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JUVENILE HALL Magazine Collage - Dental Records

JUVENILE HALL Magazine Collage - Dental Records

Beat Cop #1: “OK Fred, whaddya have on these scrappy sirens? We’ve been staking out their lair for months now, there’s gotta be somethin’ we can pin on ‘em?”

Beat Cop #2; “Well Mike, they’ve got two priors, both self-released and what they call “punk” music, but the last time they Got Caught we had to let ‘em go due to lack of evidence.”

Beat Cop #1: “You don’t say? I call this music garbage…didn’t we bust a girl gang like them last month? What were they called?”


Joe Keithley of DOA by Dan Harbord


Joe Keithley of Vancouver’s DOA bids farewell to three (plus) decades of a punk career. With a January 2013 farewell concert booked and 2012 springtime news of leap into the political ring, campaigning would be a natural choice for an individual with a longtime involvement in activism.

 Illustrator Dan Harbord steers his pen in the direction of a fitting portrait.


Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - tiina liimu photo

The Biltmore Cabaret - Wednesday November 14 2012

Was it the tequila or is the new stripped down and revved up JSBX just that good? The bombast and relentless chest-beating are gone. Only the heavy groove and the manic fury remain. Jon looks a little gaunt, older and wiser, like his band and his sound all the chrome removed to make it lean and mean.  The Biltmore was the perfect hideaway for this sweaty rebirth, low and dark; RL Burnside would have felt at home with his ass pocket of whisky (not a bad idea at those prices).


HIGH ON FIRE - Photo by T.Couture
T.Couture photo

Third Eye Awaken

2012 has been a busy year for Matt Pike and the road-worn battle-metallers of High On Fire.  April saw the band release their sixth record, De Vermis Mysteriis, to much head-banged acclaim. A trippy, Bakshi-esque animated video for “Fertile Green” followed in August. Summer would have also seen the band take the main stage at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, but Pike pulled out of the tour to spend some time in alcohol rehabilitation for a few months. Now living alcohol-free and freshly back on the road, he’s noticed a little difference in playing sober.

“Last night’s show in San Antonio would have been gig number five for me since rehab,” says Pike. Sobriety brings a new set of challenges to playing live.


SprëadEagle are back for a one-time show

rolls in the heavy
by More Betty

A RNR banger with Vancouver heavyweights, SprëadEagle and they are back for a one-time New Years Eve party at The Rickshaw!

“It’s the end of the world and beginning of a new one according to the Mayans, so bring it,” exclaims Nothing Is Heavy organizer, Chris Dyck, who booked the show along with No Sinner, Black Wizard, Three Wolf Moon, and If We Are Machines. “Total fuckin’ bro show!” he adds, “so three drummers, Thin Lizzy, maybe Slayer and maybe some Turbonegro, sound cool?”

It just made sense to do this one-off show right now. “All of the members’ current bands are home, no tours and we are all really good friends still,” says Dyck. “We have had a ton of jams already and it’s sounding pretty fucking heavy.”

With Chris Dyck, Matt Dyck, Kenny Cook, Aaron “Boon” Gustafson, Telford Germyn, Jason Dana, Mario Nieva and Eugene “Russia” Parkomenko, in the band, just the original bassist, would be away. “Boon’s got this though, all good,” laughs Dyck. “Our first drummer, Oke Chornick, she may play a tune or two.”

Band members have gone on to form and play in: Bend Sinister, Anciients, Black Wizard, the Hookers, Random Dander, Duffy and the Doubters, Men at Adventure, Mystery Machine and Darkest of the Hillside Thickets.

SprëadEagle spanned a great period of about nine years between Vancouver's heyday of garage, punk ‘n’ roll and some really great loud party rock.

“Yeah it was a killer time, I think we lasted because we kicked ass live and were heavy enough to play with some metal bands and rockin’ enough to play with garage rock bands and fit into the punk scenes also,” recalls Dyck. “Spitfires were our fave of that era for sure and loved playing with them.”

There were choice stage moments for SprëadEagle. “Playing with Nashville Pussy was a highlight back in the day, so was our first shows ever with the Misfits and I think our very first show was with Speedealer at the Starfish Room,” recalls Dyck. This band has managed to stay together for such a long time. The whole point was to have fun. “Not too much thinking and crushing volume!” he adds.

With the Marshalls, Ampeg and Soldano fired up, this plans to go late into the A.M. “We will most likely go on around 12:30-ish for like at least an hour and then we party!” says Dyck. “This is the cheapest and most gnarly New Year party in town, if you are a rocker or a metaller, this is all you brah!”

Bring on 2013 with SprëadEagle, No Sinner, Black Wizard, Three Wolf Moon, and If We Are Machines at The Rickshaw Theatre December 31.