Thunder Issue 17

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
song? Check.
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
chorus.
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.

Thunder Issue 15

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

Rising Crust.

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

Debt’d.

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:

Simon Marshall

Adelleda

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.

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 ‘Punk In The Creek’ Matinee.

(*Note: Everything contained in this review, whether details of the musical performance or the reactions of the audience, are as written. There have been no exaggerations.)

I acknowledge this review is late.

Usually, I write a review a day after a show. (If I have received a migraine from the glorious noise, it will be 3 days. At most.)

The reason for the delay?

I couldn’t think of what to say to fully describe what I saw and heard.

So below is the best I can do. But I don’t feel as if I’ve captured how spectacular the Punk In The Creek matinée was.

Last Saturday, I went to Stoney Creek for a Punk show. And it was one of those shows that had to be experienced in person. The bands were in great form. The sound was terrific. The atmosphere was amazing.

But mostly, the people responded in a way I would expect of a huge concert, and I saw that Stoney Creek is another place in Ontario that can be a fertile home for Punk.

This was easily one of the 10 best Punk shows I have EVER been too. I hope host Brandon Kummer organizes more matinees, as the audience was a force that seemed eager for more Punk Rock. (And I include myself in that count.)

1st Band: Web Society.

The vocals were clear and sharp. Brandon Kummer’s guitar shredded. Stephen Petrina’s drums pounded. And the bass of Jeffrey Mills thudded. And yet something was different this time.

There was a ferocity and drive that seemed to present itself at unprecedented levels, and it was incredible to witness. Web Society were superbly in their element, and at the best I’ve ever seen and heard them.

For a long time, Web Society was known as a Pop-Punk band. But to see their set on Saturday was to hear a band that was Punk Rock and nothing else.

This was an amazing home-town set, and of a variety I’ve seen all too rarely. (Guest Simon Marshall, of Adelleda, joined the guys for a song and added a cool touch to the already great set.) For people who don’t believe hometown shows make a difference, this was proof.

10 out of 10.

2nd band: The Rebel Arms.

I’ll admit, I was surprised when I heard that the Rebel Arms would be playing this matinée. I thought, for his first effort as an organizer, Mr Kummer would stick with Stoney Creek bands.

But he didn’t, and the Grimsby four-piece took to the stage in one of their most intense shows.

Lead singer Bobby Dell was red in the face and yelling some of the lyrics. While remaining melodic, the music was at the most Hard-Core I’ve ever heard it. The rest of the band was at the best I’ve ever heard them. But coolest of all, Adelleda’s Steve Vos guested as a stand-up drummer. While the Rebel Arms drummer and singer beat on other parts of the kit. That was a hint of the craziness to come later in the evening.

10 out of 10.

3rd Band: NOT.

NOT has always been a great band.

They’ve got a unique sound. (Ska-Punk-Jazz. Skapazz?)

They’re from Stoney Creek, but they come to Hamilton and play killer shows.

And they’re young, but they put more into their shows than some people who are older than them.

But last Saturdays set? HOLY F**K.

Lead singer Nathan Ivanco, who seemed to be taking a cue from the Snakecharmer school of intensity, actually dove into the crowd and yelled lyrics into the face of a friend/ fan.

And the sheer movement of people!

They had massive mosh pits. They came on-stage to guest on songs. And they dove off stage. Nothing stopped moving until the band’s music was done.

This was NOT’s best set, by far. No question.

10 out of 10.

4th Band: Adelleda.

While they tout themselves as a Hamilton band, the fact remains that some members of Adelleda are from Stoney Creek.

So it was interesting to see what they would play like in a home environment.

But while they seemed excited to be playing a home show, they did as they always do. They gave the set their all.

Guitarists Steve Vos and Chris Allan were, as they usually are, the formidable guitar duo providing great riffs.

Drummer Simon Marshall threw out his infectious, thunderous drum beats. (With a ton of energy, despite doing guest vocals on a few sets and moshing much of the night.)

Lead vocalist Adam Shea took a different approach to the night, and spent much of the set in the pit. Even with the going, Adam’s vocals came out great.

Bassist Kevin March’s work was impressive. His bass pounded the air loud and clear.

Alot of craziness ensued with Adelleda’s set. I got to guest on some songs. People threw a couch. Everyone in the audience came on-stage to sing the final song.

In short, Adelleda didn’t disappoint.

10 out of 10.

I would like to thank Brandon Kummer for organizing this show, the interview he gave, and the treatment I received as the photographer. It was an awesome show Brandon , and I hope to see more!

Punk In Church?! It’s Happening Tomorrow In Stoney Creek.

(*Note: The following is meant to be funny. The facts and events are real, but humor is humor and that alone. And as always, it’s covered by the Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms, Section 2 B.)

Near Hamilton, there exists a municipality. It’s name is Stoney Creek, and it’s famous for being a major defense site of the war of 1812.

And while we from Hamilton know that musicians, particularly those of the Punk ilk can come from Stoney Creek, we were mystified to hear that a Punk show could happen there.

(Stoney Creek Punk bands are playing their hometown? And even bringing in bands from other cities? What witchcraft is this?!)

But it was announced some weeks ago, and it’s happening tomorrow.

Organized by Web Society’s guitarist and lead vocalist Brandon Kummer, Stoney Creek will have a Punk show. And musicians from the municipality will play there. (The members of Web Society, NOT, and some of Adelleda are all from the area.)

The show will be taking place at Stoney Creek United Church. (1 King Street West, Stoney Creek.)

$5 will get you in, and the first band goes on at 7:30pm.

 

Band times are as such:

Web Society: 7:30pm

Rebel Arms: 8:15pm

NOT: 9:00pm

Adelleda: 9:45pm.

 

I will be going to gawk at the Creekers, I mean document like a professional. And I suggest everyone that can get out do it. It’s rare to see actual Punk Rock in a church. But it’s more rare to see Stoney Creek residents play their hometown.