Thunder Issue 17
Created By Kristine Wales.
The following are my opinion only and covered under the Canadian Charter Of Rights and Freedoms, Section 2.
After a hiatus of almost 8 months, it feels good to be writing this zine again.
Alot happened in those 8 months, both for myself; and in the province’s musical landscape.
Bands broke up, they held shows; and much to my delight released music.
This is going to be an all album review edition, from some of my favorite bands that no longer exist; some that are old favorites; and some that I just recently got into.
Hope you enjoy.
REVIEW OF RACKULA’S OVES OF STEEL.
Track 1: G20
Beginning with a thumping, thudding bass; this is a heavy song in more ways in one.
It’s about oppression, but it’s also raising to meet that oppression.
This is political Punk at it’s best.
P.S There is a bit with a loudspeaker and that’s just kick-ass.
Track 2: H.P Sauce.
With gravy train riders in mind, this track has great pacing and makes me want to dance. (No one wants to see that.)
But that’s what makes it a good one, that lighter tone that still maintains it’s heavy presence in the background.
Track 3: Insecurities.
Back to the bass heavy side of things, this song talks about hating insecurities, and how they are voices in our heads.
It’s an every-person kind of message, which I think is great.
Track 4: Silly Girl.
This track is by far my favorite. Rackula shines through as a cohesive unit, and the lyrics speak of a very
relevant yet little discussed issue. (One person not quite loving the other as much in a relationship.)
You can download for free at: http://rackula.bandcamp.com/album/oves-of-steel. It was Rackula last album.
REVIEW OF DISMANTLE’S ASSORTED TRACKS
*Note this is not album on Bandcamp. Dismantle released their cassette tape tracks individually on Bandcamp.
Track 1: Passive Resistance/ Smash Yr T.V
A combo track, this is Punk in a nutshell. (To me.) Fast vocals? Check. Fast song (s)? Check. Making a statement in each
Passive Resistance message is clear. ‘Know what you’re fighting for.’ ‘Smash Yr T.V’ is Smash your television.
Track 2: No Prisons, No Borders
Opening nice and heavy, this song’s message is it’s title. It’s a solid track, making a nice wall of sound in your head.
Track 3: Action P.I.G.S
This track is, I assume, about police brutality. (Some parts go too fast for me to understand.) But if you listen to the track, it becomes obvious. Its swift, hard-hitting, and comes with a side of truth. That’s the Dismantle way.
Track 4: Don’t Forget (DISTAPE Bonus Track.)
This song is 51 seconds of equal spookiness, (to me), and common sense. It says to not forget your mothers words when you’re older. (Except a lullaby-like melody and this extraordinary voice do it. I think it’s spooky, but I think it’s awesome.)
Track 5: God/dog
This track opens slow and steady, and only builds. I think the topic matter is something everyone can get something different from. To me, I think the band was trying to say that God is a man-made idea.
Track 6: Plastic Islands.
Back to the fast paced, this song speaks of plastic islands and how the subject of the song would rather be in a plastic hurst. This song made me think about vacation resorts where they only show you the good side of things.
Track 7: Humanity’s End. (The Manatee Song.)
This song takes you for a roller coaster ride. From ferociously fast, to heavily slow breaks; it’s message is if we don’t
stand together, we’re doomed.
You can download for free at http://dismantle.bandcamp.com/ The band put these tracks up after they broke up.
REVIEW OF DISGUSTI’S DEMO 2013
Track 1: Disgusti
This has to be the bands anthem, (in my opinion). As they start the song fast and heavy, then chant ‘disgust!’ for the
I think it’s pretty cool. More bands need anthems to announce themselves.
Track 2: No Great Mischief.
Starting the track off with some feed-back, it builds to a heavier, faster song that I admit I can’t understand the lyrics. Just the sound is awesome though.
Track 3: Nothing Ever At All.
Much like the first song, this track starts off quick and has anthemic, fist-pumping lyrics. (Its title are much of it’s lyrics.)
It’s only 32 seconds in length, but the band still got in alot for the track.
You can download for free at http://disgusti.bandcamp.com/ I don’t know if the band is still active or not.
REVIEW OF BURN VICTIM’S SELF TITLED TAPE
Track 1: False Entitlement.
This is my favorite Burn Victim song. It’s basically a feminist track, saying that just because you find a woman
attractive, you can’t treat her like an object. The song is completed by the perfect mixture of 80’s hard-core and metal.
Track 2: xXTuffGuyXx.
This track; which starts off slow and builds beautifully, is about macho-ism. There was such a Black Flag resemblance on
this song it’s unbelievable.
Track 3: Existential Crisis.
This song is pretty raw. The subject describes having an existential crisis, and it’s not for the faint of ears.
The accompanying music is perfect raising at the appropriate moments, and lowering when needed.
Track 4: I Can’t Be Friends With You Because I’m Not An Elitist Prick.
