The Robins

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.

Posted on February 8, 2011 by | Perfect Youth | 2 Comments »| Tags: , , ,

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  1. I grew up in Moncton and played in one of Mark’s bands, No Explanation. The Robins were my first ever punk show (aside from a high school talent show) in Mark’s parent’s basement, where eventually NE used to practice. I’ll never forget those days in the early 80’s when Mark worked at Sam The Record Man and was turning all of us onto all these new bands. He really was the “go to” guy as far as underground music was concerned. I’m hoping to see him soon but for posterity, Thanks Mark!!

  2. I dug out the cd, haven’t listened to it since I got it. Great stuff, even though it re-recorded in ’08 it’s still those songs that we all hopped around to. Thanks for making me think of this stuff. It’s great that some people take notice of that old stuff.

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