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Formed in Montreal, Quebec in 1992, Slaves on Dope hit the ground running. The band was known for their frenetic live shows and aggressive DIY style and quickly got the attention of local radio station CHOM 97.7, winning its annual l’Esprit contest.
On the momentum of that win, founding members Jason Rockman and Kevin Jardine, recorded their first EP Sober and proceeded to tour relentlessly across Canada. Opening for the likes of Our Lady Peace, The Tea Party, I Mother Earth, The Watchmen, The Headstones and every other Canadian signed act at the time, the band still could not get the attention of a major label in Canada. After the release of the ominously progressive One Good Turn Deserves Another, and more touring, the band was looking to explore new ventures.
Frustrated and eager, Slaves on Dope switched gears and headed down a much heavier path. They relocated to Los Angeles in 1999 with a hundred dollars in their pockets and no work visas. Within six months, three different major labels were courting them. The band almost signed with one of those majors until Sharon Osbourne turned up at one of their Hollywood gigs. She was so impressed with what she saw on that stage that she flew out to see the band two days later in Las Vegas where they opening for Papa Roach. After the show, she offered them to be the first band on her and Ozzy’s new label, Divine Recordings, and with it a spot on Ozzfest 2000.
The band released Inches from the Mainline, selling over 70, 000 units and touring for thirteen months straight, opening for Soulfly, Fear Factory, Queens of the Stone Age, Static X, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Hed pe, Linkin Park, Godsmack, Motor Head and many more.
After the demise of Divine, Slaves released another album in 2003 entitled Metafour, on the MCA imprint, Bieler Bros, scanning over 30,000 units. After a cross-country tour with Nonpoint and Skindred, they went overseas to France. Jason left the band shortly after returning from Europe, and thus forced a 6 years hiatus. During that time, guitarist Kevin Jardine opened up a recording studio and production company, called Uplift Recordings.
In 2009, Jason and Kevin put aside all past differences, and started working on a new album, to the delight of fans worldwide
Over the Influence was released in early 2012 through THC / Rocket Science, and sparked three videos for the album to date, with six more on the way. The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Kevin Jardine.
They will embark on a US tour this summer, and hit Europe in the late fall of 2012
Slaves on dope are
-Jason Rockman - Vocals
-Kevin Jardine - Guitars
-Sebastien Ducap - Bass
-Peter Tzaferis - Drums