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Maximum Rocknroll magazine said they were going to run this interview, but they never did. So, here’s an interview with Patty from The Class War Kids…

The Class War Kid are a political punk outfit out of Newfoundland, Canada, playing what’s been described as “uber-catchy, melodic, politically-charged, socially-conscious, activist posi-punk-pop.” Bit of a mouthful, but it sums up what they are all about. What follows is an interview with Patty O’Lantern, the Kids main song-writer, singer and guitarist

Could you provide us a brief history of the band?

Dave was playing in a band called Brat Attack and I was in a band called The Embarrassments, I met Dave when Brat Attack came through one year and The Embarrassments opened for them. A few years later he decided he wanted to move from Winnipeg, MB to St. John’s NL, We decided it would be an awesome idea to combine our efforts to try and write something, we also just thought it would be fun to be in a band together. Another friend of ours, Megan, was lined up to play bass and so we needed a drummer. After asking around a bunch we found one in Miles. We got together and wrote
some songs and recorded our first album ‘A Strong People Need No Leader’ toured it across Canada and then got picked up by Rebel Time Records. After the first album/tour we got back home and I started writing a follow up. Miles left the band shortly after the first tour for school and we got a new drummer named Kaitlyn, she was great but she decided she didn’t want to tour so we got Sean instead. Sean had been playing in another band with Dave and so that’s how we knew him. Megan left the band shortly after Miles for personal reasons and we tried a few people out before deciding on Kyle. Honestly I don’t think our lineup has been stronger than it is now. I love everyone who’s been involved with the band, we’re all still friends, but Kyle and Sean have certainly filled in all the gaps and totally raised the bar.

You guys say, and I quote, “The Class War Kids are a political punk rock band who believe that music can be a force for positive change in our world, and that music should be catchy as shit!” Having said that, what’s more important, the music or the message? Do you want people dancing or debating?

I’d like to see both happen at once to be honest, I think debates would
be way more interesting if people had to do the Hucklebuck or the Twist or something and talk politics at the same time; it’d be a challenge for the mind and the body.

The Hucklebuck?! Don’t know that one? You’ll have to teach me…!

The movement is pretty well outlined in the chorus to the song:

‘Push your partner out,
Then you hunch your back,
Start a little movement in your sacroiliac,
Wiggle like an eel, waddle like a duck,
That’s the way you do it when you do the Hucklebuck’

Actually that sounds like a fucking fantastic new way to throw down!

(Editor’s Note: Check out the Music Player to your right to listen to The Class War Kid’s version of The Hucklebuck. This song, (and 3 other covers songs) has been released by the band as a digtial EP, with all funds raised for it’s sale going to Haiti relief efforts. Check out the compilation here and buy it for just $3.00.  Again, all proceeds going to Haiti relief efforts.)

Okay…dance lesson is over, back to nitty-gritty… what’s more important, the music or the message?

Honestly I can’t imagine one without the other. Politics can be really
fucking boring, and it can be incredibly daunting to try to find a
starting point. Music infused with politics is a great way to start. I
don’t know how long it would have taken me to get involved (or if I even would have) without bands like Propagandhi and Rage Against the Machine.
There are PLENTY of other amazing political bands to choose from, those were just the first two that grabbed hold of me and screamed “fucking pay attention!” when I was a kid.

Any bands in particular with a “well thought out” message that have
influenced/inspired your song writing and lyrics?

I am really digging the Rebel Spell lately, Todd is a great lyricist. The
Fallout are super rad too. I’m finding more political bands everyday it’s
really great to know more bands are taking up arms in the struggle.
Broadcast Zero are working on a new record and I’m stoked on that.

OK, what strikes me about the songs on the album “A Strong People Need No Leader” is just how optimistic and, well, joyous, they are. Songs like “Break Me” “We’re Gonna Be Alright” and “Song for the Broken Hearted” are incredibly upbeat, both in terms of the music and the message. You seem pretty sure that “we’re gonna be alright”…how come?

The world has some pretty big problems that need to be solved, but it is a world worth fighting for and a fight worth romanticizing, as far as I’m concerned. Every time I turn around, I realize I am surrounded by love, by hope, and that provides the sense that everything is okay, that we are going to be alright. Our greatest asset in struggle is a positive outlook; negativity is defeating.

Speaking of issues, are there any in particular that The Class War Kids
are trying to get across?

I think we’re humanists, we believe in equality. We’re anti-fascist. I
write about a lot of things, violence; poverty; racism; sexism;
homophobia; I realize those are broad issues and I try to be specific,
thoughtful and inspire a message of hope.

You just released a new CD “Reflection! Rage! Rebellion!,” How
does it compare to “A Strong People Need No Leader”? Any particular
themes? What’s the title about?

The new album covers a range of issues, there’s an anti-military song, the last song on the new album is about sexual abuse, there’s one about the water wars in Bolivia, one about the 2010 Olympics etc… The title is a quote from Oscar Olivera, he was the person who led the riots during the water wars against the Bechtel Company.

You’re currently touring across Canada for the second time, right from
coast-to-coast…how’s that going? Any good stories? Any bands that have impressed you?

Yeah, last year everyone except me made it back in one piece, I was in two halves or maybe it was more like two thirds and one broken third, I’m not sure. This year I’m still in one piece.

Touring is a brilliant experience really; we get way tighter as musicians,
and much closer as a family. We get to learn a lot about geography, one another’s first kisses, eating habits, tendencies to wake up screaming” Where am I?!” all that awesome stuff.

There have been a few outstanding moments; we accidentally woke up in the United States at one point. There was a day Kyle and I rolled in the sand and when we stood up he yelled “Dude I totally feel like cinnamon toast crunch!” I found out that the stage that I broke my leg playing on last year was torn down and they rebuilt it after that happened, I asked the kids to start a petition to get the stage named after me.

So, what’s in the cards for The Class War Kids?

Well we just put out the new record in North America through Rebel Time Records, and we are in the process of setting up a spring/summer tour to promote the record in Europe alongside Fire and Flames Records.

And, I understand that The Class War Kids are featured on a new compilation put out by Insurgence Records and Turn It Down! A campaign Against White Power Music called Northern Aggression: Project Boneyard Volume II…

That’s right. Our song “Common Threads” is featured on the compilation, which should be out by the time you read this. We’re on there with some other hard-hitting bands like Union Made, The Class Assassins, The Fallout, Death In Custody, The Oppressed and a whole lot more. The compilation has been put together as a way of challenging the spread of fascist propaganda (and the accompanying bad music!). Specifically, it’s been put together as a direct response to the most recent Project Schoolyard sampler CD which was crapped out by a bonehead label in the US last year. The Insurgence Records website has lots more information about the Project Boneyard Volume II CD; the reasons for it, the history behind it and the campaign around it. And check out Turn It Down! A Campaign Against White Power Music too! You can also download the first Project Boneyard sampler from Insurgence Records for free.

Thanks for chatting Pat, any last words?

Thanks to MRR and everyone who has helped us make it this far. If anyone wants to stay up to date check out the Rebel Time website
(, where you can get our albums and/or our
Myspace (



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From the St. John’s Telegram:

St. John’s-based punk rockers Class War Kids are raising funds for post-earthquake Haiti with a punk political punch for good measure.

The band’s four-song cover EP, “ Twinkles Last Stand,” is available for download online (available at for $3. Any and all proceeds will go to Haiti. Instead of donating to conventional charities, however, the Kids are giving their contribution to Haitian-based labour organizers Batay Ouvriye.

“ Very soon a rebuilding effort is going to be needed, and the people of Haiti should be the ones to rebuild their country.

“ The last thing that the people of Haiti need on top of this tragedy is to be set further back economically by having to resort to contracting out the rebuilding of Port-au-Prince to North



Great article about THE CLASS WAR KID’S new digital EP…
By Christa Cram

Back in June of 2009, the St. John’s-based band Class War Kids recorded several cover songs before going on tour, but it wasn’t until the recent earthquake hit Haiti that it was clear what to do with those recordings. Patty O'Lantern

As of January 28, these tracks have been released on an EP entitled Twinkle’s Last Stand. All proceeds from its sale are going to the Batay Ouvriye Haiti Solidarity Network.

“Originally it was going to be a free download EP to say thanks to our friends and fans for their support over the past two years – that or they were going to be used as exclusive tracks to an upcoming Rebel Time Records compilation,” said the band’s guitarist/singer, Patty O’Lantern. 

O’Lantern was listening to CBC on the night that the tragedy happened and felt compelled to assist in Haiti’s relief efforts.

“I remembered Propagandhi helped out after the WTC (World Trace Centre) fell during 9/11. They were out giving blood the next week and encouraged everyone to do the same,” O’Lantern recalled. “We are a political band. I wanted our music to do something rather than just say something. It’s funny because a week or so before us, Propagandhi announced they were releasing a digital EP for Haiti. I actually wrote (Propaghandi member) Chris Hannah and told him we were stealing his idea.”

