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A Primitive Evolution 

Brett Carruthers—Vocals, Guitar and Synths

Steph Misayo Seki—Bass and Synths

Stu Dead—Drums, Percussion, Dirty Beats

A Primitive Evolution is 
Brett Carruthers on Vocals, Guitars and Synths 
Steph Misayo Seki on Bass and Synths 
Stu Dead on Drums, Percussion and Dirty Beats 

Out of the primordial soup comes A Primitive Evolution (A.P.E.). Given the gift of sentience, they are here to create a constantly evolving soundtrack to our world with their dark, alternative rock music. With its current release of full length recording “Becoming” the band's next mutation is underway. Recorded at their self-built Desolation Studios in Toronto, ON the album features collaborations with Writer / Producer Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and Audio Engineer Kenny Luong (Cancer Bats/Metric). In partnership with Metropolis Records, the band and label unleashed “Becoming” together, worldwide on October 5th. 2018. Known to be raw and visceral, with soul and beauty: A Primitive Evolution is best consumed at extremely loud volumes! 

2019 was a busy year for the band as they embarked on their first US tour opening for label mates “PIG” and releasing various videos for the singles off of “Becoming.” In early 2020 Brett decided to take on double duties and joined “The Birthday Massacre” on bass and also helped co-produce some of the songs on their latest album. With quarantine now in effect “A Primitive Evolution” has now switched their focus to finishing up videos and remixes that will be the final chapter for “Becoming” all the while writing new material for the next album. 

Awarded "Best Rock Band" by the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards, A Primitive Evolution has toured extensively, showcased at prestigious festivals CMW, NXNE & Indie Week Canada and received strong support from Canadian Music Industry stalwarts Alan Cross (CFNY 102.1 The Edge, ajournalofmusicalthings.com)and George Stroumboulopoulos (MuchMusic, CBC).  

Pulling together a complex array of influences including Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Tool, The Prodigy, Ministry, Radiohead, Faith No More, Bjork, U2, Vivaldi, Alice in Chains, Guns N’ Roses and more, A Primitive Evolution’s rhythm-based attack blurs the lines of rock, electronica and all aspects between. 

“Creation is evolution” observes A.P.E. singer Brett Carruthers, “that’s what I figure we're trying to say with A Primitive Evolution. As evolved as we think we are as humans or animals, we are very much at the beginning of the evolution of mankind. We have so much to learn and yet so much has changed in the last hundred years. We have a long way to go as a species. We want our band to reflect that too, showing our raw emotions, doing it out of instinct and evolving naturally; not overthinking, just having some fun existing on this planet.” 

Michael Kuhnert michael@soundproofagency.com 
Martin Leipold martin@soundproofagency.com 

Label: Metropolis Records 
Jim Smith Jim@metropolis-records.com 

Similar Bands: Nine Inch Nails, Royal Blood, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, Ghost BC, Tool, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Refused, Marilyn Manson, White Zombie, The Kills, A Perfect Circle, Muse, Silversun Pickups, Placebo, Him, Faith No More, AFI, Sound Garden, My Chemical Romance.


Some things that were written about them: 

-These kids know how to birth an earworm. -Rue Morgue Magazine 

-Toronto’s ‘A Primitive Evolution’ are characterized by their raw, honest musical output and visionary “Alice in Wonderland-esque” music videos. A rock act that puts in effort and passion in all ways and all directions. -Rawramp Magazine 

-The Prize is born. A Primitive Evolution’s second record vibrates with soul, grit, rock and eerie goodness. -Scallywag Magazine 

-Epic is pretty much the only way to describe A Primitive Evolution’s music. -Punk Globe Magazine 

-A Primitive Evolution is something to get excited about. When I first jacked in, I was startled not only by the maturity in their sound but in the way it was so keen to resonate. Their music is easily met, easily embraced, and impossible to let go. -Bigger Than Beyonce 

-This Canadian alternative blues rock band embrace an evolution of industrial synthesized resonances and altered sampling to create a unique balance of old school rock n' roll with the modern influence of electronica... -Music News 

The performance itself was dynamite. If anyone in Toronto knows how to take advantage of a stage its these guys. A feral, unmatched energy that rips through the air and into the night, taking the crowd along with it, and voiding them of conventional salvation. -Toronto Music Scene 

Some things they've done: 

-Won "Best Rock Band" at the Toronto Independent Music Awards 2015. 

-Worked with Ian D'sa from "Billy Talent" to create the sound and songs for their 2016-2017 releases. 

-All of A Primitive Evolution’s music videos are conceptualized and produced by the band. They then work closely with their friends in the Film industry to direct these ideas and have received funding from MuchFACT to finance them. 

-Produced the album "The Prize" in the short-lived Toronto Location of Mushroom Studios with Producer John Wozniak from the band "Marcy Playground." 

-As of Jan 2018, the band has over 45,000 fans across its social media platforms. 

-The band received a “Music Creation” Grant from the Toronto Arts Council in late 2012 to begin writing their new album. 

-The Song “Still Waiting” is featured on the soundtrack for the film “Chastity Bites” which premiered in Hollywood May 2013. 

-The Song “Beyond True/Won’t Let You Down” was featured on the Cartoon Network series “Stoked.” 

-The Song “Death on Wheels” was included on an episode of the TV series “Degrassi, The Next Generation.” 

-The Bands jamspace was featured in the feature film “SUCK” as the recording studio where Iggy Pop plays Victor, the record producer.

Contact: Brett Carruthers at info@aprimitiveevolution.com