Thunder Issue 16

*NOTE: Due to a mis-count, Simon Marshall’s issue wold have been Thunder Issue 15, not 13 as it is written. Sorry about that!

This interview, when it happened, could not have had me any more nervous.

Chris Walter, who is known as a writer of Punk Rock fiction and nonfiction, is someone I really respect.

As always in my mind though, I jumped to worst case scenario. (I call it my case of the ‘What Ifs?’)

What if I stumbled over my words so bad, I couldn’t get a sentence out; let alone an interview?

What if I had a really bad panic attack and had to leave? (It’s happened before.)

Or; an extreme What If:  What If Chris Walter was really snooty?

As usual, my worry blows thing way out of proportion. Chris was fantastic to interview, and it was great to meet a fellow writer.

*Note: I did this interview in two part. Asking some questions during the Q&A, and later on one on one.

During Q&A:

KW: I was wondering; I was told that you started out by writing a zine. What was your zine like? What was it about?

CW: In 1982, I was trying to hack it together on a borrowed typewriter and you know, my friend asked me ‘What are yo doing?’ And I told him, ‘I’m going to write a fan zine.’ And he said ‘What are you going to call it?’ and I said I’m going to call it ‘Pages Of Rage.’ So he said, ‘Oh, o.k.’ I thought for sure he was going to tell I was an idiot and that it was never going to work, because that’s what he generally used to tell me. But he didn’t discourage me for it, so we actually got it together. You know, we misspelled, mistyped, and we took it down to the library and collated the thing. I was surprised when we actually sold it all for a dollar a copy. You couldn’t do that nowadays, because alot of stuff is paid for by the advertising. The first few issues were really crappy photocopy jobs, but an overachiever friend of mine, he had it printed in a place in town that used offset printing, and we started doing runs of a thousand, distributing them all over North America. And I was surprised at the success we were getting. But then we realized it was alot like real work. And that was kind of a problem. So we stopped doing it. (Laughs in room.)

 

KW: How do you pick the bands you write about?

CW: I thought I’d pick bands maybe I knew personally. And bands I listen to. And SNFU, Personality Crisis, and DayGlo Abortions certainly fit those catrgories. I also wanted to cover Canadian bands first, but I’m not going to limit mysef to them. Personally, I’m running out of bands that fit the criteria, so my next book might be about a British or American band. But I wanted to cover the Canadian stuff that was important to me first.

 

During One On One:

KW: How do you get started when you start a story or subject? Do you start on paper, on a computer?….

CW: On a computer. I used to write stuff by hand before I had a computer, but that’s the hard way to do it. You know, I revise and edit so much, it’s carpal tunnel material.

KW: How do you pick a subject for a book that you’re working on?

CW: I try to go with what’s currently happening in the scene, and who’s active and put out a new album. I just listen around and see who’s doing what. You do stories around them, not some band that broke up 10 years ago. You know what I mean right? Isn’t that what you do?

KW: What made you want to write about SNFU?

CW: They’ve been around for 30 years, influenced people all over the world, hell I’ve known two of the members for 30 years so it made perfect sense to do it.

 

KW: What makes you want to write about Punk in Canada?

CW: I’ll write about Punk anywhere, but Canada is where I live. My next book might not be about a Canadian Punk band, but I wrote aboutte bands that were important to me first.

KW: I know you just completed a project, but I have to ask. Do you anything for a next book in mind?

CW: I have a few ideas. A few bands I’m considering. But I won’t say who they are until it’s finalized.

KW: You write fiction and nonfiction. Is there one genre you perfer?

CW: They’re both so different. Like fiction is great because you can explore your creativity. But I also like writing nonficition. It’s rewarding to do music biographies because you learn so much about the bands you like. It’s a learning process.

KW:Did you think that when you started writing it would ever come to this point?

CW: No. I had no idea. I was writing because I had nothing better to do. But I knew I had to do something because I felt like I was wasting my life.

(After that we exchanged good-byes, as Chris had to go.)

You can get Chris’s books here in Hamilton,Ontario, Canada at Crash Landing Punk and Music store or at Hammer City Records.

Or to get an idea of his books, hit up punkbooks.com

SOME BANDS TO WATCH:

Frankie and Jimmy.

Even though they are a duo, this pair kicks some major musical a*s. (They make as much noise as a band.)

