The Neil Younguns
On a cool spring night in Parkdale, (c 2002) lead singer Larry Cariou pulled out his scarcely used Martin D28, and with little to no prodding whatsoever, played a mini-set of Neil Young songs for a small group of friends. At the conclusion of the impromptu concert, Toronto based animator/artist “Sticky Red”, enthusiastically cited the need to form a band around Mr. Cariou’s uncanny mimicry; “You could call it…..The Neil Young’uns!”
About 6 years later, Steve Whitehouse and Denis Gonzalez thought it might be fun to get together with Larry to “jam out” some Neil tunes, as they had just broken up their most recent band. Denis, Steve and Larry had known each other from their work in the animation industry and in the summer of 2008, they asked fellow animation alumni, Trudy Binder and drummer John van Bruggen to join them. It didn’t take too long before they discovered they sounded pretty damn good, and perhaps they should try and get “a” gig. And so, in the winter of ’09, they were asked to open for a young lady at Toronto’s historic Cameron House.