Thursday, December 31, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

"When the opening band breaks out I'm gonna lose my mind!"



Video courtesy of THE DISTRACTION.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


This post is dedicated to 6 or 7 bands that broke up this year.

THE BEACH BLANKETS played amped up 50's rock n' roll. There most memorable and also unmemorable shows were a fury of drunken antics coming from the singers while the rest of the band stood back and kept the music and the beat driving. They played their first show on November 22nd 2008 at the Rocker Room for Holy Cobras' tape release show. They played their last show this summmer on August 26th at Leaky Pipes since Andrew was moving back to Calgary.

ZEBRASSIERES was definitely one of my favorite local bands during the short time that they were around.Featuring two ex-Calgarians that moved here in the fall. They played insanely catchy punk with a Devo feel. I loved this band an insane amount. They broke up because Sarah left for Calgary which made everyone sad. They played their first show on april 17th which was MOTHER'S CHILDREN's 7" release party. They played GAGA WEEKEND 2 in June and played 3 shows in July one of which was their last show ever. The only thing that makes me not want to die is the fact that their recording should be resurfacing VERY soon and I'll be able to listen to their songs whenever I want.
Here's a video from their first show. It isn't very good quality but I'll take it.

There's a really great video of them playing GAGA WEEKEND 2 here but you might not be able to see it if you aren't on facebook.

THE FELINES were Ottawa's girl group extraordinaire. They played garage/surf rock and played a lot of instrumentals and covers. They played tons of shows and recorded a bunch of songs. They had one song come out on the GAGA COMPILATION and also have a posthumous cassette coming out on BRUISED TONGUE of the lp they recorded but weren't able to put out before they broke up. They played their last show at GAGA WEEKEND 2.

FUCKED CORPSE also came to an untimely end. They have been around for several years in several different incarnations but the most recent line-up was definitely the best by far in my opinion. They played their last show not even really knowing that that show would end up being their last. Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, their last show was definitely one of the best I've seen from them. A particularly intense and charged show which took place in their home base Leaky Pipes. Here's an old video of them playing their old home base 59 Argyle.

SAVAGE CRIMES also called it quits this year. They played trashy garage punk and Todd was an incredibly entertaining front man. They formed out of the ashes of the SWEET JANES with a couple members starting the HOLY COBRAS and the Jesse and Todd starting SAVAGE CRIMES. They played their first show at ROCK N' ROLL PIZZA PARTY in MARCH 2008 opening up THE VISITORS cd release show. After a while, the original drummer was replaced with Matt Cosgrove and then the band really took off in my opinion. They released a rager of a tape on BRUISED TONGUE but I always preferred the newer stuff that they were playing that didn't appear on the tape. One of those songs was on the OTTAWA GAGA compilation. Their last show was the same night as FUCKED CORPSE's last show and I remember them sounding really good that night so they also went out on a high note.
The only video of them I could find is them covering THE CRYPTOMANIACS "eyeballs" at the MOTHER'S CHILDREN 7" release show.

NERVOUS SYSTEM shared a drummer with FUCKED CORPSE & SAVAGE CRIMES and similarly bit the dust when Cosgrove moved away. I'm spotting a bit of a trend here. They played awesome wild swirling guitar rock and put out a mostly improvised tape on BRUISED TONGUE called "Burning White Light" that was recently re-issued and looks amazing. Pick one up today! Also, I gave this band their name and I'm officially stealing it back and will use it again a few years from now.

MILLION DOLLAR MARXISTS also sort of called it quits this year. They were more or less done and then reunited for the first GAGA WEEKEND then a year later for the second GAGA WEEKEND and a few months later played a couple of shows as part of an art show with their good friend DIRTY DONNY back in October. I'm assuming this show was the final nail in the coffin.

While crawling around searching for videos I found a cool video documenting some of the bands playing the Saturday day and night shows of GAGA WEEKEND 2 and features 3 of the bands I've just eulogized.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

We Destroy The Family: Punk Vs Parents!

"Just cause we're different they have a spazz attack!"

"Now they are punks and it's a big problem."

"Unfortunately by the time she had satisfied her curiosity with punk, she became a punk."

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Creatures Are Stirring!

Last night was a really fun time. Thanks to everyone who came out to check out CHANDELIERS and BIG DICK. You won't be hearing from them for several months so if you missed out, you won't be seeing them for a while.

Don't forget about the show at ROCK N' ROLL PIZZA PARTY tonight!


I haven't seen THE GIRLFRIENDS in a long time so I'm looking forward to hearing some new stuff and MOTHER'S CHILDREN hasn't played in months so it's gonna be great to see them again.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We ended up....

I've been watching this video a bunch lately. Didn't really know much about LANCE LOUD/MUMPS before this but definitely worth looking into.

Don't forget BIG DICK/CHANDELIERS at Babylon tonight! 10 pm! It's gonna get wild!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Spent a slow moving Sunday watching Archers of Loaf videos. You probably don't care. This one's for me.

"Web In Front" - Icky Mettle

"Might" - Icky Mettle

"What Did You Expect" - 7"

"Lowest Part Is Free" - Vs. The Greatest Of All Time

"Harnessed In Slums" - Vee Vee

"Underachievers March And Fight Song" - Vee Vee

Friday, December 18, 2009


Couple of things going on this Saturday....

SEASON'S BEATINGS is a night of holiday insanity. Tons of insane things going on...

"Season's Beatings Christmas Recital
Sat Dec 19 Irenes Ottawa.

MANPOWER (12 - 1)
THUNDER UNCLE (9:30 - 10)

> Manadian Meat tree decorating
> Dog Fight - Hot dog eating contest
> Colouring Contest
> Celebrity xmas messages

---Plus Plus---
Manadian Idol - Sex Pistols Edition:
Nick Shaw (buried Inside)
Mary Ellis (singer song writer, sexual overtones burlesque)
The Unknown Wrestler (from parts unknown)
Who will be the next Manadian Idol?"

Should be a blast!

If you live in Centretown you will probably want to stay warm and have a blast at MELTIN' POT.

"The snow is here so come kick it off your winter moonstompin' boots on the Meltin' Pot dancefloor to the endless flow of vintage underplayed ska soul stompers, garage rockers, boppin' blues & boogaloo, afro, yé yé, mod monsters, rocksteady riddims & funky four corners,
provided by...

DJ Mark N. (RRPP, Bloozenight, Rocksteady Cool Thurs.)
DJ Whitey (Ska/Soul/Rock&Roll Soundystem)
DJ Ska-t (Ska/Soul/Rock&Roll, Jet Set '68, Rocksteady Cool Thurs)
DJ Stéphane The Man (Boozeday, Jet Set '68, Up For A Downslide)

Enjoy a few pints of the Atomic Roosters' Holiday cheer from the excellent selection of euro brews on tap or by the can."

Atomic Rooster (303 Bank st.) Starts at 9:30.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Here are a couple of videos from a great Swedish band called MASSHYSTERI.

Here's the video for MONOTON TID

and here's the video for TVIVEL

Both of these songs appear on their self-titled 7" as well as on their lp VAR DEL AV STAN both of which came out on NY VAG RECORDS.

Here's an interview I did with them that originally appeared in STANDARD ISSUE #7.


THE BORDER. If there's one thing that makes me uncomfortable and gives me an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach it's crossing the border that divides Canada and the U.S.A. Probably rooted in the fact that crossing the border with a band is the scariest thing ever because if you get caught, fun's over. You won't be crossing anytime soon. I found myself having to cross the border to go see MASSHYSTERI from Umea, Sweden because, surprise surprise, they didn't want to have to deal with that gut ache either. Fair enough. Since they weren't coming to play anywhere near here, we borrowed a friend's van and filled it with a small group of people excited to go see one of the best punk bands going today. It's all fun and games until we reach the border and are asked to pull in. We are asked how we know each other, what we do for a living, why I don't have my own vehicle and how do I even get to work without one? They go through our passports thoroughly, checking our records one by one. Someone's name matches a convict or a missing person in Texas or something but it's dismissed quickly thankfully. After what seems like an interminable wait we are granted the privilege to enter their wonderful country. I'm intrigued by the fact that President Obama's picture was oddly not present just an old nail where the picture of the last president once proudly overlooked the waiting room. We drive to Syracuse, hoping that we haven't missed them. We get there as the second last band is finishing their last couple of songs. Perfect. MASSHYSTERI deliver an awesome set comprised of most of the songs from their lp and 4 songs from their previous band THE VICIOUS. The crowd reaction seems pretty mild. I like the fact that the 7 of us are the ones up front having a good time but it just reminds me that without that border the band could have maybe come to our city where the reaction would have been much better. After the set I asked ROBERT (guitar, vocals) and ERIK (drums) a couple of questions...

What was the transition between MASSHYSTERI and THE VICIOUS like?

Robert : It was natural. One led right into another.

Was there a clear break-up or was there always a plan to start a new band?

Robert : THE VICIOUS kind of led to an end. We grew into each other. At the time THE VICIOUS was ending, the other band was starting.

Was using a VICIOUS song title as a band name intentional to tie the two bands?

Robert: I just think it was a good name for a band in Swedish. During the U.S. tour I started thinking about singing in Swedish instead of English. I didn't spend much time writing lyrics for THE VICIOUS. I just wrote it then sang it for people who spoke English much better than I did. Then I was like" why am I doing this to myself and I started writing in Swedish and that's how it evolved.

It seems like a lot of bands from Sweden are starting to sing in Swedish. Did a lot of the bands in Umea talk amongst each other ? I know the LOST PATROL BAND (who Robert plays bass for - ed.) is now singing solely in Swedish.

Robert : We were the first band to change from English to Swedish. We did that for a while and it felt pretty good. People started to get the point of singing your own words. About the LOST PATROL BAND starting to sing in Swedish - I talked to Dennis a bunch and told him it's better to sing in Swedish because he has a lot to say and it's better to sing in Swedish to express those thoughts than come up with a bunch of clichés.

Erik : Many people get influenced by each other. I think it's just one of those things. People in Sweden will see someone singing in Swedish and will say "Hey, I can relate to this." When bands sing in English I can't really relate to it.

Do you think bands sing in English to be accepted on a wider scale? Or is mostly because punk rock is generally sung in English so they just follow suit?

Robert : English is kind of a natural rock n' roll language and for a lot of people it's not natural to sing in Swedish.

Erik - Many people want to reach an international audience and they'd like to tour so it may be easier if they sing in English.

It seems like Swedish punk is getting a lot of recognition in North America and Swedish bands are getting popular there. Did the fact that you already had a focus on you help to change to Swedish knowing that people would follow along?

Robert : I didn't think anything about a career move or anything like that. I just felt like I had to do something true to myself. People can like it if they want to. If they don't, I'm fine with that too.

Did your lyrical subjects change at all?

I started singing a lot more about feelings and personal stuff. It's a lot easier to describe feelings in the words that you use when you're experiencing them.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Calendar

Here's what's going on that may be of interest to you if you read this thing...

DEC 23rd: BIG DICK (first show! ex-M$M/Van Johnson) & CHANDELIERS @ BABYLON. 10pm/19+/Donations.

DEC 24th: MOTHER'S CHILDREN (first show in months) & THE GIRLFRIENDS @ RRPP (Atomic Rooster). 10pm/19+

Dec 25th: Drinking at the Dom.



Dec 28th: THE WHITE WIRES (2 year anniversary/last show for a long time), THE VISITORS & PEACH KELLI POP (2nd show/last show for a long time) @ BYTOWN TAVERN (Yuk Yuk's). 10pm/19+/$5

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Terminal Love

BORED TO DEATH was fun last night. It was great to hang out and listen to great punk songs all night. I'm looking forward to checking it out again next time it happens.

I'm in love with TERMINAL LOVE by THE BOYS. Such a great song!

Also, I didn't realize it but the post I made with THE VISITORS video was my 200th! Holy Crap! It's been almost two years that I've been posting on here. Crazy!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


THE VISITORS have their very own official music video! The video is for the song "Cruisin'!" from their Lost On The Globe cd. It is a triumph of modern cinema and will probably be talked about for centuries. Make sure to watch it in HD!

Don't forget to come see THE VISITORS play with PEACH KELLI POP and THE WHITE WIRES at the Bytown Tavern on the 28th!!!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bored To Death

There is a new monthly Punk DJ night called BORED TO DEATH that is starting this Friday at Ritual. The night is being hosted by four guys who definitely know their way around good punk records so I'm looking forward to hearing what they have to spin.

I've never been to Ritual so I'm interested to see what the set up is like and how a night like this works out in a nightclub like that.

Here's what they have to say:

"Your good looking friends Dan, Ken, Ian & Mike are spinning nothing but punk hits and rarities in the basement at Ritual. This is going to be a monthly event, happening on the second Friday of each month.

Cover is $2, but don't fret because bottles of Labbatt 50 are $4 and shots of Jäger are $4.25. A price you won't find anywhere else on a Friday night aside from your dad's basement!

This edition is a toy/non-perishable food drive so please bring a little something for the less fortunate kids so they aren't "Bored To Death" on Christmas.

Ritual is located at the corner of Besserer & Dalhousie."

See you there!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Big Dick.


They are a bass and drum duo that plays some pretty wild songs that are pretty full sounding despite having so few members. They've got a few songs you can hear by clicking HERE.

They also have their first show ever coming up at the end of the month on December 23rd at Babylon with CHANDELIERS. Do not miss it because they won't be playing for a while after this so it might be your one chance to see them!