They’re unique, as they aim to blend Punk and Classic Blues with guitar, a harmonica, and a voice that won’t be forgotten soon.

They have a free download. Their rendition of ‘Maggie Campbell Blues’ available on Bandcamp.com.

frankieandjimmy.bandcamp.com.

Dismantle.

A band I have yet to see, (and I look forward to when I do), Dismantle sounds like Hamilton. I know you probably ask how, but just go with me on this.  They’re Punk, they’re gritty, they’re great. And their 2 free downloads are available at:

dismantle.bandcamp.com

Spanner.

They’re from the U.K, but Spanner have been making waves in my scene. Quite a few people talk up this Ska-Punk band, and for good reason. Their music covers everything border patrols to the government and other important issues, all set to awesome music. They have a 13 track album up free at: rebeltimerecords.bandcamp.com

SOME UPCOMING SHOWS/ EVENTS:

As it’s the 3rd Tuesday of the month, the Lyric Theatre will be hosting it’s monthly Youth Poetry Slam and Open Mic. Not to mention it’s workshop with the featured poet. (This month it’s Lisa Slater.) Things kick off at 6pm for the workshop, 7pm for the poetry. Admission is $2 for 18 and under, $5 for 19 and over.

Janice Lee and The Free Rads play the Artword Artbar on January 18th with Lorimer Longhaul, Jon The Bassit and more. The event is Pay What You Can, and gets started at 8pm. I don’t know if it’s All-Ages or not.

Panzerfaust, Unbowed, Erimha, and Necrodios play the Doors Pub January 18th. It’s $12 at the door, $8 for advance tickets. (Advance tickets can be purchased at Dr. Disc or at Hammer City Records.) This event is 19+, and starts at 8pm.

In response to recent crimes that have taken place in the city, this months Slamfest (we’re at number 19. Awesome!) will have an anti-violence theme. I’m always a big advocate for Slamfest, but I especially encourage attending this one. Slamfest starts at 3pm, admission is $6, and this show is All-Ages.

This issue I would like to thank:

Chris Walter, for agreeing to be interviewed
Suzanne Kirkwood and Chris Crash for helping to get me this interview
My Mom and Dad
My Friends
Anyone who reads this zine
The City Of Hamilton

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Review Of NOT’s ‘Demo’.

NOT have changed a lot in the times I’ve seen them and heard their music. Their last few releases were more of a milder Hard-Core (to me). And they included more Ska and other influences.

This release, ‘Demo’, is rough, raw, and ragged. But that’s all in a good way. Think 80’s Hardcore.

A few things has always remained consistent, by the way.

-Their ability to put out amazing music

-Their ability to play beyond their age (All members are under college-age)

-The way they ‘own’ the stage when they are on it, so to speak.

 

1st Track: Pin.

Building up from a slower melody, ‘Pin’ gets going into a heavy thrasher. It seems to be about severed friendships and the feelings that go along with that, from what the lyrics are.

 

2nd Track: Species.

‘Species’, from what I take from the lyrics, is about violence. (‘Shoved in a bag/ Smashed to bits….)  It’s one of the angriest tracks on the album, and certainly speaks volumes; in both words and musical accompaniment.

 

3rd Track: Shivering.

A song that tells of a fight and fear, I found this third track the most relatable. The words, oddly enough, describe parts of what my panic attacks feel like. And the music had that chaos-y feel that my mind does while experiencing one.

 

4th Track: Larkhill.

 

I would have to say ‘Larkhill’ is a vindication track, just because of the lyrics. (‘You’ll think once/ you’ll think twice/ But now I know in the end I was right.) It also, to me, feels like the most ‘structured’ song on the album, despite what sound like laser effects and a chaotic undertone.

 

Review Of Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans ‘Scornucopia’.

For years, the Wiggler!?! name was kept up by one man who goes by his stage name Mr! Erik.

Aided by machines, Mr! Erik played in early incarnations of Wiggler!?! for years. He wrote and played his brand of hilarious, makes you think music. (If you ever get the chance, check out ‘The Pantload’ or ‘A Kama Sutra Of contrary Positions.’ Not only will you crack a few ribs, it will make you think about your world.)

But with the addition of the Tiny Humans, things have gotten even better. (The drum and bass player go by Tiny Red Human and Tiny Blue Human, respectively.)

With ‘Scornucopia’, Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans as a three-piece has started releasing albums. And it’s a perfect start. A four song, kicking E.P.

