Saint Alvia

Guitar/Vocals: Greg Umetsu Taylor

Vocals: Ben Rispin

Guitar/Vocals: Rob Pasalic

Drums: Matt Richmond

Bass: Greg Fisher

Keyboard: Brandon Bliss



The Saint Alvia Cartel is Burlington Ontario’s latest contribution to [good] music…. And these guys are no strangers to the music scene as they have all enjoyed stints with former and current projects including: Boys Night Out, Jersey, The Video Dead, and hardcore legends Grade.


Having ended his relationship with Boys Night Out, Rob Pasalic swore off booze, drugs, and mainly music. After getting word of the demise of legendary punk rock band Jersey, Greg Taylor (Jersey/Grade) bumped into Pasalic and revealed a brand spanking new vision: The Saint Alvia Cartel.


It’s funny really, some abusive addictions you just can’t kick…”



Pasalic comments on the inception of the band that is named in homage to Ernest Alvia “Smokey” Smith (Canada’s last and most decorated veteran). With their roots firmly planted in punk-rock, the band also draws inspiration from almost every genre out there: roots, rock and roll, blues, soul, dancehall reggae, country, new wave and hip hop.


The Saint Alvia Cartel gave the world a taste of their eclectic and infectious melodies after recording and releasing a couple demo tracks via MySpace in 2006.  It was enough for Montreal’s Stomp Records and Germany based GUNNER RECORDS, who inked the deal over a few beers as soon as they got the chance. The album was produced by the infamous Justin Koop (Grade, Silverstein, The Reason),  and features 13 lucky tracks that c ercial radio across the country. Launch parties are scheduled for late May along with tourdates across Ontario and Quebec including a couple stops on the Vans Warped Tour. Their first European Tour happened in fall 2009. ‘Nuff said.


A cunning and bold sound that breaks all rules that every genre has put forward, making St. Alvia my number one pick …” – Punk Radio Cast