Hello folks! As a part of Guillopalooza, we want to put together a little museum all about the history of the punk/rock scene here in Cape Breton. It'll be apart of Saturday's (June 15th) activities.
But we need YOUR help! We want your old show posters, CDs, zines, videos, photos and anything else from "the old days".
We really want this little pop-up museum to show a glimpse into the past-punk music scene here in Cape Breton.
How can you help? Well I'm glad you asked.
Send anything and everything to GUILLOZIN3@GMAIL.COM.
In the meantime, go check this out:
Thank you for reading this! Guillopalooza is gonna be so freakin' cool. Start gettin' your festival outfits together.
From the moment the first sounds of "Boys We Don't Know" reverberated through my skull, I instantly became hooked on The Tenth, a L.A-based bubblegum punk band. When "Dunes" came out, I was floored. And on a whim I posted on the Guillozine's Instagram story asking the band if they'd do an interview for Issue 8: Women in Music.
And they said yes.
It's like super exciting to interview bands, any bands. But when it's one of your favorite bands? It's a whole other experience. I definitely didn't do a double take when I saw vocalist and guitarist Taylor Blackwell's name pop-up in my DM requests.
So, without further a do, here is my interview with Taylor Blackwell from the greatest bubblegum punk band of all time- the tenth.
GUILLOZINE: What’s the difference between making an EP and making an album? Was one harder than the other?
TAYLOR: It’s not a whole lot different! An album is a larger time commitment in the studio, but the approach is about the same. With the EP we were new to the recording experience. There was a learning curve. Which was also exciting - a whole new world and lingo to sink our teeth into! The EP and album took hours and hours of work, but were both incredibly joyous experiences.
G: What were your influences when writing this new record?
T: Ooh, so many influences! At the forefront were Hole and Sleater Kinney. Harley was inspired by The Breeders. I was diving into the X Ray Spex, Richard Hell, the Buzzcocks, and many others. We both were listening to a lot of Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, and New Order to name a few. Harley and I love sharing songs with each other.
G: Favorite line(s) you’ve written on the new album?
I’m really proud of Hymns and Hieroglyphs. My favorite line in the album is probably “she wrote fuck you in hieroglyphs!” I also like that we mention Margaret Keane and the Guerilla Girls in our song “I Will Not Make Any Boring Art.” Harley wrote some beautiful lyrics with “Goodbye Chelsea” - “I’ll resurrect you if you want me.” That gives me chills!
G: What advice would you give to girls that want to start a band?
T: My advice would be, just start one! Make it happen! You don’t have to be the most brilliant musician, just give it your all. I have grown a lot as a guitar player, singer, and writer since the band began. If you know a few chords and can observe the world around you, you’re good to go. Being a musician is magical.
G: What’s the writing process like for you gals? Is it lyrics and then music or the other way around?
I write some lyrics and show them to Harley, and she often comes up with a melody for them. Or vice versa. Often from there one of us will build upon the lyrics we already have. There’s a lot of discussion as far as what we are trying to say with the song - what the story is about.
G: If you had to pick 4 words to describe your album, what would they be?
T: Vibrant, nostalgic, bubblegum, punk! also, I’d say “coming of age.” Our songs are about finding your way, growth, figuring shit out. I know that’s more than four words.
G: Pick one lyric or verse to sum up you guys as a band.
T: “I will not make any boring art!” Ha.
G: Are there any pop culture references in the album that people should keep an eye out for?
There’s a lot of references in our opening track. The album art itself has a lot of symbolism. If you look closely I drew “For Pete Shelley” on my arm in the album cover. Pete (lead singer of the Buzzcocks) had died while we were recording. I had never met him but he meant a lot to me, and I would write “For Pete Shelley” on my wrist every day for the rest of recording. I can’t speak for Harley, but I dedicate my work on this album to him. I hope he’d like it.
G: If you could pick one person, dead or alive, to listen to your album who would it be?
I feel like Harley would say Courtney Love. My answer would probably be my great grandmother Beverly. Never met her but I think she would dig it.
G: What’s in the foreseeable future for you gals?
More albums! We are writing our hearts out! And hopefully a tour? We shall see. The future looks bright. We are excited.
