I'm sure that everyone has read the Exclaim! article on the Vancouver "Weird-Punk" scene (really? Weird Punk? I tend to think Devo when I think weird punk, and Vancouver doesn't have anything remotely like that. How's about just plain ol' punk?), and I figured I would weigh in on the article.
There have been a few complaints about it within the scene but also some praise for it. I'm still on the fence. While it's great to see that the scene is finally getting some recognition, I still have a few problems with the article. My main issue is that it's written by one Josiah Hughes. Nice enough fellow, in fact, he was good friends with an ex-girlfriend of mine so I got to know him a little bit. Here's the problem: he lives in fucking Calgary. The first tip-off that the article was written by someone well out of the scene was when he mentioned pints of Guinness at the Cobalt. I only wish they served Guinness there. Surely Exclaim! could've hired a writer from Vancouver who had actually been to see some of the shows at Fake Jazz or the ER. The experience of seeing these shows live is what truly makes this current scene standout. There have been numerous releases from INW, Thankless, Rundownsun, Nominal etc carefully documenting the scene over the last few years, yet none of them compare to seeing these acts live. Watching Sick Buildings, Twin Crystals, Mutators or the myriad of other local and touring bands demolish the ER is an astonishing experience to behold. How can someone from another city write an honest article on a scene they haven't been involved with?
Here lies my second complaint: why didn't someone from Vancouver get off their ass and write the damn article them self instead of having an ex-pat from BC do the dirty work? Is this another symptom of the typical apathetic Vancouver attitude, or did we just want to keep this our little secret for as long as possible? I sincerely hope it's the latter.
Well, now that our little secret is out across Canada, what do we do about it and how do we keep it vital? One fellow blogger has a few tips that are definitely worth thinking about as the scene slowly gains more exposure.
Until the whole thing falls off the rails or all the bands move to Montreal, please go out and buy some of the many tapes, CDR, 7"s and LPs for sale at these local shows. Keep the scene movin' on up.