Thunder Issue 10. Part 2.

After interviewing Murray Acton, I asked drummer Blind Mark if he would like to be interviewed, as it was getting close to show time. He kindly agreed, and I fired away the questions.

KW: What made you want to join the DayGlo Abortions?

BM: A few years ago, they had a tour lined up. And Bonehead couldn’t get across the border. I knew these guys from years before, from my own bands. So they said ‘We’re going on this U.S tour. Wanna go?’ I was the only unemployed drummer in town, and I had nothing going on, so of course I went.

KW: How would you describe the sound of the DayGlo Abortions?

BM: I started listening to Punk Rock when I was a kid because I had older brothers. I loved the Dead Milkmen and the Dead Kennedys. I liked s*it that was funny. And the DayGlos were the funniest. It’s the Frank Zappa of Punk Rock. It’s f**kin’ hilarious. Every time you throw on an album, you’re laughing your head off. It’s offensive, it’s clever, but it’s also got a groove to it. They’re talking about the grossest stuff ever, but it could make your grandma smile.

KW: Some people think the band is ‘controversial.’ If we moved past that, what do you think the band is trying convey?

BM: I don’t think there is any message to convey. Except maybe having fun and making people happy at shows.

We were watching the Yo*tu*e videos of Montreal and Ottawa, and we saw all these people just singing along. The crowd was singing the lyrics louder than Murray. It was great.

KW: What do you think of the Hamilton Punk scene?

BM: This will be my first show playing in Hamilton. One of my good buddies though, that I’ve been playing with for over 20 years in bands, he grew up in Grimsby. So he basically got me into the Forgotten Rebels, Teenage Head, and all that stuff. Hamilton had one of the oldest Punk scenes in Canada, pretty much. I don’t know what they’re up to these days because I’m from Out West.

I grew up Edmonton actually. And Calgary had Beyond Possession, Winnipeg had the Stretch Marks, Vancouver had Death Sentence, D.O.A. Hamilton has Teenage Head, Forgotten Rebels. That’s how I think of every city. By the bands that originate from there.

KW: How long have you been playing music?

BM: I’ve played the drums for 25 years. I’ve played in bands for 20. I started playing in bands when I was about 16.

KW: What keeps you interested in it all years?

BM: When I growing up, I was a blind kid. I wasn’t good at sports and s**t. Then my brother took me to a Punk show when I was about 11 years old, and I just wanted to play the drums. I heard how fast the drummer was rockin’ it. It was beyond comprehension. It was like they were going hundreds of miles an hour. So that’s what I did.

KW: You guys are playing a very intimate show here in Crash Landing’s basement. But you’ve played bigger places. Is there a kind of venue you prefer to play?

BM: All-Ages are fun to play. Because you get the kids and they’re the up-and-comers. You gotta keep playing for kids, you know? Get them to spread the word around. But, the bar shows are fun. And house parties. I pretty much just like to play, no matter where it is. I’d probably be bummed out if I had to play a stadium. Because bar shows and house parties are, like you say, more intimate. It’s where you can actually talk to the people you know? And you can have a beer with everyone.

KW: In your opinion, has Punk Rock changed for better or for worse since you started playing it?

BM: It’s gotten pretty commercial over the past 15 years. But, the underground is still the underground. So all the stuff we listen to still gets played. Every city has their underground Punk scene. No matter how much the commercial s**t tries to invade.

 

This issue thanks to:

Crash and Suzanne for help getting the interview. Encouragement. Holding basement shows. And for carrying the paper version of Thunder.

Murray Acton and Blind Mark for their time, patience, and kindness. You really did make one of this Punk Rocker’s dreams come true, no bull.

The DayGlo Abortions as a whole. The show kicked a*s!!

Nathaniel. For always encouraging and believing.

Thunder Issue 10. Part 1.

In the years I’ve been attending shows, I have been able to see some bands that are pretty well-known. Sloan, D.O.A, and others. (I don’t care how ‘big’ a band is. I love every band with the original passion that I love music with. It’s just to help the story flow better.)

But I was the most eager, in my own peculiar way, to see the DayGlo Abortions. Not only was I chomping at the bit to see the live version of the Hard-Core legends, but I was also curious to see if a promise could be fulfilled.

You see, the DayGlo Abortions were playing the basement of Crash Landing. And store owners Suzanne and Crash had said there MIGHT  be the possibility of an interview with the band.

I was at once excited and terrified. If they could help me get an interview, awesome! The DayGlos are renowned in Canada. If they could, scary! This is the band, after all, who had an album cover with an aborted baby being served to Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

If they couldn’t, Thunder would be ‘that zine.’ The one that ‘almost’ interviewed the DayGlos, but that chicken Kristine couldn’t get on her own.

I decided to go to the show, and come what may! The DayGlo Abortions might be tough brutes, but damn, I was getting that interview!

When Crash came to get me and let me know that the interview was a go, I took a swig of my water bottle like it was gin. I ventured up the stairs, and remembered that if I hid my MP3 player/ voice recorder when the chaos started, history would eventually have this article for ages.

I know everyone wants a story where there was craziness, and my ghost is writing this because of the aftermath. But fact is, my panic overestimated things. As usual. I was introduced to two  perfectly warm people. Murray Acton and Blind Mark. (Bassist Willy Jak was not available for the interview.) Both  answered my questions as they had a beer, and I left thinking how myths become reality when given enough time.

(* Note: I was introduced to lead singer Murray Acton first. I had nearly completed my interview when drummer Blind Mark came in and I revved up the questions again.)

KW: For readers who may not be familiar, how long have the DayGlo Abortions been playing?

MA: Since 1980.

KW: What made you want to form the band?

MA: Well, the band formed suddenly in the demise of another band I had called the ‘Sick Fucks’ in the 70’s.

And we broke up, just fell apart.  The original bass player we had in the DayGlos, still had a couple gigs to do with the Sick Fucks. And I said ‘Damn it Bonehead! We’re starting a new band.’ We had been jamming a bit in my basement, and I had this case of DayGlo brand spray paint that had been given as payment for playing a gig. ‘Free publicity for a year!’ They said. And the guy goes ‘Here’s your free publicity kids.’ Just all these cases of DayGlo brand spray paint.

And it being DayGlo, I said, ‘We’ll be the DayGlo, and whatever the most frequently used word on the front page of the paper is.  And Henry Morgentaler’s clinic was in the news and all over the front page of the newspaper. Abortion, abortion, abortion! We thought ‘Haha, what a ridiculous name. DayGlo Abortions.’

KW: How would you describe your sound, yourself?

MA: Kind of wash-overs from the 70’s or something like that. I was 20 when the DayGlos started, so I was already through my teens. I grew up with Black Sabbath, all that 70’s Metal. Then Punk started happening, and I guess I incorporated the two.  I don’t think were really very pure Punk band at all. Sort of Metal influenced and junk like that.                                                                                                                                                          I was worried at first. I remember thinking ‘Nobody is going to like this, it’s way too Metal.’ Or something like that.

KW: Some people think that the band is ‘fairly controversial.’ If we moved pass all that, what are you guys trying to convey in your words, in your music?

MA: There’s a mixture of things. One thing I sort of try to keep underlined is that we’re entertainers. Essentially, when it gets down to it. So we have to entertain people and be funny.

When I was a kid, I liked Frank Zappa a lot. And he was very sarcastic, but he also had social commentary.

And I have found that you can, under the guise of comedy, you can slide a little bit of politics in there that people might not otherwise accept.

If people are all defensive and everything like that; thinking that you are attacking their belief system or something, they shut it all out. But you get them softened up with some good jokes, they’ll suck it right up.

I do have kind of a direction. Really, if anything, I think it’s important for people that are artists or musicians of any kind, to try and spread the knowledge of how to make it. So I think it’s important to get out there and encourage kids how to play music. Because it’s a big deal. It’s the pinnacle of human existence, almost.  And it’s important to society, and everything. You can see how it affects the direction of the world. You have the ear of the youth too, which is a big thing. It’s either us or the advertisers.

KW: In my opinion, there’s not a lot of Canadian stuff. Like, not as much as you see American stuff.

MA: We’re very inundated by American media. Which just makes it more of a responsibility. I don’t really have solutions to things, but I do point out issues in society. And make fun of them.

(Both laugh.)

KW: What bands are you listening to right now?

