Hello fellow disbelievers-that-this-political-system-is-taken-seriously-by-the-citizenry, how are you today? Yeah, me too. Oh well.
You probably remember that earlier this year our friend Todd Serious of Canada’s national treasure, The Rebel Spell, shuffled off this mortal coil far too soon. Well, we wanted to do something to pay our respects to his bandmates, his friends, his family, his community and especially his spirit, so with the help of Baltimore’s War On Women doing backing vocals, we recorded a version of The Rebel Spell’s “I Am a Rifle” here in Winnipeg and had the fellas at The Blasting Room in Ft Collins mix it. We think we did it justice and we hope Erin, Elliot, Travis and Stepha think so too!
In honour of Todd’s true rebel spirit, any proceeds after recording expenses will go the Wildlife Defence League and/ or the Unistoten Defence Fund. You can help make that happen on August 18th by throwing down some coin for it on our bandcamp page or through any of the usual digital download suspects, like iTunes. Thanks people!
[UPDATE: holy fuck people, we’ve had over 400 inquiries about this in just 3 days, from all over the damn planet. amazing and daunting. this might take a while to get through, so please be patient. it seems like a lot of people are asking what it is we’re looking for specifically. i suppose most importantly we’d like to see footage of folks playing, say, any two of the following songs for starters: Night Letters, Status Update, Duplicate Keys, Note to Self, Failed States. Specifically Beave’s parts of course, including things like his tasty volume swells, his beautifully timed delays and deep-woods ambience flourishes (atmosphere is a huge part of Beave’s game. If you don’t got it, you better have something else wicked up your sleeveless). It’s fine to play along to the record in your video, but we’d like to hear your guitar loud and clear. if you can do a version without any backing music, that would be helpful too. If you’re feeling really randy, throw in some of the backing vocals while you’re at it for extra punk points. we’d also like to see some live performance footage of you in other bands if applicable. maybe tell us a little about yourself and recount your previous live/ tour experience. that kind of stuff.
if this sounds like a lot of work, well welcome to our world mah-fah. this ain’t a fuckin pop punk band.
ps. if you can figure the songs out perfectly by ear, wow. good for you. i sure as hell couldn’t! and if you can’t either, well, sheet happens sells digital tabs of the records those songs are on and no, we don’t expect anyone to actually buy our tabs as a prerequisite just an option if you need it and want to really make a most tubular impression! UPDATE COMPLETE. DISENGAGE.]
hey people! well, the day we have been in denial about for years has finally arrived and starting this September (2015), our beloved Beaver won’t be able to join us on the road to melt faces with his 6 string stack attack anymore. it is a sad reality, but let’s turn these frowns upside down and whip this into an exciting opportunity! Do you play guitar? Are you familiar with our music? Have you felt like you’ve been living in a dingbat-clown-idiot society since you were a little kid and always hoped your real parents from Rigel 7 would come rescue you? Well, then get at us ASAP! Women are strongly encouraged to apply!
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Hi planet of Lawrence Orbachs, Alex Trebel here. Having a nice day, are we? Good, good. So Fat Wreck Chords is having a 25th anniversary celebration this year and in an amazing stroke of luck, they forgot that we’re not on the label anymore, and they have invited us to come play at it! Sa-weet! If you happen to be in the Bay Area in late August, come on down to hear us only play brand new songs that no one’s ever heard before and just be a general buzzkill. Nnnaayyyhh, just kidding. It’ll be a good time and everybody better bring their A game, cuz we won’t be fuckin around!
I’s the b’y that builds the boat! and I’s the b’y that sails her! I’s the b’y that criticizes the industrial slaughter of sea life and brings them home to Liza! haha. ok, so it’s true though: we are coming back to Halifax and *finally* — after a full quarter of a century of playing shows — are *finally* getting out to Da Rock to show you what we’re made of (might smell). Very excited to see your legendary homeland St. John’s! Click here for details, scant as they may be! Until we meet my friends, keep yer ferks and starn clean and long may your jib draw!
howdy-doody there folks! I have good news and i have bad news. First, the world is a toilet and we’re all pieces of shit. Now the bad news. Just kidding! Only good news today! Today, we, Propagandhi, have become sole proprietors of the digital version of the world famous long-playing record album “Supporting Caste”. Now, if you’ve ever thought to yourself “self, how the hell do i go about buying a Propagandhi record directly from the band without a middle person grubbing all the money and without actually having to be within touching/ smelling distance of the pieces of garbage in the band?” well my friend your prayers have been answered! Visit our bandcamp page and unleash your cup if it doth overfloweth. Thank you for glistening.
Over the past decade, i’ve often choked back tears while listening to the songs of Vancouver’s The Rebel Spell. It’s going to be even harder to listen to those songs now…
“It is our deepest regret to inform you all that on Saturday, March 7th, we lost our good friend and lead singer Todd Serious, also known as Todd Jenkins, in a tragic rock climbing accident. Todd influenced our lives in a way that is beyond comprehension. This is completely sudden and unexpected and we’re still processing what has happened. We’re taking a few days to figure it all out. This is pretty heavy for all of us, and a lot of people are still finding out so if you’re letting others know, please be respectful.”
Our deepest condolences to his friends, his family and the Vancouver punk scene. I imagine there will be a large hole left in the wake of this.
It is my opinion that The Rebel Spell are an unheralded national treasure, the best and last of a great tradition of true punk rock in Canada. They are one of the few modern bands i look to for inspiration. I felt a very, very strong connection to Todd’s words and his worldview. I feel grateful to have encountered him.
His spirit lives on.
RIP Todd Serious