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Feb—2004

La Scène de la Scène
by Stephan MacLeod

Things were starting to look grim this winter. Local show promoters found out that most doors to community centers and halls were shut to them when looking for venues for all ages concerts. A few months ago I called potential venues to get information on cost and availability for shows, but it seemed whenever I mentioned the words “all ages” I was told to find somewhere else. Other promoters ran into similar problems.

Aimee Power wanted to put on a concert to raise money for her Gaelic class’ trip to Scotland. Aimee says, “I called up the director of the St Pius X to see if I could rent their hall which is right beside the church and would be a fairly good spot for it. I asked if they had anything open for a certain date and he said they were completely free, and I explained to him how we were doing a fund raiser for our high school class and were going to put on a concert. He seemed interested and he asked bar-related questions and I explained to him that it wouldn’t be needed because its for a younger crowd. And almost immediately he got really stand-offish and basically just cut me off mid-sentence and said ‘We don’t want to have to put up with things like this’ and I proceeded to tell him we could get adults to supervise and what-not, and he said, ‘No, there’s no way this will work.’” Luckily Myron’s allowed the Gaelic class to hold their fund raiser there.

Corey Falls heard a similar reply when he called one community center. Corey says, “When I called the York Community Center, they told me ‘I’m sorry we don’t rent out for event like that’.” Corey says, “When I try to rent out halls like the Basilica Rec Center, they don’t return our calls.” Despite the lack of venues, the show must go on. “When all else fails we sometimes resort to having shows in our own homes and basements but neighbors hate it and there’s not enough room,” says Corey.

One brave soul who volunteers his basement for concerts is Nick Gallant. Fed up with getting the run around from venues, Nick started hosting shows in his house last year. Nick explains how his basement became a venue: “About 7-8 months ago, I looked into the Guild as a venue, and talked to a few people working there. I don’t recall the guy’s name, but apparently he was in charge of bookings, and when I was finally able to speak with him - which took about 3 weeks - he told me that they didn’t want to have all ages shows because it simply wasn’t profitable for them to do so.

lding those types of events for awhile. She didn’t give me a reason, either. After these two incidents, I was discouraged, so I decided to try and put on a show in my basement.

“I started having them at my house for a couple of reasons. At the time I decided to have the first one, there were no venues willing to hold an all-ages show. Those places that were had always seemed to be booked, or only open for the events on a seasonal basis, and in some cases, required ridiculous amounts of money to rent. The main reason I decided to hold them, though, was because they’re a positive thing for so many kids that are used to attending them.

“The shows in my basement have all turned out fairly well, but I don’t think it’s a great permanent venue. It’s small, and 20 minutes outside of Charlottetown. A decent venue to call our own would be nice.”

The goal of getting a venue to put on all ages concerts in Charlottetown was the motivation behind a public gathering on January 10. Adam “Spaz” MacDonald came up with the idea to organize a rally and raise awareness of the lack of support for the all ages music community. Over 50 teenagers gathered downtown in the freezing temperatures banging on drums and handing out flyers. The media exposure that this event generated helped reopen the doors to the Arts Guild.

Years ago, all ages shows at the Arts Guild occurred fairly regularly and were well attended, but in the past year promoters were told they could not book the venue because of a policy against these types of concerts. In a CBC story on Adam MacDonald’s rally and the venue shortage, Yvette Doucette, chair of the P.E.I. Council of the Arts, says “the Arts Guild building is still open to young musicians,” and she “encourages any young artists to contact the council if they feel they’re being shut out.”

The day after the story was broadcast, I walked into the Arts Guild and for the first time in over a year, I was allowed to book a show there. Now several shows are being planned at the venue on a monthly basis.

For months I was frustrated about how difficult it was to put on a show in this town. There is a really strong music scene that comes out and supports practically every all ages show that takes place, but the basements were beginning to feel too small for everyone to be able to enjoy the music, and the community centers that were kind enough to allow shows in their venues were too far away for people who don’t have access to a vehicle. The main ingredient in any music community is a venue downtown, but shows in Charlottetown are few and far between.

