The indie folk-rock six-piece formed in the summer of 2007, creating what is known today as William the Conqueror. Bonded by a mutual love of music, pianist Scott Christian, singer Ryan Comerford and guitarist Colin Brisbois conceived the band in a musical orgy in Ryan’s basement. In the following fateful conversation on the front porch, the newfound band made a mandate to focus on making good music, unrestricted to genre.
Having met each other at the University of Toronto faculty of music, more talent was pulled from the pool of disenchanted music school kids and added to the roster. The most notable finds were violinist Kiki Dube, bassist Tim Smith and drummer Aaron Spink.
The band’s very first show was at the legendary Lee’s Palace, one of Toronto’s more famous, albeit slightly tumbledown, rock venues. Confident about the chemistry and sound of the band, William the Conqueror began to focus on establishing itself as the next big thing.