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How can someone from another city write an honest article on a scene they haven’t been involved with?

…why didn’t someone from Vancouver get off their ass and write the damn article them self instead of having an ex-pat from BC do the dirty work? Is this another symptom of the typical apathetic Vancouver attitude, or did we just want to keep this our little secret for as long as possible? I sincerely hope it’s the latter.


Expressway To My Skull on Exclaim’s article on Vancouver punk.

Okay, this shit about Josiah living in Calgary has been bugging me.

Answer: Neither. I don’t believe Exclaim has many Vancouver writers. One or two maybe. You think you can just pitch a feature to a national magazine on a little underground music scene that hasn’t produced any big-ish Canadian music “names” yet? No, you need some clout, like say, writing for said magazine for over a year. Like Josiah has. He cut his teeth reviewing every release from Vancouver he’s received since he started. This was also Josiah’s first feature article for our major national music publication and he chose to do it about Vancouver’s punk scene. That’s got to earn him some cred considering the magazine typically ignores our coast. He did a great job of it too, so why the fuck is anyone complaining?

Also, FYI: Josiah played in punk bands and booked shows in and around Vancouver for years before ever moving to Calgary. He may not have been “involved” with this scene but he definitely understands the hustle. More than say, someone simply going to live shows and writing about it.

And the reason why no one “involved” with the scene wrote the article is same reason your “apathetic” comment is ridiculous: They’re busy making music, booking shows, touring, practicing, working their asses off at their jobs to make money to put out their friends’ bands 7” on a little label they run, etc.

The whole blog entry pretty much reads “Waaah, I wish I could have gotten money to write that.” Want to talk about writing honestly, dude, at least recognize you are the apathetic one you’re talking about.

It could be worse, you could go into an embarrassingly overwrought analysis of said punk scene.

  1. Kyle Crawley

    Why worry about where the author, who wrote an article on Vancouver’s “weird” punk scene, is from? Rather, shouldn’t we worry that said author used the adjective “weird” instead of “shitty”?

    Nobody’s mentioning how bad so much of this so-called innovative and do-it-yourself music actually is. I don’t care if Shearing Pinx used their trust funds to put out a million albums; I can record myself shitting and try to sell it around town, too. Basketball? Almost as boring as the sport.

    The whole Exclaim article’s caught up in the aesthetics of this vapid (their name is dead on) scene, but ignores the number one thing: with the exception of Nu Sensae, Twin Crystals, and Petroleum Byproducts, the music pretty much blows. A pair of ears from Calgary, Gastown, or Calcutta could’ve told you that.

    - Sep 21, 10:51 AM

  2. Friendo

    It’s really time for everyone to stop blaming everything they don’t like on trust funds.

    - Sep 22, 05:34 AM

  3. Tanya

    The Skinny Magazine prints 2 times a month (2,500 each time) and regularly covers these bands and other bands in Vancouver. OK we get complaints that we are hard to find but we are working on it. We didn’t print a piece like that because it is like blowing your wad in one go, we choose to milk the cow so to speak. That “scene” is fucking exciting but it is a secret so, shut up. Anything labeled great in this city seems to disappear. We take submissions but don’t pay. boo hoo

    - Oct 2, 04:46 PM

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