Thursday, June 30, 2011

Top 10 – June 2011

1. COKE BUST “Degradation” ep (Grave Mistake)
2. POISON PLANET “Undermine” ep (Third Party)
3. NO PROBLEM ep (Handsome Dan)
5. SORRY EXCUSE “Listen with Prejudice” ep (Third Party)
6. DEAN DIRG “Verpisst” LP (Hardware)
7. FUCK ON THE BEACH “Eat ‘Em All” CD (HG Fact)
8. SCHOOL JERKS “Screamer” ep (Cowabunga)
9. DISABLE / WAR VICTIMS split ep (Charged // Distorted)
10. REALITY CRISIS “Sound of Destruction” ep (HG Fact)
* Grave Mistake – P.O. Box 12482 / Richmond, VA / 23241 / USA /
* Third Party – 1254 N. Maplewood #3 / Chicago, IL / 60622 / USA /
* Handsome Dan Records –
* HG Fact - 105 Nakeneah Inbach 1-M / 2-7-15 Yayol-cho / Nakano, Tokyo / 154-0013 / Japan
* Hardware Records – P.O. Box 1646 / 49006 Osnabruck / Germany /
* Cowabunga Records – 311 Steam Drive / Genoa, IL / 60135 / USA /
* Charged // Distorted – P.O. Box 21530 / 1424 Commercial Drive / Vancouver, BC / V5L 5G2 / Canada /

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

School Damage studio 3 session

SCHOOL DAMAGE - Hangin with Mr. Carradine
SCHOOL DAMAGE - 678 Bathurst
SCHOOL DAMAGE - Irresponsible
SCHOOL DAMAGE - Who's the Asshole Now
SCHOOL DAMAGE - I Wanna Tear You Apart
SCHOOL DAMAGE - I Wanna Be Wasted
SCHOOL DAMAGE - Pigs in Space
SCHOOL DAMAGE - See You Next Tuesday
SCHOOL DAMAGE - Stand Right, Walk Left

Monday, June 27, 2011

Never Too Late "Mistrust" demo

The songs on here are:

1. Say Goodbye
2. I See It
3. Crossfire
4. Who Can Really Blame Her
5. Where are we going
6. Mistrust
7. Do you know what you have to do?
8. Time to go

Radio - Sunday June 26, 2011

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BRUTAL YOUTH - Square Dancing (Death to False Hope)
CLASS WAR KIDS - Common Threads (Rebel Time)
BRUTAL YOUTH - Trim the Fat / For Pete (CIUT)
BRUTAL YOUTH - Irrational Fear of Water (CIUT)
BRUTAL YOUTH - Glass Houses / Living with Ghosts (CIUT)
BRUTAL YOUTH - Heart and Soul (CIUT)
BRUTAL YOUTH - So What? Sew Buttons! (CIUT)
BRUTAL YOUTH - 4 Letter Word (CIUT)
BRUTAL YOUTH - We Need to Talk (CIUT)

REALITY CRISIS - Sound of Destruction (HG Fact)
WAR VICTIMS - Slutet (Charged // Distorted)
SCHOOL JERKS – Moral Addiction (Cowabunga)
FUCK ON THE BEACH – Truth of Fiction (HG Fact) (CD Track 7)
DEAN DIRG – Vogue Trooper (Hardware)
SORRY EXCUSE – Mounting Stress (Third Party)
KREIGSHOG – Purpose (HG Fact) (CD Track 5)
NO PROBLEM– Sound of Going Too Far (Handsome Dan)
POISON PLANET – Nothing Gets Done / Soundtrack of Resistance (Third Party)
COKE BUST – Degradation (Grave Mistake)

BURNING LOVE - Momento Mori (Live at The Atlantic)
BURNING LOVE - Alien Vs. Creditor (Live at The Atlantic)

DYS - Stand Proud (XClaim)
DIEHARD YOUTH - Posi-Change (Thorp)
TIME X - One Life Drug Free (S/R)
LIMP WRIST - This Ain't No Cross On My Hand (Lengua Armada)
JUDGE - Bringin' It Down (Revelation)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Brutal Youth studio 3 session

