All Systems Go!
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All Systems Go!

All Systems Go! is a Canadian punk rock group, and features members of Big Drill Car, Doughboys, the Asexuals and The Carnations.


The band was formed after Frank Daly and Mark Arnold's previous band Big Drill Car broke up in 1995 and John Kastner's and Peter Arsenault's previous band, the Doughboys, broke up in 1996.[1]

The band, consisting of Daly, Kastner Arsenault and Arnold,[2][3] recorded their first album, All Systems Go! in 1999.[4] John Kastner (guitar) and Frank Daly (bass) alternate on lead vocals, and the album blended hard rock, punk, vocal harmonies and Arnold's Arnold guitar work, and elements of Doughboys and Big Drill Car are evident. Though a fairly short album, it was well received by fans of the members' previous projects.[5]

Frank Daly left the band the following year and was replaced by Thomas D'Arcy (from The Carnations) on bass and vocals.[6] On the resulting album, Mon Chi Chi, Kastner and newcomer D'Arcy both contribute to the songwriting and vocal leads.[6] The album was released first in Europe on Bad Taste Records.[7] In 2003 the band conducted a European tour in support of the album.[8]

Thomas D'Arcy left the band shortly thereafter and was temporarily replaced by Karl Alvarez (Descendents and All). This line-up toured briefly but did not produce a studio album.

After several intervening years, in 2007 All Systems Go! released A Late Night Snack on iTunes; this was a collection of outtakes and unreleased songs from the band's time together.


Former members



  1. ^ "Frank Daly (Big DRILL Car, All Systems Go!)". No Echo, By Carlos Ramirez | 7.18.2016
  2. ^ Brian Cogan (1 January 2006). Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture. Greenwood Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-313-33340-8.
  3. ^ Margot Whitmire (30 October 2004). "Expansion Team". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 44-. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ "All Systems Go! Pop 'n Fresh Attitude". Exclaim!. By Stuart Green, Feb 01, 2000.
  5. ^ "All Systems Go!", AllMusic Review by JT Griffith
  6. ^ a b "All Systems Go! Mon Chi Chi". Exclaim!, By Stuart Green Jan 01, 2006
  7. ^ "All Systems Go Prepare To Be Huge In Sweden" Archived 2017-03-12 at the Wayback Machine.Chart Attack, Nov 11, 2002.
  8. ^ "All Systems Go! Learn To Love Music Again" Archived 2018-04-20 at the Wayback Machine. Chart Attack, Jun 2, 2003.

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