Despite the lack of shows, over 220 kids showed up at a concert at the McKenzie Theater to see a bunch of underground punk, metal and hardcore bands on the same evening as the demonstration downtown. I was blown away by how a group of people who play music for fun were able to draw such a large audience. And I still can’t believe the results of the positive action that the 50 people who marched in the freezing cold to raise awareness. They got the Arts Guild back. And I believe if they keep trying they can get the support of the municipal and provincial government in helping secure a permanent and affordable space for them to hold their concerts. I hope the hundreds of other kids who enjoy the shows these people put on will join them next time.

It’s definitely worth the city’s while to listen to these people. All ages shows not only keep kids off the streets and out of trouble, but they also nurture the talents of growing musicians and artists. If only people would look at music and the arts as an opportunity for young people to learn to work together, and develop skills that will help them later in life, maybe the government would invest in building a venue/youth center the same way they assist athletes by building new hockey rinks. Investing in the future of a young artists is certainly as worthy a cause.

The scene survived without venues for a long time thanks to DIY ethics, and a shared passion for underground music. But just imagine what these kids could accomplish with a bit of outside support.

Aug—2003

La Scène de la Scène
by Stephan MacLeod

So there are all sorts of shows coming up this month, but instead of putting up a bunch of pictures of bands you've probably heard of, I'm going to use this space to show you kind folks some pics of bands I vaguely remember seeing at the 18th Annual PEI Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Festival. There's a fella dancing from the group Higher Vision (top right). There's three people singing from the group Birch Mountain (below that picture of the fella dancing). And last but certainly not least is a pic of a bunch of guys from Baucom, Bibey & Blueridge playing away (bottom). I'd like to thank the kind folks at the festival for letting me in for free. The bluegrass community is full of the nicest people and most talented musicians I've ever met.

Speaking of bluegrass, Israel Okeafor is planning a night of African food and music at the Basillica Recreation Centre on August 22, 2003. Israel's Lost Tribes will perform with special guests from Toronto. The event will be open to people of all ages.

The reunited Superfriendz will be hitting PEI on Labour Day weekend as a part of the Close to the Coast Festival at Baba's Lounge. Neusieland, Slowcoaster, Matt Mayes, and Skratch Bastid will be returning to the festival. Also look out for Contrived, Mark Bragg & the Black Wedding Band, Gabe Minnikin & his band, The Organizers, Fat Jebus, and DJ Moves with Tai Chi Chi and Cee. Tickets for a huge Sloan concert in Halifax on September 20-21 will also be given away.

The Tuesdays new album, 45 Strings is currently in the works and should be available in the fall.

July—2003

La Scène de La Scène
by Stephan MacLeod

So the House of Rock is dead and buried and Greg Boone has left Charlottetown after successfully completing his goal of reviving the local music scene. Now what? Now we relax and calmly enjoy the warm weather, and the new menu item at Formosa House.
BUT WAIT A MINUTE FATBOY! Did you not realize that this is the season to shove new music in your earhole??? Well do it up, tubby!

On July 5th you can drag your 200 lb ass to the Cymbria Campground for the Northshore Jam. A mini festival with a mega-line up of jam bands dicking around on their instruments all fricking day!!!! Fat Jebus, Slowcoaster, Jimmy Swift Band are set to play two sets each. Afternoon sessions start at 3:00pm and then the hippies will kick off their sandles for some dancing late into the night. Tickets for the show are $25 in advance (you can buy them at Back Alley Discs) and $30 at the gate. Camp sites are available, and the event is 19+, so leave your kids at home, single parents. Slowcoaster's drummer, Devon Strang, has just returned from India and something tells me he is close to unlocking the secrets of the universe.

If you consider yourself more of a hipster than a hippy, you'll be excited to know that Dischord Records' Q and Not U are coming to the East Royalty Community Center to make everyone feel a little more pretentious. This trio brings all sorts of cool sounds to the table with their dancey post punk brand of math rock. These lads are travelling all the way from Washington to play the kindergarten in East Royalty, so bring them some food, love, etc.

