These pictures were taken during the first leg of the “Built To Fuck, Born To Tour”, ending at COLD WAVES II. The Rabid Whole providing direct support for BILE, back in September 2013. It was a very memorable time, especially in Chicago. I got to meet some new people, and get some of my friends in on this. I thought I’d post these on here instead on leaving them on facebook, hoping they’d reach a wider audience. -G
Krztoff from BILE — This is when I first had the idea to get this theme going. I realized the potential of other musicians I’d meet along the way. He. Was. Hammered. http://bilenyc.net/
Brendin from Sagan/Armor/BILE — Brendin probably showed the most attitude of this group of pictures. He has a weird sense of humour, but by the end of the tour I had made a decent imitation of him. I thought of stealing this chair for the rest of the tour, for other people to sit in, but I realized that the damn trailer was already packed. http://www.facebook.com/BrendinRossOfficial
Rainbow from The Birthday Massacre — At our Toronto show, Rainbow showed up, so I just HAD to ask him to have a seat, and flip me off. http://www.thebirthdaymassacre.com/
Reece from All But Over — We had a day off in our home-base of Toronto. I chose to work at my day job, and got my boss (who is also a great singer) to participate. http://www.allbutover.com/
Avi and Matt from ART vs. INDUSTRY — We stayed at Matt and his lady’s place in NJ, and Avi flew in to check out our show in PA (or was it DE?). Super cool guys, and their music kicks dick. http://artversusindustry.bandcamp.com/
R.H. Bear from BILE — Sitting at a McDicks, in Chicago. Bear was super cool, and told some crazy ass stories throughout the tour. But I’m sure the tatts from head to toe could tell a whole lot more! http://www.bilenyc.net
Chalsey Noelle from The Rabid Whole — I didn’t want my band members to be in this gallery, ’cause I thought that’d be pretty close to putting myself in the gallery. Right after I took Bear’s picture, Chals asked “I wanna be in it!!!” Fine, Chals, you get to give the biggest middle finger of them all! http://www.therabidwhole.com
Eric Powell from 16Volt — In the dressing room at Cold Waves II at the Metro, in Chicago. Eric may look like a bagel-loving biker, but beyond the “I don’t give a fuck”-vibe from this photo, he’s a nice guy! http://16volt.com
Burton C. Bell from FEAR FACTORY — He is my fav singer of all time. He stopped by Cold Waves II to participate in the festivities, and sing on-stage with some of the acts! When I asked him for a favor, he seemed hesitant, but knowing it was showing me his middle-finger salute, he didn’t seem to mind. http://fearfactory.com/
Chris Connelly from Revolting Cocks/Ministry…the list goes on! — Mr. Connelly was sitting right beside our, and Bile’s merch booth, selling some of his stuff too. Paul Barker walked in to talk to him about something, but after he left, I was too chicken-shit to stop him for a pic. Chris, however, obliged. Fucking awesome! http://chrisconnelly.com/
Mark Durante from The Waco Brothers/KMFDM — I passed by Mark in the hallway, and he said something (I forget), then said “Don’t listen to me, I’m a crazy old man!” The stupid thing was I didn’t recognize him right away. It was in the dressing room when Oscar (from my band) mentioned it to me, that he used to be in KMFDM, that I just had to contain myself. We sat down with him and heard his brief story being in KMFDM, and got this pic (which is probably my favourite). The shirt just goes with it! http://durantula.com/
Zoog Von Rock from ANGELSPIT — I’m pretty sure Zoog snuck his way into Cold Waves II. I was happy to see him. He’s an eccentric guy, and makes me laugh. Truely a man’s artist. If you’re ever at his place, ask him about the Tennessee Moonshine. He offered me water, and gave me that! http://www.angelspit.net/
Brian from The Gothsicles — He was taggin’ along with Zoog. Nice guy! I wasn’t familiar with The Gothsicles (even though I heard the name a few times. DUDE! Eggplant wizard from KID ICARUS!), but I really liked his participation in my little gallery. The last one I got…or will it be? http://www.thegothsicles.com/
If you know me well enough, music and gaming are my top 2 favourite things ever. This past year has been a consumption of media as much as I see stupid memes on Facebook of that dumb angry cat. I think I’ve become a digital hoarder of sorts.
In a sea of randomness of music out there, there’s been literally a select few that have been worthy of a purchase. Now not all of these are 2012 releases, but they are new to my ears this year.
Lazerhawk – “Visitors” (80’s Sci-Fi inspired instrumental stuff. RAD!)
The Birthday Massacre – “Hide And Seek” (Catchy dark-rock/industrial-pop music.)
Hanzel Und Gretyl – “Born To Be Heiled” (Awesome German-parody-esc metal, that brings a smile to my face.)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Soundtrack (by Michael McCann)
…and that’s about all that has tickled my fancy…
This year has also seen the release of my band The Rabid Whole’s album “REFUGE”, and my EP of covers. Both of which I’m particularly proud to have varying degrees of participation in. The Rabid Whole playing in Austin, Texas, was a spectacular experience. One I will never forget. Not to mention the other festivals we’ve had the pleasure to play this year.
Being in The Rabid Whole has been quite the journey this year as well. I developed the skill of bringing MIDI-controlled lights to The Rabid Whole’s live show, as well as other computer automated tasks for our keyboardist, Chalsey. It’s been a learning experience both technically, and socially as we learn more about each other and work as a team. This line-up of The Rabid Whole has achieved more things in this last year than any other year prior to it. The winds of change for the band will no doubt bring new experiences for us all in 2013.
2012 has been crazy in re-living classics, living classics for the first time, and catching up with recent releases. Mind you, I still have to find the time to PLAY some of these games. Some have been a steal-of-a-deal (and I’m not talking about piracy).
The Bard’s Tale
Beneath The Steel Sky
Earthworm Jim 1&2
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Megaman X Street Fighter
Redneck Rampage Collection
Shadow Warrior Collection
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
Alice: Madness Returns
Fallout: New Vegas (Ultimate Edition)
Mass Effect Trilogy
Persona 3 MES
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Sonic Adventure 2
Angry Birds: Star Wars
Rayman Jungle Run
Sonic 4 ep.1&2
Sonic All-Stars Racing
Street Fighter IV Volt
I always have time for music, but immersing myself in a good game is quite the challenge these days. But 2013 should prove to be quite the challenge yet as The Rabid Whole continue to grow, while I discover new music, and satiate my inner escapist. Maybe my writing skills will improve too. 😛
Because of the colours, I’m reminded of Orange, and Cream. YUM!
On our way back home to Toronto. In tow are The Suburbians from the UK. Doing our thing at the gas station, I yanked Mark, the lead man into my pic. Boom.
It’s that time of the month…in SEPTEMBER, when we bleed your ears with our brand of future rock music!
Check out the dates on our website, or our publicist’s site here.
I’ll certainly be taking more bathroom pics.