Posts Tagged ‘the fallout

05
May
17

the fallout – march 19, 2017 – hamilton

falloutlogo… back in March, The Fallout opened for Red Alert in Hamilton at This Ain’t Hollywood … here’s a few tunes from their set, courtesy of Mr. Duane Timbers. Thanks Duane …

… first tune is a new one. The band is recording at we speak, hoping to help release something by them sooner than later …

17
Jul
16

interview with the fallout

The Fallout  interviewed by Mike from No Productivity zine (and, of course, one of the hosts of Rebel Time Radio) in 2014 in Hamilton …

fallouthappycopNo Productivity: I’m here with Byron from The Fallout, this really long-running Toronto punk band. How long have you guys been a band for?

Byron: I think we’ve been together since about 1997. We started as a four-piece, and I guess I’m the third lead singer. So yeah, we’ve been around for a while. Myself, I go right back to the Toronto Hardcore scene, in the early 80s, and Bob he was around in the early 90s. At one point we had Jeremy on bass, and he was in the 90s band 2 Pump Louie. So yeah, we’ve been long-time Toronto punks.

No Productivity: I remember seeing you years ago, and then you kind of disappeared for a while.

Byron: Yeah, we kind of took a little hiatus. Jeremy, he was a guitar player first and he was playing bass. He’d offered to play bass for us but really it’s what he wanted to do, and so he wanted to move over. For a while we were talking about having a second guitar, but just a few other differences and we decided put it on hold for a while. So I guess about two years ago Bob and I were talking about getting together and Patty from Class War Kids and Brutal Youth graciously has been helping us out.

No Productivity: Yeah, I was already curious about how Patty from Class War Kids and Brutal Youth came about. Did you guys ask him about it, or was it his initiative?

Byron: Who knows. We’d met for the first time in Saint Catherines, and he was touringfalloutcherrycolasapril82015rob1 with this band from Newfoundland or Labrador there, I guess was The Embarrassments. I remember loading in hand hearing this band had already started their set, and I was really enjoying what I was hearing, this really really upbeat sound. And we got talking and I was really amazed how these guys were touring in Canada from the East Coast, and I mean, being in a band in Canada you know it’s absolutely difficult to tour this country. And from there we met up again when he was in Class War Kids and they were on tour. We’d gotten involved with helping Class War Kids with their album “Reflection! Rage! Rebellion!”

No Productivity: I saw that you put out this seven song CD of covers of old Toronto punk bands, bands like Young Lions, Viletones, Youth Youth Youth, Red Squares.

Byron: Yeah, I guess at the time there were songs that I had on tapes and cassettes and singles that were in my collection, and I always thought it was unfortunate why all these great bands got overlooked, while the American and UK bands got on bigger labels and made more widely known and I just felt that so many cool Canadian bands got overlooked. So at that time, I kind of focused on stuff that, at the best of my knowledge, hadn’t made it out of the city. That’s why with the Viletones, I picked a song off the record “Look Back in Anger”. You know, just songs I grew up listening to.

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No Productivity: Yeah, when I was looking over the tracklist of the CD it almost seemed like a celebration of earlier Toronto scene.

Byron: Exactly. Well there was that song by the Ottawa band, the name’s escaping me now. We would have done the Bureaucrats but we’re not good enough to cover the Bureaucrats.

No Productivity: Again, sort of with celebrating the early Toronto scene, what is it about local scenes that really seem so interesting or important?

Byron: Well, I think that it’s like, like here tonight you know, it’s a real sense of community. The last few nights, it’s old friends getting together, supporting each other. We’re all starving artists, it’s a really happy time. It’s not like everyone’s trying to out-rockstar one another. It’s the same in the 80s as all the way to now. Punk’s always had a really limited mass appeal, so it’s like you’re members of a special kind of community, and that’s why everybody’s so supportive. You know, like we have Randy and Rebel Time, you’ve got The Rebel Spell coming from Vancouver, and everyone from Kitchener-Waterloo, and all these people coming from Toronto.

No Productivity: Off the hiatus, playing a bunch of shows the past couple years with Pat, is there anything new planned for the Fallout?

Byron: Yeah, we’re playing a new song tonight “Pick Yourself Up” (see video below) and we’ve got the basicsfalloutvidpic for a full CD written, but we’ve got to play them a bit better before we play them live and those sorts of things. We’re definitely going to start recording over the winter and hopefully maybe work with Rebel Time, maybe get some of the old stuff remixed and get it up for a digital download. You know, stuff’s in the works but we’re a little older, we’re not as fast as the new kids.

No Productivity: Anything you want to add?

Byron: Thanks for wanting to do the fanzine, that’s another part of the local scenes; it’s everything from the bands to the people putting on the local shows to the people putting out fanzines and it’s all great. Now let’s go listen to The Rebel Spell!

The Fallout will be playing with The Strike, Les Trois Huit and Final Four on July 29th in Hamilton and July 30th in Toronto …

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And, another new tune!

06
Jul
16

new tune from the fallout

Rebel Time Records will be working on an upcoming release from Toronto political punks The Fallout … they’ve got about 20 or so songs almost ready to roll out, so stay tuned!

Head on over to The Fallout’s Bandcamp page to check out the band’s previous releases! Lots of great straight-up, stripped-down political punk rock…

Here’s a new tune the band debuted in Hamilton just a couple of weeks ago …

 

10
Jun
16

punk rock matinee – sunday june 19

CurasbunPosters-001An afternoon of international on-point oi/streetpunk/punk at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton. As usual, all-ages/licensed!

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First up we’ve got our very own HAMILTON DEFENSE ARMYcomprised of members of The Strike, The Steeltown Spoilers and Adellada, these grizzled scene veterans bring new life to old oi classics in their own inimitable style … expect to hear  Varukers , Cock Sparrer , Business , Oppressed , Blitz , Sham69 (just to name a few!) when they storm the stage ..

Up next is THE FALLOUT  … straight up, stripped-down catchy-as-heck political punk rock from  from Toronto … albums out on Longshot Music, Insurgence Records and, sooner than later, Rebel Time Records …

Then we’ve got Montreal’s SHOTCALLERS . Made up of members of  illustrious Montreal / Quebec bands (including  Jeunesse Apatride, La Gachette, Buddha Bulldozer, Scab Coma, Subsistance and Hold A Grudge), they guys are a real-deal street-punk powerhouse … new 4-song 7″ out now on Crowd Control media … I gotta say, I love the tune “Violence Sublime” …

And, headlining, we’ve got, all the way from Chile, street-punk veterans CURASBUN …they’ve been around for 20 years and have just released their first album in 11 years … currently on tour across the Americas … check out the interv with the band, as well as tunes and videos,  on this blog, just a couple of entries below this one …

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09
Jan
16

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Randy Smith (Rebel Time Records)

Back in October, Mick from the most excellent Just Some Punk Songs blog asked if I’d be up for compiling a “10 best punk songs” list (with videos) for said blog. Here’s what I came up with (in alphabetical order, from A to Z!)…

Massive thanks to Mick for allowing me the opportunity to share some of my favourite bands and music. Much appreciated!  As I have a ton of favourite bands and songs, and as Rebel Time Records is a ‘political punk rock’ label,  I narrowed it down by picking only Canadian bands and songs that mean a lot to me both on a personal and political level; songs that both move me and make me move; songs that make me want to raise a pint (or a least, a virgin Caesar) and a fist.  Not a complete list by any stretch of the imagination…there are just so many other great bands that could have/should have been on this list…cheers!
ACTION SEDITION – CLASSE CONTRE CLASSE

About 3 years back I noticed that a band called Action Sedition was starting to play out in Montreal.   Great name,  I sez to myself,  but what the heck do they sound like and what are they singing about?  My answer came in the form of their 8-song demo  Rapport de Force  which came out in 2012. Holy Head of Jesus ! What a platter  Left-radical, anti-capitalist, anti-fascist catchy political streetpunk done up just the way I like it! The first song I listened to was  “Prisonniers Politiques”  and I was stoked to see/hear the lyrics name-check a political prisoner I used to correspond with back in the day. Fast-forward a couple of years and I’m proud to say that Rebel Time Records has put the band on tour in Ontario and has also helped to release some top-tunes from the band. Action Sedition is a band that walks the talk…members are active in such groups as the IWW, Montreal Red and Anarchist Skinheads, Montreal Sisterhood and they do  Revolution Fest (3 days of  feminist, anti-capitalist and anti-fascist  music) in Montreal every year.

BROADCAST ZERO – IT DIES WITH YOU

One of the guitarists from Broadcast Zero, Phil D, and I started Rebel Time Records back in 2008.  Our first release was the first Broadcast Zero album  “Yesterday, You Could Change The World”.  This song is from their second album  “Some Concerns Regarding This Revolt,”  which, personally, I think slipped under the radar a bit and didn’t get the attention it deserved. Faster, angrier, tighter and more focused than the first album, with insightful lyrics from singer Nick, who said at the time that “the album  takes on a theme of deconstruction, raising questions of personal accountability and participation, and stressing the importance of looking in the mirror before pointing fingers.”  Or, as one reviewer put it: “a unique union of societal concerns and life lessons.”  The band toured Canada/North America 3 times in about 3 years. Though broken up, they have reunited on occasion for very worthy causes…

THE CLASS ASSASSINS – NO JUSTICE NO PEACE

“No Justice  No Peace”…this song was first released back in 2000, on The Class Assassin’s original demo CD . Since then, it has come out in different versions, on different releases. This version is from the  No Justice…  7”  and, 15 years in, it’s still one of my favourite songs by one of my favourite bands, with a message that is as pertinent and powerful now as it was then. Timeless, catchy-as-heck, anthemic, sing-a-long streetpunk with something to say. The guys in the band are a veritable who’s-who of Toronto punk rock…over the past 20 or 30 years they’ve been in such bands as Bitter Grin, Hockey Teeth, Direct Action, 2-Pump Louie, Sinkin’ Ships, Problem Children, Chronic Submission and more.  Stoked to have a couple of Class Ass releases under our Rebel Time Records belts.

THE FALLOUT – PEACE LOVE AND ANARCHY

I’m a Fallout-booster. There is just no getting around that. I shout their praise (and rightly so!) from the mountains and the roof-tops.  This 3-piece combo has been described as  ‘straight-up, stripped-down political punk rock,’ and one sage reviewer noted that ” Their catchy-as-hell, sing-along, three-chord punk rock packs a definite punch and is coupled with well-crafted and well-articulated, socially-conscious lyrics that crackle with heartfelt anger and urgency.” I couldn’t have said it any better myself! Me, I find their first full-length “Turning Revolution Into Money” to be an absolute classic. This particular song, Peace Love And Anarchy serves as the theme song of Rebel Time Radio (Wednesdays, from 9:00PM to 10:0PM on SoundFM100.3, broadcasting out of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario). Fittingly, it’s about building genuine and caring communities outside of corporate culture.  Pat from Brutal Youth / Class War Kids has recently joined the band on bass, and word on the streets is that new material is forthcoming…

 

HOCKEY TEETH – NOT SO LONG AGO

No less a punk rock luminary than Damien of Fucked Up fame has declared the record this song was on ‘the 10th best punk rock 7″ to come out of Toronto.’ He says: “The opening of this record has a sample from a Nazi on Geraldo espousing his beliefs before he’s cut off by one of the greatest anti-fascist songs ever: Not So Long Ago.” Hey, who am I to argue with that! In the spirit of full disclosure, the two guitarists from this band (brothers Chris and Dan) went on to form the aforementioned The Class Assassins. Hockey Teeth was a band that walked the talk. As Mark, the singer, said recently: “I am …proud to say that my friends/band mates over the years have done our best to help every organization that we could playing as many benefit shows as we did…whether it was in support of Womyn’s shelters, Animal welfare, human rights/dignities, equal rights, and food banks/shelters etc. We may have been a small thing in the scope of things, but I know we helped many. I know we may have been a small change in the world, but if you start to act locally, it can have a great effect globally. ” Nice one Hockey Teeth!!

 

HOLD A GRUDGE / JEUNESSE APATRIDE: BUILD SOMETHING GREAT

Two for one!
Originally released by the late, great Hold A Grudge on their “Doing Time” album in 2010 and covered and released by the late, great Jeunesse Apatride on their “Jusq’au bout” album in 2014 .Two great bands from Montreal who just happened to share both a bass player and a positive political attitude, as exemplified by this tune. It’s an upbeat, uplifting and inspirational call-to-arms. Take they lyrics to heart!!
Honoured to have had both bands play Rebel Time Records shows and Rebel Fests. Having Jeunesse Apatride play the very first Rebel Fest was amazing. From what I understand, it was their only show (aside from European shows) outside of Quebec. Merci!!
Note 1: Hold a Grudge recorded a second album that has yet to see the light of day…fingers crossed that it does…
Note 2: The first 3 Jeuensse Apatride albums can be downloaded FOR FREE at their bandcamp page…

 

KILLING FIELDS – DOWN TO MY LAST ROUND

“Hardcore Against Capitalism,” that’s how Killing Fields described themselves. Raging political HC out of, yep, Montreal. This song came out on their 5-song cassette tape release “Down To My Last Round,” released in 2009. First came across this band on Myspace (!) and was intrigued. Another Quebec band that Rebel Time Records was able to convince, back in 2010, to make the 8 hour trip to Hamilton to play one of our Sunday afternoon Punk Rock Matinees. Sadly, the band broke up shortly thereafter, but, happily, recently, they have threatened to reform in one shape or another. Hoping that happens! In the meantime, you can download their 5 song cassette release FOR FREE on Bandcamp…do it, do it now!

 

THE REBEL SPELL – FIGHT FOR THE SUN

One of my favourite songs (both in terms of music and music) from one of my favourite bands and the last song on what I imagine will be the last album from the band. The first time I heard this tune, I got all verklempt (and still do when listening to it) The death of singer Todd Serious back in March 2015 hit us all hard, no doubt about it. We’re still in recovery mode. I couldn’t listen to anything by The Rebel Spell for quite a while, but, when I decided it was time to do so, this was the song I chose to start off with. For me personally, a song that fundamentally encapsulates the band’s ethos…committed, caring, uncompromising and compassionate. Inspirational and incendiary. Can’t say enough good things about this band and the people who comprised it. DIY political punk at it’s best. Please check them out and please fight for the sun…

 

S.C.U.M. – SO MUCH HATE

“S.C.U.M. stood for Society Controlled Under Murderers. The police in Montreal were known as the C.U.M. (Communaute Urbaine de Montreal) and they had street signs up for them so this was an easy graffiti thing to do was to put S’s in front of their acronym.” – Equalizing X Distort
Quite simply, one of the great anti-cop songs of all time, from Montreal’s S.C.U.M. The anger is visceral and palpable and, 30 years after this song was first released, still righteous and relevant. I mean, just this week 8 Quebec cops have been suspended for alleged sexual assaults on aboriginal women and in Toronto, the trial has started for the cop who pumped 9 rounds into Sammy Yatim. The last line of this song alone is worth the price of admission…”Your funeral is my party, pig.”
This song plays in my head a lot. I mean, a lot! It’s my all-purpose, go-to tune when The Man is pissing me off…

 

ZEROPTION – TRAITOR RED

1983. Sitting in a PoliSci class at McMaster University in Hamilton. Reading a copy of Black Triangle, a local punk zine. Dude sitting about three seats down on my left sees me reading it and whispers over “Hey, I’m in that zine!” Hmmm. I flip through the pages and, lo and behold, I see a picture of the dude. His name is Gord, and he plays bass for Zeroption. And, hey, I just happen to love Zeroption! I’d recently picked up the ‘TO Hardcore ’83’ compilation tape which featured a bunch of Toronto punk/HC bands, including Zeroption. Red Scare is one of the 3 tracks of great political punk rock they contributed to the comp.
Long story short, we got to talking and it turned out that both Gord and the band’s guitar player, Stuart, were attending McMaster. Of course, we all bonded over a shared love of punk rock and political science.I remember Gord made up a mixtape for me with stuff like Bad Religion, Die Kreuzen, SSD and Personality Crisis. He also gave me a tape with 8 or 10 Zeroption songs. Sadly, both tapes are long lost.

23
Dec
14

new song from the fallout

A brand new song from The Fallout! It’s called Pick Yourself Up and is from their November 9th, 2014 show with The Rebel Spell, The Class Assassins, Brutal Youth and Come Out Swinging.

Looking very forward to working with The Fallout in 2015.

As usual, huge thanks to James C. of JCrafilms for filming the bands.

18
Oct
14

the fallout – upcoming shows

The Fallout are playing a few shows with The Rebel Spell and Brutal Youth in November!

Kitchener-Waterloo: Friday, November 7th @ The Outpost, with The Rebel Spell, Brutal Youth and Expect Resistance

Toronto: Saturday, November 8th @ The Bovine Sex Club with The Rebel Spell, Brutal Youth and Katatonix

Hamilton: Sunday, November 9th @ This Ain’t Hollywood with The Rebel Spell, The Class Assassins, Brutal Youth and Come Out Swinging

More info on all the shows can be found at the following links:

Kitchener-Waterloo Show
Toronto Show
Hamilton Show

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