A HUGE thank you to Taylor and the rest of the tenth for this. Keep rocking and I'll keep listening <3
where to find the tenth:
Welcome to the Geebox! I'm your host- Gee (I run Guillozine in case you didn't know). Much like a soapbox, the Geebox is what I'll use to share my opinions on things. In this case it's every My Chemical Romance music video.
Today (they day I'm writing this) is March 22nd, and for every current or former emo kid, that day has some significance- the day MCR broke up. I wasn't aware of them at the time as I only began my emo phase in late 2013 (I think? Does this mean I'm getting old?). Since Umbrella Academy was released, I find myself listening to MCR's discography a little too much. So what's a better way to fuel my emo-renaissance than doing this?
Three words: See. Jane. Run. One word review? FLOORED.
Never in my life have I ever been so amazed by a musical- especially
the debut of a locally-made one. Music? Floored. Set design? If I wasn't already floored, I would've been! Acting? WOW, the power of women. Costumes? WOW.
I can't get over the set design; the gasp that rolled through the crowd as the curtain went down was like no other sound I've heard before. I won't give the amazing set details away- you'll have to see it for yourself!
I'm so happy this is the first thing I get to review for Guillozine- I am so
blown away. It's been like an hour and I'm still buzzing from the pure jaw-dropping amazement of the first number. I'm gonna need the soundtrack on Spotify ASAP, or on a CD (I'd buy like, 100 copies).
This musical was ~*~magical~*~. I was infatuated after the opening number, and then as the show went on I fell more and more in love as each song was sang. By the end of the stunning "Girls Aren't Funny" number, I thought I was going to have to physically pick my jaw up off the floor and put my eyes back in their sockets. I had NO idea local theatre could be this mindblowing.
I said it once and I'll say it again- WOW. The power of women (young women!) and the power of local theatre.
Though I was (SPOILER WARNING) slightly disapointed that Jane didn't stay with Tarzan in the jungle, I thought it was an absolutley fabulous musical and I certainly hope to see it again (and certainly hope to see again on a bigger stage in a bigger city, maybe even winning a few Tony awards?).
Want tickets? Head this way:
Guillozine: What were your influences for this new single?
Gini: When I first worked on the song, I was travelling in Mexico. While riding in the bus, I was listening to a lot of to “Night Manager”, “Starcrawler” and “Death Valley Girls”, but I can’t really name a song or artist who pushed me in a direction… When I got back to Zurich and started playing it with the boys, it developed it’s groove with the way the guys are playing.
GZ: Does the EP have a similar sound?
G: We tried to get some kind of diversity in our songs, but in general I think the songs of our first EP are fitting together in it’s style. There is a bit of a 90ies influence, mixed with crunchy and dreamy guitars. Some of the songs in the EP where the first songs I’ve ever written. So I am double excited to have them finally arranged with the guys!
GZ: What inspired you to create this single?
G: Definitely the travels in Mexico where I had a lot of time for myself and could start appreciation the important things in life again. Also I was surrounded by a lot of great musicians and got this need of writing new songs. I recorded some demos with garage band or voice messages while I was there and send them to the boys. They really liked what they were hearing, so I got even more energized to be working to the songs with them.
GZ: How does it compare musically/lyrically to your other music?
G: Songs about feelings are a big lyrical topic in our music. Sometimes I even feel a bit insecure in sharing them, because it can also be very personal. But then I keep remembering myself, that my feelings of being bored, appreciating friendships, getting hurt, being in love etc. are things that everyone can relay to and I am not the only one on this planet feeling like that. But I think I write a lot of love songs….
GZ: If you had to pick 4 words to describe your sound, what would they be?
G: Catchy, dreamy, energetic, fierceful.
GZ: Pick one lyric or verse to sum up you guys as a band.
G: Have to Pick a Lyric by my flower child sister Mercedes Olles aka Las Robertas:
Run run run free, is the feel, you have to give it to yourself
Wide wide open, is my mind, you have to feel it for yourself
You have to feel it for yourself.
GZ: Are there any pop culture references in the EP that people should keep an eye out for?
G: I mentioned before, that there are some kind of influences from the 90's. I used to listen to a lot of Nirvana, which made a big impression on me. It’s funny, I never knew The Cranberries besides their song Zombie and discovered Linger like a few years ago. They totally introduced me to this
whole world of girl power 90's bands like Garbage, Veruca Salt or The Breeders. I couldn’t believe that I was missing out such a big musical world ruled by these chicks, so I started to listen to a lot of this kind of music and of course it also affected our song writing.