1st Track: The Kids Aren’t Getting Any Smarter.

Starting off solid, ‘The Kids Aren’t Getting Any Smarter’ isn’t about you might think. It’s about aging Punk Rockers who do the same music over and over and over with their bands. (As much as we can enjoy them, all Punks; and some outside the scene, can all name at least two bands who pull this stunt every few years. Or months.)

 

2nd Track: These Aren’t The Drones You’re Looking For.

One of the funnier, (but at the same time more serious tracks on the E.P), this song discusses the possibility of America invading Canada for its oil. It’s a great food-for-thought track. But you’ll also be laughing your a*s off as you listen to the little voice clips. (E.g: ‘Without the U.S, Canada is essentially Honduras. But colder, and less interesting.’)

 

3rd Track: Wiggler!?! Vs You.

It’s the stuff of legend here in Hamilton. Wiggler!?! vs Adelleda. Only one band will last.

In a totally good-natured way. The bands trade jokes, barbs, and apparently songs bashing each other nicely.

The core of this track? ‘We rock hard/ You rock hard/ Our milkshake brings all the boys to the yard/…. We rock harder than you do.’

 

4th Track: Threat From The Deep.

In the totally ridiculous/ awesome department, we have ‘Threat From The Deep.’

It’s a song about Zombie Ninja Pirates.

No jokes. No exaggerations. Just listen.

 

If you want to check out Scornucopia, or even download it, you can at:

wigglerandthetinyhumans.bandcamp.com

 

The 2012 Thunder Music Awards.

I think by now, most people who know me know two things:

1: I have a zine called Thunder.

2: Every year, I compile a list of what I personally think is the best in Ontario’s Punk and Alternative Rock. Whoever wins gets my unwavering support and some kind of candy in a golden wrapper to mark the occasion. (If I had the money for actual trophies, the zine probably wouldn’t exist.)

This was a, pardon my language, a fu*king fantastic year for music in Ontario. Metal, Punk, and much more filled the clubs, streets, and headphones. Whether you were taking in a free show this summer at one of many festivals, or taking in a show in the colder weather, you were sure to be in awe. (I know I was.)

Now, a few things. I’ve added some new categories for this year; I allowed for more ties, and I vow to hand out the momentos. (So bug me if you don’t get your gold-encased chocolate.)

Best Album (Punk) Tie:

Adelleda ‘Let’s Talk About Adelleda’

Born Wrong/ Klein96 Split 10″

Best Album (Non-Punk) Tie:

Gatling ‘Beforemath’

The Barettas ‘The Night Is Young’

Best Album Not From This Decade:

UXB ‘Tick Tock Boom’

Best Bassist (Female): Lindsay Campbell Beaudoin. (Rackula.)

 

Best Bassist (Male): John “Uprise” Kedini.   (The Pre-Nods.)

 

Best Guitarist (Female):Candice Skullian.    (Skullians.)

 

Best Guitarist (Male): Brandon Kummer.     (Web Society.)

 

Best Drummer (Female): Justine Cowie.                                                                                                                                                                                        (The Boys.)

 

Best Drummer (Male): Alex Sallas.                                                                                                                                                                                                (Gatling.)

 

Best Vocalist (Female): Samantha Rutherford.                                                                                                                                                                            (The Boys.)

Best Vocalist (Male): Glen Faulman.                                                                                                                                                                                                (The Steeltown Spoilers.)

Best Musician Who Plays An Instrument Uncommon To Their Genre:

Female: Alisun (no last available) Band: The Saints Are Coming. Instrument: Violin.

Male: Jim Fitzgerald. Band: The Pre-Nods. Instrument: Harmonica.

Best ‘Intense’ Performer: Nathan Ivanco. Band: NOT.

Best Duo: Frankie And Jimmy.

Best Band (All Members Under 25): NOT.

Best Band (That Sounds Like Another Decade): Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans.

Best Band (Mixed Gender): Skatalyst.

Best Band (All Members Over 25): The Steeltown Spoilers.

Best Band (Female-Led): Rackula.

Best Band (Male-Led): The Safety Collective.

Best Band (From Outside Of Hamilton): Armed And Hammered.

Best New Band: The Sketchbooks.

Best Band (Cover Band): The Krumones.

Best Band. (This Year. Period.): Web Society.

Best Song (Tie):

‘Champion’ Adelleda

‘Threat From The Deep’  Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans.