BRUTAL YOUTH - Glass Houses / Living with Ghosts
Irrational Fear of Water
So What Sew Buttons
BRUTAL YOUTH - We Need to Talk


BRUTAL YOUTH - Heart and Soul

BRUTAL YOUTH - Trim the Fat / For Pete

BRUTAL YOUTH - 4 Letter Word





Monday, June 20, 2011

Radio - Sunday, June 19, 2011

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BOGUS CAUSE – Blame Yourself (High Anxiety / No idea)
INEPSY – Fast Way to Die (High Anxiety / No idea)
BAD CHOICE – Angry Americans (High Anxiety / No idea)
URBAN BLIGHT – False Truths (High Anxiety / No idea)
CAREER SUICIDE - Delusional (High Anxiety / No idea)
OMEGAS – Social Slasher (High Anxiety / No idea)
MAD MEN – Odia (High Anxiety / No idea)
SLOBS - Outlier (High Anxiety / No idea)
SNAKEPIT – Justice (High Anxiety / No idea)
VILE INTENT - Jumper (High Anxiety / No idea)
DEAD WIFE – Choke (High Anxiety / No idea)
SCHOOL JERKS – N/A (High Anxiety / No idea)
BRAZEN HELL - Corrosion (High Anxiety / No idea)
CASTEVETS – Good Riddance (High Anxiety / No idea)
MATURE SITUATIONS – Yoga Predator (High Anxiety / No idea)
NAUGHTY GIRLS – Left in the Dark (High Anxiety / No idea)
UNRULED – Iraq Attack (High Anxiety / No idea)
PURITY CONTROL – Sex Life (High Anxiety / No idea)
TOTAL TRASH - Violence (High Anxiety / No idea)
BRUTAL KNIGHTS – Bad Choice (High Anxiety / No idea)
MOLESTED YOUTH – Genetic Jackhammer (High Anxiety / No idea)
FOREIGN BODIES – Downtown Fun (High Anxiety / No idea)
BURNING LOVE - Mess (High Anxiety / No idea)

DESCENDENTS - I'm Not a Loser (New Alliance)
SSD - Glue (Taang)
TEAR IT UP - Everybody Hates Me
SICKOIDS - My Curse (Self-Released)
BRAIN TUMOURS - Midnight Surgery (Self-Released)
OFF! - I Don't Belong (Vice)
THE PARTISANS - I Don't Give a Fuck (Captain Oi!)
CAREER SUICIDE - Things Take a Turn (Sewercide)
RALPH - Infectious (Self-Released)
HIPSTER PISS PARTY - Lights (Self-Released)
VEINS - Closed Eyes Always (Youth Attack)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

In Memory of Imants Krumins

Imants Krumins was an awesome dude. He was older than most but once he started talking to you the pretence of age was dropped and it was all about the enthusiasm for punk or wrestling or roller derby. Whatever it was about he was into it. And he wanted others to be into it too. He would often be driving to an event with a carload of people. Bussing people in from Hamilton.

He was a world traveller. Imants would often take a vacation once a year and come back with loads of records and CDs. He had done quite a few programs the week after his trip from places like the Basque region or Brazil or wherever he was drawn. My recollection is of Imants programming on the fly going through a stack of CDs flipping through tracks of the CD deck because he didn’t have enough time to go through all the stuff that he had picked up. Finding the right song just seconds before the one that was playing was to stop and getting the mix just right. Then telling crazy record collecting stories about the CDs he had just played about hard to find stores off the beaten path. He would write about them in tour journals that we would publish in the zine. Imants was an advocate for Equalizing-X-Distort. He was always here for us. He donated on every fundraising drive. He brought in Simply Saucer and him and Rob Sikora did an interview with this legendary band. He would talk about his native Hamilton bands and with good reason. He believed in the power of radio and that is because he used to do a show of his own on CFMU. Then CFMU had a program shuffle and he got lost in the mix but he always believed in the story telling medium that is radio which is why he always had a home here on Equalizing-X-Distort.

