Devoted to the band and each other, Clepto was formed in 2000 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The four members of the band found themselves in the Middle East as their families moved there for employment. Fred and Phil, two brothers originally from Cyprus, with Armenian and Lebanese ethnic backgrounds, adopted Canada as their home in 2002. Canada is where both Alex and Nick were born and lived before leaving home for Saudi Arabia. Alex, a Portuguese-Canadian, Montreal born Punk Rocker and Nick, a Greek-Canadian, Winnipeg born Metalhead both lead the way with their lyrics covering everything from culture, global issues, religion, to personal conflicts and psychological reflections of themselves within society. Together, with a sing and a bounce from Phil and Fred’s Mediterranean melodic bass and drums, they all complete Clepto.
Alex: Lead Vox - Rhythm Guitar
In Clepto, like in all families, there is always the father figure; this is Alex. The serious solid no-nonsense rock of the band (literally and musically), he brings his Punk-rock lyrics and rhythm guitar to the table honest and proud. Finishing high-school in Saudi Arabia, Alex finished CGEP in Montreal where he has been living and working for the last 5 years in an IT company. Alex is always the person in the band that all members seek approval from as he carries a sense of rationale and simplicity that always makes things right. Serious and conservative when not on stage Alex is anything but that under the spotlight, leading the band in all the shows with his blunt sense of humor and effective crowd control.
Niko: Lead Vox - Lead Guitar
Above all, Nick loves music, more specifically, all things heavy metal. Nick has devoted years of his life to the study and perfection of his skill with the guitar. Without any formal education in this instrument, Nick has learned everything he knows because he learned by ear. Hours a day are spent learning, evolving and understanding every nuance of the guitar. Nick is also an important source of creative output for Clepto. Always writing, always creating and always bringing new material to the table. In addition to his creative prowess, in the past five years Nick has accrued degrees in both sound engineering (Raven Studios, Ottawa) and video editing (Tara Academy, Toronto), to further Cleptos’ goals of self sufficiency by being able to record, edit and produce their own music, while moving forward in the media space through video editing and production, which will soon be used for both marketing and commercial purposes. All of this makes Nick an invaluable member of Clepto.
Freddie: Backup Vox - Bass
Fred is easily the beating heart of Clepto. Freddie has an ambition to create music, to make sure that he finds live shows for his band, and always keeps an optimistic outlook on life. He actively uses this ambition and optimism to propel Clepto ever forward, always thinking of new ways to to market the band, to procure new shows, and just keeping everyone busy in general. As a musician, Freddie plays both the guitar and bass, always plucking away at one of the two whenever he has spare time. In February of 2007, Freddie had the pleasure of attending Victor Wooten Bass camp, having to shine through hundreds of other applicants. It was an experience of a lifetime and one he still speaks of to this day. In 2009, Freddie graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelors Degree of Arts in Music with a concentration in Sonic Design. Freddie has an amazing way with people, a skill he uses to great effect, establishing contacts within any given musical scene, whether it be local, or hundreds of miles away. A great musician, and a visionary, Freddie is the person who keeps Clepto moving.
Philip is Cleptos’ balance. He is a man that despises being restrained, and strives above all things, to be free. An artist to the core, he loves music, art and culture. Along with being the band’s drummer, and designated cook, he also plays guitar, bass and the piano. In 2006, Philip graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelors in Economics. Philip wishes to blend his never-ending thirst for music and travel into a career. He will not be satisfied until his passions for life become synonymous with his livelihood. His tranquility, and zest for life, is what keeps Clepto calm, grounded and focused.
As the World Turns
As we move well into the middle of the year 2015, summer slowly sets in and the wheels in our machine turn, they are building our next chapter of our journey.
“The Cold Unending March Of Progress” has proven to be relentless and unforgiving. No shortcuts here folks!
We will have to keep working and hammering away to make our next audio piece ready for your ears to hear and your eyes to see.
GFLR and stay tuned! Love and Peace - Clepto
One Last Whiskey Before We Go!
July 31st, 2014
Well, Clepto has been touring the UK for damn near a month straight and its almost time to say a heartfelt farewell. From the Beacons of Wales, to the fine aroma of Single Malt whiskeys in Scotland, to the extreme sarcasm and queuing in England we have had a fucking blast. A massive THANK YOU to all of the people that we’ve met along the way - bands, random people who give us a roof over our heads for the night, to the Keeper of the Van to the Grand Wizard himself - we’ve been well cared for, and loved beyond anything we could ask for. But we’re not done yet! Tonight we’re gonna rock till we puke at the Washington Pub in Sheffield, England, and tomorrow we’re burning this fucker to the ground at the Black Swan in Bradford. Once again, thanks to everyone who made this tour possible, drunk and awesome!