Best Band Name: Nothing Helper.

Best Album Name (Tie):

‘Lets Taco Boat Life’ NOT

‘Summertime Blues’ Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans

Best Solo Project (Tie):

Steve Hanson In Transit

Nathaniel Blizzard

Best Reunion:

Razor Eater.

Best Record Label (Tie):

Schizophrenic Records

Rebel Time Records

Best Event: Rebel Fest.

Best Way To Spend A Weekend: At a show.

Best Store (Punk Rock): Crash Landing.

Best Store (Non-Punk Rock): The Button Pushers.

Best Place For Rare Music (Tie):

Hammer City Records

Cheapies

Best Venue (Indoors): Crash Landing basement (R.I.P!)

Best Venue (Outdoors): Gage Park.

Best Festival (Tie):

It’s Your Festival (New Music Expo)

Burlington Sound Of Music

Best Venue Outside The City: The Horseshoe Tavern.

Best Idea: Zines Becoming Widespread Again.

 

Even though they did not win, I would like to thank the following bands/ artists. I’ve been listening to them all year, and I think they’re fantastic. I encourage everyone to check them out!

Stick and Bone

Nanochrist

Weekend Riot Club

T.V Freaks

Thunderdykes

Trampled By Turtles

The Cola Heads

The Stragglers

Paul Federici

Theatre Crisp

The Waterbodies

The Snips

Sondra Du Ville

Snakecharmer

Poison Spur

Gag Order

Bourbon DK

The Safety Collective

Slender Loris

Swords Of Texas

Sailboats Are White

Paper Lions

Senile Feline

Social Club No. 27

Ophelia Syndrome

Mean Tangerine

The Lucky Ones

Gabrielle Papillion

Emma Hill And Her Gentlemen Callers

Greasemarks

Devils Hotrod

Charlotte Cornfield

The Balconies

The Rebel Arms

Alert The Medic

Aetherborn

413s

Hold A Grudge

Nine Eleven

The Dinner Belles

Brixton Robbers (R.I.P!)

Jesse LeBourdais

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Darcy Hepner Jazz Band

Problem Children

Hockey Teeth

Sexbeast

What’s Coming Up In Ontario.

*Note: All prices are in Canadian funds.

 

I was thinking recently about two things.

1: We don’t have much of the year left.

2: I haven’t written recently about upcoming shows.

So I decided to gather up a bunch of dates that I knew about and put them up. I’ve seen a lot of the local bands before, so when I say a show by them would be worth seeing, take a woman at her word.

 

In the Legendary category, the Misfits play Toronto. Tonight. The venue is the Opera House, and if you feel like trying to get in, go for it! I have the start time at 6:30pm, and there are quite a few opening bands. (I only know tickets are available at Rotate This. I don’t have any information on prices.)

 

On October 26th, Witch Mountain, Swords Of Texas, Quiet Lakes, and Castle play the Doors Pub. Tickets are $10 in advance, (you can get them at Hammer City Records or Dr Disc) or $15 at the door. The show starts at 10pm.

 

Also on October 26th, there is Hallowpunk at the 460 in Toronto. Bourbon DK, The Skullians, The Rebel Arms and more play the event. It’s a 19+ show and admission is $5.

 

October 27th is this year’s Zombie Walk date!  There’s the walk, a public wedding, and more; so please check out hamiltonzombiewalk.com to plan your day! Also, please remember food for the food drive. There’s admission for some activities. (But it’s mostly under $20.)

 

Sunday Slamfest 16 happens on October 28th at This Ain’t Hollywood. It’s $6 to get in, bands go on at 3pm, and it’s All-Ages. This will be a bittersweet show, as this is Web Society’s last before they take a hiatus. They play alongside Social Divorce, The Noble Savages, and Slender Loris.

 

To celebrate Halloween, the folks at the Bovine Sex Club are throwing a Punk show. Costumes are welcome, it’s 19+, doors open at 9pm, and it’s FREE! Who’s playing? The Skullians, Black Cat Attack, and a few more.

 

Another awesome, completely FREE show takes place the same night. (Why does that always happen?)  Frankie and Jimmy, Lab Rats Assemble, and D*Files play This Ain’t Hollywood on October 30th. Show is 19+ and costumes are welcome.

