Today is the day we release the log-awaited Play 37 debut CD titled “Say Goodbye”. The CD is available through My Fingers My Brain Records here for your listening pleasure.

“Say Goodbye” was recorded by producer Jon Drew at Taurus Recording Studio in Toronto during the winter of 2015. Jon has worked with such bands as Fucked Up and Alexison Fire.

The album  features artwork by St. John’s designer Mike Feehan, who’s been behind the art on recent records from Brutal Youth and Farler’s Fury. But he’s probably more recognized for his awesome Stranger Things fan art as of lately.

Thanks to Punknews.org for picking up on our stream today. Also thanks to Less Blog More Rock for this great review.

We’ll be celebrating the release of the CD this weekend (Sept 23rd) at The Bovine Sex Club in Toronto. The event page can be found here. 

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POST-POUZZA BLUES

June 6, 2017

Pouzza Fest 7 was everything that is  great about Punk Rock Fests! It’s awesome bands, good people, great beer, a variety of food and all happening in a wicked city.

I was fortunate enough to once again get to play twice this year. First on the Friday night with Plan 37. We played to a packed Foufs 2.0. It was only my second gig back with the band and it felt awesome. We had a few minor challenges with the back-line that was provided but like true punk soldiers we locked in on our sound and groove and delivered a solid 30 minute set. My first gig back with Plan 37 took place a few days earlier in Toronto when we supported Off With Their Heads at The Bovine Sex Club.

Saturday at Pouzza was mostly Megan and I hopping around from venue to venue catching some great bands including a stellar set from Iron Chic with guest vocals from RVIVR.  I was also interviewed by the great people at Bucketlist Music Reviews.

Sunday afternoon I performed my solo set at the Foufs BBQ and Merch Tent. I had a nice crowd come out and got to perform a Leatherface cover for Graeme from Leatherface. No pressure there of course… After my set Seth Anderson did his thing. Seth was amazing as always.

By the end of the weekend Megan and I caught roughly 25 performances, ate several slices of pizza and crushed a ton of PBRs. As always its a great so amazing to get to perform at these kinds of events for such passionate people. Montreal is a beautiful and I can’t wait to return.

HBD EJV

 

PLAN 37 RECORDS NEW ALBUM

November 9, 2015

12208523_892181707536426_8541588564223861416_nHey everyone! Great news from the Plan 37 camp. We entered Taurus Recording Studio this weekend and under the guidance of producer Jon Drew we recorded 13 songs for our full length album. After three long days we were able to get all drum, bass and guitar tracks down. To be completely honest we did all of the rhythms live off the floor. So with the exception of vocals and my guitar leads, everything you hear on the album is totally live and raw. This process requires a little more time and patience but the end result can be something special if captured properly and the band is well rehearsed and up to the task.

12227631_892181607536436_1379921873921432329_nOur good friend Nic Pouliot from RockPhoto.ca stopped by to document the recording session on Saturday afternoon. Nic is easily one of the best live band photographers around these days. Check out the pics on facebook at the link.

We’ll be returning to the studio shortly so Shawn get get his vocals down, followed by another session for back up vocals from all of us.

12227233_892181520869778_2763746360761856212_nIt’s my hope that this recording ends up on vinyl, but only time will tell. We have no information to share yet as to who will be releasing the record.

Our next gigs are on Friday Nov 27th in Guelph and Saturday Nov 28th in Toronto. Both shows are My Fingers My Brains showcase gigs.

DYINGSCENE 06Posted by Dyingscene.com on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM (PST)

In good news, the guys in Toronto punk act The Class Assassins have released a music video for their song “Start Again.” In not so good news, they have also announced the departure of longtime guitarist Cactus Vella, who is leaving the band to focus on his solo work.

The music video and a statement from Vella can be found below.

“Start Again” appears on The Class Assassins’ Treason 7-inch, which was released back in 2011 through Rebel Time Records. The band’s latest release, a 9-minute ‘concept single’ entitled The Addiction & The Solution came out last March.

 

Cactus Sings Springsteen coverThis past week Cactus released a free download of “Cactus Sings Springsteen”, two Bruce Springsteen covers. The download features “Going Down” from the “Thunder Road” compilation released earlier this year, as well as “Hungry Heart”, an out-take from that same recording session.

