Posts Tagged ‘east coast’

The Robins

Posted on February 8, 2011 by

Probably one of my favourite bands to have unearthed for myself over the course of this project is the Robins. The second or third ever punk band from Moncton (the first was the Punks, natch), the Robins were one of many incredible, original, and utterly strange musical projects undertaken by Mark Gaudet, one of the most incredible, original, and utterly strange guys to have emerged from this fine country. Better known for his work in seminal east coast acts Eric’s Trip and Elevator, Gaudet was also Moncton’s first punk, at the core of every single punk band in the city until the early ’80s. The Robins were more left-field than Gaudet’s earlier experimentations, including the proto-metal Purple Knight and aforementioned Punks, and the few recordings that exist from that era (along with a handful of bootlegs floating around on YouTube) showcase a unique band making some strange, strange noise.

You can order a lot of classic east coast recordings and videos through Gaudet’s Venison Creek zine. No resources online. Just give him a call some time at work to get a free zine and catalogue. I’m not even kidding. And it’s totally worth it.

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The Reaction

Posted on February 8, 2011 by

Finally got around to checking out the Reaction discography I got in the mail late last week. These guys were one of two active punk bands in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the late ’70s and early ’80s. No small feat, when you consider how culturally isolated that part of the country was. Unlike their bi-coastal brethren in Victoria, who had the nearby Vancouver scene to draw substantial influence from, punks in St. John’s were nowhere near… anything. A ten hour drive from the western tip of the island, which only gets you a few hours ferry ride from Sydney, Nova Scotia, being a punk in St. John’s in the ’70s is pretty goddamn astounding. That the Reaction and Da Slyme (the other punks in town) managed to nail the sound and aesthetic so effectively is equally goddamn astounding.

This song comes from their two-disc collection, Old and New, which pairs one disc of ’78’-81 material with post-reunion material culled from sessions done in 2005.

The Reaction: “In Tune with the Times”

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