MUSIC PREVUE // POST-HARDCORE
Pierce the Veil
Pierce the Veil, unveiled // Adam Elmakias
'm actually not even sure where nantly by its fans. "They like to spill their guts somewe're stopped here," laughs Pierce the Veil frontman Vic Fuentes. The times about the problems in their lives four-piece post-hardcore group from and how the music has helped them or San Diego is taking a break on its two- the songs have helped them or lyrics and certain things day drive from Otlike that," Fuentes tawa to the next gig Tue, Aug 20 (6:30 pm) on its first club tour explains. "They tell With A Day to Remember us these really of Canada. Shaw Conference Centre, "We've always heartfelt, deep sto$39.50 ries ... some of the played little one-off shows for Warped lyrics are really Tour or Taste of Chaos and it's finally about them and we like to tell them at a cool opportunity to have a real tour. the shows and I think it's a cool thing. We've been trying to do it for years," They tell us that music is helping them and at the same time they help us, too." Fuentes continues. Pierce the Veil is touring on the momentum of its latest album Collide A story in particular that's stuck with With the Sky, released last July. The Fuentes is one that came while Pierce songs have been around for some time the Veil was in the midst of recording, now, but continue to resonate with the via email from a group of teenagers in band, as they were inspired predomi- Australia. Their friend had committed
suicide and since she had been a steadfast fan, they thought the band should know. "She was pretty young, like a 16-yearold girl who was just severely depressed and bullied and just couldn't handle life anymore ... I even have a picture with this girl from a show," he says. "It was super shocking and really bummed me out and was kind of haunting almost, you know? I wrote a little about her and for her friends out of respect." The girl inspired the song title "Hold On Till May," as well as some of the lyrics in "Bulls in the Bronx," which Pierce the Veil shot a video for this past May. "I think as a band, it brought us even closer with our fans," Fuentes says, adding the album also reflects events in his own life, such as his ex-girlfriend overcoming breast cancer. "We do a lot of meet-and-greets and we get kids who had been self-harming and stuff like that telling us the music saved their life and helped them stop, so it's heavy for us, because we're not here to be in that position to give people advice on what to do. We just make our own music and it seems to be having that effect on people, so it sort of gives new meaning to what we do."
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PREVUE // BLUES ROCK
Hot Super Hot
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for a while and I was going to move to Calgary and when I didn't do that I ended up staying in Hot Super Hot due to time constraints," says Bower, adding the whole show will have a definitive family vibe, both for its all-ages designation and the connection between the two bands. "The bass player from Longshadows is my roommate, Jeremy Tokarek, so there's a big family connection ... he's like my brother."
hen the Haven Social Club closed its doors at the end of July, it marked the end of one of the All venue issues aside, the show is city's best spots for original music— a CD release party—for Hot Super and left Hot Super Hot without a Hot with the release of Also and for Longshadows' latest self-titled disc. venue for its CD release show. "I got the news and it was this brief While the two acts have strong ties, moment of panic, but I was like, 'No, they present juxtaposing approachI think something es, with Hot Super Hot evoking is going to come Sat, Aug 17 (8 pm) what Brewer dealong that will With Longshadows scribes as a "lightsurprise me,'" says Royal Alberta Museum, $10 Hot Super Hot (advance), $15 (door) er, folkier side" while Longshadmember Aldon ows possesses a Brewer, recalling "crunchier, harder edge." fond memories of the space. Hot Super Hot's latest release That surprise turned out to be an opportunity to move the gig to the continues to blend poly-rhythms Royal Alberta Museum. The venue of traditional African music and swap has also presented the op- the band's Alberta roots, but with portunity to share a bill with local a definite reggae influence this time blues-rock group Longshadows, around. Brewer describes the disc which Brewer was a member of as a danceable one, complete with a cover of "Nothing but Flowers" by early in his career. "They went and did their own thing Talking Heads—a band that contin-
ues to be a strong influence on the group. "We put together a really quick album in the style of how they used to record with Bob Dylan and the Band," he explains of the disc, recorded with Scott Franchuk at Riverdale Recorders. "We went in with the intention of recording seven songs in two days, which is a little ambitious, but we came out with something that I'm really happy with." Ambitious, maybe, but the goal turned out to be doable with plenty of planning beforehand and Franchuk keeping the five-piece on track in the studio. Many of the tracks on the album are first takes from the studio, which Brewer feels suits the band's do-it-yourself ethos just fine. "There's something very satisfying about doing it yourself. It's a very organic approach," he says, adding that this includes artwork as well. "I joked when we first started that all of our artwork and all of our projects look like a Grade 4 class did them, and so far we've done well. I'm going to go postering later on today and the poster has that sort of a collage-art sort of look and I'd like to say a bunch of Grade 4 kids did it, but it was me."
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