PREMIERE – Pterodactyl Problems releases video for “Spreading Fear”

Toronto, ON’s heavy alt-rock band, Pterodactyl Problems has released a live video for their single, “Spreading Fear”. The video was shot at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, and it will instantly make you want to see this band live!

Check out the video below and find out more about the band via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey! My name is Davey and I’m the lead vocalist for Pterodactyl Problems, a heavy alternative rock band from Toronto!

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Our music is the result of us individually having very different influences and coming together to make something we all like. Jack and Oliver bring much of the heavy aspect with their love of metal (and its many confusing subgenres) which comes through as the crushing guitar tones and drum performance in our music. Ciaran is obsessed with things like seamless key changes, and making our music hit those “oooohhhh” moments, which is very important to us. I’m a songwriter first so I do my best to put compelling stories or images into our music, and to also make it sound pretty. Our writing process is all over the place. Sometimes one member will write a whole song and it’s just a matter of arranging it, but often songs will start with a riff that gets thrown back and forth, then I’ll write some lyrics and show the band to see if it fires us up. it’s usually pretty collaborative either way, because all of us enjoy finding the best execution we can for our songs, and are usually good at working together to make really fun music.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

We’re playing The Boat in Toronto on July 18th with some of our friends, in Windsor on August 16th, and some other shows that we are setting up around then in other Ontario cities as well! 

Pterodactyl Problems’ live performance is energetic, intense, emotional, and beautiful. We love making an effort to look like ridiculous rockstars on stage, and I will often perform in drag, so that’s a lot of fun. Oliver usually breaks a drumstick or two and finds his hands are bleeding afterward, and all of our necks are fucking sore, and that’s on a good night! What’s the point of playing live if it’s not entertaining right? May as well get a little nuts and have some fun at the same time.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?


Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

My favs right now are PUP, Mother Mother, Billy Talent, Rheostatics(new album soon!!!), Born Ruffians, and the band would be mad if I didn’t say Rush too.


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