SUBCULTURE BEATROUTE APRIL 2012

I SEEM TO HAVE HOCKEY ON THE BRAIN THESE DAYS SO HERE ARE SOME METAL FUN FACTS… THREE CANUCKS DEFENSEMEN ARE METALHEADS….KEVIN BIEKSA…SAMI SALO AND ALEX EDLER …. HOW TORTUROUS IT MUST BE FOR THEM TO HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE ABSOLUTE SHITE AT ROGERS ARENA DURING HOCKEY GAMES… I WENT TO A CANUCKS GAME A COUPLA WEEKS AGO AND IT WAS AS HORRIFIC AS BEING TRAPPED ON GRANVILLE IN A SHITTY DANCE CLUB…. MAYBE THEY NEED TO TAKE THAT DJ DAN OUT BEHIND THE ARENA AND BREAK ALL HIS RECORDS … IM SURE THEY’D HAVE BETTER GAMES IF SOME METAL WAS INSERTED INTO THE MUSIC SELECTION…. IN ALL FAIRNESS THEN SOME COUNTRY FOR MAYRAY AND HAMIUS …. SORRY LUONGO YOU GET ENOUGH U2 WITH THE UNINSPIRING BAD LUCK LYRICS ENTRANCE MUSIC….

SO THAT GOT ME THINKING ABOUT PEOPLE AND THEIR PREDILECTIONS… THE WIKIPEDIA THAT OUTLINES ‘METALHEADS’ IS HILARIOUS….IT TOTALLY BREAKS DOWN A ZILLION GENRES WITH SOME WITTY DESCRIPTIONS…. JUST GOOGLING THE WORD METALHEAD BRINGS YOU TO UNIQUE HIGHLIGHTS LIKE ‘HUMORLESS METALHEADS SHUT DOWN POPULAR YOUTUBER’…’THE STRUGGLES OF A CHRISTIAN METALHEAD’ AND THIS DOOZY THREAD TITLE ‘ARE MOST METALHEADS JUST LOSERS’……

NOW I’VE BEEN AROUND METALHEADS FOR MANY YEARS…SERIOUSLY SOME OF THE MOST SOLID AND HARDWORKING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD… YOU CAN RARELY BOOK THEIR BANDS ON WEEKDAYS AS MOST OF THEM HAVE GOOD JOBS… THEY ALSO HAVE THE CASH TO DRINK LIKE NO OTHERS IN THE SUBCULTURE BECAUSE THEY LOOK FORWARD TO THE CAMARADERIE AT THE WEEKENDS RAUCOUS GIG GATHERINGS … MOST ALSO TAKE PRIDE IN THEIR APPEARANCE AND POSSESS ONE OF MY FAVORITE EYE CANDY ATTRIBUTES IN WICKED LONG HAIR…. IF YOU LOOK AT THE WORK ETHIC THAT’S JUST PUT INTO THE BEATS AND RIFFS OF THE MUSIC YOU JUST HAVE TO STAND BACK IN AWE!

NOW IF YOU GOOGLE THE WORD PUNK YOU GET EVERY KIND OF BLIGHT RIDDEN UNDESIRABLE TERMINOLOGY UNDER THE SUN…. TO SHAKESPERIANS PUNKS WERE PROSTITUTES…. TO MODERN GOVERNMENT IDIOTS WE ARE TERRORISTS BECAUSE OF OUR INCLINATION TO DISPUTE INJUSTICE… NOW I’VE ALSO KNOWN PUNKS ALL MY LIFE…. IF YOU NEED TO BELONG TO AN ALL ACCEPTING COMMUNITY THIS GROUP IS FOR YOU…. INNOVATIVE… ARTISTIC… RESOURCEFUL…THESE CATS WILL BE THE ONES SURVIVING THE APOCALYPSE…. I LOVE HOW THEY DON’T BUY INTO THE CONSUMERIST BRAINWASH OF SOCIETY…. I LOVE MOHAWKS …STUDS AND PATCHED CLOTHES…. IRONICALLY THEY ARE THE ONES WHOSE THEME SONG COULD BE THE BASTARDIZED VERSION OF A ‘KISS’ SONG – ‘I WANNA ECONOMICALLY ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT AND PARTY EVERY DAY ON CHEAP CIDER AND BOTTLES OF OLDE E’….

IT’S AMAZING TO ME HOW BOTH HYBRIDS OF THE SUBCULTURES I EMBRACE GOT THEIR START FROM THE CONVOLUTED MIXINGS OF ROCK BLUES JAZZ CLASSICAL… I GUESS AS THE BUSTLE OF SOCIETY EVOLVED THE MUSIC GOT THROWN INTO THE PROVERBIAL BLENDER AND GAVE BIRTH TO THE CONCEPT OF EVERYTHING FRENZIED – HARDER AND FASTER….

JUST HOW I LIKE IT! …..I FEEL LIKE THE MOST BLESSED PERSON IN THE WORLD TO HAVE THE JOB I DO… IT’S THE PERFECT MIX OF WORK AND PLAY WITH USUALLY THE BEST WORKPLACE MUZAK EVER… TASTY BEVERAGES…. HAPPY HANGOUTS WITH THE TYPES OF PEOPLE I LIKE BEING AROUND… I FEEL I’VE REALLY FOUND MY CALLING WITH THE MUSIC BIZ THROUGH ALL THE FORMAL AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES I’VE HAD IN THE CREATIVE WORLDS…. MY JOB COMBINES ALL THE THINGS I LOVE….CRAZY HAIR LIKE I HAD IN THE HAIR SALON BUSINESS…. MACABRE CLOTHES LIKE I DESIGNED IN FASHION SCHOOL…. AND THE POLARITY BETWEEN FREE FLOWING CANVAS AND THE ODD PERFECTION OF GRAPHIC DESIGN THAT FEEDS MY ART ANIMAL….

I’VE ACTUALLY TAKEN A STEP BACK WORKLOAD WISE WITH THE RIGMAROLE OF RUNNING A VENUE… AS LONG AS OUR SUBCULTURE CARRIES ON I’LL TAKE IT HOW IT COMES… AFTER ALL WE’RE SURVIVORS… THAT’S BEEN PROVEN TO ME !

Author: wendythirteen

WRITER OF A COLUMN ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND MUSIC SCENE CALLED 'SUBCULTURE' APPEARED IN BEATROUTE B.C. FROM OCT 2011 - OCT 2016 NOW WRITING FOR ABSOLUTE UNDERGROUND FROM DEC 2016 ON ----> BOOKING LIVE HEAVY BANDS IN VANCOUVER B.C. CANADA NO BOLLOCKS EVENTS

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