July 21 â€“ 27, 2005
For the members of Pantychrist, the road leading up to
their debut CD, Never Love Anything (Amp Records) has
been a mix of the invigorating and the infuriating.
The foursome came together when two pairs of friends
met by chance in a local bar. For years, they had
watched other bands play and felt compelled to voice
their own views. When Danielle â€˜DanYellâ€™ Delottinville
(vocals), Izabelle Steele (guitar), Amy â€˜Amy Hellâ€™
Pudjunas (bass) and Patricia â€˜Patty Christâ€™ Reece
(drums) came together, a legion of fans would be
introduced to a new religionâ€”albeit, one with its own
intrinsic crosses to bear.
â€œRight from the first time we started playing, the first
comment that we would get is, â€˜I didnâ€™t expect you to be
so good,â€™ and thatâ€™s because they treat us like a gimmick
band,â€ snarls Reece on the sexism the band has
encountered from day one, even from fans. â€œBecause
there are four girls they expect that youâ€™re going to suck,
and that is sexism flat out. Do you ever see shows that
are sold as â€˜all boyâ€™ shows? Thereâ€™d be a lot more
women playing if they didnâ€™t have to contend with that.
We canâ€™t be hardcore, or a punk rock bandâ€”we have to
be a girl band. They make being â€˜a girl bandâ€™ its own
â€œIn the beginning our attitude was a little different
towards being an all girl band,â€ chimes in Delottinville.
â€œWe thought it would get us somewhere but weâ€™ve
matured a lot and now itâ€™s about being musicians. Weâ€™ve
grown as a band. At first we thought an all girl band
wasnâ€™t really around and it would get us things.â€
â€œBut itâ€™s not a positive thingâ€”itâ€™s a limitation,â€ adds
Reece. â€œIt used to be one of the first things that we would
say, but Iâ€™ve learned weâ€™re just a band and it shouldnâ€™t
matter that weâ€™re girls.â€
Despite both Reece and Pudjunas never having played
their respective instruments in any other outfit, the
foursome were not held back by the limitations of their
onâ€“stage experience. Instead, like some of their own
heroes, Pantychrist envelop themselves in a cataclysm
of energyâ€”and what they lack in technical expertise
they make up for in passion.
Itâ€™s a raw energy that pulses through their veins and
gushes out in a fury of sound when theyâ€™re on stage.
Harkening back to old school hardcore, Pantychrist are
rough and rugged punk rock, presented in a gritty and
grunty style. The fact that this band is comprised of four
women and three moms doesnâ€™t take away from their
passion, which comes out in every screech, squeal and
With chestnuts like the title track, â€œCarve My Name Into
Your Chest,â€ â€œSuicide,â€ â€œRough Me Upâ€ and â€œThe Cunt
Song,â€ Never Love Anything is a declaration of four
creative minds coming together for one cause.
â€œThe whole thing is about rebellion,â€ muses Pudjunas.
â€œThree of us are moms, one of us spends 12 hours a day
at work. We donâ€™t have a time or place to rebel anywhere
else in our life. Weâ€™re four girls playing music that we
shouldnâ€™t be playing. The name Pantychrist says it all.â€
â€œWe watched everyone else do it and decided we had
something to say,â€ offers Reece. â€œOther bands try to
sound like their friendsâ€™ band. I think itâ€™s hard to put a
comparison to the sound of our music.
