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A touch of punk to start September

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September starts slow, but with a little bit of punk this week.Hurtin’ play Casino Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
First up, Lethbridge gets a taste of east Vancouver punk when Shockload and the S--t Talkers take the stage at Inferno.
 The show begins at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

If you like your punk with a whole lot of country and Steve Loree’s blazing fingers on the frets and on the steel guitar, Edmonton cowpunk pioneers Jr. Gone Wild come to the Slice, Sept. 5 with special guest Ryland Moranz opening.

 Tickets cost $20 in advance. The show will begin at 9:30 p.m. They were a huge part of the Edmonton punk scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s with icons like SNFU, Moe Berg and kd lang. They actually covered SNFU’s “Cannibal Cafe” for an upcoming tribute to the Edmonton punk legends. Jr. Gone Wild are also working on new music, releasing a new song and video “Barricades“ to YouTube.


F&M revisit Portugal for new video series

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Edmonton folk/ indie rock trio F & M will continue to explore their fascination with Portugal when they return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 5.

 Unfortunately they are competing with fellow Edmontonians Jr. Gone Wild who are playing the Slice the same night.
“ We’re going to see if we can play early, so we can go to see Jr. Gone Wild too,” said  vocalist/ guitF&M return to Lethbridge, Sept. 5. Photo Submittedarist Ryan Anderson, who is joined by his wife  Rebecca on vocals and piano plus  multi-instrumentalist Bryan Reichert.

“Mike (McDonald, Jr. Gone Wild frontman) has been incredibly supportive of us. He runs a record store which is going out of business,” Anderson said.

“ It’ll be like South By Southwest in Lethbridge, so come and see us first, then  see Jr. Gone Wild,” he enthused.
 The Andersons were inspired by their most recent  trip to Portugal in March and took a lot of video footage of some of their favourite Portugal moments.

 They are releasing  a series of video snippets to support their CD “ At sunset We Sing,” which was inspired by Portugal.

“ We’ve been touring a lot in support of it, so we’re a little tighter,” he said.

“ We went back to Portugal in March and we  shot  a lot of  video,” he said adding they filmed some of the scenes which spoke to the duo.
“It was amazing  some of our most wonderful material was when we were wandering around after a few drinks when the streets were abandoned,” he said, adding the music on the album, which was released on Nov. 4 was inspired by his reflections on his first solo visit to Portugal several years ago.


Bleed inspired by GWAR gore for music and show

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Edmonton metal band Blëed’s  GWAR influenced music may be gory, but it has a story to it.
You will be able to see for yourselves and maybe get a little bloody in the process, when they visit  Inferno, Sept. 9 with Sengage, Penitentz and Necorofuckphilia.

Bleed visit Lethbridge, Sept. 9. Photo by Penny Vanderheyden
“I want to write more than just gory lyrics. I want to tell a story rather than  just horrific imagery,” said Blëed frontman Robert Kreed, who noted  his lyrics are usually inspired by the music itself.

“I listen to a lot of music, so basically I write  what I’d like hear,” he said.
“There are bands I like I want to be that element for someone else,” he said.

 The first single “ Committed” is loosely  about killing everyone you know.
“It’s essentially about grievances and distancing yourself from them and ruining everything, he s described.

  There is a $10 cover charge for the show, which begins at 9 p.m..

“ We’ve been trying to get to Lethbridge for a while so we’re glad Ben Breakenbridge Mayer was able to set up a show for us,” he said.
The music on the band’s brand new first  full length CD  “the Hatred Inside,” has a strong ’80s thrash metal influence.


Jr. Gone Wild have wild time since reforming

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Edmonton cowpunks Jr. Gone Wild are back together.

“We took about an 18 year hiatus and got back together two years ago,” said frontman Mike McDonald.

Jr. Gone Wild play Lethbridge, Sept. 5. Photo submitted
“It’s been a whirlwind two years,” he said, adding pressure from a persistent superfan encouraged him to reform the band.
“ A couple of years ago a guy asked me if I’d be interested in reforming the band. I said ‘No way, I’m not interested in doing that.’ A couple of months later he asked me if I’d given any thought to what I said and told him, ‘dude, I said no.’ He came back a few months later and asked again, so I quoted him an outrageous amount. Or what I thought was outrageous amount and he said  ‘no problem,’” he continued, so he contacted former band members, bassist  Dave ‘Dove’ Brown, drummer Larry Shelast and multi-instrumentalist and producer Steve Loree to play steel guitar and lead guitar.

“So we got together and rehearsed for like eight months for the reunion show, May 31, 2013, which we thought was going to be a one time thing. We played a three hour set,” he reminisced.

 He was pleasantly surprised with how many people remembered Jr. Gone Wild.
“When we started there was no social media or smart-phones or Facebook. If you wanted to do a newsletter, it would cost you like $300. You’d have to print it up, then buy envelopes and stamps and send it out. Now you can write a note and post it on Facebook and everyone knows about it in two seconds,” he continued.
A variety of well known artists have covered Jr. Gone Wild songs including folk musicians Carolyn Mark and NQ Arbuckle and going back a few years, ’90s rockers the Doughboys who recorded a Jr. Gone Wild song on  their first EP.
“ That was before they became a Much Music band and became famous,” he said.

More recently, Calgary rockers Napalmpom recorded their song “Cosmos.”
“ I actually like what they did with the song. There's guitar harmonies and vocal melodies we never thought of,” he said, adding he is honoured when other musicians record his songs.

“As someone who knows how much work it is to put out a record, I’m flattered. It’s like we’re part of folklore,” he said.
“As a songwriter probably the highest compliment you can get is for someone to cover your song,” he said.
Jr. Gone Wild got to cover a song by one of their idols/  friends — Edmonton born Canadian punk icons SNFU.
 They just released a video for SNFU's “ Cannibal Cafe.”


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