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EDM ONTON EXTR A FEED DOGS slow and steady gets the debut EP done BY BRITTANY RUDYCK Turning trauma into post pop-punk gold. Feed Dogs guitarist and vocalist Corby Burnett is fabulous at delightful at holistic conversations that include gardening tips alongside inspiring tidbits for newly minted bands. Her refreshingly relaxed attitude toward her almost four-year-old post punk band born of Not Enough Fest may not have always been so relaxed. A former organizer of NEF, she spoke highly of the experience, but also the toll it took on those who worked feverishly to maintain it for two thriving years. “The first year was hard. It was incredibly intensive,” Burnett openly admits. “I started the second year and I realized I couldn’t commit the time or the energy at all. A few other organizers dropped out as well. We burned the fuck out. I had heard about burn out before and never experienced it. It’s real.” In spite of exhaustion, Feed Dogs played their first show at the second NEF in 2014 and are now releasing their first EP Bless This Mess, a darker look into the inner world of Burnett and her sister Stacy, who also plays guitar and sings in the group. The EP focuses on themes of trauma and abuse through a distorted, gritty lens, something the Bwwwurnett sisters created together. “We share the writing of the vocals as well as the vocal parts,” explains Corby. “The lyrics come from personal trauma in our shared childhood experience and a particular kind of feminine pain. But, there is also resilience. That 28 | MARCH 2018 • BEATROUTE photo: Levi Manchak comes forward in the title of the EP I think. We can talk about these things together and accept what it is.” While there is still a slight tinge of pop punk in the noisier leaning EP, the band has grown considerably since forming. Their songs are dense and driving, with plenty of high guitar leads and shout-along segments. The layers of distortion and imperfect garage-rock instrumentals not only show a level of comfort with each other as artists, but patience and emotional vulnerability. The Burnett’s vocals are strained in moments and serve as raw, potent ammunition to express the pain of the feminine in all its glory, wrapped in some mischief for good measure. It’s a delicate balance to approach themes like trauma and relationship violence, but Feed Dogs manage to craft a sound that is both heavy in its emotional content while maintaining a sense of lightness through the instrumentals. “It’s not a polished thing,” Burnett says with a grin. “We don’t hold each other to this like it’s our job. I hesitate to even call myself a musician. We know we’re not pros and like to embrace the messiness. So it’s slow going, but it’s fun that way.” For all Feed Dogs do for inclusivity in Edmonton’s scene, they certainly deserve a little fun along the way. Bless This Mess is out now at feeddogs.bandcamp.com/. Watch for a small run of tapes sometime this spring. ROCKPILE
finger on the pulse of Dirt City As we get a murky glimpse of spring via puddles of melted snow and gravel this month, jump into your rubber boots and get thine butt out to one of these upcoming events. Kick off your month will a little Ukrainian Theatre from the fine folks at Pyretic Productions. Blood of Our Soil by Lianna Makuch runs at the Westbury Theatre from March 1 to March 9. The play depicts the struggles of the Ukrainian people against Stalin and Hitler by using live Ukrainian folk music and dramatic storytelling. Tickets available on the Fringe Theatre website. If running social media accounts as an artist isn’t your thing, join Night Vision Academy for an afternoon workshop on March 4 exploring the fundamentals. Keith Armstrong will guide the discussion, providing tools and techniques to build your fanbase. $40 will claim your spot. The Sewing Machine Factory is home to some out there jazz on March 6 with Heavy Beak’s tape release show. In fact, the entire show is essentially a wall of noise with artists like Bitter Fictions (Calgary), Soft Ions and Blipvert. Get your avant-garde freak on for $10 at the door. For aspiring poets and those curious about writing from a place of honesty, the Nook Cafe is hosting a workshop series on March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28 with local poet Nisha Patel. Writing prompts, simple poetry techniques and more will be explored. There is no age restriction for this creative event. Continuous momentum and support for the #metoo movement takes the form of a rally at the Alberta Legislature on March 10. This event seeks to provide solidarity and support for survivors and work to move beyond the hashtag, but also to address the current need for support for overwhelmed sexual assault centres. The rally runs from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and all are welcome to participate. If you haven’t heard the news the Mercury Room is closing… sorry to break it to you. Do your best to make it out to one of the last shows until the end of March. The St. Patrick’s Day party put on by Clean Up Your Act Productions is a great opportunity to do just that. Chips Ov Oi, Citizen Rage (Calgary), Suicide Helpline and Ripperhead AB and Riefer Madness are on the bill March 17. A raucous punk show for the ages! The Rec Room is doing a Wes Anderson film series every second Wednesday at the South Edmonton Common location. March 21 will feature The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). At intermission, dream pop angels Prince Bunny will perform. This is a free screening. Metro Cinema’s All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party is back on March 31. This all-ages sugary cereal buffet features a variety of vintage cartoons spanning the ‘40s to the ‘80s including old school commercials and PSAs. The event usually sells out in advance and is well worth getting up a little early on a Saturday to check out. Unless you don’t think 10 a.m. on a Saturday is early… whatever. • Brittany Rudyck ROCKPILE BEATROUTE • MARCH 2018 | 29