SUBCULTURE BEATROUTE JAN 2012

SOME DAYS YOU WAKE UP AND WONDER IF YOU’RE IN THE CORRECT CENTURY….IT’S 2012 AND SOME┬áRECENT REACTIONS ON FACEBOOK TO SOMEONES DEATH BEWILDERED ME.. IT GOT ME THINKING ABOUT MY FIRST BRUSH WITH RACISM BACK IN 1975…. I HUNGOUT WITH A GAGGLE OF THE POPULAR GIRLS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL….THERE WERE 7 OF US…. HOWEVER ONE DAY ONE OF THE GROUP WAS SHUNNED FOR BEING JEWISH… I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND EVEN WHAT THAT MEANT CAUSE I WAS 11 YEARS OLD…. I JUST KNEW IT WAS RIDICULOUS AND STOOD BY HER… EVENTUALLY THE BOLLOCKS DIED DOWN AND THE FLATLANDER REDNECK ATTITUDES CREPT AWAY QUIETLY… YEARS LATER SHE DIED IN GRADE 12… WE WEREN’T CLOSE ANYMORE BECAUSE I WAS A REBEL BADASS TEENAGER BUT ALL THE HYPOCRITES WHO SHUNNED HER WERE REALLY BROKEN UP ABOUT HER DEATH…

METAL RECENTLY LOST DAVID GOLD OF WOODS OF YPRES LAST MONTH IN A CAR ACCIDENT…HE WAS A HARD WORKING DUDE AND WAS VERY CHILL WHEN HIS BANDS VAN WAS ATTACKED IN 2009 OUTSIDE THE COBES BECAUSE SOME TR00 KVLT BONEHEADS THOUGHT HE WASN’T BLACK METAL ENOUGH FOR WEARING SANDALS ON A HOT SUMMER NIGHT… I KNOW HE HAD A MORE RELAXED ATTITUDE ABOUT LIFE…METAL…AND PEOPLE THAN THE CLOSED MINDED WINDOW SMASHERS THAT PULLED THAT KIND OF HORSESHIT ON A TOURING BAND….IT WAS A BLARING BLIGHT ON OUR SCENE….

WHO THINKS LIKE THAT….ESPECIALLY IN ONE OF THE MOST MULTICULTURAL CITIES IN CANADA … THEIR WHITE POWER ATTITUDES HAVE RECENTLY COME TO LIGHT WITH A FLURRY OF ARRESTS FOR THE ALLEGED LIGHTING A HOMELESS SLEEPING FILIPINO MAN ON FIRE…. WHAT ALSO PISSES ME OFF IS THAT I WASN’T AWARE OF THE DEPTH OF THEIR BELIEFS AND HAD LET A COUPLE OF THEIR BANDS PLAY SHOWS FOR ME… THERE HAD BEEN RUMBLINGS OF THE RACISM… A POSTER OUTING CAMPAIGN…COPS SHOWING UP AT THE VENUE SUGGESTING WE WERE HAVING A BLOOD AND HONOR REVIVAL WHICH WE LET OUT A COLLECTIVE WTF! ABOUT….I KNOW THE ASTORIA A FEW MONTHS AGO HAD A HORRIFIC NSBM DISPLAY WITH A BUNCH OF NAZI TYPES SIEG HEILING AT A BLACK METAL GIG… IVE HAD BRUSHES WITH THEM AT THE COBES BEFORE WHEN THEY WERE ASKED TO LEAVE FOR FLASHING THAT SORT OF PROPHAGANDA AND I WAS CALLED A DISGRACE TO THE WHITE RACE…BUT NO HARD FACTS…UNTIL JOURNALISTS GOT INVOLVED AND FOUND PICTURES OF THEM POSING IN WHITE POWER REGALIA AND SIEG HEILING…

THAT HAS DRAWN A LINE IN THE SAND FOR ME…. I HAVE TO BLACKLIST THESE BANDS…WE DONT NEED THAT SORT OF BLIGHT ON OUR ALREADY MUCH MALIGNED SUBCULTURE LET ALONE INCLUDING MISPLACED HATRED IN IT… WE’RE ALREADY STANDING AGAINST ANY SORT OF INJUSTICE … AT LEAST THATS WHAT OUR SCENE HAS MEANT TO ME…ITS TOO BAD BECAUSE THESE WERE SOME DECENT BANDS BUT I CANT SUPPORT HATE….EVEN IF IT CONTAINS ONE MEMBER THAT HAS THAT MALIGNANCY SOMEHOW ITLL CREEP INTO THE ATMOSPHERE… IVE ALWAYS TRIED TO MAKE WHATEVER VENUE IVE MANAGED FREE OF ANY SORT OF PRO HATE OVERTONES…

LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME CLOWN CLAD IRON MAIDEN WITH POWERCLOWN AND A KICKASS MOTORHEAD TRIBUTE SNAGGLETOOTH ON THURS JAN 5TH…. AND HAVE A NICE SMATTERING OF PUNK AND METAL ALL MONTH AT THRASHERS…. IF YOU REMEMBER THE BAND S.T.R.E.E.T.S A COUPLA OF THEM ARE PLAYING IN A NEW PROJECT CALLED SCAREBRO ON FRI JAN 13TH….ALCOHOLIC WHITE TRASH AND LESBIAN FIST MAGNET ROLL INTO TOWN ON SAT JAN 21