MA: Right now? I listen to all kinds of weird stuff. A couple of D-beat bands like Tragedy, I like them quite a bit. We’ve done 12 or 13 shows with End Program from Oshawa-

KW: I listen to them too!

MA: They are one of the best bands in the country. They are so good.

KW: They’re amazing!

MA: They rock! And they’re really nice guys. Another band from around here, Go Die Scum. They’re pretty rockin’ as well. The coast has Life Against Death, a really good Grind band. With a female singer.

KW: With a female singer?! That’s awesome.

MA: It’s ass-kickin’. They’re actually on their second female singer, but she’s really good too. But it’s a bunch of different bands, and I like different kinds of music too. Pretty well anything that’s played from the heart. God, I can listen to disco if it’s being played well and played from the heart.

KW: As long as they’re honest about it.

MA: Exactly. And you can spot it a mile away.

KW: The name ‘The DayGlo Abortions’ is pretty revered in the Canadian Punk scene. When you started the band, did you think it was going to become what it is today?

MA: I thought we might get publicly stoned or something. Because our first stuff was really more a parody of Punk than Punk Rock itself. My thoughts were ‘Look at all these guys spitting on each other, sticking safety pins through their noses. It’s absurd!’

KW: It can be.

MA: It’s a f**kin’ fashion show when it gets down to stuff like that. And yeah, I didn’t expect to be super popular or anything like that. But I used to crack jokes at how what’s ‘unacceptable today’ will be common place. And it’s kinda funny how it turned out to be true. Everybody used to hate when we were starting out, but now, it doesn’t seem like anyone has a bad thing to say about the DayGlos anywhere. Now you have to something quite rash to get people going. I don’t know what you could do now, hehe.

KW: I know that the band is from British Columbia. What do you guys think of the Hamilton Punk scene?

MA: We haven’t been here in a couple of years, but we have friends in town. We have friends who have been members of the Forgotten Rebels, The Hammerboiz, and all those bands from around Hamilton.

KW: What keeps you into Punk Rock for all these years?

MA: I’m doing what I think I was meant to do. Ever since I was a little kid, I knew I was going to play music. It’s also fun. And it’s rewarding, there is a phenomenal feeling to make music and hear it sung back to you. The levels of accomplishment that you can make too. Every time you finish something or write a song, you can feel really damn good about it. It’s horrifyling addictive, hahaha. The Punk community in itself is really wicked too. We’re heading over to Germany tomorrow afternoon, and it will be the same there. Very welcoming, we’ll see the town from the local’s point of view. It’s a wonderful thing. One of the fans will take us home, the mom will make us dinner. So it’s a mix, but that’s why.

KW: You are all about to play a very intimate show here at Crash Landing. But you have also played bigger venues. Is there a type of show you prefer to play?

MA: The big ones are weird, usually. Especially when you have security and you can’t see the crowd. It’s very impersonal.  Those are hard to do a good show at. The intimate shows, the basement shows, you’re in there. There isn’t any escaping it, hahaha. It’s terrifying sometimes, but the intimate shows are the most fun.  I have to say though, it’s nice to have a mixture.

KW: In your opinion, has Punk Rock changed for better or for worse since you started playing?

MA: Punk Rock has been consumed by the big machine. I don’t really look at it like original Punk Rock anymore. ‘Punk Rock Now’ sells cars, running shoes, and all that kinda crap.

But in many way it’s still there, pissed off and angry as ever, still doing the same kind of thing. I think it can shoot off into different genres. I think it’s as valid as it ever was, it’s just in very small, fringe bands.

Alot of people think Punk is dead, but it’s not.

Thunder Issue 09.

Creator: Kristine Wales. Partner: Nathaniel Blizzard.

FOREWORD:

I can be a very territorial person when it comes to the Punk scene. (It’s not my best quality, but I work on it.)

Whenever a band comes from anywhere different, even a municipality that isn’t Hamilton, I observe a lot and see if they have anything that speaks to me.

So Web Society must be quite the band if the continue to get my thumbs up and be one of the only Punk bands I know from Stoney Creek. Nathaniel and I saw the trio at This Ain’t Hollywood back in March at an edition of Sunday Slamfest, and afterwards we were treated to this interview. Band members are Stephen Petrina, Brandon Kummer, and Jeffrey Mills.

KW: How did you guys get your start?

BK: We were on the bus. I was in Grade 10, Jeff was in Grade 9. We were talking about starting a band, and a few other kids were like ‘Let’s start a Screamo band.’ I was kind of interested, because I was into Metal a lot at the time.

JM: I had played bass in the past, and I failed miserably. So then we set up a date with these random kids, mostly in his grade, and we had a screamer, a drummer. Everything. And a day before our first practice, I went to a thrift store, bought a bass, and was the first one to his house.

BK: So what happened with the practice is basically, we never got anything done. Two of the kids just hung out on the computer, chilling. Jeff and I were actually focused on learning songs.  Jeff  was like  ‘What bands do you like?’   So I said ‘Blink 182.’ And he said ‘Hell, I like Blink 182 too.’  So I taught him ‘Dammit’, and we moved on from there.

JM: We started with playing a lot of Pop-Punk. It was easy. It was Bowling For Soup, Blink 182, Green Day.

KW: Stephen, I know that you are not the original drummer. How did you come to join the band?

SP: They messaged me once over Fa*cb*ok and asked me if I wanted to join. I said ‘sure’ because I had nothing else to do, and it sounded exciting.

KW: You guys list a lot of Pop-Punk influences, but I notice that lately the styles are changing more. Can you tell me if that is a marked decision, or just something that has happened as you guys have gotten older?

BK: We’re progressing towards a very new sound. We’re discovering more about our sound than we usually do. Stephen gives us more ideas, and me and him contribute to songwriting most of the time. Take ‘Showcase.’ That’s a complete sound-change from what we are. We’ll have a mellow Pop-Punk song, and then we’ll have a really Hard-Core song.

SP: Mix it up a little bit.

BK: Yeah, we’ll mix it up.

SP: I’m listening to a lot of Black Flag and stuff like that.

(At that Nathaniel, who was filming the interview, had a question.)

NB: Let’s talk about your side projects. I understand Stephen you have a side project, Brandon you have a side project. Jeffrey, do you have a side project?

JM: No. I guess I just don’t see the joys of multiple bands.

SP: Have we started our other side project?

BK: We have. (In explanation.) We’re looking at a Punk Rock cover band. We’re looking at playing Decendents, Ramones, Screeching Weasel, and anything farther than that.

SP: Maybe some spoken word poetry.

KW: Would you guys ever consider touring outside of Ontario?

JM: Yes.

BK: Oh absolutely.

SP: Just, we’re really young and none of us can drive.

BK: That’s the unfortunate thing. But I would love to try out the B.C Punk scene. And I wanna go to the Montreal Def House.

JM: North Berkeley.

BK: Yeah definitely!

JM: That’s the goal, it’s to get to North Berkeley.

SP: Let’s tour Winona.

JM: We’ll play in a cornfield.

NB: What do you have planned, future-wise? In terms of music?

JM: We have another full-length coming out in September.

SP: Yeah, we’re gonna work on something.

BK: We’re recording it in the summer-time and we’re thinking we might have it out for fall.

SP: Nine new songs maybe?

BK: Nine new songs. Some are off the demo because it was just a demo. But yeah, we wanna progress ourselves. More heavy, louder.

SP: Get some mosh pits started. Maybe some off-stage self-mutilation like in the 70’s.

NB: I like that theatric you did Stephen.

SP: Thank you.

NB: Where did that come from?

SP: I don’t know. I was thinking one day of what would be interesting, and current issues, and that’s it.

NB: I thought you were going to pull out your noise project. What’s it called?

SP: Oh, my Scumbag Steve stuff?

NB: Have you ever thought of incorporating that into the sets?

SP: We haven’t taken any of my acoustic stuff yet, but ‘Showcase’ came from just fooling around. Demos and stuff.

(After that, Nathaniel went inside to get footage for Thunder’s online video edition. I asked the band to stay behind so I could get some more questions, and they kindly agreed.)

KW: Aside from your Pop-Punk influences, who are each of your specific influences now?

JM: I really love Rancid, NOFX, and Anti-Flag. Though I can’t play any of their stuff. And I’m still loving Blink 182 and Green Day.