It is sad to see Imants go because he is one of a kind. But in looking around the room I had heard a bunch of stories about Imants enthusiasm for these scenes. And the bands recognized it. Craig Caron told me of a poster that read something like “He loved music and we all loved him” with a guitar pick that was postered up and down James Street. Buddy we wish you were here to see the love and appreciation this scene has for you. Given your record collecting abilities Chris Colohon thought it would be appropriate if someone had written on the urn 1 of 1 because you were truly one of a kind. Mild mannered banker by day, mild mannered punk by night. A guy who was once referred to as Finance Imants for his ability to help out the Unknowns get a loan to purchase a van. Your generosity knew no bounds. Your enthusiasm knew no bounds. You were truly one of a kind. You were there in the beginning. I don't know what we are going to do without you, but you inspired us to love our scene and by love I mean you got us enthusiastic about punk and for that we are greatful. We will miss you.

Update: Saturday, June 18, 2011

- I was at Imants funeral service and there was a roomful of punk rockers. I realized that I hadnt put up the Spoiled Rotten session which was a session that Imants had encouraged us to record. He talked very highly of all the work that Larry has done with his band and the label Amp Records. So at the beginning of January in 2009 they played a session and did an amazing Screeching Weasel cover in the set. You can hear the whole thing or download songs from that session at
- Teen Anger did a session a month later that I had forgotten how good was. They sound so much like the Cramps it is ridiculous. You can now download their session at
- Inepsy played a Legion hall last night so in honour of them I uploaded the session they recorded when they were down opening up for the Varukers and can be downloaded at

Friday, June 17, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Radio - Sunday, June 12, 2011

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The MP3 file has some drop outs so the first song and part of Rob`s intro is cut out. Just skip over the first five minutes and you will get to the opneing segment which was a tirbute to Imants Krumins.

TEENAGE X - The Signal (CIUT)

FORGOTTEN REBELS – Angry (Self-Released)
BLIND PIGS – No Pistols Reunion (Agrito!)
SPOILED ROTTEN – Rock ‘n Roll is Dead (Amp)
THE VAPIDS – 9.18. Ft. Lee Va. 1952 (Self-Released)
UNKNOWNS – Teenage Terrorist (Punk History Canada)

TEENAGE X - Losin' It (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Interview (CIUT)
THE MONKS - Love in Stereo (Harvest)
TEENAGE X - Interview (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Interview (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Holiday Road (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Interview (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Interview (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Chelsea Horror Hotel (CIUT)

TEENAGE X - Interview (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Interview (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Drink! Dance! Destroy! (Self-Released)
TEENAGE X - Interview (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Fast Machine (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Say What You Want (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - Interview (CIUT)
TEENAGE X - The Signal (Self-Released)
TEENAGE X - On the Outside (Self-Released)

Demo Feature
THE SOFISTIFUCKS - Carnage (Self-Released)
THE SOFISTIFUCKS - Idiot Life (Self-Released)
THE SOFISTIFUCKS - POlice Malefeasance (Self-Released)
THE SOFISTIFUCKS - CC AE 217 (Self-Released)
THE SOFISTIFUCKS - I Lie (Self-Released)
THE SOFISTIFUCKS - Sedentary Rage (Self-Released)
THE SOFISTIFUCKS - Asshole Proclivities (Self-Released)
OFF! - Compared to What (Vice)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Flyer - Saturday June 11, 2011

Update: Saturday, June 11, 2011

We were able to upload the Studio 3 session by Sonorous Gale from Buffalo. The band featured Aaron from Abusing the Word on bass and Steve from Robot Has Werewolf Hand on drums. Everything is downloadable at

Tune in Sunday night with a live interview with Teenage X and we will be playing material from the Studio 3 session recorded on Tuesday, as well as some material from their new CD.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Flyer - Friday June 10, 2011

