The story behind Generation Gap
Back in the year 2000, Greg Pratt and I (Jason Schreurs) decided that we wanted to document the all-ages punk/hardcore scene in Victoria, BC between 1990-2000 by compiling all of the DIY bands, zines, record labels of that decade into a “book.”
We worked on gathering as much info as we could over the next few months, by going through our Victoria music collections, borrowing demo tapes and other releases off people we knew in the scene, and interviewing as many key players as we could.
We did this, painstakingly, for the better part of a year, then abruptly decided to scrap the project. Overwhelmed by the amount of information we received, we felt that the project could never be finished.
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a folder on my computer called “Victoria book,” opened it up, and memories came flooding back of amazing bands like Render Useless, Goat Boy, M Blanket, Gus, Republic of Freedom Fighters, Hudson Mack, and so many more.
I realized, albeit almost 15 years after the fact (ha ha, these realizations come slowly sometimes), that maybe this project didn’t need to be “finished” after all in order for us to share it. I figured I could upload everything to this blog and people could contact me if they had anything to add or correct, with the hopes that maybe, some day, we’d have a proper documentation of one of the most important decades in Victoria’s punk/hardcore scene.
Please contact me if you can make Generation Gap more complete (i.e. “close the gap.”).
Let me know if you have:
-Links online to more info (other blog postings, YouTube links, etc.)
-Missing bands, zines, labels, releases, people’s names
-Anything that can help to fill in the many ??s you’ll see throughout the listings
And if you don’t have anything to add, just enjoy scrolling through this alphabetical guide, laugh at some of the great band names (Exploding Nimoy, Kissinger: 666, Darth Brooks, etc.), and hit up a YouTube link or links to some of the great Victoria punk releases. And don’t forget to crank the Group Therapy Explosion compilation at some point. (Thanks to people like Griphin/Phil at the Victoria Demo Restoration Project, and other likeminded blogs, for keeping the spirit alive!)
NOTE – The info in Generation Gap was compiled and provided by a number of people, so if anything in here is incorrect or off-base, just let me know and I’ll make an adjustment or correction.