According to PEIlocals.com, there will be a "Super Amazing Rock Show" featuring Church, Gruesome Feast, Singularity, Left on Red with special guests Wes Nile and the Mad Cows at the Cornwall Civic Center on July 4. The show will cost a whopping five bucks at the door, but it is in a curling club. I imagine that the show will be super amazing, like the title suggests, but if it isn't you should really ask for your money back. Or you could give them more money because you are generous like that sometimes.
Also according to PEIlocals.com, Alexisonfire (you know, that shitty band with the shitty video) are coming to PEI on July 22. The show is supposed to feature Singularity, Anna Pilla, Later Daze, The Fullblast and one more band at the East Royalty Community Center. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Keep your eyes on Locals to see if this thing actually pans out.

Mar—2003

Sandwich tasting at the ECMAs

A la Scène de la Scène
by Stephan MacLeod

Lennie Gallant gets asked what it feels like to win in two languages.

Music journalists suck. They lack the creativity and imagination of musicians. Luckily for music journalists in Atlantic Canada, the East Coast Music Awards presents them with a wide assortment of uncreative and unimaginative bands to write about. After spending fifteen minutes listening to media from throughout the region ask shitty bands stupid questions in the media room during the ECMA's, I took some complimentary bottled water and sandwiches and went home to watch The Simpsons. Don't worry, I'm pretty sure I know the hard hitting questions all those entertainment reporters asked in my absence:

"What does it feel like to win this award?"
"It feels good."
"Comme ce qu'il se sent pour gagner cette récompense?"
"Il sent bon foutu."

And I don't think anybody asked the questions that were on my mind:

Mikey of Slowcoaster.

"Great Big Sea, could you guys suck any less?"
"Crush, why do you guys suck so much?"
"Human, do you want to fight me?"

I saw a few horrible bands. There is no actual quality control for the ECMA's selection of bands to play showcases, rock stages, and all ages shows. I was on the jury for their all-ages show. They gave me a Sobeys bag full of CDs from bands stupid enough to pay for memberships into the organization. Among the artists who submitted for the all ages show were "alternative" rock groups, Celtic cover bands, and pop groups. The other members of the jury all had good taste in music and could have easily assembled the ultimate all-ages shows if we had a broader selection of bands. But hardly any good bands are dumb enough to pay $150 for a membership, so we were stuck with picking the bands that sucked less than the other bands. I imagine this is why an event like the Rock Stage felt padded with untalented acts playing the same show as actual bands like Joel Plaskett and Rock Ranger. Fortunately, I avoided most of the ECMA sanctioned events and stuck with the no-cases.

No-cases originated in Sydney when Rod Gale and the campus radio station at UCCB put on their own unofficial event during the ECMAs. Rod's show featured artists like Buck 65 (known then as Stinkin Rich) years before they were recognized by major record labels and the east coast music industry. The term no-case, however, has been bastardized by bar owners trying cash in on ECMA weekend and even the ECMA's itself have co-opted it. The spirit of Rod's no-cases found its way to The Seahorse this year. Sydney's House of Rock organized an event featuring the most entertaining bands (myself included) in Atlantic Canada in what ended up being a rowdy beer bash. My band, Windom Earle, kicked things off with a surprise rock set featuring Lending Jane's Brad MacDougal on drums. We were followed by fellow Islanders Eyes For Telescopes. Colleen Power, Mark Bragg, and The Liz Band represented Newfoundland. And Slowcoaster and Rock Ranger rocked out Cape Breton style. Not only did this show bring out the craziest bands from these regions, but accompanying the bands were the craziest fans from Newfoundland, Cape Breton, and PEI. In the middle of Rock Ranger's set, it looked like Baba's Lounge was transported to Halifax to dance on a rickety table while the Capers and Newfies were spilling beer and smashing bottles everywhere else.

What happens when you take the energy and mayhem of the House of Rock show and take it to a big industry party on the eighth floor of the Delta? You get asked to leave.

