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A contemporary power pop band from Vancouver, the Odds formed in 1987 around the shared talents of Craig Northey (vocals, guitar), Steven Drake (guitar, vocals), Doug Elliott (bass), and Paul Brennan (drums). Initially, the musicians performed as a cover band called "Dawn Patrol" to make ends meet. However, a subsequent move to Los Angeles and a record deal with Zoo Records (home to Matthew Sweet) allowed them to focus on the tight, pop-oriented songs that made the Odds a cult favorite. The debut album Neopolitan appeared in 1991 and charted a pair of minor hits in Canada; it was followed by Bedbugs, which featured the college hit "Heterosexual Man." Brennan left the lineup in 1995 to play blues music with Big Sugar and was replaced by Pat Steward, who had previously drummed for Canadian superstar Bryan Adams. The revised band released Good Weird Feeling one year later. Nest followed in 1998 and spawned a modest radio hit with "Someone Who Is Cool." The Odds then played several Vancouver dates as Sir George Martin's backup band during the following months; however, Northey left the band in March 1999 to pursue a solo career, and the group took an extended break soon after. Members pursued various projects during the early 2000s, often working with each other in various capacities. By 2007, the band had officially reunited with newcomer Murray Atkinson playing guitar. Cheerleader was released in spring 2008, marking the band's first studio effort in ten years, and an EP entitled Noise Trade was readied for release in early 2009. ~ John Bush & Andrew Leahey