After a bit of a hiatus, THE ROTTEN are back in action! We here at Rebel Time Records couldn’t be happier, for a couple of reasons. A) They are a kick-ass band and kick-ass people. As the article below, from this week’s Echo Magazine, points out, they’ve been around for 11 years and have remained true punks in every respect and that’s to be respected. They are PUNK, in the best and truest sense of the word. And, personally, I’ve always appreciated the fact that they were instrumental in helping to drive the neo-nazis out of Kitchener-Waterloo, through their involvement in Anti-Racist Action. The Rotten have remained true to their ideals and that counts for something. B) Ang is back behind the drum kit! And that’s proof that she is kicking cancer’s ass. As you can read in her blog Oops! I Wet My Pants, Ang has been dealing with breast cancer for the past half a year or so. Serious shit. But, like she says in her blog: “Fuck Cancer.” Personally, I kind of know what she’s been going through, as my better-half has had breast cancer twice in the past 4 years. It really takes it out of you, both physically and mentally and it just plain sucks. Ang is done her treatments and to see her back on the drums is testament to her scrappiness and fighting spirit. Kind of embodies what The Rotten are all about.
My advice: regular breast self-examination. Seriously. It’s easy, it’s free and it might just save your life.
Here’s a just-published interview with the band, followed by a full-album stream of “Enemy Of The State”…
ROCK GOES ROTTEN
For the four piece that formed back in 1999, their career has been marked with an onslaught of gigs, tours and various fan responses that include everything from ‘whoa, the drummer is a chick’ to ‘Jan’s eyes are so captivating.’ An ode to 70’s punk, The Rotten have dominated their genre and forced the attention of music fans alike. “1970’s punk rock that was all about monkey-wrenching the societal norms and wearing your grandma’s hand-me-downs,” the band writes in an email interview about their influences, “Punk isn’t a fashion statement. As for bands, we love all kinds and it is thanks to the eclectic variety of music that each member of The Rotten listens to that we have managed amalgamate everything into what The Rotten is today; a little punk, a little rock and whole helluva lotta attitude.”
And it’s certainly paying off. Even as they describe it, The Rotten has been served well in Canada, springing up at shows alongside artists like The Forgotten Rebels. “A lot of thanks to the good people at Rebel Time and the tight-knit community that is the punk scene, The Rotten has always had support at every show they play,” they say. “In the punk scene the definition of “making it” is to be as well-known as other Canadian punk bands like DOA and Forgotten Rebels. The Rotten has made a name for themselves in Canada so yeah, we’re making it. Times can be tough and money tight but ultimately we do it because we love it and can’t imagine life any other way.”
Over the duration of their 11 year career, The Rotten has forged away, dropping records that push the boundaries of every day rock n roll. Destroy This Wretched Country (2000), Circus of the Demented (2003) and Enemy of the State (2009) is a studio-effort discography; testament of time well served surviving as an indie band and their subsequent signing to Rebel Time Records (think Broadcast Zero, The Brat Attack).
Talking about a career launched in Kitchener, The Rotten recollects their perspective of the city’s changing music scene: “We’ve been doing this for 11 years so we have seen the ups and downs of the punk scene in Kitchener. We’ve watched fans of ours create their own bands and breathe new life into the scene. From our experience, this area is highly talented and a lot of great music comes from here. Having seen the ups and downs in this city its great to finally see a system (venues, etc) to support alternative arts.”
Now back in the spotlight after a six month hiatus, The Rotten puts the band into perspective. “The Rotten has been through all kinds of ups and downs,” they write. “(We) went on a 6 month hiatus while drummer, Angi, fought breast cancer. Angi: ‘getting to finally sit behind my drums and beat the hell out of them after everything I went through was the greatest catharsis I could ever imagine. I also couldn’t imagine a life without my band, I love it and would never give it up. It’s important to do it for fun, if you stop having fun, its time to hang up your drumsticks.’ No matter what happens in your life your art is valuable to you and don’t allow anything to discourage you from doing what you really love.”