Teenage X "Drink! Dance! Destroy!" CD

Drink! Dance! Destroy! is an apt title for the debut full length from Toronto's Teenage X. These scene vets have been playing for a while now and have done time in bands like The Downbelows, Tijuana Bibles and The Threat among others.
The band is made up of Rich Gaskin on guitar, the husband-wife team of Sarah and Phil Page on vocals and bass and Mikey Hawdon of the Fairmounts fame, on drums.
The songs are:
The Signal
Fast Machine
Drink! Dance! Destroy!
Losin' It
Say What You Want
On the Outside
Chelsea Horror Hotel
The record is a self-assured nine songs in a louder, faster, shorter 21 minutes and although there are traces of what they've done before present here, this is a group that's clearly come into its own. The punk rock sensibilities here are filtered through an early 80s New Wave/Power Pop filter that add some catchy bounce. The feel of this record had me thinking that some of these songs would fit well on the soundtrack of a circa 1982 teen coming of age comedy, especially on the song Losin' It.
It's easy to make comparisons to Blondie, Pat Benetar and Kim Wylde and you wouldn't be far off. The thing that makes this record unique though is that is doesn't come across as sounding retro. Page can really add some punk snotty-ness to her voice but she can actually sing as well. The songwriting is solid and because these guys can really play, most of what you hear will stick in your head without repeated listening. But if this is the kind of thing you like, then chances are you won't want to stop listening. Drink! Dance! Destroy! is bound to be your soundtrack for this summer.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Teenage X studio 3 session

Teenage X - The Signal
Teenage X - Fast Machine
Teenage X - Losin' It
Teenage X - .08
Teenage X - Wasted
Teenage X - Holiday Road
Teenage X - Chelsea Horror Hotel
Teenage X - Say What You Want
Teenage X - Boom

Monday, June 6, 2011

Radio - Sunday, June 5, 2011

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FROSTBACKS – I Hate the Bloody Queen (True North)

MUTATED EARTHLINGS - Pock Marked (Absolute Underground)

CRYSTAL MESS – Touch of Death (Self-Released)
THE ROLE MODELS – Our Scene (Absolute Underground)
CLASS OF 1984 – Gig Shoe (Bullitt)
DEATH SENTENCE – Nightmare (Lazy B)

TIMMY'S ORGANISM - Scum Revolution (Hozac)
WAX IDOLS - All You Human (Hozac)
DALAI LAMAS - I want You (Hozac)
THE PEOPLE'S TEMPLES - Led as One (Hozac)

WARHEAD – This World of Confusion (HG Fact)
FRAMTID – Curse (Self-Released)
FLOWERS OF FLESH AND BLOOD – A Bitter Pill (Tuneless)
URINARY TRACT INFECTION – Fake as Fuck (Schizophrenic)

DEVIL DOGS - Backstage (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
TEENAGE HEAD - Brand New Cadillac (Attic)
THE DIODES - Red Rubber Ball (Epic)
SOULSIDE - Ex- Lion Tamer (Sammich)
NIPDRIVERS - Have You Ever Been Mellow (Taang!)

THE SHIRKS – On Time (Grave Mistake)
DEAN DIRG – Cause I Can (Hardware)
ORDER – Nazo Nazo (HG Fact)
THE LOGJAMMERS – Hit 2 (No Patience)

FUCKED UP - Generation (Schizophrenic)
A.P.B. - Know My Name (N.R.K.)

