Playing over 400 shows across Canada, including dates with ill Scarlett, Default, Silverstein, Brian Melo, State of Shock, Social Code, Wintersleep, Magni and Dilana (Rockstar Supernova), The Mudmen, Cancer Bats and The Salads, has helped DS sell over 3800 CDs independently. Their CD “The Calm E.P.” sold over 500 copies in the first month of release alone. Their single “The Cycle” has been in rotation across Canada for over 8 months. The band has been enjoying some fame as the result of Joel’s stint on Season 5 of Canadian Idol. He placed in the top 50 out of 10 000 and his acoustic performance of “Baby Got Back” has become one of the most talked about Idol performances of all time.
The video has a cult following online receiving thousands of plays every day. His performance has been hailed the “best performance on Canadian Idol…EVER!” by YOUTUBE.COM. Idol judge Zack Werner has said “Joel is a celebrity in my house, my wife and kids watch his video every day” and Canadian Idol winner Brian Melo has been spotted several times wearing a DS t-shirt. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's daughter and her friend requested the band play their private birthday parties 2 years in a row. They were the “Band To Watch” alongside Thornley in the spring ’08 issue of Umm Magazine (Canada’s most popular men’s magazine with over 400 000 readers per issue).
They’ve recently won $5000 in the Live 88.5 Big Money Shot competition and will be going for another $250 000 in November. With over 150 000 plays, their presence can be felt online. They have over 60 500 plays and over 10 000 friends on Myspace alone charting them as high as number 1 on the Unsigned Band charts out of hundreds of thousands of bands. The next step in the band's plan to expand their fan base globally is the release of their new CD “The Fury E.P.” which will be backed by constant touring. With their mix of touching lyrics and hook-driven melodies combined with an undeniable passion for creating and performing inspiring music, there seems to be no limit to what Distant Society can and will achieve. Read more on Last.fm.
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