Clepto Tonight in Bristol!
After an excellent show at the Black Lion in Hereford UK, we’ve arrived at the Stag and Hounds in Bristol to continue our UK tour! Its free entry, so everyones invited, come and check out the show!
Clepto Returns to the UK in July!!!!
Good News Everyone!
Fri July 11 - Brecon, Whales: Markets Tavern Festival 2014
Sat July 12 - Brecon, Whales: Markets Tavern Festival 2014
Sun July 13 - Cardiff, Whales: TBA
Mon July 14 - Cardiff, Whales: TBA
Tue July 15 - Hereford, Whales: The Black Lion
Wed July 16 - Bristol, England: Stag and Hounds
Thu July 17 - Exeter, England: Cavern
Fri July 18 - TBA
Sat July 19 - TBA
Sun July 20 - TBA
Mon July 21 - TBA
Tue July 22 - Sheffield, England: South Sea
Wed July 23 - Manchester: TBA
Thu July 24 - Glasgow, Scotland: The Roxy
Fri July 25 - Kirkcaldy, Scotland: Windsor
Sat July 26 - Edinburgh, Scotland: Bannermans
Sun July 27 - Sheffield, England: Tramlines Festival, Washington Pub
Mon July 28 - Gateshead, England: The Black Bull
Tue July 29 - TBA
Wed July 30 - Hastings: TBA
Thu July 31 - Portsmouth: TBA
Fri Aug 1 - London, England: TBA
April 21st, 2014
Well, we’ve been keeping it real busy around here as of late with projects we’ve been working on around the office. There have been a few notable performances within the last month. We got to play a last minute show at the Rainbow in Los Angeles. We also made our very first appearance at The Mint right down the street from the recording studio where we gave a rare Acousticide performance. Besides all that, we’ve been busy laying down tracks for our upcoming release, The Cold Unending March of Progress. Lastly, its coming up to around the end of the month, and that means Punk Rock Bowling is getting closer! We’ve begun preparing our epic (if not a bit short) set list for the fest. 3 days of fun in the hot Nevada sun with tons of bands and a kickass end to the festival with Clepto! We hope to see as many people who can make it out to the show as possible! In the meanwhile, Get Fucked, Let’s Rock!
Full, Ready for More!
Monday, January 27th, 2014
Welcome back everyone! The Peach Cobbler Party was a great success at Busby’s East on Saturday and we’re really excited that everyone could make it out for all the delicious goodies and awesome bands! Next up for Clepto this week, we’re on our way to North Hollywood to grab some Armenian food and then over to Skinnys for some rock with our pals Pottymouth! We’re on at 10pm and Potttymouth closes out the show so make sure you bring your fake puke and bottled up farts cause this one’s gonna get gross! On Friday this week Clepto’s heading back to Orange County to play our first show at the Doll Hut in over a year so come out and rock out with us! Lastly, if you hadn’t already heard, Clepto has been selected to play Punk Rock Bowling in May!!!!! We’re on the main stage on the last day of the event and we couldn’t be more happy to be there! Book your tickets quick, cause they’re gonna go fast!
We’ll miss you Poutine!
February 9th, 2013
We finished up our last show in Canada with a great show at Mavericks in Ottawa, thanks so much to all of our friends for coming out and sharing the night with us, and thanks so much to everyone else who came out to our shows throughout the rest of Canada! We love you guys, and will see everyone again very soon!
Snap Into it!
Back from a little break and Fresh off of our awesome European Tour, Clepto is going back on the Road starting tomorrow February 2nd in Toronto Canada at Lee’s Palace! Check out our 2013 North American Kebab tour event on Facebook for all the dates and all the details! Make sure to attend the event!
New Tour Dates TBA SOON!
January 1st, 2013
Happy New Year friends! We hope that the start of the year has been rolling along great for you!
As you may know, our European Money Shot Tour 2012 has come to an end. Just like all tours we have met alot amazing people and had some great experiences!
So what’s in store for Clepto now?? Well stay tuned for some important announcements coming soon!!
We wish you a great year and see you in your home town very soon!!!
December 12th, 2012
We’ve said goodbye to the beautiful Brugges, Belgium, and have said farewell to an amazing group of the artists, Pro Hibited and The Donkey Kollectief. Along with artists from Spain these guys got together and launched two amazing weekend art exhibitions in two incredible locations. We in Clepto were proud to play at these events, and happy to work with and meet all the artists! Thanks for an incredible time! Unfortunately, The European tour is coming to a close, but before we go we have some great shows lined up! Tomorrow we will be playing our first show in Amsterdam at the Jet Lounge! It took a long time for this show to happen (our fault), but we’re finally coming and we’re stoked!! On Saturday we’re happy to play at the Piratebar in Den Haag, where we will bid farewell to Holland and say “Hullo!” To England playing the last few shows in the UK where we all take a little break and prepare for the next step in our never ending tour! There’s a lot to announce but for now, you’ll have to stay tuned the get all the news!