GZ: What’s in the foreseeable future for you guys?
G: We are super excited for this first EP to be released in April 26th via Taxi Gauche! Right now, we are preparing for the recording sessions in summer, which will lead to our debut album. Until then we are very lucky to be playing a show with Sugar Candy Mountain and FEWS.
Check out the music video for "Under Your Spell" here:
The long awaited third issue of CB'r of the Week is here! This week we'll be showcasing Alison Uhma, a cartoonist from Sydney! I first met Alison when she taught a 6 week cartooning class at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.
Positives: It is affordable to live here, and much more so then in larger cities. This makes it a bit easier to keep costs down, and allows time to create art. The affordable studio space provided by New Dawn at the former Holy Angels High School has been transformative for me in terms of output. There is a good group of artists here that give a damn about making good things, and are also kind folk. There is something about Cape Breton that I am deeply drawn to, something inexplicable, and it absolutely informs my work.
Negatives: Because this is a small place, there are not as many opportunities as in large centres to see new art work, and encounter other emerging artists. It is important to try to get to the places that do have larger galleries or more galleries, and major exhibits--it is inspiring. If there are obstacles in visiting places outside of Cape Breton then the internet is key to engaging with what is being made and has been made; most major galleries offer great online archives. All that said, there are more and more things happening in our community. CBU Art Gallery has wonderful installations, and the current exhibit "Stuff" is excellent.
The final question I asked was "What makes your work unique?" Alison said,
"I am not sure that I consider my work unique, but I do hope it is recognizable as my own. My voice is my own, and though the everyday lived experience of the individual is arguably a unique one, I do recognize the connected experience of people, both joyful and sorrowful. There are a few artists in comics and graphic novel making that I feel have reached a level of unique ability, Lauren Redniss being one. "
You can check out Alison's work and life on her instagram:
Ally Parsons is a 21 year old tattoo apprentice from Sydney. She focuses on hand-poked and machine tattooing, with bold illustrative work and blackwork. Her work is amazing! She's currently apprenticing at Surly Mermaid Tattoos in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She says that being in such a small community you really get to know a lot of the other local artists and watching them and the art community itself grow is really rad!
I asked her if there were any downsides to being a creator on the island, "Sometimes is can be hard to reach a wider audience, and there are less opportunities to attend art related workshops and classes, but even that has slowly started changing!".
You can currently book a tattoo appointment with Ally by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has loads of tattoo flash up on her Instagram (@apdoodles_). Aside from tattooing, Ally was also a vendor at Capercon 2017 in the Artist Alley where she sold prints and originals of her art, artist trading cards, and little hand painted coffin boxes. She also did a live painting at the Old Sydney Society for Lumiere 2017.
You can check out Surly Mermaid Tattoos here:
and find them at 582 George Street, Suite 2 in Sydney.
Girls and skateboards, what a wonderful combo. Straight out of Glace Bay, the Shred Sirens!
The Shred Sirens are a group of female skateboarders who want to empower more girls to find their place in the skateboarding community. They're a lovely group of gals from all over the island who meet and skate every Sunday from 7:30pm - 9pm at the Undercurrent Centre in Glace Bay. Though founded by four, the group grows every week with more and more girls coming out and learning how to skateboard! The founding females of the group are Jill Ellsworth, Bailee Kennedy, Bree Steele, and Tessa Porier (pictured above).
Cape Breton, although small, has a huge history of community support. Since the girls started this group, they have been welcomed and encouraged by both the skate community and the general public. They’re now able to give back to a community that they feel fiercely proud of and connected to.
As the one of the official founders, Ellsworth, said, "I don’t think there are any inherent negatives to being a creator in Cape Breton aside from the small size of the island of course. But in our case, I think that just allows us to make close bonds with the folks in our community."
Shred Sirens are currently selling stickers, pins, and shirts to help fundraise for the Undercurrent Youth Centre and Girls Skate Programs. You can pick up a pin at any one of these local shops:
The Rising Tide Tattoos:
Find them at 413 Charlotte Street in Sydney
Find them at 1290 Kings Rd in Sydney River (Value Check Plaza)
Pins made by Handmade East: