Choke was a Canadian Punk rock band.
With original members Jack Jaggard, Clay Shea, Shawn Moncrieff and Stefan Levasseur, Choke has toured non-stop in Canada and the USA.
Choke released their first two albums independently, Lotion in 1995 and Give'er in 1996, which was later released through Smallman Records who signed the band in 1997. Choke released Needless To Say the following year, an album that was chosen by Exclaim magazine as one of the top ten punk albums of the year. 1999 saw the release of Foreword, which charted on both the CMJ (US) and Earshot (Can) radio charts. In 2002, There's A Story To This Moral was released to critical acclaim. Slow Fade Or How I Learned To Question Infinity was recorded in Vancouver, British Columbia with Blair Calibaba (Gob, Propagandhi) and Paul Forgues (Slayer, Nine Inch Nails, Treble Charger), and became the fifth release through Smallman Records. The band was heralded by Exclaim! as "...one of the finest technically progressive bands on the planet" .
Choke has toured with The Ataris, No Use for a Name, Satanic Surfers and Bad Religion, Strung Out and AFI, Good Riddance, My Chemical Romance, Small Brown Bike & Piebald.
On April 3
, the members of Choke announced the end of the band on their official website
They also announced a farewell tour across Canada
beginning in May 2007. Band members Shawn Moncrieff and Clay Shea have started a new band Passenger Action
with Ryan Podlubny (ex The Fullblast, fordirelifesake) and Allan Harding
(ex Thirty Nights of Violence, Sleeping Girl, and path of a logical liar, and manager/co-owner of the Acoustic Drum Shop, Edmonton AB). Jack Jaggard has also started a new experimental indie band Team Building
Stefan Levasseur has not made any comment on his plans.
- Stefan Levasseur - Drums
- Clay Shea - Bass Guitar/Vocals
- Jack Jaggard- Guitar/Vocals
- Shawn Moncrieff - Guitar/Vocals