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Render Useless was Victoria's most important and passionate hardcore band when it came to the Do It Yourself and Do It Together ethics. They tirelessly encouraged others to form bands and get active in the scene and repeatedly toured Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, playing small towns and inspiring many. They put out one 7" on Slow To Burn Records, the most consistent Victoria hardcore and punk label, as well as several other 7" records and a discography CD on Clue #2 Records. I'll be writing more about Render Useless and Slow To Burn in the future.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Excerpts from Boston's "Weekday" People Are Talking "Punk Rock 1982 episode" In order of appearance; Christine Steele, Rick Andrews (The Freeze), Jonathan Anastas (DYS), Julie Angermann (Impact Unit) , Dave Smalley (DYS), The late great Al Ford (Owner Gallery East), Drew Stone (The Mighty C.O's), Katie "The Kleening Lady" Goldman, Walter Gustafson (The Outlets), Bob "Furapples" Hatfield (F.U.'s) . Also in the audience; Duane Lucia, Springa, Michael McDonald, Mike Dean, Steve Grimes, Etc.
This is the original version of the Vancouver punk anthem later re-recorded by the Subhumans (who featured ex-Stiffs Gerry Hannah and Mike Graham) and has been covered by DOA, Screeching Weasel, Overkill and many others
Recorded in May 1978 but was never released until 1991 when the song appeared on the double-CD compilation "Last Call: Vancouver Independent Music 1977-1988"
Monday, 14 January 2013
"The ‘y’ in d.i.y. is do it yourself, you know? If there’s no venues that just means nobody is looking."
by Sarah Berman
Vacant State | photo by Sarah Charrouf
It’s an unlikely home for a hardcore band. La Casa del Artista first opened in 2006 for the purpose of showcasing live mariachi music. A towering mustard-coloured building on the corner of Main and 3rd Ave, it’s on the back steps that I first meet three members of Vacant State: Terry Wilk (vocals), Adam Mitchell (guitar) and Chris “Gustav” Gustafson (bass). Relocating to their ground-floor jam space, we sat down (on the floor) to discuss Vancouver’s punk scene, all-ages venues and their debut long player Fill the Void [...]
Read the rest of the interview here
Thursday, 3 January 2013
Sparkmarker / Carpenter / Narrows
Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC, September 28
Reviews - Concert - Sep 29, 2012
By Jason Schreurs
What Sparkmarker meant to the early-to-mid-'90s hardcore scene in Vancouver can't be properly put into words. They were the band that scene members at the time all looked up to, often emulated and were constantly inspired by. Seeing Sparkmarker back on stage was akin to a punk rock high-school reunion (singer Ryan Scott joked as such) — except this reunion at the Rickshaw Theatre featured gang sing-alongs, a cast of punk-scene success stories and an abundance of touching moments. Lumps were in throats most of the night [...]
Read the rest of the article at exclaim.ca