STENCH RADIO AND REVERBNATION

February 17, 2014

STENCHRADIOThis Monday I’ll be the special guest on Stench Radio out of Illinois. I’m pretty excited to talk about some new stuff like upcoming Cactus shows, The Class Assassins, Whiskey Hearts, Pouzzafest, the new Anxiety Attack Recording, the Toronto scene, and more. I’ll also be making a very special announcement…. The show airs Monday Feb 17th at 10pm on stenchradio.com

REVERBNATION CHARTS 01Just a reminder for all of you who use ReverbNation to check out my page. I have songs and videos posted, as well all of my show listings are kept up to date. I’ve also created some cool tshirts that you can order directly from the site. Click here to check out my page and become a ‘fan’.

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5 Questions with Whiskey Hearts

Toronto’s Whiskey Hearts are proof that punk rockers don’t just get old and get put out to pasture. Instead, they get together with some of their best friends and make music that is every bit as rebellious, without rules but including a few new instruments. Gone are the distorted, electric guitars and heavy drums, replaced with acoustics; stand up bass, banjo, fiddle and whatever else is part of their collective that day.

G33KPRON were present for Whiskey Hearts’  NXNE show with Saint Alvia at the Hard Luck Bar last month, and couldn’t leave without wanting to know more so we spoke to one of the band’s founders, Toronto musician Cactus Vella to ask him our famous five questions.

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EXCLAIM TV PERFORMANCE

June 5, 2013

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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 »

Exclaim shoot 01 smThis past weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Exclaim headquarters to film a few songs. The shoot took place on the back patio in the same spot where Chuck Ragan was filmed a year earlier. I performed “Summer Nights” and  my newest song “Ship Wreck”. It was pretty cool playing back there, and the neighbors seemed to enjoy it. The two-man crew were great to work with, and I’m very thankful for the experience. Exclaim will post one of these videos on their website in the near future.

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Whiskey Hearts recently filmed our debut music video with director Brendan Coutts. Brendan was the guitarist in the Ontario based punk band The Heatskores. But more than that he is an exceptionally talented director.
The video was shot at The Press Club during a Whiskey Hearts event. The crowd was unaware of the video shoot for the most part. The end result is a very honest music video. The video also features our good friend and part-time Whiskey Heart Lionel Stanley on the Mandolin.

The good folk at Exclaim were kind enough to premier our debut music video for us!

Check it out the article here. Or go straight to the video here.

Posted by http://musicshebloggedinterviews.blogspot.ca Wednesday, April 11, 2013

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You’ve been playing in Toronto punk bands since I first started playing with Pogs…
What are some of your best memories from the 90’s punk scene in Toronto?

I was lucky enough to get into the Toronto punk scene at such a great time. There was amazing bands like Blundermen, Hockey Teeth, One Blood, Wad, The Satanatras, Problem Children, Mudfish, and so many more. There was an awesome place called Project X. Every Sunday afternoon there would be great all-ages shows for the kids. The scene was a lot of fun. It was also a lot tougher. There was violence, but there was comfort in knowing that people had your back. You really did pay your dues back then….  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by  Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Cactus Vella: Punk in its Truest Form:

“There are those who think “punk” is a certain type of music; heavy drum beats, loud guitars, anti-establishment lyrics sung by a drug-and-alcohol-laden lead singer.  Any true follower of punk and all that it means will tell you that is bullshit.  They know that there is so much more to it than that and refuse to be limited by such a narrow view, and really, isn’t that punk in its truest form?…” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by  Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM

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Jon Creeden shared a link to Cactus Vella’s bandcamp and it had that folk punk edge that is just oh so good right now. I quickly got in touch with this Toronto resident.

What are your thoughts on the music scene in your local residence?
The local scene here in Toronto is alive and well. Toronto has always had an amazing scene from the very beginning. On any given night there’s plenty of bands to be seen. There’s always awesome bands playing at The Bovine Sex Club, The Hard Luck Bar, The Press Club, Sneaky Dee’s and countless other venues. Those are just my favorites.
The only thing lacking today in Toronto is venues providing the opportunity to host all-ages events.
How would describe your music style?
I play acoustic punk. Rebel Music.”

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