I arrived when Craig MacPherson of Eyes For Telescopes was in a shouting match with a man who was upset with him for trying to put a plant on the elevator and send it to the bottom floor. He argued that the plant would be better off with the other plants he already sent to the lobby. When the man accused him of ruining the party Craig was stunned. "I'm ruining the party? You're the one that's ruining the party."

Jon Holmes avec Slowcoaster at the 72 Hour Jam.

While Craig debated with the guy about the poor plant, Jimmy Swift Band played a brief set. The party had a stage set up with all sorts of expensive wireless gear for musicians to jam on. After Jimmy Swift finished, Matt Mayes, Jay Smith of Rock Ranger, and members of Eyes planned a big blues jam. But before they reached the stage some guys had already grabbed the instruments. Dan Currie from Eyes took the guitar away from some guy, and Jay Smith took control of the electric drum kit. Dan started playing some Merle Haggard songs and the guys who were already on stage attempted to play along. The band's sloppiness didn't deter Dan from rocking out. For ten minutes he was the star of the show while drunken chaos could be heard in the noises coming from his mismatched back up band. After Dan left the stage, the musicians deteriorated into covers of "Me and Bobby Mcgee" and Tragically Hip songs.

To escape the noise I followed Eyes into a door behind the bar. Once Pat Deighan saw a keg of draft, he immediately grabbed a punch bowl and started filling it up. Dale Murray from The Guthries took some peanuts, and I filled my backpack with snacks. Everyone ran out of the room when a bartender came in through another door. Pat took the draft and some cups and they gathered around a table by the elevator where Craig was liberating plants earlier. By now the noise level of the group was exceeding the horrible music coming from the party and the woman who organized the party politely asked them to leave. Once again an argument over who was actually ruining the party broke out, but we all found our way onto the elevator after the punch bowl was taken away. The group tried to get back into the party by taking different elevators, but the party was over by now and everyone was getting tired.

Nathan spies the free sandwiches in the back of the media room.

I stumbled through the Scotia Square Mall at five in the morning and found myself at the 72 Hour Jam. I didn't want to call it a night just yet. I watched Andrea Currie from Sydney play as a drunk girl did interpretive dance. Then a bunch of kids came on playing bad rock songs. The problem with bad bands is not necessarily their lack of talent, it's the fact that they take themselves too seriously. I saw several singers this weekend who looked like they had dreams of becoming the next Edwin. Meanwhile the real musicians are backstage stealing their complimentary sandwiches. The media suffers from the same problem. Everyone in the media room during the broadcast of the awards was so serious. They treated the awards as if they actually signified something. Music reporters are as dumb as sports writers. Because they don't realize that it's all just a pointless game, they ignore the really interesting stories happening right under their noses. The result is a bunch of boring stories about boring bands. Meanwhile the creative and fun people get accused of ruining the party when they are the only ones really celebrating.

Dec—2002

La Scène de la Scène
by Stephan MacLeod

Wet Dream

You may be asking yourself, "What have those poster boys for emo, Dreams Among Stars been up to lately?" Well, let me fill you in. The group has been working hard with a new album recorded by Sean MacGilvary of The Burdocks, and their first tour. The band's emo sound has slowly grown into a dramatic trance rock experience with keyboards and a guitar played with violin bow. And recently Mark Gaudet, the drummer for the band has traded his sticks for keyboards and organ. The new drummer for the band is Dan Seese.

Shirt Alert

Fresh new merchandise has emerged from the Charlottetown indie music scene. And what better way to keep warm this winter than with a t shirt from your favourite local band, Dreams Among Stars. Now you can be young and attractive like the boys in the band. Or if you're into active wear, I printed up a batch of Windom Earle baseball t shirts featuring my hairy face, a busted wrist, and a microphone. Dig it?

Super-reunion

Supercar's 60th Anniversary Reunion Tour.

In case you missed it last year, power-pop legends, Supercar, are reuniting again over Christmas break in order to rock your jingle bells. On New Years Eve at Baba's Lounge, Supercar will make an appearance at Port Citizen's final show before Brodie Read leaves the Island. For the youngsters who don't remember when Supercar dominated Charlottetown's all-ages scene back in the 90's, the band will also be playing an all-ages show on December 28. Check www.peilocals.com for more info on both shows.