â€œDanielle does it because she has to,â€ Reese reasons
on the angry attack of the bandâ€™s lead singer, â€œbecause
thatâ€™s how she expresses herself.â€
â€œI donâ€™t practice dance moves,â€ laughs Delottinville. â€œI
donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going to happen before a show. I
donâ€™t go out there planning to smash my face into the
floor or trip on something. I get up there and whatever
happens just flows with the music depending on my
mood. Some shows are really great, others are dead,
others more intense. Either way, I have fun.â€
â€œWe donâ€™t expect to see hundreds of people at our
shows,â€ offers Reece on what draws fans to the live
show. â€œItâ€™d be great if there was, butâ€¦ Itâ€™s not really that
we want to shock. We want to write our thoughts, and if
theyâ€™re shocking, sorry. Sometimes what draws out the
fans is a freakshow mentality.â€
â€œPeople want to be scared at a show, just like why they
go to see scary movies,â€ reasons Delott-inville. â€œThey
want shock valueâ€”thatâ€™s what theyâ€™re looking for. I do
what I do because itâ€™s fun. I like to interact with the
crowd, too, because I get into the music and they should
get into the music too. I was supposed to play guitar for
this band but I ended up just throwing things at people.â€
What are they rebelling against? The only sane
response is to query as Brando did: what do you got?
But homages to The Wild One factor less into what
Pantychrist is about than the injustice, sexism, racism
and alienation that run rampant in society.
At a recent outdoor stage in Gage Park, the band had to
acquiesce to a temporary name change, relenting to
more conservative pressures. Their desire to play the
event overcame their disgust at the political ploy.
â€œAt first they asked us to use the name The Spanking
Mommies, and I was appalled,â€ winces Reece. â€œI think
child abuse is a lot more offensive to me than a little
tongueâ€“inâ€“cheek blasphemy. We were given the name
The Punk Rock Mommies, which I still found sexist.â€
â€œYou wouldnâ€™t find another band being forced to call
themselves the Punk Rock Daddies,â€ notes Delottinville.
â€œWeâ€™re not trying to shock but we are trying to rebel,
perhaps in a way that we donâ€™t even really understand,â€
adds Reece. â€œI hate authority and I teach my children to
fit in as best you can but always question everything.â€
That philosophical bent is the undercurrent to the waves
of energy coming from a Pantychrist show, and while
hardcore bands are usually relegated to the
underground, more and more fans are converting to
Pantychristianity. Itâ€™s so sacrilicious.
The band is stoked for their debut release and the
subsequent party. Itâ€™s been a couple of years of frantic
stage antics, furyâ€“filled performances, furrowed fan
eyebrows and, most of all, fun for most involved. This
party may be the celebration of the next phase of the
bandâ€™s career, but for the time being Pantychrist is
simply enjoying the moment.
â€œWe want to be bigger and get more exposure and Iâ€™d
like to make a video,â€ ruminates Reece on the future.
â€œBut if it never got any bigger than this? Iâ€™m proud of what
we have and what we have accomplished. Weâ€™d still do
it because we love it.â€
â€œA free show is a great way to pay back the fans that
have supported us along the way,â€ says Delottinville on
one of the aspects of this weekendâ€™s party. â€œAll the street
kids that know us, that canâ€™t afford this kind of thing, can
come and celebrate what weâ€™ve accomplished. I used to
live on the street. I know everyone there. So weâ€™re all
going to get toasted and party, like we do. Same show,
every timeâ€”weâ€™re just going to party a little bit harder
because we deserve it, because weâ€™ve been working on
this CD so hard.â€
â€œPeople should come out and see this band, because a)
weâ€™ll defunct every girl band myth that you have, and b)
we rock,â€ Reece sums up. â€œEither youâ€™re going to love it
or youâ€™re going to leave the building, and either way, I
donâ€™t care. Thatâ€™s what people wantâ€”they want their
asses rocked off, and thatâ€™s what we do. You donâ€™t watch
a Pantychrist show and talk to your friend. You stand
there praying that the little spitfire doesnâ€™t jump offâ€“stage
and spit beer on you, or youâ€™re mesmerized, or you have
to leave the building.
â€œIf you like the band name youâ€™re going to like the band;
if you think itâ€™s a stupid name or if it offends you, then
donâ€™t come because youâ€™ll be scared.â€
Pantychrist releases Never Love Anything this Friday,
July 22, at The Underground with Tsunami Death Toll,
Snot Rockets and NPR opening. Admission is free and
CDs will be for sale at the show. V
w/Snot Rockets, NPR and Tsunami Death Toll
Friday, July 22
41 Catharine St. N.
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