Making the music they wanted to hear and being too good to be ignored were the main goals for Jeffrey Lee, Joseph Angilletta, Melissa Angilletta and Zachary Cattapan when forming alternative rock act New Design in the suburbs of Brampton, Ontario in 2008. Seven years later and the band have released a six song EP, a ten song album and have played hundreds of shows all under the same line-up.
The band’s growing list of influences come from a variety of genres, but the atmosphere and emotion of post-rock and emo-rock served as the common link that brought the members together. Drawing inspiration from bands such as American Football, Brand New, Moneen, Moving Mountains and Toe, New Design’s music features dynamic and atmospheric sonic landscapes accompanied by memorable vocal melodies
While it is easy for some people who have never listened to New Design to write them off as just another local alternative rock band, not many acts can match the chemistry Joe, Jeff, Mel and Zack have together and the musicianship they bring forth to their genre. While New Design have opened for Canadian radio rock acts USS and KO, and bands more in their musical realm (Prawn and Foxing), their music is respected by many different scenes. Their seamless blend of styles and musical depth has led them to serve as a supporting act for bands of more niche and technical genres (opening for the jazz/rock jam-band The Reign Of Kindo, Japanese math-rock band Tricot and finger-style acoustic guitar virtuoso Don Ross) yet they still remain accessible enough to be featured on stations such as Y108 and 102.1 The Edge.
Flashes of New Design’s signature sound were first heard in their debut EP “Burn Out The Sky” (released in 2012) and further defined in the single “The Things We Can’t Forget” (2014), but it is the band’s most recent and first ever full-length album “Far From Home” (2015) that best represents their emotive live sound, the one that has been captivating fans at their live shows for years.