Novak with a Mohawk and tattoos, and powered by musicians that have 127 years of playing and touring experience between them (yes, pathetic but true).
Kristi Johanson – lead vocals. Also performs live with Big John Bates and the Taboo Revue
Gary Economy – lead guitar. Also in the recently re-formed The Gathering, ex-member of Taste of Joy, Cast of Thousands. Session guitarist, road manager, guitar tech for many Vancouver groups, including Sons of Freedom, 54-40, Sarah McLachlan etc.
David Lea-Smith – lead guitar. Ex-vocalist / guitarist / songwriter for Picasso Set and Motorcycle.
Tony Lee – lead drums. Occasional Hard Rock Miner, also in Eddie D & The Sex Bombs, ex-member of the SaddleSores and the Soreheads.
Gord Badanic – lead bass. Ex-member of Go Four 3 & Thrill Squad. Ex-label manager and producer at Zulu/Polygram Records, past-president and music director of CiTR-fm, founder of Shindig. Past-president of the PMIA, co-founder of the West Coast Music Awards, juror for FACTOR, the Junos, the WCMA, NewMusicWest, CFOX Demo Listen and MITAP. Guest-host on CBC Nightlines and occasional host of Soundproof. Blah blah blah... luckily, the original Gord was killed off in 1999, but he was recently re-animated as a dumpy middle-aged guy.
|Gord Badanic||lead bass,||2004-present|
|Gary Economy||lead guitar||2004-present|
|Tony Lee||lead drums||2004-present|
|Kristi Johanson||lead vocals||2005-present|
|David Lea-Smith||lea- guitar||2007-present|
|Patrick Findler||lead guitar||2004-2007|
|[Sir] Paul McCartney||lead carrot||2005-2006|
|Bill Napier-Hemy||guest lead guitarist||2014|
|Jim Newton||guest lead guitarist||2015|