The Sweat Lodge

The month of May marks the end of a storied history in Saskatoon's sparse music scene. A great write up is available over at Ominocity with a lot more details and accuracies that I wouldn't be able to provide. It still feels fitting to pay respects to the 'DIY Jam Space' known as The Sweat Lodge.

The demise of this particular dive encapsulates the direction Saskatoon's 'scene' seems to be headed. With less of the kids interested in punk and hardcore, and more of them opting for the most recent EDM digital downloads peppering our stratosphere, it's no surprise that an alternative music scene in Saskatoon is almost non-existent.

Blame can be given and fingers can be pointed but its no single person's fault. These things are cyclical and in time a new group of kids will be sick to death of hearing over produced, 128bpm, hook and drop songs and will inevitably come across that lo-fi, raw as fuck sound we've all grown accustomed to hearing. They will revel in the fact that some band out there never gave a fuck about the Coachella's and the Lollapalooza's and for at least a small period of their lives they will be influenced by a new way of thinking. Regardless of whether or not they stick with it, the point of the music is to open eyes wide, if only for a short, shitty thirty seconds. This, to me, is what The Sweat Lodge and places like it set out to accomplish.

Maybe you saw one show there, maybe you jammed with one of the many bands that resided, perhaps you were a regular, or maybe you just came out to get high with your friends. Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that it was the sweaty, energized desperation found in the music played there that got you to the Lodge and you undoubtedly heard it and remembered it as your ears inevitably rang you to sleep later that night. So just like those ringing ears and the ghostly frequencies that will never be heard again, gone is The Sweat Lodge and the sundry sounds that once echoed throughout its rooms. This, however, is what the punks live for. They will continue to jam, they will continue to play shows, and they will continue to, however briefly, tell everyone and everything to fuck off. Perhaps while you're getting your kicks this weekend, take a brief moment and pour one out for The Sweat Lodge. Treasure the silence, because it won't last long.

Ominocity write-up, check it out


Newest Dangers release, Five o'clock Shadows at the Edge of the Western World, is killer. Check it out. Full of passion, guitars that grab you, and just enough choppy tempo changes to keep your attention without sacrificing hardcore integrity. Refreshing sounds coming from these guys in a genre that seems to constantly borderline stale and stagnant. Yet another band from Jeremy Bolm's Secret Voice label, the same label that has backed Single Mothers and Drug Church.


The Dirty Nil

Punk-rock from Ontario, Canada. Believe it or not, this recommendation comes from Fat Mike of NOFX fame. He recently did an Ask Me Anything on the popular website Reddit. Whether or not you like the guy, you can appreciate the fact he mentioned The Dirty Nil. This Fuckin' Up Young EP is a fun one.


Hand of Dust

Hand of Dust walks hand in hand with that slowed down, punk infused rock sound that keeps coming from that clean, aesthetically pleasing exhaust pipe of Copenhagen's. Interesting how one of the cleanest, most efficient cities in the world continues to play motherland to the numerous grunge-rock, post-hardcore, lo-fi, goth-punk bands that keep materializing. This Without Grace or Glory E.P. encapsulates all you'd expect from a Danish alternative rock band. Rawly enunciated vocals, driving bass drums with toned down toms, and on the mark guitars create a sound comparable to Denmark brethren Iceage or Lower.


Shooting Guns

New video from local band Shooting Guns. Be sure to check it out.

Shooting Guns on Facebook

Title Fight

Pennsylvania punk rock band Title Fight have recently released a new EP, Spring Songs. The four song seven-inch is full of raw emotion and desperation, accented with more than catchy melodies and some mild mannered vocals. This EP has a little bit of everything in it. Check it out.


Burn Your World / Ringleader + More

On November 8th, Western-Canadian hardcore is scheduled to wreak havoc on the Saskatoon Masonic Temple and, no doubt, all that is holy. Sets by Winnipeg's Burn Your World and Extract, as well as Edmonton's Ringleader will surely deliver Saskatoon it's much needed hardcore fix. Local favourites Castaway are on the bill along with metal band Collections.

Saskatoon organization Right to Skate will be set up at the show looking to spread the good word and garner support for a noble cause.

Event on Facebook