SP: My favorite band of all time is NOFX. But I’ve been listening to a lot of Black Flag and older Punk like that. I don’t know, I’m all over the place. Have you heard of Battalion of Saints?  I think they’re from California, and they’re pretty cool.

(Joking.) KW: I’m a journalist. I’ve heard of everything.

BK: Right now, I would say Screeching Weasel and Green Day. They’re totally up my alley right now, because of the speed and velocity of their playing.

SP: You can’t go wrong with some old school Emo. Sunny Day Real Estate and stuff is pretty cool.

KW: You guys play the matinees, but you have also played other kinds of shows. What kind of show do you prefer to play?

SP: Punk Rock shows like these. The other shows we play are under agencies that ask you to sell tickets and make money for them, whereas the band doesn’t really get anything in return. Except a chance to play. Whereas these shows, they’re in the scene. The people who show up are into this kind of music and are here to have fun. They’re here to see music. This is the scene, this is where it’s at. And we like supporting that.

KW: What instruments do you guys play?

BK: I can play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and clarinet.

SP: I can play drums. Not really well, but O.K.   I can do the job of playing the same beat every song. I can play a little bit of guitar, just chords and stuff. It’s fun to write the songs.

JM: I can play bass and drums. Not really the drums, I bought a kit so we could jam at my house. But it’s in my basement, so I thought ‘Might as well learn.’ I don’t know. Left handed drums are weird.

Show Listings That Herald The Beginning Of Summer.

Almost everybody and everything goes through a financial tight spot. The official version of Thunder, which is printed and distributed in Hamilton, is no exception. I recently had two birthdays and a Mother’s day to celebrate. I love to celebrate, but of course; as a student, there is a budget to consider.

So this post, which is made up of the listings that would normally go into an issue, will be published on here and on my Facebook. This is what I consider the blog/ electronic portion of Thunder, so I’m also toying with the idea of posting the latest 2 issues here. If I do, everyone will be notified because I am really excited for the upcoming ones.

Listings:

May 25th. The Nailheads, At What Cost, And Beta 58’s play the Devil’s Cellar. (Downstairs of the Celts’s pub.) $5 and All Ages because of a preceding event. The event listing says that there are more bands to be announced.

May 26th. The Nailheads, Web Society, The Rebel Arms, Beta 58’s and At What Cost play the Doors Pub. Show starts at 9:00pm, and admission is $5. 19+.

May 27th. Skatalyst, Not, Ghetto Blaster, and Small Town Get Up play This Ain’t Hollywood in Sunday skaSlamfest 11. Show starts at 3:00pm, and it’s $6 to get in.

May 29th. Rackula, The Brixton Robbers, Maladroit, Bourbon DK, and At What Cost play the Casbah Lounge. It’s $5 admission, and bands start at 8:30.

May 31st. Adelleda, Useless ID, and Fortune Cookie play the Casbah Lounge. Bands start at 8:00pm, and it’s $10.

June 1st. The Coven are playing as part of the series A Gothic and Industrial Night. The show takes place at Doors Pub, and cover is $5. Must 19 or over.

June 2nd. Ab Irato, The Pre-Nods, At What Cost, and Jenkum play City Lights. Doors open at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10, and it’s a 19+ event.

Also on June 2nd: Volk, Dimensions, Quiet Lakes, Unbowed, and Argus Panoptes play the Doors Pub. It’s $10 to get in, bands start at 8:15pm, and it’s 19+.

June 3rd. The Southern Famine Tour comes to Hamilton. This event will be held at Doors Pub, and features Swords Of Texas, Eyeswithoutaface, Lung, and The Blind Surgeons Operation. Event poster says more bands to be announced. $5 admission. Must be 19 or over.  Start time is 8:00pm.

June 9th. The ‘Real’ Royal Tour comes to Hamilton. The Royal Crowns are celebrating their CD release with this tour, and opening for them are blues two-piece Frankie and Jimmy; and The Hellbent Rockers. There is a workshop before the performances, entitled ‘Rockabilly Jive.’ All I know right now is the price, which is $10.

June 10th. Meh, The Rebel Arms, Bourbon DK, and The Blind Cats play Crash Landing Basement. $5 at the door and All Ages. Starts at 3:00pm.

