Default (band)

Default (band)
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Post-grunge
Alternative rock
Hard rock
Alternative metal
Years active 1999–present
Labels EMI Canada, The Orchard, TVT
Dallas Smith
Jeremy Hora
Dave Benedict
Danny Craig

Default is a Canadian post-grunge/alternative rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia. Since forming in 1999 they have released four albums, and have sold more than a million records. The majority of their fan base is in Canada, but they gained popularity in the United States for their hit singles "Wasting My Time" and "Deny".



The band was discovered by Chad Kroeger, the vocalist of Nickelback (also a Canadian post-grunge/alternative rock band), when their demo tape caught his attention. Kroeger subsequently lent support and production assistance to their first and second albums. Default's debut album, The Fallout, achieved instant success due to strong radio play of "Wasting My Time" and "Deny". In 2002 Default won the Juno Award for "Best New Group". On April 30, 2003 the record achieved a platinum album RIAA certification, signifying a million records sold.[1]

The follow-up album, Elocation, failed to gain the same amount of popularity in the United States as their first album; however, they did solidify their popularity in Canada. Elocation was most successful for their hit single "(Taking My) Life Away" which was played extensively on the radio and television in Canada. Their second single from Elocation was "Throw It All Away", which was then followed by "All She Wrote". Elocation was subsequently nominated "Best Rock Album of the Year" at the 2005 Juno Awards. The single "Count On Me" from their third album, One Thing Remains, was a hit on Canadian radio stations before the album was even released. After the official release, the album was very successful in the United States.

Default's hit single "Deny" was featured in the video and computer game NHL 2003 by EA Sports. Their song "The Memory Will Never Die" was used as a secondary theme song for WWE's WrestleMania 23. They also contributed an original song called "Blind" to Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man. According to Default's blog on their official website, the band was originally hoping to have their fourth album finished and ready to be released by the summer/early fall of 2007, but the date was postponed to March 2008. TVT Records filed for bankruptcy in February, and was sold in a private auction to The Orchard, an online independent music distributor. With the album finished, a tentative release date of March 2009 was announced in mid-2008, but the material was not released. In an audio interview with the website, it was announced that the new record, Comes and Goes, would be released in September 2009 via EMI Canada Records. The album was released on September 29, 2009 in Canada. It was subsequently released in the U.S. on October 25, 2010.


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)

2001 The Fallout
  • Released: October 2, 2001
  • Label: TVT
  • Format: CD
51 2 49

CAN: Platinum[4]
US: Platinum

2003 Elocation
  • Released: November 11, 2003
  • Label: TVT
  • Format: CD
105 3 CAN: Gold[5]
2005 One Thing Remains
  • Released: October 11, 2005
  • Label: TVT
  • Format: CD
90 7
2009 Comes and Goes 137 18 37
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


Year Single Peak chart positions Album



2001 "Wasting My Time" 1 13 14 3 2 43 97 37 73 The Fallout
2002 "Deny" 1 14 7
"Live a Lie" 4 36 31
"Sick and Tired" 11
2003 "(Taking My) Life Away" 2 30 25 Elocation
2004 "Throw It All Away" 4 30
"All She Wrote" 9 39
2005 "Count on Me" 1 39 22 One Thing Remains
2006 "I Can't Win" 6
"The Way We Were"
2009 "All Over Me" 2 Comes and Goes
"Little Too Late"
"Turn It On" 4 38
2010 "Supposed to Be"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


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