Back in June I posted a couple of songs by a group named Lovers From The Moon
, from a compilation entitled It Came From Thunder Bay
. Those tracks were quiet, acoustic numbers, but the rest of the album is mostly straight-up harcore punk rock, some examples of which I'm posting today. Virtually everything I found on these bands came via BandWiki
, a truly awe-inspiring collection of information about groups from The T-Bay, as my wife (who grew up there) calls it.
Bonehead - The Dinks
The one actual article
I could find about The Dinks described them thusly; "Picture a bassist in nothing but a g-string baby, a singer who crawls around the stage in white jeans and stares you down until he is literally face-to-face with the audience and some rock solid drumming and wailing guitar solos. Add enough sexual overtones to make Bowie blush and you’ll see The Dinks are a live band through and through." Okay, then.
Rawk Knocker - HeadcrampHeadcramp
were Meathead Records
' original raison d'être
, as the label was conceived in order to distribute a 7" single by the band in 1992. This zine
from '94 describes them as "Thunder Bay's best-known band," and a comment on this blog
claims that "Some would say that Headcramp was the best band to ever come out of Thunder Bay." At any rate, Headcramp were Brent Digiuseppe on bass and vocals, Gary Dougherty on drums, Moose, Lee Arnone and Spider Violence on guitars, and, later, Johnny Nasty on drums.
Slipping - G.I. JillG.I. Jill
were Dawn McMurray on bass, guitar and vocals, Lisa Bostrom on guitar, Mary-Jane Fogarty on bass, Miranda Gullons on drums and Shelly Legros on bass and vocals (I'm guessing the three bassists weren't all in the band at the same time). Apparently they put out one tape and opened for The Monoxides
on March 26th, 1996 at former Thunder Bay live music institution Crocks 'n' Rolls
Abstainer - Withstand
Withstand were an early version of the group Strychnine
, which consisted, in various incarnations, of Randy Young on vocals, Mike Dohan on bass and vocals, Dave Sisko on guitar, Jesse Thom on drums, Dan Scaffeo on vocals, Jay Cano on guitar and Kirk Lemon on vocals. As Strychnine, they put out a couple of tapes and a CD and broke up in 2000.
Airborne Dog Fun - Love In VeniceLove In Venice
, who were more of a grunge outfit than the other bands here, were vocalist Mahlon Ward, guitarist Mike Ball, drummer Arek Wojciechowski and bassist Rob Hole, who was replaced by Kevin McParland. They released a few recordings, toured western Canada, and broke up in 1996 when Mike Ball moved to Ottawa. Here's a brief review
of their album Fraid
Note: These songs have been archived at It Came From Canada