Published Oct 16, 2009Perhaps tired of waiting around for a record label to show up and pay for their releases, four Vancouver bands are taking matters into their own hands and releasing a four-way split LP. The groups Adjective, the Good News, Junior Major and Fake Shark-Real Zombie! (who technically have a label in Japan but no distribution in North America) have joined forces to release Quadruple Dare - Vancouver Mutilation, a twelve-inch record that sees the bands covering each other's material.
In an email to Exclaim!, Adjective's Dustin John Bromley explained the inspiration for the project. "In March of 2009, Adjective were recording a Live at the Suicide Club session with engineer Hayz Fisher [guitar in the Good News]," he says. "We got to talking about how much we enjoyed each other's songs, and Hayz pitched the idea [in between gulps of Pacific Pilsner] of recording some covers. We brought in our close friends Junior Major and Fake Shark-Real Zombie! I think originally we were considering about ten bands but then realized an undertaking like that wouldn't be finished until 2020."
The record will officially be out this Saturday (October 17), with the vinyl being limited to 500 copies and the release staying alive digitally after that. And to celebrate, all four bands will be celebrating with a record release show on Saturday as well.
Of course, finding a venue wasn't easy in the city's notoriously difficult live music climate. "It's really up and down," Bromley admits. "We just lost the Cobalt at the beginning of the month, which was a huge blow to the hardcore/experimental music scene. There's always illegitimate venues popping up [and getting shut down], and the musicians are getting creative in ways to get heard. I can't really say any more than that, or I'll accidentally incriminate someone."
Fortunately, the bands found a home for the show at the Rickshaw, an old movie theatre in the Downtown Eastside that has turned into a live music venue. So make sure you show up early if you want to get in and guarantee yourself a copy of the coveted vinyl.