A Vancouver band using a folk-pop undertake alternative rock and roll, 54-40 formed in 1981 being a trio comprising bassist Brad Merritt, drummer Darryl Neudorf, and vocalist Neil Osborne. (The music group took their name from Adam K. Polk’s presidential advertising campaign slogan, “Fifty-Four 40 or Combat,” which searched for to broaden the U.S. boundary northward.) Primarily, 54-40 toured the Traditional western Canadian membership circuit, without gaining very much interest. In 1984, Phil Comparelli was added on electric guitar and vocals; Neudorf still left quickly thereafter and was changed by Matt Johnson (not really the The’s frontman). By enough time from the band’s self-titled record in 1986, their folk/root base approach had gained them favorable evaluations to R.E.M. Following albums discovered the band getting into harder-edged place. Too little U.S. curiosity resulted in 1992’s solely Canadian discharge Dear Dear, but by 1994, continuing success within their homeland helped to produce a U.S. discharge easy for 1995’s Smilin’ Buddah Cabaret. 1996’s dark and cynical Trusted by Large numbers proceeded to go platinum, while 1998’s BECAUSE WHEN, which signaled a go back to the folk-inflected audio that dominated the band’s start, went gold. Informal Viewin’ found its way to 2000, accompanied by Goodbye Flatland (2003). In 2005, Comparelli still left the band, changed by David Genn. That same season, 54-40 released Yes to Everything. 2 yrs later, they shipped Northern Spirit. The band’s 13th studio room record, Lost in the town, made an appearance in 2011. In 2016, they released La Difference: A BRIEF HISTORY Unplugged, which presented acoustic reworkings from the band’s biggest strikes.