House Of Rock
 A Charlottetown Branch of the House of Rock has been established on 361 Kent St. Following in the tradition of Cape Breton's House of Rock, the local branch will be a haven for band practices, recording, and various creative projects. The living room is equipped for intimate rock shows, and house parties. During the Christmas break, the house will be hosting a fundraiser for Anderson House. Drop off a toy to be donated to kids as Christmas presents, and you could be treated to a free concert featuring the best local bands in town. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

What a Bastid

Young Clean Bastid
Halifax's DMC champ, Skratch Bastid is returning to Baba's for a night of turntable dynamics that will blow a whole through the dancefloor. At Close to the Coast this year, Bastid's set consisted of clever mixes of Axl Rose, Africa Bambatta, De La Soul, and The Alan Parsons Project all seamlessly layered together with stellar scratches.

Nov—2002

La Scène de la Scène
by Stephan MacLeod

John Mullins writes a country song about losing his mandolin called (expletive deleted).Where Is John's Mandolin

Amidst the drunkeness and revelry at a Tuesday's performance last month in Summerside, a mandolin vanished without a trace and was never to be heard again. The missing mandolin has caused much heartache for Charlottetown's answer to The Riders in the Sky, so the band is putting on a fundraiser at Brennan's on Friday November 15 to buy John a new mandolin and some moonshine. So come out and help support the band. Without the mandolin they may have to resort to playing a washboard or a rubber band on a really big stick.

Ripping Hammer lead a sing-a-long of

Dazed and Confused

Emerging emo artists, Later Daze, have released a three song E.P. The winners of the Cahill Stadium Battle of Bands in Summerside released the new CD at the East Royalty Community Center with an excellent line up of local bands like Dreams Among Stars Ripping Hammer, Lending Jane and Rocknrollpartymachine. The album features favourites from their live show like "Last Train Home," "New Years Resolution," and "Shadows Lead the Way."

Oh Boy, Another Compilation

Just in time for the holiday season, I have thrown together a brand new compilation of underground music in Charlottetown. PEILocals Vol. 1Windom Earle loves  goats features a diverse selection of bands from various aspects of the local music scene from death metal to emo. This CD contains unreleased songs from Dreams Among Stars, Windom Earle, Lending Jane, Church, and Ripping Hammer, as well as some previously released songs by Eyes For Telescopes, Port Citizen, Motel Money Murder, Tastes Like Burning, Tuesdays, and Later Daze. The CD is available for three bucks at upcoming all-ages shows.

Rocknrollpartymachine love to party.

PEI Represents at Gobblefest

The longest running independent music festival in the Maritimes has entered its ninth year, and four bands from Prince Edward Island paid a visit to Gobblefest in Sydney, Nova Scotia to bring the funk and the punk. Rocknrollpartymachine, Port Citizen, Lending Jane and Windom Earle joined forces on Thanksgiving Weekend and made a lot of noise in Cape Breton along with some of the best underground Rockandrollpartymachine loves to party artists in the region. The highlight of the event took place at an all-ages show when all of the PEI bands collectively took the stage for an allstar funk jam of "Beefchowmein." Two drummers, two bass players, two guitarists, a keyboard, a cowbell crowded on stage and didn't leave until the crowd was a sweaty mess. We tried the jam one more time at an afterhours party late that night. Sweet merciful Jesus it was fun.

Waiting to be Discovered

Canadian indy rock icon, Joel Plaskett and his Emergency are coming to Brennan's on November 16. Advance tickets for this event are available at Brennan's and Grabba Jabba for $8, but tickets at the door will be $10. If that wasn't impressive enough, Mike Campbell has booked a couple other great indy bands that almost never come to PEI. Like Halifax's King Konquerer on November 29, Local Rabbits on November 30, and National Anthem (formerly The Grace Babies) on November 1.

