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Jake Bugg - September 2013, Vancouver

My wife and I secured two tickets to go see Jake Bugg live in Vancouver, BC this September! Of all people, I was introduced to Jake Bugg's music by my stepdad Paul. He's got a pretty good ear for music, and he knows me well enough to know what I'd get a kick out of too. To a lot of people it might sound like something a guy like me wouldn't listen to on purpose, but I think I have a bit larger of a palate than one might expect.

Jake's music draws influence from quite literally all over the place. The accoustic guitar he plays is a delta blues style, much like one that Robert L. Johnson used to play. He has stated musicians from the obvious Johnny Cash, Beatles and Everly Brothers to Jimi Hendrix and even Layne Staley of Alice In Chains. Even at such a young age I find his voice to already have that haunting, lasting quality, and it will be interesting to see how his sound evolves over the course of his career. Our tickets were only $15 each, which is insane to me. The self-titled release debuted at number one on the UK charts and is certified platinum. It was released in October 2012 in the UK, taking another 6 months to be released in the US on April 9 2013. The point I'm getting at is that there is no way tickets will ever be this cheap again. The venue, called "Venue" is on Granville street, and only holds 600 people. It is primarily a nightclub, so I imagine the sound system in there is pretty ridiculous.

If you've never heard or even heard of Jake Bugg before, and if you're into the folk/country/rock/blues sort of sound, I advise you to give the self titled debut a listen. Most of the album is farily mellow, but not in a way that makes it lame or weak. My wife and I both dig it, and we're pretty stoked to be going to see the show this September.

Official website

SoundCloud

Last Night's Show In Campbell River

So last night, Deadkind played with Atrous Leviathin (from Victoria), Slagduster (from Grand Forks), and Galgamex (from Vancouver). Everybody sounded pretty good, Atrous were kind enough to bring along a PA system, and we also donated a couple speaker cabinets from our own PA to act as monitors for the bands playing. This was our first show in Campbell River since 2011, which Atrous Leviathin also played, but as far as I'm aware neither Slagduster or Galgamex had played here before. Slagduster were brand new to me, I had never heard them before but I thougt they were really good. They sort of reminded me of older Fear Factory, before they started to get that "industrial" feel to their music. I had seen Galgamex play in 2011 at Armstrong Open Air, and to no surprise they also laid the smack down hard.

I think everyone was a little disappointed with the turn out, but this is Campbell River after all, and I also think that the show started a little bit early; most lazy Riverites like to let their dinner settle a bit before coming out to a show and pushing eachother around. The weather is also starting to get a little bit nicer around here now too, so we've also got that to compete with. The best times to put on shows in a place like this (metal or otherwise) would be any time from October into February or early March, but also right around the end of June is a great time for all ages shows, because all the kiddies who just got let out of school for the summer feel like acting crazy to honor their newly-given two months of freedom.

Elk's Hall where we played is a pretty decent venue, for both all ages and 19+ events. If you are older than all ages it's especially great, because the bar attached to the venue by a short hallway has some of the cheapest drinks one can buy in a bar in Campbell River. How excellent! I made use of that wonderful convenience last night myself.

It's always fun to play to a hometown crowd, but part of me is a bit saddened by the way our local music scene has dwindled over time. There just aren't as many young people here now as there used to be 10 or 15 years ago. I still haven't given up on Campbell River, I believe that the scene here really can be revived, but it's not going to happen overnight and it's not going to be cheap either. Rest assured I still have faith.

It would be really great to play with these bands again, and especially since our drummer Steve's younger brother Stu is also the drummer in Atrous Leviathin, this is quite a realistic possibility. I will always post here when something is doing down with Deadkind! To those of you who made it out to see us last night, thanks again! We are no longer on the bill at the Waverly on April 27th, but worry not! Deadkind will be back on stage again before we know it.