 

The actual day, (and appropriately, night), of Halloween, there are at least 3 different shows to go to. Doors Pub is having a Goth/Fetish party; with candy, a horror movie marathon, and prizes for best costumes. It’s $10 admission, things kick off at 8pm, and the event is 19+.

 

This Ain’t Hollywood hosts an electronica dance party for Halloween, with Ark Analog, Dex, and more. It’s $5 to get in before 10pm, $8 after. I don’t know if this event is All-Ages or 19+.

 

Napalm Death play the Opera House on the 1st of November with municipal Waste, Vektor, and Exhumed. That’s about all I know right now though, so if you’re heading out, Go*gle the bands or check the venue for things like prices, age requirements, etc.

 

Gatling play the All-Star Bar and Grill in Brampton November 3rd. (The address is 73 Bramalea Road, Brampton. For those of you like me, that know their hometown; but after that get hopelessly lost.) Joining them is Skatalyst, Ravyn’s Fall, and quite a few more. Tickets are $10, and I don’t know if this is All-Ages or not. As always, check before you head out.

 

Also happening November 3rd, Hangman Pinata play the Doors Pub with Meathook, Miner69er, and Bad Logic. (For now. More bands are to be announced, according to my information.)  This show is 19+, costs $5, and gets started at 9pm.

 

November the 10th, Gag Order play Charlie’s in Brantford. (43 Oak Street, Brantford.) This is their bass player’s last show, so it’s sort of a send-off party/show, too. Playing alongside them are End Program, Hangman Pinata, and Hooker Spit. This show is 19+, and things get started 9pm. Admission is $5.

 

Punk and New Wave legends The Rezillos play This Ain’t Hollywood November 23rd. Rounding out the show are Wiggler!?! and The Tiny Humans, and The Fuckholes. I don’t know how much tickets will be, or if the show is All-Ages or 19+, so definitely check This Ain’t Hollywood’s site.

 

What’s better than an awesome Punk show?  Helping to give a kid a holiday.                                                                                                                       Burly Calling is having it’s annual Toy Drive on the 6th of December, and if you donate a new toy; you get to see The Spicoli’s, Adelleda, and more!  (Admission is $5 without a toy. This event is 19+. Things kick off at 9pm at Joe Dog’s Burlington. 531 Brant Street, Burlington.)

 

That’s all I know about for now. I hope everyone gets out and enjoys themselves!

 

Review Of The September 30th Slamfest.

*NOTE: The following are the opinions of the person providing them, and are protected under the Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms, Section 2 B.

**Note: All possible research has been done regarding the incident readers will read about when they come to the section about Armed and Hammered.

Recently, I noticed Sunday Slamfest, (the local monthly Punk show in my city), has been happening for 15 months. (And we’re close to another one.)

I say ‘I noticed’ because I’m peculiar person. I know anniversaries and birthdays, but I get busy having fun at events.

The result is the full awe or impact usually hits me after the event in a quiet moment by myself.

(E.g: ‘Wow. This is event 15? That’s amazing. I’m so happy for them and proud.’)

And the above was what I was feeling. I saw the bands who would be playing, who was there, and thought “They’ve done it again. Another great show.”

1st band: At What Cost.

Kicking off the afternoon, and it’s very political undertone, At What Cost went on first.

They’re always fantastic to see, because they always make you think. Their lyrics touch on themes of censorship, economics, oppression, and more.

But at the same time, they are catchy as hell. I dare anyone to listen to songs such as ‘Feels Like 1984’ and not get it stuck in their head.

Their musicianship hits just the right level too, being hard-hitting enough to feel like the kick we all need; while being appealing enough to keep anyone interested coming back for another round.

10 out of 10.

 

2nd Band: Gag Order.

Gag Order, to me, are a great example of modern Hardcore.

Most songs clock in at under 3 minutes. The instrumentation is hard-hitting. And while their songs are short, their lyrical content covers so much. Corrupt government, modern technology, lying. (And that’s just what I can think of from my MP3 player.)

They’re really one of those bands you absolutely have to see live. There’s no other way to say it.

You have to see the crowd interaction with your own eyes. You have to feel the instruments humming through the amp and your feet.

But mostly, you have to hear those songs with your own ears.

10 out of 10.

 

3rd Band: Armed and Hammered.

I’ll admit it. When I heard Armed and Hammered would be playing this past Slamfest, I felt my half giddy/half anxious feeling.

