From: Toronto, ON

Genre: Heavy Alternative Rock

Davey White: Vocals
Jack Neila: Guitar
Ciarán Neely: Guitar, Bass
Oliver Salathiel: Drums







Pterodactyl Problems have risen to save rock from extinction — and not a moment too soon.

These fiercely original Torontonians are a gender-bending, genre-defiling hybrid gene-spliced from four distinct personalities: An outrageous frontman who probes dark emotional truths while clad in full drag; two unrepentant metalheads underpinning his devastating messages with crushing intensity; and a meticulous musical mad scientist sprinkling jazz, blues, classical and more into their alt-metal DNA. It aligns in their debut album Esoteric Hobbies — a dynamic, diverse disc that heralds the next stage in the evolution of rock. Those lucky enough to witness their high-energy performances know the awesome power of this four-headed, fire-breathing beast. The world won't be far behind. It's evolution, baby. Just in the nick of time.

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“Fortune favours the bold. That also holds true for the different. The dangerous. And the just plain weird. Pterodactyl Problems clearly are unafraid to let their freak flags fly. And not just because frontman performs in drag. That’s definitely ballsy for a young rock band, even in these more tolerant times. But really, that’s window dressing; listen to their just-released full-length Esoteric Hobbies and you’ll hear what they’re really selling. Although firmly anchored in crunching indie-rock and pounding alt-metal, these songs colour way outside the lines, embracing and utilizing a vast array of sonic and stylistic influences to establish their individuality — and provide a musical breadth and depth to match their singer’s uncompromising dark-night-of-the-soul lyrics. In a world of cookie-cutter bands, Pterodactyl Problems are bringing something different, dangerous and just plain weird to the table. For my money, that’s reason enough to check them out.”

-Daryl Sterdan, Tinnistist

“Although Pterodactyl Problems claim “the band was formed almost by accident through the discovery of their unified passion for great music”, their tracks ooze confidence and purpose no matter what they turn their hands to. Esoteric Hobbies is a remarkable feat for the rock world, a gem in Toronto’s rich scene.

The band have already played packed shows, and their live performances are unforgettable – vocalist  Davey White has even been known to perform in drag while slinging his guitar. But regardless of the reason, Pterodactyl Problems will no doubt be leaving an indelible mark on fans and fans-to-be.”

-Metal Addicts