Two Deadkind Shows Coming Up

That's right folks. If you are in either Cumberland BC or Campbell River BC, or close to these fun little towns, you can come watch Deadkind play (twice!) this April, along with some other great BC punk and metal bands. What's not to love? Come get wasted and flail with us.

Deadkind Is Playing In April

Deadkind Logo

That's right! We're booked for a big fatty in Cumberland, BC for April 27 2013. We're opening the show, and there's 4 other bands.

Click Here for the Facebook event page. Go there and like it or share it or whatever other Facebook stuff you usually do.

Here's some more info about the other 4 bands in the lineup:

THE REBEL SPELL from Vancouver

DEADMANS TRIO from Nanaimo

HUNDY THOU from Victoria

HOME OF THE ISOTOPES from Flordia (?), also here

I Was There, Vol. 2

I found some more shows my wife and I were at!

First was Roger Waters doing The Wall at BC Place Stadium, May 26 2012. This is a playlist of 19 videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VP0CixzH6Q&feature=bf_prev&list=PL4C349181AD671E07

Next was Tenacious D on May 27 2012 at the PNE Amphitheater. We were very close to this person, almost smack dab in the middle on the floor area. Sorry these are totally not in order lol:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeasvXwPK88
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfehEw8dVoE&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kh1z3bPe9M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3_WxIRFoM4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ho3daxE9YI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQDyivmBIEc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gPzMw-QSbI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d43Eqb38ZgI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWxw0miLK74
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwIa7T6mLxQ

Another good shot from the left side stands.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFuZCXLLMvY

Where Are They, Anyways?!?!

This morning I just happened to notice that it seems like none of the bands I want to see ever come to Vancouver or Victoria very often (or at all) anymore. These places are still a good ways away from me, but are the closest cities for "bigger" bands to play in. Who am I talking about, you ask?

It'd be really nice if some bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, Lagwagon, Cattle Decapitation, Propagandhi, The Dead Milkmen, Beneath The Massacre, Dan Andriano, Pulley or Cannibal Corpse would come back to town... shit, even bands who are from the area like SNFU and The Real McKenzies.. what the hell man, do you guys ever play anymore or what?! I want to come to your shows and spend money on your merch and get wasted and have a good time, damnit!!!!

I Was There

One of the cool things about the internet machine is that sometimes you can find bits and pieces of events you've attended, as recorded by someone else. Here's some things I was present for:

Lagwagon, Toronto ON, at The Guvernment, July 24 2006 — Lawrence Arms opened, they were also really good. This isn't the greatest quality of video or anything, I'm just stoked that it's here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dMLJz4kixs

Warped Tour — I've been to many warped tours, however I've had a hard time locating much (good) video from any that I've been to. I found one of NOFX, in Barrie ON 2006 — Barrie hosted the "Toronto" date a few times at Molson Park before Molson Park got sold. Live 8 was also there, lots of big outdoor concerts happened there. Anyhow, here's NOFX in 2006:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNSvy0R5Hi4

And also this one, same show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HvP1EqJqLM

Here's a funny NOFX/Warped Tour/Toronto fact for you, lol — I met "Nubs" at warped tour in 2002, before the song about her ("She's Nubs" from The War On Errorism) was released (2003), and again in 2005 when EVERYBODY knew who she was. She seemed really nice, and pretty stoked about the song too. Neat!

2012 Filberg Festival - Comox, BC

The Filberg is in my opinion about one of the only summer festivals without a beer tent that's still worth going to. Maybe one day there will be a beer tent.... but I doubt it. The average age of a Filberg attendee is easily 60+, but don't let that deter you lol. Old people aren't scary, but if you're a guy like me, you get looked at by old people as if you're the one who's scary — if they only knew we're just harmless stoned idiots... anyways, the Filberg is awesome, and this year we did something amazing: we bought some of the shit we saw last year that at the time, we were like "Damn, that would be so cool in our place, too bad we can't afford it...." BAM! All that shit was half the price this year because they all had newer, "cooler" shit for this year. Fuck yeah, Filly fest!!! The inner art-nerd my wife and I evidently both have rejoices every BC day long weekend for a return trip to the Filberg, wandering around the hordes of old folks, baked as all hell, eating fudge and wishing we had thousands of dollars to blow on sweet art. Fuck yes.