Controversy has followed this band ever since 1995. (They were part of an AIDS benefit concert to raise money for the cause. They said  something as part of a routine, and while I can see how people would be hurt, I believe it was part of that routine. I don’t think the band meant any ill-intent, especially when the words are placed with the rest of the routine. But as always, I can’t speak for anyone and they can’t speak for me. I can only know why I do things, and I believe that is true for everyone.)

Now, as for the show I attended, it was eventful and uneventful at the same time. (Which was perfect.)

It was uneventful in the way that no bad controversy happened. (No one misinterpreted anything, no one replaced the Armed and Hammered performance with an R.E.M video, etc.)

And it was eventful in the way that I’ve gotten to see yet another amazing Canadian Punk band. The band has been going, in some form or another, since 1989.

Seeing this band, like seeing any of the Greats, was like seeing a wonder of the world.

10 out of 10.

Review Of The Safety Collective & Web Society at Homegrown Hamilton.

*Note: I did a few things in one night, so I’ll be doing one of my rare combination reviews.

There are some nights in Hamilton. I don’t know where they’ll take me, and I’m glad they went that way.

I had one such night on the 12th.

After viewing artist Pat Bellamy’s latest collection at Hammer City Records, I headed to Homegrown Hamilton to see The Safety Collective and Web Society. (The poster had the show tagged as ‘2 bands, 3 hours of music’ or something along that line. So I was all for going.)

Along with a great show by the artist and the bands, I got a preview of a new zine, I tried my hand at bass, and stumbled on either the beginning or end of a secret show.

This was my night:

1st event: Viewing Pat Bellamy’s collection.

The style of Pat Bellamy, no matter the medium he chooses to expresses himself in, demands either a good long look or a couple of quick takes where you see something different each time.

The reason?  The art contains a lot. Little jokes. Great colours. Things we can relate to. And that’s just what I’m took away from it. As with all art, I’m sure others see different things from me, and I’m sure Pat himself has a completely different take as the actually creator of the collection.

The collection is fantastic, and I encourage everyone to see it before the next Art Crawl. It’s on display at Hammer City Records. (228 James St. North.)

2nd event: Seeing A Little Bit Of A Secret Show.

I won’t reveal the band, (it’s a secret), but I got to see the either the end or beginning of their show in the alleyway of Hammer City Records. While I obviously wish I could have seen more, it was really fun to stumble into something I hadn’t even been looking for. That’s what I think adventures are.

3rd Event: Receiving and reading the preview of Clusterbomb.

Along with being the drummer of Web Society, Stephen Petrina is also a great artist and has a fantastic way with words. He’s been talking about doing a zine for a while, and I’ve been waiting impatiently for a while.

Well, the preview for the zine finally got here. And let’s say I’m waiting impatiently again. For the first issue. (The preview was telling everyone what they could expect, some drawings, and the like.)  I think Clusterbomb is going to be good.

4th Event: Seeing The Bands.

This was the last part of my night, and I had expected it to be quiet and a sit-down kind of event. Not so, and that isn’t a bad thing.

1st Band: Web Society.

I’ve seen Web Society a fair number of times, and the best sets are always the ones where they mix things up.

The night of Art Crawl, the band had one of those sets. They gave one of the best performances I’ve seen them give. (Rivaled only by their hometown Stoney Creek show.) They played much of their ‘Gutter’ demo material, which I thought was awesome. (Those songs are my personal favorites of theirs.) And the three generally kicked ass through their words and instruments.

It’s not often I’ll give a show Historical status, but there you have it. Web Society had a set that I’ll keep in my Historical files. (Believe me, it’s a select few.)

10 out of 10.

 

2nd Band: The Safety Collective.

Lest anyone get the wrong idea, The Safety Collective was not to be out-done.

Singer Stephen James Hanson was sick, but he played awesomely to the end of the set. The other two band members were no slack-a*ses either. The drummer broke out a mini hip-hop set, and the bass player was lightning quick and capable when it came to switching between all three instruments.

And that’s what I think the band’s two strengths are. Switching, and social activism.

They change instruments regularly. They mix genres.  All the vocal stylings are different. But in-between songs, and the songs content themselves, talk about either our city or world; and what can be done to make it better.

But if two things also remain the same for The Safety Collective, it’s that they seem to put their fans enjoyment and knowledge first.

I’m giving this set a Historical stamp too. I’ve never seen live hip-hop before, I’m all for a good cause, and I love awesome music.

10 out of 10.