Review of Adelleda’s ‘Let’s Talk About Adelleda.’

Let’s be honest. Most of us have things that happen on our birthday that we would rather ignore or forget. (There’s a lot associated with September 25th that doesn’t hold the best memories for me or others, including an 8.0 earthquake that hit Japan nine years ago on the date.)

But this year, one of my favorite bands released a 4 track album on the 25th.

Adelleda, Hamilton and Stoney Creek’s Skate Punk sons, gave everyone ‘Let’s Talk About Adelleda.’ It is an E.P that better captures what an enjoyable, loud chaos their live show is, despite not being a live record. It also covers a lot of ground in it’s lyrical content, as you’ll read.

1: Just A Shame.

Originally appearing on Herkimer Street, this track has had a complete re-do. But in a way that compliments and enhances it, not so that it’s unrecognizable. The drums hit harder. The dual guitars do battle and compliment at the same time. The bass keeps a fine anchor. And the vocals are clearer and more furious.

Going by the lyrics, I’ve always thought of this as a love song; (‘We can never be in love), but there is more going on than your average Punk song.  (‘Watch you slip away’ ‘A mess of tubes’ and ‘Can’t you see/ You are slowly dying?’ make the case to me.)

2: Don’t Worry I’m Drunk.

This is song was made into Adelleda’s first professionally directed music video, (view here on Youtube http://youtu.be/JsHqcwUKJng), and the band couldn’t have written a more timely song.

The lyrics concern drunken encounters and the children that come of them.

On the instrument side of things, it’s like one of the band saw a Hamilton mosh pit and put a tune to it. The music is aggressive, and doesn’t let up.

3: 5 Months In England.

Going a little easier on the listener’s ears, this track tells the story of a couples break-up after one of them spends 5 months in England. (That was what I got from the lyrics, at any rate.)

The instruments vary on this song.  They are the slowest of any track on the E.P, but the speed up and go to their original state nicely.

It’s a great rest point on the album before it gets out one more blast of fury and finishes.

4: Champion.

Fact People Probably Already Know Me: I’m Hamilton proud. I love living in this city, and I will never live anywhere else.

Fact People Probably Don’t Know About Me: I practice Krav Maga. I decided to learn after a startling event at a show, and like most things I do, I listen to music while practicing.

Just Plain Fact: This song is a ferocious, pounding sonic ode to Hamilton with pride and thrash vocals in all the right places. I find it the perfect track to practice to, to write to, etc. But it also encapsulates my feelings for my home city perfectly.

Call it ego, call it silliness. Call it whatever the hell you want, but this track is my new personal anthem.

Review Of The Last Crash Landing Basement Event.

NOTE: Hey everyone! It’s good to be writing again after feeling under the weather for so long. I hope you all enjoy this review, and some other stuff I have planned for the blog this week.

I’m going to be doing something different on this post.

Usually, I talk about music in Hamilton. But today I’ll be reviewing something of a combination night my mother and I went to at Crash Landing Punk and Music Store here in Hamilton.

Their last basement event was held August 18th, (the store is moving to Cannon Street and will be a smaller locale), so as a last hurrah the owners Suzanne and Chris invited Punk Rock author Chris Walter to do a reading. Then, there was a screening of the SNFU rock film/ Ken Chinn bio-pic: ‘Open Your Mouth And Say… Mr Chi Pig’

All this was in celebration of Mr. Walter’s latest work; ‘SNFU: What No Else Wanted To Say’. It is a book that charters the career of SNFU, the legendary Edmonton Punk band

I have to say, when I heard what the last event was going to be; I was ecstatic. Chris and Suzanne have always managed to make every event at Crash Landing a worthwhile event, and most often; there is something that everyone in the Punk community will find for them at their events.

I’ll be missing their events. But, this was a tremendous way to end things. I wish them the best of luck at their new location, and I can’t wait for the opening day.  (September 7th at 1189 Cannon Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.)

1st Part of the evening: The Reading.

The evening began with Mr. Walter reading a modest portion of his new book. He chose to tell us about a time when SNFU were on tour and got the service of some professional ladies. (The adults reading this know will know what I’m talking about.)

As there were children there, it was a little awkward. But they didn’t seem to understand, and Mr. Walters cracked a joke, so it was the kind of awkward that was laughable.

I enjoyed the reading.Not because it was perfect. (There were times that the author stumbled.) But because of the imperfection. I would rather people, in any given field, act real then pretend they are infallible.

2nd Part of the evening: Q&A.

This was the part of the evening that had me in knots.

As a writer, I wanted to ask Mr. Walter  some questions. (What his next book might be about; how he transitioned from writing zines to books, etc.), and he answered the questions with patience and in a conversational tone. He did this for all questions, which I thought was fantastic. It was very casual and by the time I asked my second question, I wasn’t nearly as nervous.

3rd Part of the evening: The Film.

I had seen the movie ‘Open Your Mouth And Say…Mr Chi Pig’ before as a rental from my local library.

I thought it was an amazing movie when I saw it late last year/ early this year, and my opinion hasn’t changed.

Sure, a lot about the band is documented. And you get the general picture of the band’s history, up until 2009. But what I find most striking about the film is Ken Chinn’s eventual handle on his schizophrenia and addictions.

Crash Landing as a movie venue was a great change of pace. (Literally. I’ve enjoyed the Punk shows in the basements, but it was nice to enjoy what I seeing without people bumping into me by accident.)

We got to bring our own drinks, and various posters around the city and online had said we would have been able to bring our own snacks too.

The seats my Mom and I had were comfortable, and we were able to see clearly.

The basement did well as a one time theatre.

The evening didn’t end there, (thanks to Suzanne and Chris), as I got to interview Mr. Walter for my zine. (Woo hoo!)  And as this is the online version of that project, I’ll be posting it here too.

I want to thank Suzanne and Chris for all they have done, for everyone, in the years I’ve known them. I wish them all the best, and I can’t wait to see their new store location.

I want to thank Chris Walter for the interview and for his time. I know he has just released a book and that must be hectic, so I appreciate the time.