So whether you're from some crazy ass far away place reading this, or you're right down the road from me, here's the site for the Filberg:
http://filbergfestival.com/

And here's the site for this amazing artist Autumn Sky Morrison, her work is amazing, we managed to get a good one of hers this year and it even came with a little magnet! Awesome!!
http://www.autumnskyemorrison.com/

ALSO... if you go the Filberg (or if you're passing through Duncan for that matter) and you don't buy fudge from these people, you're flat out just a fucking idiot.
http://www.beaverhousefudge.com/catalog/

Armstrong Metal Fest

Camping

My wife and I got the chance to go to this last summer (the last year it was to be called "Armstrong Open Air" — now they do it in an arena), and it was a fucking blast. We both had such a good time, meeting all the bands and watching them all play. We had all access passes, as we were covering the event for BC Musician Magazine. Anyhow, it is finally starting to sink in that No, we won't be returning this summer. Hopefully we can get out for 2013, but this year we just can't pull it off. Total fucking bummer. So, I just wanted to write to you all and tell you how awesome this festival is, and if you have the means and the time to get to Armstrong for this show, FUCKING GO!!! Get all your ridiculous metalhead friends together and get the fuck out to Armstrong. This thing just keeps getting bigger and better and bigger and better.

Last year, we camped next to Xul. I even pointed out in the picture here where we all camped lol. Not only are they super nice guys who party hard, but they fucking slay the stage. We were also extremely impressed by Ninjaspy. There are a lot of die-hards who seem to be quite against this band, but we thought they were fucking great!!! They are 3 brothers, and they play what I can only really describe as "ska-metal." For real!!

Let me just go off on a tangent here.. I have always had a raging hard on for Fender guitars. I'm not against other brands or anything stupid, I've just always really really loved Fenders. Corey, currently the only guitarist in my band Deadkind, also has the same Fender problem that I have. So anyhow, to my surprise, the guitarist/vocalist for Ninjaspy plays — you'll never guess — a fucking Jaguar. Both Corey and I have for the longest time hailed the Jaguar as THE guitar, but often contemplated how it just wouldn't work for our band. It worked out just fine for Ninjaspy, so when I came reeling back to practice when we got home, I couldn't shut up about it. So, Corey went out and got a Jaguar and set it up to handle our low-G tuning, and now Deadkind plays metal on a Jaguar too. Thanks, Ninjaspy! Not sure if any of that would've ever happened had we not gone to AOA2011.

So anyhow, lol if you can get to Armstrong for the fest this year, or any other summer from this point forward, mark my words: you are a fucking idiot if you can go and don't. These guys are doing what so many of only dream of doing — bringing the European style festivals to North America, well, more importantly, CANADA. Fuck yeah. Headliners last year were 3 Inches Of Blood, we also got to meet them, and I personally handed the guys a copy of the Deadkind EP, but they probably hated it hahaha.

Go to Armstrong Metal Fest 2012. Tell them Shane from Deadkind sent you.

http://armstrongmetalfest.ca/

ALSO, check out this little documentary these guys from Vancouver made. My wife and I are in it too, at 6:36 we're in the background when they're talking to Justin from 3 Inches Of Blood lol I'm in a blue t-shirt and Lindsay is in a white shirt and camo shorts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LWNZ_UP1T8

This is a video documentary a dude by the name of Kimbo Ritchie did, we are also in this one, at 2:21 in part 4, talking about Skull Hammer :) notice how both of us are sunburnt as fuck

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

These are all videos my wife took at AOA2011:

Cast Into Ashes
Ninjaspy
XUL
3 Inches Of Blood
AND there was even Sword Fighting

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