THE TOASTERS - Teenage Tease (Bomb)
DEAD END -  Government vs. You and Me (NRK)
POINTED STICKS - Apologies (Bomb)

Demo Feature
TIED DOWN – Out of the Kitchen (Self-Released)
TIED DOWN – Tally (Self-Released)
TIED DOWN – Get Radified (Self-Released)
TIED DOWN – Anatomy (Self-Released)
TIED DOWN – Double Life (Self-Released)
TIED DOWN – Fifteen (Self-Released)
TIED DOWN – Native American Apparel (Self-Released)
TIED DOWN – Tied Down (Self-Released)
TIED DOWN – Anxiety (Self-Released)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

End Program “Balatus” CD

This is the new END PROGRAM recording making it their third release. It rages like TRAGEDY and represents this city’s representation for the new wave of crust that bands like SAIGON DISTRESS SIGNAL and LIVING DARKNESS worked on developing. The songs are mostly structured around a fast punk beat that offsets d-beat with pensive doomy sounding parts. It’s crushing at the best of times and hits you hard. All I hear is a throwback to great bands of this genre like BEHIND ENEMY LINES and AUS ROTTEN. The songs on here are:

1. Not Enough
2. Confidence Man
3. Gold Medal Winners
4. Soldier
5. White Wolves
(High Art for the Low Down –

Update: Saturday, June 4, 2011

More Studio 3 sessions have gone up which include:

-Saigon Distress Signal recorded a session in April 2005 that you can now hear at Riot Brigade from Hamilton had a slight crossover sound. They recorded this awesome session at the old studio that you can now download at
- Cobra Noir, who were from Montreal and had that emo-crust sound that the Swarm had at
- Boulevard Trash who were Toronto's answer to the Exploding Hearts recorded a session in 2006. There session is now up at
- Brown Belt are a band from Barrie that has changed their name to Generation Hexed. The band is made up of ex-members of Sons of Ishmael, BSL, and Flecks of Drool. Their studio 3 session is available for download at
- The Nymphets from Montreal showed up one night with Bob Burns and the Breakups so we recorded both bands live from the floor because we didn't have time to pre-record a proper session. But that's how we used to do it in the old days. Anyway the Nymphets session is up at They remind me of a Ramones fans doing a lo fi hybrid of the Exploding Hearts and Jonathon Richmond.
- The Restarts from the UK played on the show when they were playing here for the "Outsider" tour. They recorded a session the night they landed and it is up here under the night we broadcast the session -
- a set of originals was recorded by the Screwed and can be pulled down at The band is a set of scene veterans paying homage to the original wave of punk. The band features Steve Saint from the Sinisters, Steve Koch from the Viletones / Demics, John Borra of Neon Rome, and Cleave Anderson of Battered Wives / Tyranna fame.
- The Vatican Chainsaw Massacre session was recorded at the beginning of 2009. You can download the files from
- 63 Monroe are an incredible band from London, Ontario and part of the incredible story is that they are still active as a band. They recorded a session in September 21st, 2008 but the session was aired a few months later. You can get the session at
- City Sweethearts recorded a session in 2009. They were a lot more polished, but they had guys in that band that were in Riot99 and Vicious Cycle, and Action and maybe Marvelous Darlings. They did some neat covers like the Monks and the Fun Things for this set. You can hear it at

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

V/A "Bloodstains Across British Columbia" LP

This is recent material, not punk rock archelogy like the name might suggest. This is reviewed in the issue of MRR #377 that came out in June 2011.

Strange Attractor CD

Strange Attractor from Sudbury get reviewed in the June issue of MRR #377.

The Slobs "Look Busy, Do Nothing" ep

The Slobs from Montreal get their new ep reviewed in the June 2011 issue of MRR #377.

MRR Review - School Jerks "Control" ep

The School Jerks latest ep gets reviewed in June 2011 in MRR #377.

Ilegal "La Vida es el producto de nuetsra esperanza y las visiones irreales" ep

Ilegal from Montreal, get reviewed in MRR #377 published in June 2011.

The delicacies of consuming flesh demo

This new band from Winnipeg gets reviewed in the June issue of MRR #377.

Born Bad "Total Bullshit" ep

This ep was reviewed in MRR #377, which came out in June 2011.

Born Bad / Duress split ep

This split was reviewed in the June 2011 issue of MRR #377.

Born Bad demo

I think Born Bad are from Winnipeg. This review appeared in MRR #337, which came out in June 2010.