The Most Serene Republic is a Canadian indie rock band based in Milton, Ontario. It takes its name from the sobriquet of formerly independent Venice under the Doges, which was regarded as "The Most Serene Republic of Venice".
The roots of the band were planted in 2003 when Ryan Lenssen and Adrian Jewett formed Thee Oneironauts (O-nye-rawn-nauts). The pair recorded and self-released an EP entitled Night of the Lawnchairs on the GROK Studios imprint, which had also released Lenssen's concept band "Rushing To Redlights". Thee Oneironauts grew to trio status with the addition of Nick Greaves on guitar before ultimately becoming The Most Serene Republic.
Their debut album Underwater Cinematographer was produced, mixed and engineered by Lenssen and mastered by Ryan Mills and recorded at ASF Studios. Its original release was in late 2004 on the independent label Sunday League Records before being picked up by Arts & Crafts. It was re-released on June 28, 2005 featuring new artwork. They were the first band signed by Arts & Crafts that was not related to Broken Social Scene in any way or form. After touring the album extensively with the likes of Metric, Stars and Broken Social Scene, the band recorded what ultamitly became the Phages EP, that was first made available when the band supported The Strokes on their Canadian tour of 2006.
2007 saw the departure of long time drummer Adam Nimmo, who was replaced by Tony Nesbitt-Larking (who has since moved on as well). TMSR spent much of 2007 prepping their sophomore album Population, which was released by Arts & Crafts on October 2, 2007 to generally positive reviews.
In a June 17 interview, guitarist Nick Greaves states that the band will be recording their 3rd album with Broken Social Scene and Super Furry Animals producer David Newfeld, which Greaves also hinted there might be a slight change of musical direction.
"This time around, because of deadlines and everybody being a bit more comfortable with writing, all of the members are able to write what they want and bring that to the table to see what songs work and what songs don't work. It could make our album sound a little more diverse than they have before.
2008 saw the release of Live At XMU, a 4 song acoustic EP made up of songs from "Population" and "Phages". It was recorded December 11th, 2007 at the XMU studios in Washington, D.C.and released August 12, 2008 exclusively to iTunes .