The New Rudes

Focus: The Rude Mechanicals

by Stephan McLeod

Rude Mechanicals from left, counterclockwise: Peter Forbes, Mike Mella, Dennis Ellsworth, Todd MacLean, Matt McQuaidWhen The Rude Mechanicals left Charlottetown to play bigger stages in Toronto, they also left behind their reputation as the wacky local party band and started building a new band from scratch. The Rudes returned to Charlottetown at the end of this summer playing songs that many of their fans has never heard before. But the band is not concerned with whether or not people miss the old songs and on-stage antics.

During an interview with the band, bassist, Matthew McQuaid says, "There are a lot of people who saw us in The Barn back in the day when we used to play lots of eighties covers and pull lots of stunts and shit and that's still in their head what The Rude Mechanicals are. And they come hammered with their buddies, and they don't necessarily not like what they hear..." But some of them don't get it,"says vocalist Dennis Ellsworth. "Some of them don't believe in the replacement that we've worked so hard at...there are definitely a lot of people out there who still wish we played `Walk Like an Egyptian' or `Pour Some Sugar on Me' because they get requested a lot." "Or the people expect us to come out dressed up like a great big orange flower on stage," adds guitarist, Todd MacLean.

The band jokes around about their past as a cover band; however, The Rudes real passion is to earn respect by creating their own sound. Ellsworth says, "I would much rather be in Toronto making no money playing live gigs than being here playing cover songs at Myron's all night long."

At this year's North By Northeast Festival, McQuaid managed to get a demo in the hands of legendary Canadian producer, Moe Berg of The Pursuit of Happiness. Berg liked the band and agreed to produce their next album.

Much of the material on the new album has been influenced by the band's departure from Prince Edward Island. "There are a lot of things on the album that kind of imply the whole moving away from this place and commenting on this place," says Ellsworth.

"It's kind of funny how you have to actually step outside a place and live somewhere else before you can understand what it is all about," says MacLean. When asked how he sees Prince Edward Island now, MacLean replied, "This place has so much personality pouring off the shores of it."

Oct—2002

La Scéne de la Scéne
by Stephan MacLeod

Port Citizen's Last Waltz

The number one band in Charlottetown is calling it quits on the first weekend of November at Melon's. Brodie, Pete and Jon have been building a loyal following of fans with their blend of reggae-influenced jams and speedy hard rock songs. Lead singer and guitar player, Brodie Read is leaving Prince Edward Island after finishing a semester of classes at UPEI, so the band has decided to amiably go their separate ways.

The musicians have been playing together since they were in high school. Nine years ago they formed Shoeloop with Andrew MacLaine and Andrew Gauthier. Brodie Read was the only member of the group with musical training, while Jonathan Holmes pounded out his first beats on two buckets with a piece of pipe between them. Pete MacDonald started off as lead vocalist, but after Andrew Gauthier left the band, he took up bass, Andrew MacLaine became the singer, and Supercar was born. The members of Supercar got their punk rock chops together and left a huge impact on Charlottetown's all-ages scene through legendary shows at the Arts Guild. When Andrew MacLaine left the band, Brodie, Pete and Jon decided to veer into a completely different musical direction. The result of their musical maturation was Port Citizen.

After four years of redefining the Charlottetown music scene by mixing flavours of world music with a unique East Coast rock sound, Port Citizen's absence from local venues will be felt long after they stop playing. Be sure to catch them on as many dates as you can before they play their final show. There will be a lot less dancing once they're gone.