“It just made absolute sense to do something like this,” explained Randy Rebel from the band’s label, Rebel Time Records. “I would imagine that we will leave the EP up for sale/download indefinitely and rest assured that any monies coming in, no matter when they come in, will be forwarded to Batay Ouvriye. It’s not like the crisis in Haiti will be over in a week or a month or a year, so the needs for funds and fundraising will continue.”

The Class War Kids are asking for a minimum donation of $3 for the four song digital EP or if you just want to download a song or two, a dollar for each track. 

“This way if people want to donate more they can, and if they can’t afford much they can still have a copy,” said O’Lantern. “We try to keep everything we make as inexpensive as possible. We’re not in it to make tons of cash; we’re in it to make a difference…I want it to be accessible to kids.”

The album is available on bandcamp and includes the Class War Kids’ take on songs by some great artists such as the Weakerthans and Joe Strummer.

“We can play a ton of covers ’cause it’s fun to throw something into the set when you get bored of the same set list; thus we just chose our faves – ones we kinda really put our own twist on, made them our own and recorded,” said Davey Brat, singer/guitarist for the Class War Kids.

The band hopes that with a little effort, the sales of the EP will help make some difference in Haiti and offer support in their time of need.

“We hope to help alleviate some of the suffering and turmoil that is going on right now down in Haiti,” said Brat.

They chose The Batay Ouvriye Haiti Solidarity Network to donate the money to because they trust that it will get into the right hands with their assistance and actually help Haiti in rebuilding.

“I was excited to think that not only was the money being used to help the people of Haiti but that it was for the poor and working class to organize themselves against the multinational corporations that have helped to solidify the poverty that Haiti is buried underneath,” said O’Lantern.

“One of the biggest issues that the Haitian people are going to face in the wake of this disaster is the cost of rebuilding their country,” said O’Lantern. “When tragedies like this strike, there is a small window between aid pouring in and the voracious feeding frenzy that follows with companies looking to be contracted to rebuild decimated countries. Natural disasters, much like wars, are fantastic for business. The last thing the Haitian people need is to be driven further into the red by greedy North American contractors who will spare no expense.”

It’s clear that this is something The Class War Kids are passionate about, and they really want to make a difference.

“I am hoping that our contribution, however small, will help the working people of Haiti to rebuild their own nation so that they don’t end up incurring a disgustingly large bill from us that they’ll never be able to get out from under,” said O’Lantern.



Both THE ROTTEN and THE CLASS WAR KIDS made the FLEX YOUR HEAD radio show’s “Best Of 2009” lists! Check out/download the January 5th and January 12 shows and enjoy some great music…

Again, many thanks to the college/community radio stations and radio shows that play Rebel Time Records bands…greatly appreciated…

And, if you do a radio show and would like to play Rebel Time Record’s bands, drop us a line!



New song “Battle On” up on the BROADCAST ZERO WEBSITE!

From the website:

“So, as I promised I’ve posted a song from our demo recordings we did just before the end of the new year. The song is called “Battle On” and we recorded it along with 14 other songs at Bala Clava Studios (yes, where Tirekickers and Marilyn’s Vitamins recorded their first albums). It’s kinda becoming a tradition to do pre-production there and we enjoy it thoroughly. Anyways, it is just a demo so stay tuned for the full length available for our (dare I say) North American tour in July 2010. Now we’ve never booked the USA before and for those of you who know us we like doing things ourselves so we’re going to see how that goes but we think it might turn out alright. Enjoy the track.”



New review from AMP Magazine, Issue 41:

The Class War Kids – “Reflection! Rage! Rebellion!”

Newfoundland’s CLASS WAR KIDS are back with a brand new disc packed with their brand of hook-filled, up-tempo punk tunes with socially and politically charged lyrics. Think of a mixed drink or a cocktail (make mine a molotov, please!) containing the following: 2 parts PROPAGHANDI, 1  part ANTI-FLAG and just a splash of ANGEL CITY OUTCASTS. Mmmmm…tasty. Last years “A Strong People Need No Leader” was one of my top albums of the year and “Reflection! Rage! Rebellion!” follows along in that same vein. This CD is a strong one from start to finish, but I’d especially recommend the tracks “Disinformation Age,” Viva Capitalista” and “Fuck The Troops.” (RK)

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