85 Pound Poutine are the pioneers of improvised comedy metal, being the first band in the world to completely make up all of their materials on the spot and incorporating improv comedy into the lyrics and content of their live shows. The band was formed in 2007 in Sudbury, Ontario originally as a project to fill opening spots at local shows, eventually recording improvised materials as EP's and albums which were never officially released.
Just like real poutine, the band consists of 3 main elements. Cheese, Fries and Gravy. Since the bands creation they have gained a cult following and have shared the stage with many notable acts including Green Jello, Incantation, and a tour with Canadian metal band Hallows Die, featuring members of Styx/Gowan and Vesperia. Their lyric videos on Youtube have also been a point of interest regarding the band, with songs like "I Need My Timmies" and "Canadian Poo Smells Worse Than Scottish Poo" and a plethora of songs from live performances.
85 Pound Poutine has become known for their hilarious stage antics, strange costumes and on-stage personas such as Winnie The Poutine for example. Incorporating improvised stand up comedy as part of their show makes this band truly unique, and Canadian themes are often used as subject matter for lyrics. Combine this with improvised technical death metal, and this band is truly a unique entity of greasy goodness. Some have witnessed the band and had a hard time believing that the material was completely made up on the spot, so the band started inviting members of the audience to name some of the songs and become involved with the show, to prove in a live setting that it is absolutely 100% improvised material. The band is also known for their occasional poutine eating contests that are held at some of their live performances.
Things can get messy when 85 Pound Poutine hits the stage but it's always a good time!