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Villainest is a Sega Genesis-based electro-rock band based in Toronto. Formed in late 2013 by James Harding and Gill Story, Villainest’s sound is a rollercoaster fusion of programmed vintage videogame synthesizers, electrifying live instrumentation and killer vocal harmonies.

Villainest’s self-produced debut album ‘A Vision of Light’ is inspired by James & Gill’s deep love of genre cinema. From the action movie propulsion of ‘Slow Motion Gunfights’ to the slow-build film noir of ‘Stalker’, the album takes lyrical inspiration from vintage John Carpenter, Twin Peaks, Japanese monster movies, 80s teen classics and sci-fi epics to explore themes of family, friendship, jealousy and ambition, making peace with a difficult past and facing an unknowable future.

From packed houses at the Horseshoe Tavern’s ‘Nerd Noise Night’ events, to synthesizer and videogame parties at The Piston, Cherry Cola’s and Handlebar, to supporting slots with TWRP and guest spots at The Rec Room with Transformers-themed party rockers The Cybertronic Spree, a Villainest live performance is a relentlessly energetic (and incredibly loud) expression of creative freedom and joy.

‘A Vision of Light’ will be released on August 3rd on 12” vinyl and digital platforms.

RELEASE PARTY: Thursday August 9th 2018 at The Piston (Ossington and Bloor), with special guests Unidentified Funk Object and Double Experience.



Credit: Paige Stewart


Credit: Ronnie Fung


JAMES HARDING – vocals, guitars, programming

GILL STORY – vocals, keytar

JARI SALMINEN – drums and electronic percussion


Additional members of the Villainest family:

ROBIN SNIP – vocals

KAI SALMINEN – bass, design

“Redefining chiprock even further… so many outstanding tracks that you’ll find yourself quickly becoming a fan” – Richard Lewis, for chiptune blogs chiptuneswin & chipbitsid

“Villainest merges rock n’ roll with clever, hard-hitting nostalgia that is irresistably fun. Tight musicianship and smart songwriting make their shows incredibly enjoyable.” – Jenna Strautman, Rotary Dial

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