Aaron MacKenzie (guitar), Matthew McLean (drums), Noel Davies (vocals), Thomas Aldersparre (bass)
Self-titled demo (cassette, 1997) – Christ Bait/Reflection/Culture Bandits/Stretched Truths-Denial/Consumption
V/A – “Hymns for the Hearing Impaired” (CD, 1997, Bad People Records – Boulder, CO) – Black Metal
[Released the Third World Planet… 7″.]
Founder: Steve Simard
[Campus radio station at the University of Victoria.]
CHAMPIONS OF HELL
[Previously Repulverizer, minus Noel Davies, this grindy metal band is named after a local comic book with scantily clad women being tortured.]
Aaron MacKenzie (guitar), Dan ? (vocals), Doug MacMinn (drums), Tom ? (bass)
V/A – “Sex with Nothing” (CD, Rat’s Nest/Em Tee Head Productions, 2002) – Cedar Hill
Founder: Jaime Sheppard
CHRONIC KNOT PRODUCTIONS [promoter]
[Started doing shows in 1997, many of which were of a political hardcore nature. The two shows in the summer of 1998 that were featured on the live video founder Malcolm Croome released were highlights for a lot of local punks. Croome was sponsored for a time by the City of Victoria, who offset a lot of the costs of him doing shows. He got frustrated with lack of turnout and not being able to break even with some of his all-ages shows and started booking bands at Thursdays Pub on Cook St. (now Logans Pub). Croome now runs a music promotion company in Vancouver called Sealed with a Kiss.]
Founder: Malcolm Croome
V/A – “Chronic Knot Live Compilation Video” (video, 1998, Chronic Knot) – Render Useless, Assuck (FL), Reversal of Man (FL), Submission Hold (Vancouver, BC), Former Members of Alfonsin (CA), Bread and Circuits (CA), Seein’ Red (The Netherlands)
[Screamy hardcore. Formed Jan/Feb 1999.]
Adam Angus (bass/vocals), Bobbi Froese (guitar), Dane Gifford (drums), Jamie Hooper (vocals)
CHUCK ANDREWS [promoter]
Started doing punk shows in 1999.
CITY OF HARLEQUIN
[Emo/math rock, 1998.]
Dustin Hawthorne (guitar/vocals), Paul Blything (bass/vocals), Todd Graham (guitar), Steve Bays (drums)
Unreleased recordings – Live on CFUV
Gerry Kramer (vocals?), Jode Shortreed (drums?), Steve Simard (bass?), ??
“Punker than Loni” demo (cassette, ?) [Did this ever come out?]
[Punk rock. 1988-1995. They recorded a first demo in 1988 that was “very stupid,” says original drummer Luke Burgess. Bassist/vocalist Doug Copley also put on shows in his house on Steele St near Mayfair Mall.]
Doug Copley (bass/vocals) (replaced Matt Beasley), Kent Webb (guitar/vocals), Dan Wear (drums/vocals) (replaced Luke Burgess)
“Sticky Floor Mosh” (cassette, 1988) – ??
“The Rats Are All Around” demo (cassette, 1991) – Feelers/I Don’t Like Mondays (Boomtown Rats cover)/Insane/Ben/Keep Me Metal/Man in the Milkcrate/The Song of No Particular Importance/Keep Me Mellow/Eaten Alive
Self-titled demo (cassette, 1992, Incentive Records) – Pacification/ROM Ripped to Shreds/Nine to Five/Nothing/Man I’m Sore/The Naked Eye/Wait/You/And You Wonder Why I’m So Confused/The Goat Hut/We Control/Uncertainty/The Bella Song
[Fanzine from the early ’90s with lots of interviews, reviews, etc. At least six issues were published.]
Founder: Trevor Fielding
Coilerest (drums), Johnny Coiler (guitar), Trevor Hagen (bass)
V/A – “Victoria Newlywed Nearlydead” (CD, 199?, Em Tee Head Productions) – Lunch/Johnny’s Gotta Pee/Luv Me
THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE
[Artsy, drugged-out rock that went over well until they got their second singer and everyone compared them to Pearl Jam and stopped listening.]
Shawn Ross (bass), ?? (vocals) (replaced Jason Bonneau), John London (RIP) (drums), Murray Acton (guitar)
[Personal zine in a quarter-sized format. At least one issue came out in 1996.]
Founder: J. Moore
CONFESSIONS OF A MASK
[Band featuring most of The Truth About Angels and a couple of Vanderhoof kids, with guitarist Sunny Dhak leaving the band early on to move to Vancouver. Originally billed as a “Republic of Freedom Fighters-style emo/hardcore band,” Confessions played a couple of shows in their original line-up (including one at a bar/pizza joint).]