Both songs feature Katie Kaboom of The Mahones on accordion and were recorded by Moby Holman who also recorded the “Sailin’ On” EP in 2012.

Speaking of the “Thunder Road” comp, a big thank you to everyone who has supported it. We’ve reached over 100000 plays from the bandcamp page alone!

CACTUS SINGS SPRINGSTEEN 2The good people at DyingScene wrote this little blurb about the release of “Cactus Sings Springsteen”.

Posted by DyingScene.com on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM (PST)

Toronto’s favorite punk rock solo artist Cactus Vella has released a short EP entitled Cactus Covers Springsteen, featuring covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Going Down” and “Hungry Heart.” You can stream and/or download it for free below.

Vella’s debut EP Sailin’ On was released in December of 2012. That’s also available on his Bandcamp page.

DYING SCENE 04Posted by JerryLowLife on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM (PST)

Anxiety Attack Recordings have released a new compilation album called Thunder Road.  The album is a folk-punk tribute to Bruce Springsteen and features Cactus VellaJon Creeden, Jesse LeBourdais, The Matchup, and more!

Give it a listen below, and if you like what you hear, you can download it for free.

DYING SCENE 03Posted by JerryLowLife on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM (PST)
Toronto’s own punk rockers Dogs are streaming their new self-titled 7 inch EP, and you can check it out below.Dogs features members of Summer of 92 as well as Cactus Vella of The Class Assassins and Whiskey Hearts.  They will be playing at Pouzza Fest in Montreal on May 17.

The EP was released by Rubber Factory Records.

KING X KING WEST AND MORE

December 11, 2013

KXKW 01I recently was asked to play the King X King West 2013 Music Festival at Bar Hop.The Music Festival is already in its 4th year I shared the stage with my friends The Deforesters as well as Joan Smith (Little Foot Long Foot). The night was sponsored by Beau’s Beer, and if you ever get the chance to play an event with beer sponsorship chances are you’ll be drinking for free! I stage-tested some new material that night and some of it went over very well. Some not so much…. Ha! 

I also recently played a great show with my friends Jesse Lebourdais and Jon Creeden who just released a split inch. Jesse and Jon were making their way across Canada on tour and I booked us a gig at the Bovine Sex Club. Those two dudes are some of the hardest working Canadian folk-punkers I know!Be sure to check out their split 7inch here.

MRNR 01And lastly, I forgot to share this a few months ago. I’m really honored to have been included in the most recent Toronto Scene Report in Maximum Rock And Roll Magazine. The report incuded Sinkin’ Ships, The Class Assassins, Whiskey Hearts and my solo stuff! I’ve been reading MRNR since 1991 and it always makes me happy to get any kind of mention.

EXCLAIM TV PERFORMANCE

June 5, 2013

EXCLAIM 02Posted by http://exclaim.ca Tue June 4, 2013

Over the past two decades, Toronto rocker Cactus Vella has been spreading his passionate brand of punk, but has recently shifted his focus to acoustic music. He has merged this newfound passion with his old one, and accordingly, labeled it “acoustic punk.”

The term fits his new music perfectly, as we learned when he came by our back patio to record a session. The song, “Ship Wreck,” has yet to appear on an album, but its full of Vella’s trademarks, including a strong nautical theme, gruff vocals, and a simple-yet-effective chord pattern. Watch the video below. Read the rest of this entry »

SAMO7JACKET_FOLDOVERI’ve been pretty busy these days making music with my band The Class Assassins, as well as the Whiskey Hearts Collective.

Whiskey Hearts recently recorded two songs that will be on our debut 7″.

The songs were produced by Dave Baksh and mastered by Jon Drew.

The 7″ will be available via Stereo Dynamite Recording this June. You can pre-order your limited edition color vinyl here.The debut Whiskey Hearts 7″ single is available in 3 different limited edition color vinyl options: Clear, White, and Purple.

If you can’t wait until June you can download the two songs through bandcamp right now. Read the rest of this entry »

CMW 01I’ve just been confirmed to open up for Glen Matlock and Tommy Ramone at this years CMW Fest!

I’m extremely stoked to be opening up for not one, but two punk rock legends. It’s not everyday you get to share the stage with a Sex Pistol and a Ramone.


The show takes place on Sunday March 24th, 8pm sharp at The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West, Toronto)
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