Exclusive Interview: LAST PLAGUE

Over the six years my band has been part of the Vancouver live circuit, one particular show stands out in my memory. Within thirty seconds of their set, the band onstage at the Patricia Hotel caused total chaos when their vocalist jumped into the crowd. I remember thinking to myself, “Who is this madman?” Not only did the vocalist have the crowd at his whim, the vocal sounds coming out were powerful. Turns out that man was Last Plague’s Heath Fenton. Along with Last Plague, Heath played in the bands Witness Protection Program and Angry. I got a chance to pick Heath’s brain and find out what’s going on these days with Last Plague.

How has the Vancouver changed from your days as an all age musician to the present day?

Heath Fenton (vocals): It has changed a bunch. When I first moved here in 1996 it was the music scene that brought me here. There were a shit load of wicked bands and there was tonnes of support for the scene. All ages shows would sometimes draw in the high hundreds for local shows. Amazing stuff. That’s the main difference. Unfortunately that scene fizzled out shortly after we moved here. For whatever reason. People growing up. Drug addiction was a major factor in it. The scene is healthy now. There are a number of places to play. And so many amazing bands. people really have got to pay more attention to what is going on with heavy music in this town. Another difference is, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s there was really only a couple of venues that would house heavier type bands. So that has changed. There are at least a dozen right now. And crowd support seems to be coming around again. But nothing like it was in the mid 1990s. Maybe that will change, but I have no idea what the kids are doing these days. And the bar crowd is not getting any younger.heath

What Vancouver venue sticks out in your memory as being fundamental to your show going/playing past?

The venue that stands out the most to me over the years is obviously the old Cobalt. That and the Columbia, which is called 303 now. Both were run by Wendy13, and anything she does pretty much rules for the metal/punk community. When I was in my first real Vancouver band (Human Resistance Program) she ran the Columbia shows and always booked us. We played a shit load of awesome shows there that stand out in my mind. After that place closed then it was onto the Cobalt. I don’t think i need to explain anything about that place and the legendary status it achieved with in the community. It’s just too bad it ended.

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DOOMSDAY STUDENT Streaming New Track “Lifeboat Blues”

Disorienting noise rockers Doomsday Student (Ex-Arab on Radar) have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, A Walk Through Hysteria Park, over at Impose Magazine. The track is the jarring, disjunctive “Lifeboat Blues”, which sounds as if it could be playing at a demented carnival. Feel free to stream the swirling acid-trip of a song after the break.

A Walk Through Hysteria Park will be released on October 21st through ThreeOneG. Pre-orders for the record can be placed here.

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LADDER DEVILS Announce New Album “Clean Hands”, Stream New Track

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After a series of EP’s and splits with the likes of Fight Amp, Helms Alee and Kowloon Walled City, Philadelphia noise rock quartet Ladder Devils are prepping to release their first proper full length. The new album, entitled Clean Hands, will be released on November 4th via Brutal Panda Records. The first official taste of the record comes in the form of the mid-paced, grungy jam “The Combine”, which can be streamed over at Noisey. The album’s official artwork and track listing can be viewed after the break.

Pre-orders for Clean Hands can be placed here and here.

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RABBITS Debut “So Fake It’s Real” Video

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Portland noise makers Rabbits have premiered the official video for their track “So Fake It’s Real”, from their most recent effort Untoward, over at Gear Gods. The video is a very gritty-looking performance clip in which director Whitey McConnaughy created all with analog and homemade equipment. You can check out the video after the break and read on how McConnaughy put the video together over at Gear Gods.

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Happy Diving Streaming New Song “Sad Planet”

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It’s difficult to reconcile that Happy Diving has only been a band for a little under a year. With only a four track demo out so far, the criminally unknown East Bay, California band embody a natural propensity for eased songwriting with catchy hooks and melodies that suggest a band in the long term, combining the groove and drive of early Weezer and California X alongside the depressive morose of shoegaze and dream pop into a unique concoction all their own. Today brings the second single, “Sad Planet”, off of the group’s recently announced, upcoming debut LP, Big World, recorded earlier this year with producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr). It’s a track that’s more of the same, in a best way possible. Stream “Sad Planet” along with the first single “Weird Dream” below and pre-order Big World, due October 21st via Father/Daughter Records, here.

PORD Streaming New Album “Wild”

The upcoming sophomore effort from French noise rockers Pord, Wild, can now be streamed in full over at Scene Point Blank. The album will be officially released next Tuesday, September 8th via Solar Flare Records and can still be pre-ordered here. But in the meantime, stream the 40 minute, caustic album at this location.

The band’s upcoming European tour dates can be found below.

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