Dan and Jamie have known each other forever. Darren, half of forever. In 1998 they were tired of the same ol', same ol' in Toronto and wanted to push the envelope a bit. They played some shows, a couple people came. They played some more shows, especially down in the U.S. More people came. Suddenly, a lot of people came and that was fun. Then we took a break. Now we play when we want. Where we want. That's it!
The New Deal decided that 2011 would mark the end of a spectacular 12-year career.
Since the band's formation in 1999 - a self described "beautiful accident" - North American response had been exceptional. Audiences have embraced what is now called the "New Deal Sound".
At the vanguard of a new progressive style, the New Deal had become a live touring phenomenon. They have appeared at Bonnaroo, Jazz Fest New Orleans, the Coachella Festival, Street Scene in San Diego, Berkfest and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival to name just a few. The New Deal inspires audiences of all kinds, from packed dance clubs across North America, to spellbound receptions during opening tours with Herbie Hancock or Page McConnel from Phish.
Unique, unforgettable and completely original, the New Deal captured the attention music audiences throughout North America.
The New Deal is Jamie Shields, Dan Kurtz, and Darren Shearer.