[animalia / jill enjoys a moment of non-killed joy outside of barrie, ontario]
i don’t know why i feel compelled to do these tour write-ups. but i do. spending a couple weeks on the road isn’t really that long anymore… i feel like i’ve done it enough that it just feels like a kind of routine. and yet, there’s always something to differentiate each experience. there’s always a different set of circumstances that make the tour what it is.
in the past, i’ve mostly done touring completely alone (good, but a bit too isolating), or in a group of 6-8 people (pretty fucking intense), in time spans ranging from one week to six. other longer tours that i’ve done have been part of larger projects: travelling art shows, touring with my film, or being part of animal rights protests and other events.
so, the most glaring difference with this tour was that it was “just” music, and it was “just” me and my friend jill, for two weeks. to say that we got along would be an understatement: this was probably the least tense / most consistently chill tour that i’ve ever done, and that was such a breath of fresh air. i would tour with jill again in a minute, and we’re both looking forward to some future times on the road. if only it could always be so easy. she deserves the biggest props for being cool to hang with, cool to play with, and rolling with any shitty hand the tour dealt us… which wasn’t much, but still. not only did we get along on a personal level, but i think i can speak for both of us when i say that we really fucking dig each other’s music — hence starting the Killjoy Collective — and so it was awesome to see her play almost a dozen times in a couple of weeks.
the tour dates themselves… well… to paraphrase Das Racist, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the combination best of times and worst of times. we played to some really awesome turnouts, and we played to… two very empty rooms. we played in some seriously grimy bars — the kind of places where secret handshakes were happening behind closed doors, and where there was no soap in the washrooms — and we also played in a couple of nice art galleries and DIY spaces that really warmed our hearts. we crashed with friends, strangers, and even spent a strange evening in a small town motel that smelled like the inside of a boxing glove. we were already good friends before this, but now we are even considering forming a band called, tentatively, “GARBAMALIA” (definitely not)(but we might actually start a band tho).
special thanks to all these bands and solo artists for joining the party: THE SQU!DS, All Girl Knife Fight, Fuzzy & The Boys, Savvy C, DJ Madam D, Saxon Hose, Radiophobics, Sterloin C, Antiks***, Raissa Simone, Jon Epworth, Bloody Boy Blue, Le Stack, ELMS, and VIRE.
***an extra special shout out to ANTIKS for joining up on the tour for three dates. this was their first trek out of town to do some shows and they not only turned up everywhere on time and in fine style, but they were super fucking positive and fun to be around at all times. NEVER LOSE THAT SHIT! LISA, KEEP THEM ON THE PATH! ;)
special thanks to all the venues that made for a nice lil’ rollercoaster of sound systems and emotions: The APK, Fitzy’s, Van Gogh’s Ear, Wasted Space, Barfly, The Art Gallery of Cornwall, Pressed, The Artel, The Spill, and Handlebar.
there are a whole bunch of personal shout-outs that have to go out, but i’m going to save those for some personal messages and face to face hugs.
June 10 / 14 - The APK, London, Ontario
OBDURACY is out now.
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come see me and ANIMALIA around ontario this month on the KILLING YR JOY TOUR.
this is a video that gets at what it’s kinda like to be at a garbageface show. loud beats, yelling, loopy noise, more yelling, and semi-mandatory boogieing. think of it as a cross between rap and a gang-vocal moshpit at a hardcore show. or something.
IT’S ALL HAPPENING. DATES:
June 10 / 14 - The APK, London, Ontario
share the video above, or the gif below, with all yr pals okay? love.
[p.s. the digital version needn’t be pre-ordered. it’ll be a free DL on the release date, ya dingus.]
GARBAGEFACE - MOUTHS
i played this past weekend at coachella and i spotted some zombies dancing to my new HIT SINGLE.
even if it’s just a little jaunt, the last ride after a tour is always the time when you try to metabolize all of the stuff that you saw and did in that span of time from when you left to when your head will hit your own pillow again. they say that the human brain is the most densely ramified organic matter in the known universe; and yet we still can’t remember everything. the photos in the gif set just move way too fast. since i don’t know if i can offer a cohesive narrative of the week, i’mma just jot down some point form notes for y’all.
- the official april fool’s show in peterborough was awesome: my first time seeing Killjoy Collective label-mate Animalia throw down her electro jams (and kick so much ass doing it). Ratbaby and Evangeline Gentle were awesome as always, and toronto guests Stick and Poke were exactly as good as i remember them: A+++
- the next night in toronto was so tight. solid sets from hush money, Le Stack, and Bien Agiter. i have really grown to love The 460 as a venue, and the staff there is always so cool. also, it has a surprisingly great PA for electro shit. my set was a bit different this time because i was able to invite my friend Jon Epworth up for about 3/4 of my set to join me on the drums. we played the official “song which will barely ever be played live”, URN FILLER, from the new album, some older cuts, as well as version of MOUTHS that pretty much stopped ME in my tracks, as i was playing. do yourself a favour and check out Jon’s work. he can pretty much do it all, like a goddamn magician.
- on to kingston… i hadn’t played in kingston in years, and this was my first try at reestablishing some roots in the city. the show was at The Artel, a living space / art gallery in the heart of the city. performing with me was the wonderful Raissa Simone and Big River Dream, who turned in lovely sets of echo-y guitar, rilo kiley covers, and ambient sub haze. a small but steady crowd started sitting and ended standing and some even shook their booties in a way. goodness me, it was great to be back there. slept on a sweet couch and had a great wakeup call from a kitty. who could ask for anything more?
- back on home turf briefly, a noise show this time with Processor, and The Idle Crow. though the crowd was a bit thin, those who were there were super appreciative and good people. there was kind of a hush money set at the very end of the night, but it might just be relegated to legend and lore and memory. if you have a chance to check out Processor on their Eastern tour, you really better do that.
- last night, onto Ottawa, one of my homes away from home. it was an eclectic bill that was thrown together in a pretty weird way, but it ended up being such a fucking fun night. Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies brought some perfectly crafted sweet uke rock to the table, and The Tenenbaums basically stage-dived onto the table with some kinda folk-pop-punk thang. i had a pretty solidly loud set (bolstered by a brand new sub at The Avant Garde Bar) and then the entire crowd witnessed a mini-Unexplained Bacon reunion with some kinda skull mask undead vibe. it was quite possibly one of the weirdest moments i’ve been a part of in a while.
and now i’m on an ottawa > peterborough bus, a route that i used to run once every couple of weeks. all those same old twists and turns. going to be announcing full dates for the Killjoy Collective summer tour with Animalia (and maybe some dates with ELMS too). in the meantime, thank you to The Spill, The 460, The Artel, and The Avant Garde Bar, especially dave, candace, mona, andrew, alex and dierdre. thanks to all the bands mentioned above, x 10000. thanks to all the folks who came out to the shows (seriously, what? the audiences were awesome), and people who i just met who dug stuff enough to let me know they were stoked: paul, cheyenne, leyla, james, derek, jeannie, and a bunch of other people whose names i can’t remember cause i’m kind of an asshole.
stay in touch, okay?