BEST FRIDAYS: with Ian Stanger of the Fullblast

What’s Worst Mondays without a dark and villainous foil? That’s the kind of thinking that forced us to create Best Fridays. So, for all our weekend warrior brethren: Wooooo, T-G-I-F, right? Herein we hope to bookend your awful week by quizzing our previous Worst Mondays candidate about slightly more encouraging things. Every Friday!

So for those of us who cared, the Fullblast reunion/final show happened this Wednesday in Toronto. It was amazing, and at the very end, after playing a song called “Lee Majors, Now There’s A Man In His Prime” with almost every former member of the band on stage at the same time (there were a lot of guitar players over the years), this girl in front of me turned to her boyfriend and said “Fuck, I think I’m going to cry”. It was kind of lame, but I kind of understood. But I’m not cool.

As we outlined on Monday, the Fullblast were never a genre-defining band. They were just a really awesome band that a lot us really loved. Which meant that this reunion/final show (they broke up quick, no final show, kids bummed, etc) felt like some unreal high school reunion where everyone’s actually cool and the music kicks ass. I wrote a really hyperbolic review of the show when I got home that night for Exclaim!. Oh, and Ian Stanger is a cool guy who sings good. He looked like he was living out some weird punk rock movie-of-the-week all night, and it was well deserved and totally amazing.

Best injury
In all our years in the band, I managed to evade significant injury on tour, or, more impressively, on stage. We like to go a little crazy, which means there’s usually flying bodies or headstocks. After four years, I finally took my first headstock to the head in Lake Orion, Michigan. Our bass player, Bri, slammed his headstock down on the top of my head. I collapsed, crawled to the drum riser and sat there to get my bearings… Just as I was about to get back up to continue the song, our guitar player Darran cracked me in the exact same spot with his guitar. After four years of flawless coordination and choreography, I took two ridiculous shots to the head in one set. And the set ruled.

Best historical figure
I was trying to think of something remotely witty to say here, but I’m drawing blanks. I’d probably have to agree with the CBC in their 100 Best Canadians winner Tommy Douglas and his national public healthcare system. It seems to be one of the defining characteristics of life in Canada, so lets go with that.

Best shirt
I’d say the first Lifetime shirt I ever got would be my favourite. A good friend of mine from Hawaii brought it as a present a couple of years ago after she saw them play in New York. The combination of it being one of my favourite bands, the sentimental value of a thoughtful gift, and the fact that it fits like a glove. Good shirt!

Best thing to do with $20
This is complicated, because you can do a bunch of little things with $20, or blow it all on one thing. I’d say my $20 would include a Blue Jays game, Pizza and a bag of Sour Patch Kids.

Best party trick
I don’t have any particular party tricks or talents, but my best friends from high school have the uncanny ability to slap one another in the face harder than any human should be slapped. I think the record for slaps is 211. Also, for anyone out there who is a fan of party-slapping, check out a video on youtube — this kid gets one-slapped and knocked right out. It’s unreal.

Best monster
That’s easy, its Sully from Monsters Inc.

Best question ever asked of you in an interview. Now answer it:
I don’t think we did enough interviews to ever get past the typical questions like “Where did you get your band name from?”, or “What’s the best part of being on tour?”. So instead, I’ve asked my friend Sprack, who bussed in for the show to ask me a question related to the Fullblast.

Question: “Who is your least favourite ex-member of the Fullblast?”.
Answer: Wow, really stirring the pot Sprack. I’m going to take the safe way out of this one and say I love all of them equally.

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