Since I saw them a week before my birthday in September 2011, Adelleda has been one of my favorite Hamilton Punk bands.
They have great songs, superb musicianship, and what they stand for is simple but inspiring. Hamilton and audience inclusion in the show. (The audience is encouraged to join in on songs, whether on the floor or on stage.
That’s why I thought it would be fantastic when Simon Marshall, Adelleda’s drummer, volunteered to give an interview over email for Thunder’s one year anniversary.
And the interview is pretty awesome. After that, I’ll doing something a little different here and in other issues. Instead of making interested people search out the band, I’ll be putting a link to the band’s page online page. (Where I can. Some bands I’ve even had trouble locating.)
I’ll also have some new band recommendations, and links to them.
Best part? Most stuff I listen to is legal AND free!
Here’s the interview. Enjoy:
KW: How did you become interested in Punk Rock?
SM: It all started after hearing Green Day’s Dookie at the ripe age of 12. Later that year Rancid’s ..And Out Come The Wolves found its way into my tape deck and I was locked in for life. Now I’m 28 and still get the same feeling when I hear those albums.
KW: At what age did you start playing drums?
SM: Believe it or not, I had always been a guitar player. After earning my first pay check ever at a part-time grocery store job, I put a deposit down on a vintage Ludwig kit and that’s how it started. I was 17 and starting to play drums in punk bands.
KW: Simon, you are, (and have been), in quite a few Punk bands. What is something you have learned from each one?
SM: Whether its punk rock, hardcore, skate punk, old school, new school, whatever, I’ve learned to mesh with a variety of backgrounds. I love to take something away with me and incorporate it into the next band. Recently I’ve heard some hilarious stories while playing with Glen and Crash in Hamilton Defence Army. At a rehearsal Crash was telling me about being a young punk out for a drink with his old man when a group of drunken hillbillies started heckling him from across the bar. He got so fed up with their antics that he went right over to their table, outnumbered of course and called them out. It went something like this:
Crash – “Yeah I hear you talking about me. So here I am. What’s up?”
Hillbillies – (Looks surprised then long pause) “Your style. What are you?”
Crash – “Canadian”.
They were so taken back that they ended up buying him and his old man pitchers of beer! I want to write a song about that some day. When you play in bands with older dudes I think it’s important to absorb much of what they have to say and learn from them.
KW: How do you think Punk Rock has changed since you became interested in it?
SM: The internet has made it so dispensable now. You used to find out about bands by going to shows and signing up for mailing lists. Now it’s all at your fingertips. You don’t have to dig as deep anymore and because of that I think fewer people actually go to shows just cause there’s a show in town.
KW: My next few questions will focus on Adelleda specifically. Now, Adelleda touts themselves as Hamilton proud. What is your opinion of the city, and the music it produces?
SM: Hamilton will always be my home and the guys in Adelleda really respect this city. In my opinion there is a level of culture and history here that can’t be compared to in surrounding cities. That’s what the song “Champion” is about on the new Adelleda E.P “Let’s talk about Adelleda”. It’s our anthem for Hamilton. We all know the city is a hub for touring bands which is great for not having to travel to Toronto. We have a lot of great local talent here to open up the shows. Some Hamilton punk bands that I’ve been listening to lately include: Wiggler and the Tiny Humans, Born Wrong, The Pre Nods, Web Society, NOT and The Steeltown Spoilers.
KW: Adelleda are a band, (I think), that works to include their fans in their shows, music, etc. How would you describe the band, in your own words?
SM: When I go see bands, I don’t want to just see music being played, I want a show! During an Adelleda set we want to give you a show. Our goal is to have everyone into it as much as we are. When everyone’s feet are on the ground at the same time, we know we must be off the stage. During our sets we invite our friends up to sing along (See our Bro Hymn cover by Pennywise). Often times the guys play from the crowd. One of these days I’m going to set my kit up from the crowd.
KW: Who are you listening to right now?
SM: I’ve been listening to a lot of Banner Pilot lately. I just saw them at the Fest and they dazzled me so much that I just had to have their whole discography. I guess it’s a custom at their shows for you to shake up your tall cans and spray each other in the crowd while they play.
You can check out Adelleda at: adelledapunk.bandcamp.com.
There, you can download their debut Herkimer Street and ‘5 Months In England’ from the E.P ‘Let’s Talk About Adelleda’ for free.
SOME BANDS TO WATCH:
The Drunken Knights.
I got a band pin from member Jsn ‘Disease’ Batista at this year’s Rebel Fest, (which falls in the spring), and was wondering what had become of the band. Well, I got my answer a few days ago in the form of this E.P. 5 tracks of crunchy guitars, thudding drums, a thundering bass, and enough topics to hook almost every kind of Punk listener. The E.P, entitled One Drunken Knight e.p, is available for free at: oithedrunkenknights.bandcamp.com
Playing with words, Rising Crust is a band that combines Hardcore and Metal; (awesome), and pizza is their theme. (Awesome too.) I got an e.p off their Bandc*mp page a while ago, but now there is only one song. Still, one song is better than none, as this track in particular seems to bring together elements of Punk, Metal, and even ambient music.
You can get a free track at: risingcrust.bandcamp.com
While a lot of Punk bands seem happy to play it loud, (and they sound great that way), Debt’d take it in the opposite direction. Sure, their sound is full and could be loud if turned up, but this is lo-fi at it’s best. Lyric-wise, this band covers A TON of content, from personal lives to not exactly loving authority.
Debt’d have 2 free releases, and they are available at: debtd.bandcamp.com.
SOME UPCOMING SHOWS:
Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans; and The F*ckholes, open for none other than Punk/ New Wave legends The Rezillos at This Ain’t Hollywood on November 23rd. I have a start time of 9pm and an admission price of around $20.
Dismantle, Debt’d, Born Wrong, and At What Cost play the 17th edition of Sunday Slamfest. Always reliable, admission is $6, bands start at 3pm, and the location is This Ain’t Hollywood. That’s Novermber 25th.
For more shows, I definitely recommend checking your local listings or asking friends. (The last one is especially interesting. Half the shows I go to aren’t even in listings and I wouldn’t know about if not for friends.)
This issue, I would like to thank:
The City Of Hamilton
The Province of Ontario
All my family
All my friends
Everyone who reads this zine, no matter what format they read.
This has been a Made Of Steeltown Publication.