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.