by carl wilson

A CD With A Manifesto!

"Static means punk! Tuning is junk!" - Destroyer, Rose Felched This

Tonight at the Boat (you can go to the Shipp and then go to the Boat - I'm doing it!): The Bad Bands Revolution compilation CD launch, with Dollarama, Pyramid Culture, Robocopp, Garbage!Violence!Enthusiasm!, The Riptorns, Happy Burger and a manifesto by Kat Collins. (See below. I am not saying I agree with this manifesto - mentions of revolutionary armies and coup d'etats are maybe ill-advised unless they are funnier - but it's worth reprinting.) FREE. Also, after hours and very nearby, an illicit event starring Lenin i Shumov. (Not free.) See you all over the place.


Bad Bands are united by a bond – the bond isn’t in the tools they use to make their music or in the type of music they create, and it certainly isn’t in the degree of skill or effort they put into their work or in the degree of seriousness with which they do it. Bad Bands are united by a common desire to build around themselves a new type of creative atmosphere within an already thriving music scene in Toronto.

Bad Bands believe in replacing independence with interindependence, and creating a scene which welcomes musical failure as well as musical success, because it thrives on experimentation and risk. We await the future and recognize the past, but in our work we reject both as the false idols of cultural mediocrity.

Bad Bands don’t believe there should be an incubation period before creative ideas are brought into the public realm, to be performed, discussed or critiqued. We believe in DOING IT NOW, not in waiting until you’re “ready”.

Bad Bands aren't bad bands, nor are they good bands – they’re bands whose ideas about music are too radical for the mainstream independent music scene to accept as serious. Our goals aren’t to create a lasting legacy of well-crafted pop songs and hit albums that will establish Toronto as a respected cultural hub. Our goal is to build a revolutionary army which will establish Toronto as the centre of a coming coup d'état on the arts establishment – both corporate and independent – in order to awaken the sleeping monster from its smug apathy.

| Posted by zoilus on Saturday, March 04 at 7:24 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (7)



Carrie, I assume you missed Happy Burger, who's a great new discovery on the scene, and saw the Riptorns, who were indeed unbearable - but in their unbearability kind of set the bar for the evening. Sadly that means you missed Garbage!Violence!Enthusiasm!, who despite iffy sound - partly because they kicked the main cord to the PA half out of the wall - were fantastic, doing electro-whatsit while screaming and beating each other with numchuks made out of baby doll arms, chains, and garbage tin lids.

Posted by zoilus on March 7, 2006 12:37 AM



I went to this and lasted about 5 minutes after the first band came on...I couldn't take it and had to leave. Hopefully the rest of the night sounded at least a little bit better.

Posted by Carrie on March 6, 2006 2:48 AM



Kat, the gleeful violence sounded great even before Carl weighed in saying that it indeed was.

Carl and Kat, I agree that a manifesto works as a method of framing, but it also works as marketing, and, like I said, nothing wrong with marketing. Coincidentally, I've been working on a "statement of poetics" recently. We must be on a similar wavelength: Here's a bit I wrote today: "Frames can be multi-layered: A title is a frame; a collection, an ouevre, an author’s name, an explanatory introductory anecdote, a manifesto: all frames."

Carl, I don't know what a Vans Warped Tour is, nor what its hype machine would be. As Kat pointed out, controversy sells. As you point out, aesthetic manifestos have a long tradition. That's exactly what I was trying to say with my sarcastic Who quote; I'm not sensing any disagreement here.

"DOING IT NOW," failure, and experimentation all sound great, and an orgy of gleeful violence sounds delightful. Thanks, Kat, for your thoughtful reply. I regret not understanding your ironic intention; had I understood it I wouldn't have posted something sarcastic. Sorry about the misunderstanding.

Best wishes with future Bad Band endeavors.

Posted by john on March 6, 2006 2:23 AM



By the way, the orgy of gleeful violence was gleeful indeed. Thanks to Jennifer Lopez Knife for adding a dash of chaos and creative confusion to the CMW marketing melee.

Posted by zoilus on March 5, 2006 7:46 PM



Sorry for the teasing about the cadre talk, Kat - but yeah, it's difficult to mix the serious and the satirical that way and have the humour come off. However, I think John's "marketing" accusation is way too cynical a reaction. A manifesto is just as much a framing, an aesthetic positioning that's meant to give the audience a handle on what you're up to, which might partly be a way of drawing attention to yourself, but is more seriously a device to open a window into the conceptual world of the project. And one with a proud, silly, provocative, pleasurable tradition behind it. Given that this is a DIY comp with zero profit potential, John, treating it like some Vans Warped Tour hype machine seems a bit skewed.

Posted by zoilus on March 5, 2006 7:44 PM



To be honest, I did mean that final statement about revolutionary armies and coup d'etat(s) to be funny, but I guess in the context of the rest of the manifesto it doesn't appear that way.

Essentially, I felt that it would be absurd to call an event and a CD "Bad Bands Revolution" without writing the liner notes in a "revolutionary tone" - which I faithfully adopted in spite of my usual distaste for heavy handed ideology.

I felt that writing a manifesto rather than traditional liner notes was more appropriate to the generally confrontational mood we were creating - not only with the show, which ended up being somewhat of an orgy of gleeful violence, but also with the recent discussions on stillepost and elsewhere about the seriousness of such a movement.

However (in response to john) - I'm not sure how a manifesto is any more or less of a marketing move than any other statement-released-to-the-media-and-public would have been. Anything published alongside a saleable product (such as a CD) is inherently intended to help sell the product, either by creating "hype" or "controversy" - so any talk of marketing-intent is moot unless the statement specifically takes an anti-marketing stance, which one could then argue is false. But I didn't (nor do I now) take such a stance.

Posted by Kat Collins on March 5, 2006 5:23 PM



I am sympathetic to failure, experimentation, and DOING IT NOW, but talk of risk, revolution, armies, and cultural coups d'etat is trivial, and a manifesto is as much a marketing move as anything. Nothing wrong with marketing, but this type is so much, "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Posted by john on March 5, 2006 12:27 AM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson