Posts Tagged ‘The Suicide Pilots

23
May
08

“SUICIDE PILOTS Not Grounded By Government And Set To Tour”

From The latest issue of Chart Attack…note the tour dates at the end of the article.

Suicide Pilots Not Grounded By Government And Set To Tour

Thursday May 22, 2008 @ 06:30 PM
By: ChartAttack. com Staff

Ottawa punks The Suicide Pilots were under surveillance by the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service due to their political activism and logo that features a cartoon airplane flying toward Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings.

Drummer Jeffrey “Bones” Monaghan was alleged to have leaked the federal government’s environmental plan last spring while he was working on contract for Environment Canada. Though he was never charged, he was led away from his post in handcuffs by the RCMP. That first put the punk band on the feds’ radar, but it didn’t stop there.

The Suicide Pilots’ recently released War On Satire album features a song called “Harper Youth” that a RCMP report dated two days after Monaghan’s May 9, 2007 arrest said compares Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Adolph Hitler. There was also concern about the aforementioned logo, which a report said depicts “a 9/11 type drawing showing an airplane crashing into the Parliament.”

In response to the government’s uneasiness, The Suicide Pilots posted this message on their MySpace blog on Wednesday:

“Paranoid governments are prone to attacking artists and dissendents. Perhaps the paranoia evident in this enormous police apparatus is an expression of the system’s weakness; the tighter their grip, the more people will slip through their fingers. As more folk find themselves on the fringes — disenfranchised, manipulated, persecuted & cast aside by a system emphasizing property and profit — resistance to this abusive structure will grow. Things desperately need to change; the more those at the top of the hierarchy struggle to hold on to the reins of power, the more apparent it becomes, even to those who never thought themselves radical, that change is imminent. We would like to believe that this bloated, top-heavy, cop-shop-State — being built by people, can be broken down just the same.”

The Suicide Pilots are taking their anarchist message across eastern Canada.

You can catch them here:

May 23 Amherst, NS @ The Shack
May 25 Halifax, NS @ Chebucto House w/Flags Of Convenience
May 26 Fredericton, NB @ Vixens Bar & Lounge w/Holy Co$t and The Legacys
May 27 Quebec City, QC @ L’Echouerie
May 31 Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Rock Cafe Le Stage w/DIY
June 3 Ottawa, ON @ Bytowne Tavern w/The Botched Suicides and Humans Off Planet Earth!
June 4 Peterborough, ON @ The Underdog w/Creosote (AZ) and Shitreign
June 7 Toronto, ON @ 15 Lower Sherbourne St.

(High Art For The Low Down)
June 19 Windsor, ON @ The Coach & Horses
June 20 Kitchener, ON @ The Circus Room w/Broadcast Zero and The Rotten
June 21 Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah w/Broadcast Zero (matinee)
June 21 London, ON @ The Embassy Hotel
June 27 Montreal, QC @ Katacombs w/Barricade Mentale

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11
Apr
08

The SUICIDE PILOTS : “Weapons Of Mass Disruption”

 

War On Satire  An article about THE SUICIDE PILOTS that was just published in The      Ottawa Xpress:
 

 

   Suicide Pilots take aim at “Harper Youth”

  Say what you will about conservative regimes, the religious right,   imperialism and war – without ’em, we wouldn’t have punk rock.
 
 In the tradition of ’80s hardcore and at the doorstep of Harper’s   government, the Suicide Pilots (myspace.com/thesuicidepilots) continue to rage against the… um, machine. And with the release of their first full-length album, The War on Satire, these anarcho-punks make it clear that they aren’t going anywhere, or shutting up, any time soon.

A couple of years back, guitarist Peter Pants and drummer Bones were roommates at the Ottawa co-op Fort Argyle, where they jammed with vocalist NACL, influenced by bands like the Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Crass, Black Flag and early Propagandhi. Alas, the Fort, which has long been a venue for community shows and fundraisers, will soon be converted into “yuppie townhouses,” Bones notes.

Wib, the bassist, is a newer addition to the collective. The Suicide Pilots are indeed a collective, making decisions by consensus and incorporating their social justice organizing into their music. “At the end of the day, playing in a punk band isn’t politics in and of itself. So we have to try hard to make those connections tangible,” says Wib.

“Think back to punk bands in the late ’70s and early ’80s,” he points out. “They felt that if there wasn’t any controversy they weren’t doing a good job of getting their insurgent message across. Our music too is purposefully disruptive.”

The band made headlines and shocked well-mannered citizens last year with their logo, which features a plane flying into Parliament Hill.

“I don’t think the corporate media, the ‘establishment,’ are really going to give us the time to have any kind of intelligent discussion,” says Bones. “A lot of reactionary people see our logo and they don’t want to think about symbolism, or even about art.”

NACL, formerly the frontman of Disgruntled, writes most of the lyrics. “I have no talents beyond yelling,” he quips. “I’m always trying to inject a sense of humour and levity… Without humour you’ve just got rage. And rage can’t self-sustain for long.”

Bones agrees. “A lot of the content of our music is about really serious stuff, and we’re serious when we talk about it. But when we’re playing our music we’re generally having a pretty good time.”

The Suicide Pilots will release their 12-track album, including anthems Hand to Mouth and Harper Youth, with a live show at the Dominion on April 12. A cross-Canada tour kicks off in late May.

“It’s kind of cool being a new band to a lot of people that we encounter. Who knows, we might just become boring and yesterday’s news,” says Pete. “But where we’re at right now is where we’ve always wanted to be.”

Suicide Pilots
CD release
w/ Critical Convictions and The Sewer Rats
At
Dominion Tavern
April 12,
10 p.m., $5

03
Apr
08

An Interview With THE SUICIDE PILOTS

I was fortunate enough to see Ottawa’s THE SUICIDE PILOTS last month. Totally amazing snotty, snippy, snide punk rock with definite political slant. They’ve just released an excellent CD, “The War On Satire,” and I’ll have a review of that shortly. What follows is a bit of a chat I had with the band. Pics from the Hamilton Common Cause Benefit by Hailey Edge:

I know you guys released a demo and had a track on the Rock Against Harper compilation… any other recordings available or forthcoming?

Mr. Winky:  We have a full length due out in April which we put a lot of work into – we feel it is incredible. It also reflects transitions in the band and our thinking about certain issues. Half the songs feature our old bass player, Spazzo, and half the songs feature our new bass player, who happens to be me, Mr. Winky. All the songs are quite critical of state politics and the status quo.

NaCl: Well, beyond the aforementioned full-length (The War on Satire) that Winky’s plugging – no. Not yet, anyways. Although we’re trying our best to churn out them boot-stompin’ tunes, it takes time. We’ve thrown our best works from the last (and first!) two years of our existence into W.O.S., and it’ll be a bit before we have another offering of similar beefiness to immortalize on… something. That said, what we’re doing now compared to even two months ago when W.O.S. was being finished – I’m pretty damned excited to see what comes out next time we record.

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The always objective National Post described The Suicide Pilots thusly: “Musically, The Suicide Pilots sound like your average punk group – loud, crunchy guitars, three chord progressions, scream-o vocals, etc. The production values are surprisingly decent, but the songs are terrible.” An accurate description?!

bones:  At least they called us loud!!!!!! Our singer NaCL has been called a lot of things, but never scream-o!!! Really, we think it’s great that those shitbags at the National Post do not appreciate our music – we would have to seriously reconsider our project if a bunch of fart-catching, war-mongering, yuppies identified with our message. The National Post (and dominant society more generally) tend to dismiss, and\or ignore most forms of political expression that don’t buy into, or conform to, the very narrow values of our rapacious consumer culture. The corporate media is a perfect example of this. All you get are reports about bullshit capital P – politics and discussions of bullshit activism (like that sac-of-shit Bono, or buying crap to “save Africa”, or Kyoto and other green capitalist bullshit, etc. etc.!). Not to mention the waves and waves of SPORTS!, crappy de-politicized (anti-political) music, or celebrity fetishisms, and most notably, advertisements! The corporate media has very little content that is critical of larger, structural issues. That is why we need to create our own collectively-run spaces – indymedia, social centres, house venues, real garden/growing space, record labels with integrity, etc. The Post thinks our “songs are terrible” because we explicitly reject all of the values they stand for. So, we are very happy not fitting in with that!

Mr. Winky: As far as our song writing is concerned, we’re trying to break through the standard song and chord progression that a lot of punk rawk is based on… some might find our sound off the mark. We are pulling in stuff from early 50s rock and blues riffs, a lot of different textures with the vocals, we’re trying to do something different with song writing, which is always a bit risky. If people don’t like it, that is too bad, but we are not writing music to fulfill the expectations of others.

NaCl: …You know, I still carry that picture of bones at the press conference around in my pocket. I think the next SP album should come with a Free Monaghan action figure. You could sharpie the beard on, and voila! Anarcho-bones!

Oh. Sorry. Their description? I’m happy enough with it – not like it’s ever going to be relevant to us. …Although being described as “screamo” does sting a bit. Punk’s always had an abrasive edge to it; almost as if it was designed to grate on the nerves of your parents, teachers, jerks you hate & conservative columnists. We’ve offended the eardrums of the petty pundits, mission accomplished. In the end, what I think it really came down to was not even so much an honest critique of a fledgling punk outfit; rather, it was the N.P. grasping at straws in a drawn-out assassination piece. It came through in the photos used, the whole tone of it.
Some people like us, some people hate us. Don’t rely on major papers to do punk rock justice, especially when it somehow involves national scandal.
Screamo?

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The band seems to have played a fair number of benefits, including one for Books To Prisoners, and would seem to be a ‘socially-conscious’ outfit… any particular message you are trying to get across or cause you’re touting?

Mr. Winky: We are all really involved in various projects in our communities, but the Pilots don’t really have any particular message. It would be fair to say that we are interested in re-exploring the link between anarchism and punk music. Sometimes a focus on organized resistance gets lost in punk music, and the end result is thoroughly nihilistic.

bones: Punk music has a very proud anti-authoritarian history, we’re happy to contribute to that. As far as Books to Prisoners goes, we’re all members of the group so getting the benefit gig was more convenience than politics! Our real commitment at B2P isn’t to perform – although performing is really fun! The B2P benefit was in support of the Security Certificate 5 – five muslim men that have been held without trial, charges, or a chance to review the evidence against them, all under the guise of fighting “terrorism.” Mohamed Harket is one of those men and he’s currently under house arrest in Ottawa, so that is an important struggle to work with. B2P hosted another benefit last fall (at which the Pilots didn’t play!) to support the legal costs of a Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty group based primarily in Montreal. They have been targeted with a series of really fucked up charges and on-going harassment because of their animal liberation campaign. Again, it’s a really important struggle that we’re actively supporting – whether it’s through punk rock or organizing.

NaCl: This one’s been hit pretty well on the head by the others, but I’ll chime in.
We’ve all been involved in activism of varying shades, politics, conciousness-raising, benefits, actions, protests, hippy-dippy pipe dreams, militant aspirations and all form of gender-bending, boat-rocking mindfuckery… It’s all been a part of our lives for so long (and still it goes) that you can’t let these struggles & passions go – and why would you, when you’ve such a nice little soapbox to stand on? Music’s got it’s own virtues, sure – but it makes a damn fine medium. As for particular causes, between the lot of us we probably represent a sizable list. It comes out in the music, it’s an inextricable part of it, but neither part overwhelms the other – our lyrics range from vaguely allegorical to directly applicable. I kinda like the freedom that affords, as a writer and as a professional screamer-of-words.

So, sounds like you guys are keeping pretty busy in Ottawa. Any big plans for the near or not-so-near future?

Peter Pants: Yeah, you could say that. We’ve got a big CD release party planned for April 12th at the Dominion Tavern in Ottawa. Playing with us will be local sensations The Sewer Rats and Critical Convictions, both really great bands. We’re also hitting the road in late May, heading first out to the East Coast and then looping back to southern Ontario in early June. Definitely looking forward to rolling into the ‘Hammer for a big show on June 21st, especially after the great time we had on March 1st playing the Common Cause benefit! Other than the CD and the tour, hmmm… We’ll be hosting a series of shows at Fort Argyle in Ottawa over the summer. The Fort is kind of our homebase – it is where we played our first shows and where we’ve been practicing for the past two years. Unfortunately, the entire row of houses is slated for development and everyone is getting kicked out, which totally sucks because those 6 homes were affordable and have housed hundreds of lives and happenings over the years. Anyways, we’re calling it the “Burning Down The Fort” series.

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