Ami Brosseau (vocals), Hal Ferris (bass) (took over for Ami Brosseau), Jason Michaud (drums), Jay Mace (guitar), Peter Roland (guitar/vocals) [Previous member – Sunny Dhak (guitar/vocals)]
[1990-1994. Rumour has it that vocalist Lettucehead (Chris Hughes) contracted one of the only known cases of scurvy this century or something?]
Geoff Smith (drums), Lettucehead (Chris Hughes) (vocals) (replaced Jonathan), Steve Flach (bass), Wolf Edwards (guitar)
Self-titled demo (cassette, 1992) – Government Issue/Dictator/F.T.P./Outcast/Seperate Reality/Common Enemy/Your World/Self Obliteration/Boarding School/Grandfather Clock/Swinging on a String/
Self-titled(?) demo (cassette, ?) – Societal Rape/Tension Wire/Resist/False Liberty/Fictional Realities/Mind Games/Operation Desert Death
V/A – “Victoria Newlywed Nearlydead” (CD, 199?, Em Tee Head Productions) – False Liberty/Resist
V/A – “Sex with Nothing” (CD, Rat’s Nest/Em Tee Head Productions, 2002) – Fictionalized Reality
Bubba (Mike Hamilton) (vocals), Graham ? (guitar), Randy Camponi (drums), Tim ? (bass)
Self-titled (cassette, 1998?, Fist Magnet Records – Aylmer, Quebec) – Sap/The Sound of Angels/Something’s Missing/Words/Crybaby/For You/A to the C/Cheat Yourself/Feast/New Day/Dreams in the Dead of Night
[1997, spazzy hardcore.]
Brandon ? (bass), Hadji Bakara? (vocals), Randy Camponi (drums), Todd Graham (guitar)
Curt Cox (guitar/vocals), Norm Apro (bass), Tim Sweeting (drums), Steve ? (guitar/vocals)
“Spineless” demo (cassette, 1992) – No One Told Me/Spineless/Inside Out/My Gun and My God/The Score of Flesh/Try
2nd demo – title and details unknown
Founder: Lyndsay Sung
COW WITH A BLADE
[Alternative rock that came right in the middle of the “grunge explosion.” Pre-Santo band featuring the brothers Stull.]
“The Graze EP” demo (cassette, 1993)
“Something Against You” demo (cassette, 1994)
[Was this band pre-1990?]
Chris Buck, ??
There was another Crepitus around years later.
Jason Harvey (guitar), ??
Hardcore four-track experiments and spoken word.
Jeremy Loveday (solo project)
Self-titled (cassette, 1997, Jalden Records) – ??
V/A – ?? (Catchphraze Records – CA) [unknown songs were featured on two of their Anti-Vivisection compilations] – ??
V/A – “Hardcore Hillbillies” (cassette, 1997, Jalden Records) – Beafcake
CRITICAL MASS BIKE RIDES
[A lot of Victoria punks participated in these weekly protest bike rides in the downtown core.]
[Members of OTTG, with Maxine ? and Jason Flower – played three gigs.]
Jason Flower, Maxine?, ??
Napalm Dave (drums/vocals), The Terrorizer (vocals/bass), Visor Man (guitar)
“Beneath the Below” demo (cassette, ?, ?) – ??
Tim Johnson (vocals/guitar/bass), Shiko Nomura (drums/percussion/vocals)
“Orgasmic Waves” demo (cassette, 1997) – Virgin Lesbian Pagan Dykes/Fuckin’ Punk/Dream Divides
Caley Campbell (drums), Dave Dunnett (bass/vocals), Robin Wellman (guitar/vocals), Sam Langridge (guitar/vocals) [Previous member – Rob (vocals)]
Self-titled demo (cassette, 1994) – Treated Equally/Turn the Page/Justice/Batman/My Life/Charlie Brown/Daves Curb/Im Out/Incensed/Where are the Groopies/Animal Ska/Walk Away/Noway/If This Isnt Shit
“Last Stand” demo (cassette, 1995) – Cat Crew/Push Opinion/Liquid Trap/Fall Down/Feel the Noise/FYP/Labelized/Look Away/It’s So Hard/Satisfied/Second Sacrifice/Dignity/An Hour Short
Search demo (??) – Ju-Ju Eyeballs/Skippy/Reverbresh/Salamasond/Charlie Brown/Slow Down and Run/You Are One/Mr. Transvestite/ATeam