It was way back ought-four. November the tenth at the Commodore, opening for The Trews, when I first heard Matt Mays and his backing band El Torpedo. I have been a fan ever since.
Alas, it seems today El Torpedo is no more. After two members recently departed the band, one being drummer & producer Tim Jim Baker, Mays has decided to let the name El Torpedo go.
It is a sad, sad day in Canadian music indeed.
True, Matt Mays will continue making music. He has solo albums as well as with El Torpedo, and the new(ish) backing band will, no doubt, be pretty swell... but it's still sad to see any band dissolve, especially when a core member like Baker leaves.
In their honour, here is the title track to their release last year, Terminal Romance. It is almost definitely my favourite song of theirs.
Download Terminal Romance