Touching on an important subject, (division and judgement within the Punk community), Burn Victim are spot on lyrically and musically.
You can download for free at http://burnvictummmmm.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-tape They’re a new band.
REVIEW OF MERCER AND THE CRANES’S LIVE AT THE ROCKPILE.
Track 1: Fisherman.
This song is very light and jaunty. So much so I could imagine at a fair or seaside. As the title would suggest, it tells
of a fisherman. But it also asks ‘When do the brilliant get their time?’ (I’m paraphrasing.)
Track 2: Crazy. (Gnarls Barkley cover)
We’ve all heard Crazy before. But never like this. The tempo is down considerably, it’s trance-like, and it’s almost
heart-breaking. (In a good way.)
Track 3: Seven Seas.
I could see this track working as an anthem.
It’s got grand music, lyrics that speak of not backing down, and it all works well together.
Track 4: You Oughta Know. (Alanis Morrisette Cover.)
You Oughta Know is a furious song, and this version retains the anger well.
It’s a more indie version, but that only adds to the greatness.
Track 5: Cold Nights.
A very intimate track, this is a slow track that wants you want to dance with and cuddle with your significant other
at the same time.
Track 6: Insignificant.
Another stirring Alt-Rocker, this song speaks of mistakes and moving on. It’s a little more down than Seven Seas, but it is still incredible.
You can download for free at http://mercerandthecranes.bandcamp.com/ They’re another up and coming band.
REVIEW OF ADELLEDA’S DISTRESS
Track 1: Innocence.
Opening with chugging instruments, this track speaks of defending what’s important and not letting people take those important things away.
Track 2: Taking Shots (With Todd Bertuzzi).
A solid Punk moshing song, the lyrics talk about living life wisely; but at the same time having fun. I have to say,
it’s my favorite song on the album. (I like a balanced approach.)
Track 3: 5 Months In England.
Taken from the E.P ‘Let’s Talk About Adelleda’, 5 Months In England covers the breakdown of a relationship. I confess, I prefer the E.P version, but this version has it’s merits. The lyrics are clearer and the instruments are sharper.
Track 4: Distress.
Another Punk mosher, this song is all about change and making it happen. (‘It’s time to make a change in my philosophy/ Won’t happen overnight.’)
Track 5: Roller Coasters.
A track about trust, Roller Coasters is literally just that. The instrumentation changes so much from fast to slow it’s insane.
Track 6: Something In The Water.
Opening fast and staying strong, this song is about a relationship that is not exactly the way the subject wants.
Track 7: Numbers.
The 3rd song you could easily mosh to on the album, Numbers examines different ways that numbers affect us. Time wasted, people that are deceased, etc.
Track 8: So Long.
A very political track, the lyrics in this song discuss war and guns.
The music backing it is powerful, with all instruments going all out.
You can download for free at http://adelledapunk.bandcamp.com/releases
REVIEW OF FRANKIE AND JIMMY’S LP APPETIZER 2013
Track 1: Maggie Campbell Blues. (Tommy Johnson cover.)
A cover of a Tommy Johnson song, this version is reimagined by combining Punk with Blues. (Frankie and Jimmy’s specialty.)
The lyrics talk of two women. One who is Maggie Campbell, one who is not. And the love the subject feels for each.
Track 2: Smokestack Lightning. (Howling Wolf cover.)
Another cover, Frankie and Jimmy’s version is quite unique with harmonica, tambourine, and Punk Rock vocals. The lyrics
appear to tell of lightning, but it also tells of a love story.
Track 3: Midnight Special. (Lead Belly cover.)
The final song on the album, Midnight Special is about a special light that shines down and how the subject wants it to
shine on him. It’s a cheery track, with a lighter instrumentation.
REVIEW OF GATLING’S PASSIVECLIMACTIC (Scheduled for released July 2013. Check on http://gatlingonline.bandcamp.
com for more information.)
Track 1: Vulcan.
Opening strong, this track is heavy, hard-hitting; but also anthemic. (‘Honestly you’re strong enough to turn all these negatives/ into something you can use’)
It’s new, but it’s also classic Gatling.
Track 2: Mercenary Tao!
This song is pure Metal. The instrumentation is sharp and precise, and the vocals are loud; but not overpowering.
The track is multi-faceted, covering alot of lyrical bases.
Track 3: Eleven Days To Zero.
This is a stand-out track. And for it’s lyrical content. Why? Because it’s got that hint of post-apocalyptic doom that I like.
That doesn’t mean the music is any less of a contender though. It’s makes you think of that vast, gray wasteland with joy.
Track 4: Vertigo. (Demo Version.)
Anybody who listens to Gatling knows they can throw out the Metal. But on this version of Vertigo, you are thrown back and forth between a full band; a soft acoustic guitar; and this superb breakdown that is a Jazz Ska hybrid. There are no lyrics, just this snapshot of music.
This issue I would like to thank all my family, all my friends, and all my readers. Thank you.