June 14th-17th. Burlington Sound Of Music Festival. This year’s line-up features the Arkells, Wintersleep, Mother Mother, and more. Admission is free. I recommend going to soundofmusic.ca for details, as there are quite a few.

June 15th and 16th. Invasion Infernale Fest. A Two Day Black/ Viking Metal Festival.  Day 1 is at The Doors Pub and kicks off at 7:00pm. Bands featured are Korrupt and Pagan Ritual. Day 2 is at The Corktown. Bands playing that day include Unbowed and Volk. This day also starts at 7:00pm. Must 19 or older to attend. Now, you can pay separately both days, which totals to $25, or buy a pass for $20. Passes go on sell today at Books and Beats; and at Dr. Disc. Only 50 passes are available.

Also on June 15th. As part of NXNE, Daps Records is putting on a showcase at Sneaky Dee’s. Bands will include Hussy, Cartoons, and Odonis Odonis. There is not a ticket price listed, but start time  is listed as 7:00pm.

June 24th. Endow, Snakecharmer, Dismantle, and Laid To Rest play Sunday Slamfest 12. No further details at this time.

June 29th-July 2nd. It’s Your Festival. No word on who will be performing for 2012. But I attended last year and saw Rackula and Spoiled Rotten. It says on their website to check back for performers and schedule, so here is the site: itsyourfestival.ca

July 20th. Class Assassins play Crash Landing. More information as it becomes available.

July 28th. Grim City Punk Rock Party and Skate Jam. Features Adelleda, Web Society, Rebel Arms, and more. This event will be held at Grimsby Skate Park. No monetary admission, but there is a food drive that needs donations. Everything kicks off at 1:00pm.

July 29th. Skullians play Crash Landing. More information as it becomes available.

It’s summer to me when it’s warm and there are lots of shows. So be sure to head out while it’s nice and support the music in this province.

I Recall My Own Gothy Past On World Goth Day.

Apparently, today is World Goth Day. (Who knows how, when, or where this got decided.)

This was a very pleasant surprise for me, as I was an ENORMOUS fan of Goth Rock from the ages of 15 to 17 and a half.  I’ll recount the details of my sometimes cringing fandom in a moment, but I would like to say first that there are aspects of Goth that I still like a lot. I kept the music and I listen to it even now. I’m attending some of the new Goth shows that Hamilton now has, as both a photographer and a curious music lover. And my love of all-black clothing is going nowhere fast.

All the following  tidbits are factual. Laugh at will.

CRINGING MEMORIES IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

– Packing on the make-up so thick that I had to wish my face more than once.

– Wearing a velvet skirt and fit-for-winter leather boots. In 35 degree Celsius heat.

– Reading nothing but Edgar Allen Poe for 2 months because, and I quote from myself, ‘He was the original Goth.’

– Thinking I was so cool the first week. My neck has probably never hoisted my head that high, before or since.

– Wanting a coffin for a bed.

– Wanting furniture from a funeral home as room furniture.

– Dyeing my hair relentlessly. Red, navy blue, purple, black. It didn’t matter. My motto was: ‘Must. Not. Be. Blonde!’

– Listening to Goth Rock and Green Day only for those 2 and a half years. Anything else was ‘f**king crap.’ (Even if I secretly liked it a little.)

– Preventing smiling was on par with preventing a nuclear holocaust.

– In a fit of passion that lasted for exactly 4 months, wanting to create the ‘Gothic Anarchist Party.’ I would become Prime Minister, declare Goths a nation within a nation like Quebec, and change the national anthem to ‘Every Day Is Halloween.’ (The dream died when I examined my anarchist principles more, and when someone pointed out that the acronym for the party would be ‘G.A.P’. I didn’t want people confusing my future party with a store.)

– Laughing was like hearing a demonic voice from within that needed to be exorcised. Or so I imagined.

– Telling anyone who would listen ‘I’m not a stereotype!’  But as you can read above, I clearly succumbed to it at times.

I hope this list has provided a laugh. It certainly has re-examining my memories.

Review Of DayGlo Abortions + Guests at Crash Landing.

It might be too soon to say, (it is only May after all), but I am dubbing 2012  ‘The Year Of Punk.’

(At least where Hamilton is concerned. I live here full-time, so I don’t pretend to know other cities musical states inside and out.)

