Brandon Strychowski (drums), John Dauphinee (bass), CJ Pasta (guitar) and Scott Paige (vocals) came together as Born Wrong about two years ago and have since developed into an underground hardcore punk powerhouse. While the Hamilton natives retain jobs and homes in town, their wanton lust for performing, coupled with a high demand for their high energy performances, has meant they spent a lot of time on the road – perhaps the most of any local band. We’re not talking tour busses and fancy dinners, but the excitement of the road has galvanized Born Wrong and made their music all the more potent because of it. Their collective lives might make more sense on the road for the time being so it’s definitely noteworthy when the band plays a hometown gig.
In the last seven months alone, Born Wrong have released two fury ridden 7–inch vinyl releases and this weekend they return from another tour to play their hometown to release their new 7–inch vinyl release, Holding Cell, on local label Schizophrenic Records. Packed with boundless energy, the band is not just about bombast – offering solid technical performances and intriguing lyrical perspectives. A live show from Born Wrong is sweaty, crazy and not to be missed.
Born Wrong play this Friday November 1 at Doors Pub with Kremlin, TV Freaks and Burn Victim. $6 gets you in or $10 with a 7–inch. Click on
A Science Fiction Double Feature Red Rooster Reunion
While there have been a wealth of costumed revellers in the clubs over the last week, Thursday is Halloween and one of the biggest parties in the city hopes and brings a little piece of Burlington to Hamilton for one night only.
Even though it officially closed in October of 2011, the five years the Red Rooster operated in Burlington still holds special import to the musicians and fans that frequented the club and a special Halloween show offers a chance to these special revellers to reunite and perhaps newcomers to see what all the fuss was about.
“I’ve been working on a bunch of new projects, including opening another club in Burlington,” offers former Red Rooster owner and music promoter Michael Rigby. “I live in Hamilton but really there is no place for bands to play in Burlington. It’s nice to have culture in your own city.
“In the meantime, my friend and former Rooster booker Brad Sumak have been booking shows at other venues over the last two years,” adds Rigby. “We’ve done some work at the Casbah and the Corktown over the years. This is our first show at Bay City Music Hall and Halloween is our favourite holiday. We always had epic Halloween parties at the Red Rooster and so we thought why not throw a big Halloween bash to start off our relationship with the Bay City Music Hall.
A party rumoured of epic proportions reunites a few stand out Rooster regulars and a Rocky Horror Picture Show themed costume party offers the decor.
“We have our good friends the Salads headlining, we’re actually flying in Salads drummer Darren Pfeiffer from his home in Los Angeles just to play this show,” notes Rigby. “Darren’s a good friend and he used to DJ every Saturday night at the Rooster as well as playing with the Salads, Goldfinger and working on the EDGE in Toronto. The Salads are a fantastic, high energy band, they’re great guys and their music is just fun. As well our friends in A Sin For A Prayer are playing, their bass player used to work with us at the Rooster as well and we’re bringing a few friends we’ve made since we’ve been working in Hamilton so it brings everything together.
“There really hasn’t been a venue that has offered what the Rooster did in Burlington,” says Rigby. “There is still a crowd that is coming in that lets us know they miss that place dearly so this party celebrates that and we get to do that at the Bay City Music Hall in Hamilton. I used to call the Rooster the island of misfit toys because the crowd that hung around our venue didn’t really fit anywhere else in Burlington. They didn’t fit at the sports bar or the night club or the pub – they came out for the live music and were peaceful and happy together. But they also liked the Jagermeister so we expect a wild party. It should be a good night and the Jager will be flowing.”
A Science Fiction Double Feature happens this Thursday October 31 at the Bayside Music Hall with The Salads, A Sin For A Prayer, Kryptcreeper, Gnarly Skull and Frankie and Jimmy. Doors are at 8pm and $10 gets you in or $7 with a Rocky Horror costume.
We last spoke with Zack Casuccio (vocals, guitar), Mike Cicuttini (guitar), Joel Spadafora (bass) and Brad Kiely (drums) when they released their debut CDEP back in 2010 but the band is now back with their newest recording set for release this weekend even though, it’s once again simply called Jamsquid.
“When we last spoke, we had barely been a band a year or a year and a half and the songs we had were still all very new,” offers Casuccio. “Our songwriting has developed over that time, some songs have developed more progressively but I think the songs could be easier to listen to as well. It’s hard to say but there are definitely more details in the songwriting.
“It is our second self–titled release,” adds Casuccio on the new Jamsquid CDEP. “Our band name — it’s one of those names, I wasn’t a huge fan of the name but it grows on you. It’s got some imagery you can associate with it and there’s something about it that with every year that goes by, I get more stuck on it. The fans seem to feel the same, maybe at first they think it might be weird, but the name ages well.”
The alt–rock aesthetic of ‘90s like Tool and Alice in Chains is an easy touchstone for the music of Jamsquid and their approach to releasing music harkens back to a time when kids still liked having a memento of their favourite band.
“We were raised on that kind of music but there’s other stuff in there from the ‘70s and more,” notes Casuccio. “It’s definitely a progressive alternative, grunge vibe to it. There’s a good blend on this EP. It’s got some catchier tunes and it’s got some progressive tunes as well. It goes a little bit deeper into what we do. It teeters on the edge of progressive but remains fairly listenable to the average listener. It’s a solid representation of where we are right now.
“This time we did the same approach with the recording and aim to capture what we do live,” adds Casuccio. “We let Mike be the engineer again but it’s a blessing and a curse doing something on your own. It’s a blessing because you have complete creative control and it’s a curse because we had complete creative control. It was a great undertaking given all of the responsibilities we have in our regular life but Mike did a good job and at this point we already have another album’s worth of new material and we’re almost ready to record. We like the idea of the CDEP because it is something to put out in a reasonable portion of time and it’s something that represents where we are as a band and allows people to take something home. We might like to use a different approach next time, maybe look at a full–length and work with a producer like Nick Blagona but we want to have the music for the fans. There will be songs to download but we want to give something for fans to take home at shows. If we’re going to produce a physical EP, we want to make sure we create a piece of art. We had the artwork done by a friend of ours and we silkscreened all the covers and we wanted to make sure there was something beautiful for fans to hold and look at while they’re listening to the music.”
With the new CDEP, Casuccio and company hope to make a splash for the special CD release party this weekend and again perhaps taking from their musical influences, they want to put on an aural and visual experience in an arty and progressive way.
“We’ve been growing slow and steady slowly gathering more fans since that first EP but having recorded this new EP is a big thing for us because our old EP didn’t really represent where we’ve gone musically in the last couple of years,” says Casuccio. “Now that we have something more relevant we want to get this music out there and we hope to do more shows and bigger shows.
“The Jamsquid live show is an extremely high energy experience,” adds Casuccio. “We don’t really dress up although everyday is Halloween for our bass player Joel – he’s got a tickle trunk of costumes. We get some lights going because that suits the music sonically and we like to go all out. We’re bringing out the big guns and we hope for an attack on all of the senses. We want people to expect a big show in a small venue. Big sound, big lights, great music – all the bands we have playing are great so it’ll be a good night of music all around.” V
Jamsquid play this Saturday November 2 at the Casbah with Old Folks Home, Astrojunk, and Sons of Revelry. Doors are at 9pm and $5 gets you in.