October 26th, 2012
Well, here we go again folks! Since the last update, we’ve said farewell to Cyprus, played our last show in Patra, Greece at 502, and have hit the road once again continuing the next step of our European Moneyshot Tour! Since leaving the beautiful beaches of Greece, we’ve since hit Budapest Hungary for a show at the Rocktogon, and are now posted in Berlin Germany, where we will be playing a show next Friday November 2nd in Dresden Germany at Wums where we’re pulling out the acoustic guitars and getting down, and then, on Saturday November 3rd in Berlin we’re rocking our at Supa Molly! As for the rest of the tour, check out our tour dates for all the latest and when we’ll be coming to your town for a show! We hope to see you there!
One Last Time!
October 6th, 2012
Well this is it! After an incredible show last night at Scarabeo where we met some awesome people and celebrated Phil’s birthday in style, the time has finally come to play the last show of our Cyprus tour tonight at Kingston in Limassol. Its gonna be an amazing show and we will be making this last show one to remember. Come ready to headbang ladies and gentleman cause this one is going to be fast hard and dirty!
The Saga Continues!
October 5th, 2012
Hello Everyone! Today we’re celebrating Philip’s birthday while we continue on with the second show on our Cyprus tour. This time we’re letting loose on the stage at Scarabeo’s in Nicosia.For all of those of you that are interested, we’ll be taking part in a workshop revolving around how the hell we independent musicians stay alive without the help of major label support.Come on out and bang your fucking heads!
Cyprus Tour 2012 Continues!
We in Clepto would like to extend our deepest thanks to Sfentona Rock Bar, Leo’s Music Shop, and Seb and Albert’s Photography studio, and all of our friends and family who came out to support us for our first show in Cyprus! And It’s not over yet! Tomorrow night, October 5th, we are playing at Scarabeo in Nicosia, and if you show up early, we’ll be taking part in a workshop sharing our stories of the road and how we make being an independent touring back with no big label support work! Come on out, have a beer and join us for another night of awesome music!
Cyprus Tour 2012 Kicks Off Tonight!
October 3rd, 2012
Come one come all for the kick off of our Cyprus tour tonight at Sfentona Rock Bar in Limassol where we will be performing our Acousticide set for one night only! The show is free, and starts at 10pm! Get your asses down here and help us make this show one to remember.
Clepto announcing an addition to the European Money Shot Tour: Cyprus Here we come!
Saturday September 15, 2012
Hi friends! After an exciting rest of European Money Show Tour hitting up Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Belgrade and Athens and making some great friends along the way, we are excited to announce that we will also be playing a few shows in Cyprus! Being in Greece (the closest we’ve ever been to Cyprus as a band) we figure why not visit Phil and Fred’s home town and play a few shows for the folks there!? Check out our event with more details regarding the 3 shows booked! http://www.facebook.com/events/404569019591825/
Along with this great news we also wanted to remind you that we have been working hard on finishing up the Cold Unending March of Progress, our next album! There are rumors of an Extended Play (EP) Vinyl also to be released when we leave Greece so make sure you keep checking our site and FB pages so you don’t miss out!!
That in addition to a round 2 of European shows things have never been busier! All we need you to do is come to a show and enjoy our music!
Remember! All our tracks are available at http://clepto.bandcamp.com/ !!
The Moneyshot Reaches Belgium!
Monday August 06, 2012
Hello everyone! its been a little while since we posted so we wanted to let you know what’s been going on! We have since left the UK behind and have continued our European tour with two shows in Holland, and then played 6 shows in 5 days. We ended the this awesome stretch of shows yesterday in Zele Belgium at the BMX and Skate Jam festival! We’d like to say thank you very much to De Plu Squat, the Blues Rock Garaasj, The Panique D’Or, The Donkey Kollective and all the awesome people we’ve met in our short time here! Special thanks to our good friend Geert-Jean from Canirepeed for hooking us up with all the contacts so that we can keep this ship afloat!
We would like to take a moment to announce that we have banded together with Chris Rogers of Habitformed Records, and Jazmeet Singh of Forward Motion Studios who will be taking care of our distribution in Europe, and our publishing and synching. Jazmeet is one hell of a guy who put us up in his recording studio in London where we worked on our upcoming record and some other fun collaborations! We have a few exciting things in the works that we’ll be announcing very soon so stay tuned!
