The Departed (also known as Cody Canada and the Departed) is an American Red Dirt/Southern Rock/Alternative Rock band. The band was formed by Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada after Ragweed broke up in 2010. Canada's longtime bassist Jeremy Pl...
The Departed (also known as Cody Canada and the Departed) is an American Red Dirt/Southern Rock/Alternative Rock band. The band was formed by Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada after Ragweed broke up in 2010. Canada's longtime bassist Jeremy Plato followed and joined guitarist/vocalist Seth James, keyboard player Steve Littleton, and Drummer Dave Bowen. Chris Doege would eventually replace Bowen on drums. In December of 2014, Littleton and Doege left the band. Drummer Eric Hansen and keyboardist / rhythm guitarist Ross Smith joined the group in early 2015 and played their first show with the band on January 8, 2015 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado at The 2015 MusicFest.
Formation and This Is Indian Land
In 2011, Canada and fellow Ragweed musician Jeremy Plato formed a new band billed as Cody Canada & the Departed. The band consists of Canada (guitar/vocals), Plato (bass guitar/vocals), Seth James (guitar/vocals), Steve Littleton (keyboards) and Chris Doege (drums). They released their first album in June 2011 titled This Is Indian Land through the band's own record label Underground Sound, consisting of covers written by Oklahoma songwriters. Among the favorite and most popular songs voted by fans off the record was "The Ballad of Rosalie", "Long Way to Nowhere", "A Little Rain Will Do", "Skyline Radio", and "Hold On Christian."
On August 24, 2012, the band, now billing themselves as simply The Departed, announced through their website and social media that they would release their first original album titled Adventūs the Latin word for Arrival, on November 13, 2012 through Underground Sound. Leading up to the album's release, the band released the first single from Adventūs, titled "Worth the Fight." In February of 2013, the album's second single "Prayer For the Lonely" was announced, shooting for the music video also began. Later, the band also released "Flagpole." This album was noted by music critics as being the hardest driving album from a musical sound perspective.
In September 2013, Seth James announced that he intended to leave the band. James said in a statement: "After three years of great times and great music, I have decided to take a step down as a band member of the Departed. It has been an unbelievable ride and I am so grateful for the support and love along the way. My last show will be November 23 at Gruene Hall. I look forward to supporting these guys alongside you as they continue down the road." The band continued performing as a four-piece group.
In 2014, the band finished a new album, titled HippieLovePunk. The album was released on January 13, 2015, and it debuted at No. 9 on the Top Alternative Country Albums chart, with 4,700 copies sold in the US in its debut week.
2015 Lineup & Beyond
Cody Canada and The Departed, as they are once again known as, debuted a revamped band lineup at The MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on January 8, 2015. Ross Smith, formerly of Wade Bowen's band, is on keyboards and rhythm guitars, while Eric Hansen is now on drums. In late November of 2015, the band produced a music video for the song "All Nighter" on HippieLovePunk at John T. Floore's Country Store in Helotes, Texas. The track and the video features lead vocals by Cody Canada along with Muzzie, Cody, Willy, Gary and Micky Braun.