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.

 

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Nightrider1Back in 2006 the Dogs recorded what was supposed to be our debut album at Rumenal Records. The sessions were lost and we were left with the raw unmixed recordings. We never released them. Recently JDM put together this music video for the track “Nightrider”from that very session. The song and video are a tribute to the 1979 movie Mad Max. Click here to check out the video.

Last month we returned to the recording studio, this time choosing to work with Dave Baksh at the Gentlemens Den. We recorded three songs and plan on releasing them as our debut 7inch this summer on Rubber Factory Records.

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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 »

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  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 on DyingScene.com on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM (PST)

DYING SCENE 02“Toronto’s Cactus Vella (The Class Assassins and Sinkin’ Ships) has released a music video for his song “Touch The Ground” and you can check it out here.

The song appears on his recently released solo acoustic album “Sailin’ On” out on Anxiety Attack Records…”

Check out the full article here