We Came for the Fish, We Stayed for the Chips
Friday June 29th, 2012
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to yet another news update, straight outta the U.K! That’s right, we’ve arrived, and have been having a hell of a time on our first foray into the European Union as we’ve kicked off our first leg of the tour in the UK! So far, we’ve had some really awesome shows, starting off in Bristol on June 22nd at the Croft, and then heading straight over to Wales on the 23rd for an absolutely incredible show at The Markets Tavern Hotel in Brecon. Many thanks to Chris of Habitformed Records for gathering a massive crowd to come out and see us, many thanks to Tim for the excellent food, rooms (for those of us that didn’t just pass out on the barroom floor), booze (and the espresso shots to go along with em), breakfast, and our Star Wars horoscopes! We will most definatley be back to play and party cause The Markets Tavern Hotel in Wales is the shit! We then headed over to Astbury Castle in Peckham to play a show in a kitchen which was a lot of fun, except for the guy who jumped the fence and cut us off at our last songs telling us to shut the fuck up. We’re pretty sure if England didn’t lose that game he probably would’ve jumped the fence to party with us instead. Thanks to everyone in the house for letting us crash and just being great people! Lastly, thanks very much to Nambucca for the show on June 26th in London, your door guy Mick, is the man!
Finally, we would like to extend a HUGE thanks to all the people who donated to our Indiegogo fundraiser! Without you and your contributions, we would have never made it out here! You’ll be getting a message from us soon so that we can get all the details about how to get your perks to you so stay tuned!
Loading up the Ship
Friday June 8th, 2012
We here at Clepto would like to take the time to thank everyone so far who has seen fit to like share and donate to our European Moneyshot Tour fundraiser on Indiegogo! We have 12 days left and are at $3532! We know that with everyone’s help we can without a doubt reach our goal of $14000! Just keep spreading the word and let everyone know that whatever they donate, no matter how small will help us out immensely and every cent raised will bring us one step closer to getting us to Europe safe sound, and fully funded! Like, Share and Donate right here!
Lets take a look at what shows we’ve got coming up for Canada, and what we’ve got booked so far for the Europe:
Sat Jun 9 2012
Sat Jun 16 2012
Ottawa, ON, CA
Thu Jun 21 2012
Fri Jun 22 2012
Sat Jun 23 2012
The Markets Tavern
Brecon, POW, UK
Sun Jun 24 2012
Tue Jun 26 2012
Private Show: Nambucca
Finally, we’re happy to say that our newest album: Kebab: Live Off the Grill is finally available for ull digital download EXCLUSIVELY on our shiny new bandcamp profile! If you didn’t manage to get a physical copy while we were in the US and must have one, please head over to our bandcamp site and put from fat juicy kebab right in your ears!
Stay Tuned for even more coming soon!
Tuesday 22 May 2012
Hi Friends! http://www.indiegogo.com/cleptotoureurope
All is well since our last news update, we made it back to Canada and are excited to play two shows in Toronto and one in Ottawa!
Check out our tour dates below for the details!
Europe is slowly working itself out with 4 official shows booked in the UK and many more to come! This brings us to the main news event!!
CLEPTO’s EUROPEAN MONEY SHOT TOUR 2012 FUNDRAISER! It’s up and running with 28 days to reach our 14,000$ goal to buy our European van and backline!
Yes that’s right! We need YOU to help us spread the word so that we can get enough donations to make it to our goal!
It’s a big task and we can use all the help we can get!
Check out the fundraiser campaign on Indie Gogo: http://www.indiegogo.com/cleptotoureurope
We’ve set up some sweet perks for your donations! Thank you in advance for all the help!
August 1st, 2014, Bradford, England@ The Black Swan
July 31st, 2014 Sheffield, England @ The Washington Pub
July 30th, 2014, Masfield, England@ The Intake
July 29th, 2014, London, England@ Birds Nest
July 28th, 2014, Gateshead, England@ The Black Bull
July 27th, 2014, Sheffield, England@ Tramlines Fest
July 26th, 2014, Edinburugh, Scotland@ Bannermans
July 25th, 2014, Kirkaldy, Scotland@ Windsor
July 22nd, Sheffield, Engalnd@ South Sea
July 24th, 2014, Glasgow, Scotland@ The Roxy
July 20th, 2014, Camden, England@ The Dublin Castle
July 19th, 2014, London, England@ The Montague Arms
July 17th, Exeter, England@ Cavern
July 16th, 2014, Bristol, England@ The Stag and Hounds
July 15th, 2014, Hereford, England@ The Black Lion
July 12th, 2014, Brecon, Wales@ The Markets Tavern (TAVFEST!!!!!!)
July 11th, 2014, Brecon, Wales@ The Markets Tavern