Rock and Roll tag team tourin’ it up in support of New Album (split 12″, Aug.20) |
This may well be the ultimate in Canadian rock and roll revelry: Toronto’s Public Animal and Calgary’s Napalmpom joining forces and unleashing their kindred brand of rabble-rousing as only a dynamic indie-duo of their sonic magnitude can. The brute force of the six-string slinging, melodically charged, bone rattling rock and roll found on the new split 12″ (to be released August 20th on Teenage Rampage Records) will be as formidable as anything you’ll encounter in a Live Music venue this year, evoking the ghosts of The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, The Replacements, Husker Du and the MC5, and not unlike getting pummelled by the corndog in that infamous TUMS commercial.
As a Calgarian I know that Napalmpom’s hometown will be fired up when the two bands convene here August 21st at The Palomino Smokehouse, which will also includes the Heavy Psychedelic Surf Rock of Nanaimo’s Moths & Locusts who have a split 7″ with Public Animal as well.
So all this is gonna be a rock and roll tag team of epic proportions, or as legendary Stampede Wrestling Announcer Ed Whalen would say, “It’s gonna be a ring-a-ding-dong dandy …” [devilhorns]
About The Bands
Public Animal is far more ambitious than your standard fare riff rock, but that’s to be expected from a band fronted by Canadian national treasure Ian Blurton (Change Of Heart, C’mon) who have already penned a rock opera based on a character from an Alice Cooper song.
It’s not so much a split as it is a coming together … of Eastern and Western Canadian true believers of rock & roll music.
Napalmpom are the children of 70s and 90s Canrock, offering up a celebratory and songwriting-first take on the kinds of songs that regularly feature multiple guitar solos. They somehow got nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for “Best Rock Recording.”
The New Record (split 12″ on Teenage Rampage Records)
Public Animal did a Living Proof cover (“Don’t Let Me”) because they should be included in the same breath that whispers Personality Crisis/Nils/early 80s Canaduh but rarely are. The three originals highlights include: their first drum break on a song, their first crack at writing a theme for an imaginary TV show (Northern Girls) and the sludgiest 12 bars they’ve recorded yet. Produced by the band and mixed by Adrian Popovich (Tricky Woo) inside Frank Marino’s moustache.
Napalmpom did a Jr. Gone Wild cover (“Cosmos”) for a variety of reasons: because producer Lorrie Matheson called them proto-Napalmpom, because frontman Mike McDonald’s soon-to-be defunct Edmonton record store, Permanent Records, keeps selling their LPs and because, well, they think it’s funny to watch their singer run out of breath trying to keep up with the lyrics to the “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It”-precursor. Their originals feature the first song they ever wrote together and a brand new one that is a middle finger to the usual macho rock & roll subject matter.
08/20 – Vancouver, BC: Slow Learners, Public Animal, Napalmpom, Moths & Locusts @ The Emerald
08/21 – Calgary, AB: Two-floor Denim Tuxedo Party w/ Napalmpom, Public Animal, Black Thunder, Black Hell Oil, Moths/Locusts, Miesha & The Spanks, Sequicons at Palomino Smokehouse (limited edition patch for wearing a denim tuxedo)
08/22 – Edmonton, AB: Napalmpom, Public Animal, Counterfeit Jeans @ Brixx
08/23 – Lethbridge, AB: Napalmpom, Public Animal, Supervoid @ The Slice
08/26 – Winnipeg, MB: Public Animal, Napalmpom @ Windsor Hotel
08/27 – Thunder Bay, ON: Public Animal, Napalmpom @ The Foundry
08/28 – Sudbury, ON: Public Animal, Napalmpom, Lanorme @ The Townehouse
08/29 – Montreal, QC: Beat Cops, Public Animal, Napalmpom @ Turbohaus
08/30 – Toronto, ON: Public Animal, Beat Cops, Napalmpom @ Silver Dollar
Directed by Shawn Petsche | Footage taken from Rockin1000 “Learn To Fly” video in order to satirize the less-than-rock-stars reality of being a contemporary rock & roll band from Calgary, AB, Canada. Produced and recorded by Lorrie Matheson at Arch Audio.