THIS FRIDAY IN OSHAWA.
OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “KINDA REPAIRED”
[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