The title might sound presumptuous, but I am basing it on some solid evidence. The city is having shows at least once every week. Bands and individual artists are putting out music at an incredible rate.

And perhaps my biggest indicator? Bands from the first and second wave of Canadian Punk are making their way to our fine city.

DayGlo Abortions, perhaps one of the most noted bands in Canadian Punk history, did just that on May 5th. They, along with supporting bands 1971 and The Rotten, played a spectacular set to 50 lucky people. I not only got a ticket, but I also got to take my pictures and get an interview with 2 of the band members for Thunder.

This was without a doubt a show that goes on my personal list of Best Shows Ever.

1st Band: 1971.

I don’t know a lot about the city of Kenora, Ontario. But apparently, they do have a Punk band. One who looks up to Classic Rock bands and incorporates some of the styles masterfully, making for a well-rounded sound that I enjoyed. (They also did a particularly stirring rendition of ‘Rise Above’ by Black Flag.)

1971’s set was plagued by technical errors though. Guitar straps kept coming off, and the band handled it awkwardly. I would like to see them again, and if they can handle problems like the aforementioned differently, it will be perfect.

8 out of 10.

2nd band: The Rotten.

It’s always a delight to see the Rotten.  I also love hearing their takes on everything on from Punk’s current state;  to politics,  to not caring what others think.  And of course, it wouldn’t be a Rotten set without the ubiquitous cover of the Dead Boy’s ‘Sonic Reducer.’ Chris Crash of The Steeltown Spoilers provided guest vocals as he usually does. But the audience got ecstatic and drowned him out, as they usually do.

10 out of 10.

3rd Band: DayGlo Abortions.

All week leading up to this event, I had been looking forward to it. One because of a potential interview with the band. But also because this was the DayGlo Abortions and I’m a Canadian. You can’t grow up here and not know who they are.

I was bursting with anticipation by the time they were due to hit the stage. The interview had been awesome, but I wanted to see the legends in musical action.

It was like a Punk Rock roller coaster. There were these incredible musical peaks of Hard-Core Punk that reminded me of why I listened to the genre to begin with. Murray Acton shredded on guitar. Willy Jak thundered on the bass. And Blind Mark drummed furiously. These are truly masters of the genre.

But there were also a few difficulties that I count as minor dips. I got hurt a few times by the insane mosh pits that formed behind those of us in the front; and a guitar string broke a few times through-out the set.

All in all though, it was a show that I have no hesitation in calling legendary. This is the kind of show you talk about when you’re at the Punk Rock retirement home, and you’re grandchildren beg you to shut up about because you’ve gone over it again and again.

Review Of A Gothic and Industrial Night 3.

I have a list. Some might say it’s a list of things I want to do before I die, but I prefer to think of it as a list of goals. (Either way, everyone probably thinks a cliché. But it doesn’t matter.)

Two of my goals were as follows:

‘See a Goth band live.’

‘See an Industrial band live.’

I’ve been a massive fan of both genres for years. But all I had ever done was listen to the CDs.

On Friday night, I got the chance to tick both items off my list.  I was invited to photograph Nanochrist and Greycell at the Door’s Pub.

This show was part of a series that has been taking place for a while. It’s aim is to showcase Industrial and Goth bands in Hamilton, and I for one hope it continues.

1st Band: Greycell.

This Toronto band reminded me of old Industrial in the vein of Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, and the like. There was plenty of hard, loud guitar and a bass that perfectly complimented it. But there was also a drum machine, and other electronic touches that captured the genre like a portrait. A final touch I appreciated was the band giving out a 3 song E.P. It’s just the way to ensure a new fan like myself.

10 out of 10.

2nd Band: Nanochrist.

Now, I want there to be no confusion. Nanochrist list themselves as an Industrial Metal band. BUT, because of their aesthetic and some musical touches, I myself consider PART of their sound to be Goth.

Nanochrist are one of THOSE bands to me. I just had to see them, as well as hear them. (It’s not often I see people decked out in full Goth gear, so they’ll forgive my gawking.) The sound was just as intoxicating, drawing me in with instrumentation that alternated between more melodic moments and harsher elements. (Louder drum beats, more grit in the vocals.)  It was certainly something I had to see to believe, and I’m glad I didn’t miss it.

10 out of 10.