On episode 13, one of the founding members and lead shouter of the renowned anarcho-punk band CRASS, Steve Ignorant, discusses the protest songs they wrote over 40 years ago, which he continues to perform.
“Sad thing is, those songs are still relevant; you’ve just got to change a few politicians’ names.”
On episode 11, ex-Chumbawamba member Dunstan Bruce speaks about the contemplation of his place in this world through his contemporary art, whether it’s singing with his new band Interrobang‽, treading theatre stages in his one-person show, Am I Invisible Yet? or scrutinizing his place in the Chumbawamba legacy in the film, I Get Knocked Down. (All images copyright Dunstan Bruce)
On January 20, after a two-hour drive to escape the Conservative-infested political ridings of midwestern Ontario, salvation was found in a crowded basement near downtown Barrie listening to some of Canada’s most relevant punk bands climbing from Infinity Zero.
Yes, please, I’m trying to quit quitting.
The Matadors’ Halloween event with The Dead Souls and Chachi On Acid at Palasad Social Bowl in London left me wondering, should I bother?
And, if I bother, what is next?
On Sept. 8, the evening before the official release of MVLL CRIMES 12” EP “YOU EMBVRRVSS ME,” lead singer Jillian Clair took the opportunity to avoid helping her bandmates to load in for a show at Doors Taco Joint and Metal Bar in Hamilton, Ontario, instead having a conversation with Woodstein Media. The chat took some unexpected turns as connections through the music and zine community were discussed in a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon way, which led to as much talk about the reporter’s accomplishments as the new MVLL CRIMES release. You have been warned.
In an era when we hear people, predominantly aging white men, whining about cancellation, it would have been easy to see one of the greatest Canadian purveyors of offence, the Dayglo Abortions, digging their heels in but that’s not where the new album hits the audience, and it hits hard.
Concert halls, bars, basements and other dingy venues are beginning to shake and shimmy with the sounds of rebellion again. Canadian punk legends D.O.A, The Anti-Queens and Blackout! hit Maxwell’s in Waterloo on Sept. 22, and it was a hell of a good time.
D.O.A. are still delivering kickass performances of the seminal album Hardcore ’81 over 40 years after its release.
“Our goal each night is to go out and deliver the goods, and at this point, I think I’m going to be going a long time, but every town I get to these days, I go, ‘you know what? I will give it my all because this might be the last time I’m here.’ You never know. I consider myself a lucky guy in life, and I hope that continues and that good luck prevails with many other people,” says Joe “Shithead” Keithley.
She might seem like just another comedian who has found her way to Toronto, but as her website boasts, Bonez Poley is a multidisciplinary artist, an activist, and a seasoned adventurer who leads a colourful life.
She spoke to Woodstein Media about everything from her wild antics on and off stage fronting thrash bands to her self-deprecating humour. She offered a lot of discerning opinions in between.
Punks on Pizza began as a way for Tyler Smith to get his band booked in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, but thanks, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been reinvented as a podcast where he chats with friends and heroes from his new home base in Port Alberni, British Columbia.