By the standards of the fickle world of independent music, Code Pie’s history is a long one. It began with a series of home recordings by singer Enzo Palermo in the year 2000. Two years later Palermo contacted guitarist Salvatore Ciolfi through an internet ad, and the two began writing and playing music together. The duo were soon joined by drummer Vince Varano, bassist Michel Semienchuk, trumpet player Eva Boodman and cellist Rebecca Lessard, and the newly minted sextet began playing shows in and around Montreal.
First album, This Habit, was recorded on a shoestring budget of $700 and released in April of 2005. Using rented equipment, the band recorded tracks in various locations, including a high school auditorium, family homes, apartments and offices. Recorded over a period of over a year, The Most Trusted Name in Yous (June 2007) was Code Pie’s second album. Also entirely self-produced and financed, the sophomore effort was this time recorded at the Hotel2Tango studio in Montreal with producers Howard Bilerman, Brian Paulson, and Kevin Komoda.
Following the release of that album, Code Pie appeared at Canadian Music Week, Pop Montreal, North by Northeast, the Halifax Pop Explosion, and the In the City emerging music festival in Manchester. In early 2009, the band decided to take some time off from performing to work on new material. Once again, they did all the recording for the album themselves at drummer Vince Varano’s D.I.R.T studio in Montreal. The album was mixed with the help of Kevin Komoda from Hotel 2 Tango. The result is Love Meets Rage.
Enzo Palermo Vocals, Guitar
Sal Ciolfi Guitar
Vince Varano Drums
Rebecca Lessard Cello, Keys, Vocals
Michel Semienchuk Bass
Eva Boodman Trumpet
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