TWENTY6HUNDRED is a Canadian rock band formed by singer/songwriter Michael Atkinson. Often classified as alternative rock, the band avoids self-identifying with a specific sub-genre as the music and influences that make up their sound are far too diverse to give in to a single category. Although a solo project was the original intention, Michael recruited former band-mates Wendel Shank on guitar, and Randy Nolson on drums in an attempt to rekindle some of the performance magic of previous collaborations. Jim Burdon was soonafter enlisted to play bass. Traditionally a guitarist, Jim brought an exciting flare and energy to the rhythm section while adopting this different role. With the band members in place, the name TWENTY6HUNDRED was chosen as a tribute to an icon from an era that significantly influenced each of the band members in life and in music.
Following the release of TWENTY6HUNDRED's 2006 debut E.P. "Free With Purchase", recorded at Toronto’s Metalworks Studios, the band began performing live at some of the most renowned venues in Toronto such as: the Rivoli, Lee's Palace, Opera House and El Mocambo. The band quickly discovered a dynamic stage presence, and easily captivated a fan base that grew with each show. The construction of a private recording and rehearsal studio known to the band as “Shocker Sound” in 2008 became an important outlet for creating new material, and developing a distinct musical identity. The first independent release produced entirely by the band itself at Shocker Sound was a 3-song demo entitled “Red, Black & Blue”. In autumn 2009, Michael was forced to take a temporary break from playing music; then in early 2010, Wendel Shank decided to leave the band to pursue a different artistic direction.
In early 2011, TWENTY6HUNDRED resumed work as a trio. The band’s first return to the stage was on August 1, 2011 playing in front of thousands at Yonge-Dundas Square as a part of the FOFSTOCK music festival. Following an amazing day on one of Toronto’s biggest and best stages, the band looked towards reforming the quartet. Mihai Trusca joined the band in 2012, to not only restore the second guitar and additional backing vocals, but also provide a fresh and creative production and recording perspective.
In September 2014, the quartet completed their third major recording entitled "Electric For All". This 12-song LP was recorded entirely at the bands' own private studios (GladLand, Orange Mic, Shocker Sound & El Rancho Randillion). Electric For All is available now on CD and at various digital download providers and streaming services including: iTunes, Amazon Music, Rhapsody, Spotify, XBox Music & Sony's Music Unlimited. A music video directed by Sheldon Norton for the single "Death Rain Taxes" was released in early 2015 and it has been received very positively by fans and industry insiders alike.
In an effort to further expand their fanbase, TWENTY6HUNDRED remains very active on the Social Media stage by regularly connecting and interacting directly with their supporters. The band intends to increase the frequency of their performances while exploring potential touring opportunities in the coming year, and is extremely busy continuing to write and record new material with anticipation of future release.