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Hinterland Hoedown!Hinterland Hoedown Featuring The Lucky Ones, The Exploders, BOLO MOJO, and Jenn Fiorentino ,February 3rd at the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto. PM19
Hinterland Hoedown! Here's a few questions answered about the hoedown in case you've never heard of these amazing bands.
Hinterland Hoedown? So where did the concept come for this amazing show?
MELANIE KAYE PR:Adam White (from Punknews and Some Party) and I have known each other for a long time as we have set up interviews with the bands I work with for over 15 years (maybe 20?). Most recently I invited him to be part of a press junket to a fantastic festival called FME I was working with and we got to talking about doing a series of events together featuring some of our favorite Canadian bands whether they were well known or up and coming just as long as we really liked them would be our only criteria. As any good working partnership we have naturally managed to collaborate very well as an example of that he and I kept bouncing names around of what we could call our first gig he suggested Hinterland and I suggested Hoedown so Hinterland Hoedown is our first one.
J.B: It kinda sounds like it going to be another fun filled “Hold on to what ya got” kinda barn burner at the legendary Bovine?
MELANIE KAYE PR: Our hope is to have a night that offers a variety of music styles but the common thread is that the experience is a lot of fun and the vibe is an inclusive, relaxed event that everyone there can shine .
J.B: What was the most memorable experience you had at the Bovine over the years?
MELANIE KAYE PR: I have had many memorable nights at the Bovine .Darryl Fine (owner of The Bovine and a dear friend) and I have collaborated on many shows and in fact were “wedding planners” for a wedding that took place there. Last year I celebrated my 50th birthday there with a show that was very special to me. I have had many bands that I work play there (the secret show with Against Me! was magical), Fat Wreck Chords parties over the years have always been epic. One night I ran a rather massive bar tab and at one point as I was handing out a bunch of Jager shots a young woman asked me if I had won the lottery and as I passed her a drink I said “Yeah, I get to work with my favorite bands and have fun while doing it!”.
THE LUCKY ONES:
J.B: You guys just released “Better late than never” any chance of playing some older songs off the earlier works on this bill?
STEVE STUMBLE: Oohhh Fek!!!.. if I can actually get my scooter running this year I will shit twinkies!!!... We always bring a good mix of old and new songs with a couple random covers!.
J.B: I’ve noticed that it is sponsored by Beau’s is that part of the rider for the Hoedown all the beautiful golden ale you can drink?
STEVE STUMBLE: Keith & Heather over there at Beau's are two of the greatest people on planet earth!.. And they actually saved my life with gloves and free beers on Friday in Orangeville in Friday at Brewsapalooza!!..
J.B: I mean every Hoedown barn burner needs some fine drinks? It’s just too bad it’s not Casual Friday? What kind of shenigans can we look forward to from the Lucky Ones maybe a scooter burn out or two?
STEVE STUMBLE: This bad boy is 25 years in the making!... redone from scraps!!!
J.B: So every time you guys play you literally disengrate the walls man! Like the walls literally explode! What’s up with that?
CLASSY CRAIG - It's the only way we know...the songs are tightly wound nuggets that get to the point and then get out quick. No muss, no fuss, just a ruckus?!(I just made that up! It's a keeper, tho!) I think what really does it is that I really love the songs and really get into playing them. Ones like "New Math" and "15 Dollars" are a straight adrenaline dose to the brain for me. Also, with a name like The Exploders we kinda have a duty to give go as hard as we can.
You’ve been around part of the Toronto scene for a long time can we expect the possibility of a new release?
CLASSY CRAIG - We've started writing a few new songs and I have a few cover song ideas that would suit us. Now that we're getting a few reunion gigs under our belt I think it would be great to eventually get some new stuff out there.
J.B: I mean does it get any better than “Electric Power” that album ruled! You guys have that earlier punk rock sound that resonates so beautifully what inspired that sound for those who don’t know what the Exploders are all about?
CLASSY CRAIG - I think it's a combo of classic 50's and 60's revved-up rock and roll, a dash of new wave, maybe some surf and and with some soul here and there. Parts are taken out or left out on purpose to throw the listener a off bit but there is almost always a hook-y gang-shouted chorus in there. Also, lotsa pounding rhythm helps Some of my faves coming up as a young weirdo and first getting into music were Devo, Dictators, Stooges, and Blondie (who's "Kung Fu Girls" we covered) but the influences are a lot wider than that. I saw the Ramones and Cramps so many times live that it was implanted early on that kicking ass is kinda the main directive. I love lounge and jazz and exotica etc, but if you're gonna play any kind of rock, I still think you gotta go all out.
J.B: Those Exploder jackets are amazing was there ever any patches made up of the exploder logo?
CLASSY CRAIG- No patches, but we used to have shirt with a pretty close lightening bolt design. Good merch idea, though...I think it would have to be a full back patch for full impact!
J.B What can we expect from the Exploders at the Hinterland Hoedown? Classy Craig - The usual.... to quote Venom, "pure energy"! It'll be a good selection of stuff from our 7"s and albums. If I can still fit in my Exploders vest after a particularly indulgent and celebratory holiday season you'll likely see those too. We've got a few super new rockers but it will remain to be seen if they're
ready for this show or not.
J.B: Okay some good old bilingual Montreal punk rock! What kind of antics can we expect to go down at this barn burner show?
JULIEN: One hell of a party I think. We are really stoked to play Toronto. All the bands sound great! I don't know what kind of trouble we will get into but it should be memorable!
J.B: For those that haven’t heard you guys before how would you describe your sound?
JULIEN: A mix of old punk rock, rock & roll, glam rock, rockabilly and more. All kinds of stuff I guess.
J.B: Have you guys ever played the legendary Bovine every now and then the old stripper pole at front stage gives shocks any thoughts on the legend that is the Bovine?
JULIEN: No we have not so it will be an honor for us to play the Bovine. Sounds great! Johnny our singer will probably enjoy the shocks...
J.B: You guys have that atmospheric groove style going on with like “Kicked out of the Church” what kind of playlist can we expect anything new thrown into the list?
JUILEN: We will be playing songs from " Kicked out of the Church" and also from our new one "Happiness" wich has a bit of a different sound. Probably a few new songs to. Hang Loose!
J.B: For those who don’t know how amazing you are can you tell the people about sound it’s so unique with the personal creative writing and sound?
JENN: Yes I’ve been writing song since a really young age. It started out with poems, lyrics, and melodies, then I decided to learn to play guitar. So a lot of my songs are focused around vocal melodies and I write the guitar parts to complement the melodies. I’ve grown up listening to punk rock, pop, and reggae music, all of which tend to have really catchy hooks. I think I have a rather unique sound because I start off with just an acoustic guitar and my voice then I go from there, rather than being in a band setting. So it’s like a really full sound that is focused on raw acoustic guitar and vocals.
You have played and shared the stage with a lot of amazing people from Chris Cresswell and Billy Pettinger and have done some pre pouzza stuff including Pouzza so what’s it like being on this bill?
JENN: Pouzza Fest is always an amazing weekend and I’m happy to be a part of it! The shows are always a good turnout which is very encouraging for me, people are really supportive and just love music so music. The music scene in Quebec is very welcoming, it’s my favourite place to perform.
J.B You do covers every now and then I ‘ve heard some really amazing ones anything special in the works for the Hinterland? I’m not sure of the order of the night but I mean it’s going to be scary going on after the Exploders they literally blow the place apart last time the walls where literally crumbling?
JENN: Hmmm, I do have a couple new covers that I may play at the show, who knows! ;) I imagine I’ll be on first though since I’m acoustic…it might be kind of a buzz kill if I play after the Exploders haha
J.B: And after the Lucky Ones there’s going to be some good times going on. What are you looking forward to at the legendary Bovine? Is there any new plans of a new release that we can look forward to?
JENN: Aside from the awesome music? The Tiki Bar!
And yes I do have a lot of new material on the way, I’ve been sort of slow with posting Youtube videos (I think it’s been a few months since I’ve posted one). I’ve been waiting on some new recording gear to arrive, and I should have the physical copies of my new album this week. There are still some small things I need to take care of before releasing my new original recordings, but it’s happening very very soon!