The Dudes are a Canadian indie rock band, formed in 1996 in Calgary, Alberta. Dan Vacon is The Dudes' major creative force in the band. The group also includes guitarist Bob Quashnick, drummer Scott Ross and newest member and bassist Braden Funchner.
Critics have likened their musical style to Modest Mouse, although band members cite their influences as The Flaming Lips, Joel Plaskett, and Weezer. (which are probably more accurate comparisons)