Take Me To The Hospital, Then Drive Me Back To Baba's

A/V's wrist

This year's Close to the Close Music Festival started with a bang. I was rushed to the hospital shortly after that bang - which dislocated and broke my wrist - but that's the price you have to pay when you walk on a monitor during the show. My band, Windom Earle was the opening act the first night of the fest, and unfortunately I missed sets by Slowcoaster and Tuesdays as I was having my wrist put back in place, but I managed to catch the end of Rock Ranger's set and a few tunes by The Squatters after I got out of the hospital. I didn't stay too late because of all the morphine I was given at the hospital.
The next night three of Halifax's best kept secrets played to a disappointingly small crowd. Dusty Sorbet's charming hobo tales set a peaceful tone throughout Baba's Lounge, but the atmosphere was quickly assaulted by the clever indie rock of The Burdocks. Bass player, Christian Simmons leapt half way across the dance floor from the top of a booth seat during their high flying set. The highlight of the show was the one-man new wave dance party, A/V, and his candy rack of synths, drum machines, and a sequencer.
The third night had a hell of a combination of bands. Eyes For Telescopes played one of their loudest shows ever with guitarist Dan Currie returning for the first time since he went away in August. And former Guthrie, Matt Mays tore the house down with his powerful songwriting, passionate delivery, and collection of bowling trophies.
The final night was wrapped up with a set of new songs by The Rude Mechanicals. But the talk of the night was Skratch Bastid's electrifying set of crowd-pleasing turntable tricks. Neuseiland returned with their heart-felt experimental pop songs. They were kind of like a cross between Kraftwerk and a down tempo country band. And I have to give a shout out to Under the Hood who opened the final show because Jeff drove me to the hospital.
After the show was over, I saw Matt Mays play a full set at an after hours party, and ate croutons with Skratch Bastid. A perfect end to a music festivals that puts musicians first.

Emo Band Goes Back To The Future

Over the past year, .onepoint21. has emerged as one of the premiere new bands in Charlottetown's emo scene. The band's name is a reference to the amount of jiggawatts needed to power a DeLorean for time travel, and as of this summer, fans of the band will need to travel back in time if they want to see the group again. Their guitarist, Jason injured his hand in what their website describes as "an ugly ferris wheel accident" and lead singer/guitarist, Jim Scarth is attending school in Halifax now. There will be two less emo dots on all-ages shows in the future.

Rudes Track Down Venus Flytrap

The Rude Mechanicals will be taking their first trip to the United States together to play the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati. The festival will host over a hundred bands from all over the world at the best venues for live music in town for three days and nights in late September. The Rudes will be playing on Saturday, September 28th at The Cavern.

Exploding Dog

Two Prince Edward Island bands have been accepted at this year's Halifax Pop Explosion. Flush will be showcasing at The Planet with Shyne Factory, The Co-Stars, and Leviride on October 4. And I will be playing as Windom Earle at The Khyber with other experimental electro artists Mitch and the Motorhomes, Girls Are Short, and I am Robot and Proud on October 4. Joining Windom Earle will be Julien St. Pierre from Hands Held Open and Jeff Coll from karaoke at Breaker's.

Myron's Jr.

The University of Prince Edward Island's Student Union has recently opened its new post-Barn home. The Student Centre features a large mainstage area and a new bar unfortunately named The Wave. Right from the start, the student union appears to be trying to win over students who would normally choose Myron's over the campus for their weekend drinking binges. The Wave is being promoted as a dance club and venue for live music. On its opening weekend, David Usher and The Rude Mechanicals played on the main stage in a room that resembles a shopping mall food court.
Despite the large attendence at their show, The Rude Mechanicals felt their first performance in the new building was a bit of a dissapointment. "I was pissed off because they put us in that big room. It should have been in the bar. Being in a big room isn't any way to represent what we were in the Barn," says Dennis Ellsworth. Meanwhile Myron's has started exclusive bookings of The Jimmy Swift Band, a band that used to play at The Barn.

Go To These Shows

Eyes For Telescopes CD Release Featuring surprise guest performers on October 11. Venue TBA.
Royal City with The Tuesdays at Baba's on Friday October 4. Heavily influenced by Neil Young, Royal City are Canada's premiere folk rock band.
The Constantines with Eyes For Telescopes at Baba's Lounge on Saturday October 5. You like rock music? You want power chords? Are you going to finish that sandwich?
The Silverhearts at Brennan's on October 12. I swear to God, there are fourteen people in this band, and one of them plays a saw.
Sector Seven at the Charlottetown Boys and Girls Club on October 11. These guys are so punk rock, they're sponsored by a corporation. Oi oi oi!

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