|vixens & contagium on tour.|
All great experiences, but I felt like the scene in Halifax was continually lacking. I made some of my first attempts (very unsuccessfully) at bringing bands up from Montreal. I put on a cover show at Gus', which was pretty fun. There was Screams From The Gutter in the summer, a weekend of punk, which was cool. Even then, after coming back from tour in September, I was definitely feeling blue... VIXENS were supposed to play at the Purple House after we got back from tour...I was super stoked because I had been to a couple shows there and really liked it....we didn't end up playing with Tied Down, Polina, and others that night (got shut down by the cops...great show anyway) but we ended up being asked to play in October with Root Rot, Primitive Accumulation, Negative Circles, Make No Gains, and Mean Mug.
|negative circles @ the purple house (photo: rosie toes)|
Root Rot were a total surprise... something completely different than any other bands right now, so interesting, and it was great to see some new people playing in a band. I am very stoked to see them progress.
We played next and it was super fun...it's always a million times more fun when people are in to a set, singing along to covers.
I already knew Primitive Accumulation ruled, but they totally killed it. Like a giant deformed powerviolence monster stomping through a city, demented lullabies crashing into pure old school hardcore sprinkled with anguished howls. Weird but not on purpose. Right up my alley.
I hadn't seen Negative Circles yet, and had no idea what to expect. If I had I would have braced myself for my mind to be completely blown.
I recently interview them for my zine Life Fail and Kale mentioned wanting to "inject some reckless energy into the scene" and I'd have to say that's exactly what they've done. Their set was complete madness....raging 80's US hardcore accompanied by flailing bodies...completely unpretentious, vicious...seeing them play made me feel the complete happiness and abandon that has always attracted me to punk, something I hadn't felt so fully for a long time.
Next up were Make No Gains...musically not really my thing, and it's a bummer when alot of people clear out for a band, but they're doing what they love, and doing it extremely well. Good dudes. Then Mean Mug played, who I've always dug. Their popularity seems to have transcended alot of the small scene in Halifax and everyone is stoked on them. They played awesome, as always, and hopefully they stick around to play more...unarguably one of the funnest, catchiest bands in Halifax.
|mean mug @ kencrest (photo: rosie davis)|
In the new year, I am looking forward to and hoping for more new, awesome bands. House shows. Making new friends and having a killer time with old ones.
Being as involved as possible.
|word on the street @ kencrest (photo: rosie davis)|