Tag: induced labour

Video :: Disguises – Live in Yonge-Dundas Square (September 3, 2011)

Well, this maybe made me cry because nothing has really seemed more significant recently: One of the greatest OUT Canadian bands of all time playing at the sexiest intersection in the country. Nobody showed up, except for the LEGEND Mark Maclean (1) and Brian Seeger (2) (documentarian). Whomever curated this stage was a GENIUS. Get Disguises to rip a set that sounds like someone shovelling glass trilliums overtop a TG rehearsal… at high-fucking-noon, at the epicentre of EVERYTHING. Before urban renewal, Yonge and Dundas was the only intersection in Canada that really felt like SOMEWHERE! That was before Lastman and his minions at city hall razed the pawnshops and porn-shops, the record stores and headshops, the dank jewellery markets, the diner joints and a whole slew of gorgeous heritage commercial architecture. I’m over it now and back to thinking it’s the coolest intersection in Canada. And if you are old enough to remember Yonge and Dundas before the Great Flattening than you are old enough to remember Disguises with Kevin Hainey (3) in the line-up on woowoowoowoooozy bass. Sometimes he would just stare at the bass and use his will to pitch its eternal wooing. Jon Shapiro (4) shreds bass here but he’s best remembered kneeling on a table playing mixer feedback, tapes and a giant horn. Randy Gagne, who looks like a cross between Prince and the Coffee Time at the corner of Dundas and Pape, better known to YOU as Man Made Hill, is the shuffle in Disguises, the motion flow. And what of the roguish mug up front in the sick cyan plaid? That’s Kevin Crumpp who runs Wintage Tapes and Records (5), crooning his little heart out, beating a rap, homeowner. The Disguises lp on Wintage (now OOP) is a chef d’oeuvre, recorded by Dale Morningstar at the legendary Gas Station Studio on Toronto Island (6) (which is historically significant (7)). People are so busy inquiring about the status of AIDS Wolf they forget to inquire about the status of Disguises, a more pressing question. And next year: Gastric Female Reflex featuring William Davidson at the Harborfront Center.

Addendum: If you’re not jamming WITH the King, then you’re jamming FOR the King, so might as well get with his majesty’s Lute-through-too-much-Line-6-style and call it a deep, mind-melded, madrigal, there Troubadour!

(1) (Mark Maclean) Of the Sick Lipstick, Black Cat 13, Thrashed Genes and Induced Labour, but who recently chose Life and gave up on the permanent death-fetish that is rock n roll, ostie.

(2) (Brian Seeger) Of the Planet Smashers, Pon D’Replay, Wasted Nymph

(3) (Kevin Hainey) Who runs Inyrdisk, the label that released the killer Clinton Machine Lp and tons of Toronto Underground Sound Force related cds, former Exclaim contributor, author.

(4) (John Shapiro) Of Induced Labour, Conspiracy of Familiar Objects, 13 Moons, Almost Blue Sunshine, producer of the John Milner 7” on Pleasance… also runs LsdOTB records, one of the few labels to actually release an Afternoon Penis joint, remembers record shopping on Yonge St. in those Palaeolithic times, secret side doors to the Lion at College and Adelaide, long nights at the Bagel and the first great gig of 2005 as if it had been fried and served just now, Chuck Schuldiner briefly joined Slaughter for a few months and was seen straggling around York Mills for some reason, how the Jerks and Suicide played the Horseshoe, Major Street days, long-night living room gig scenes and onwards.

(5) Wintage, the non-internet-presence label, has released countless amazing underground titles. Recent zones have included releases by Thurston Moore, field recordings of a Japanese couple fucking, Knurl, Nihilist Spasm Band and Six Heads, the former three on wax! The former three are all stone-cold Canadian classics.

(6) (Gas Station Studio on Toronto Island) Of Diner is Ruined, possibly even the Rheostatics. Recorded plenty of records in his day, including sides by Gord Downie, Julie Doiron, the Woodchoppers Union and the second GYBE! record ect ect. The Diner is Ruined blew my adolescent mind bee tee double you, when they opened for Helium and Sonic Youth at the Warehouse circa 1995.

(7) Reminds me of my submitted piece on Black Sabbath’s “Never Say Die” for Weird Canada’s Departures Revisited, the draft of which came back to me defaced, in Levin’s hand, by a giant MAPL system logo with only the “P” blackened.

Imprint :: Pleasence Records


Swirling within the endless cosmos of polyphonic doctrine, Toronto’s Pleasence Records remain an ardent force of diversity alongside the orthogonal streams of TO’s new underground. Their catalog grows in dimension with each mind-boggling effort, exemplified by the soft yacht-rock of Young Guv easing into Man Made Hill’s burnt fidelity. I was stoked to hear that Managing Editor Jesse Locke met with the head honchos from Pleasence this week. Dig below.
Aaron Levin
Big Lurch
Weird Canada
weirdcanada.com

The Pink Noise – Galapagos

Man Made Hill – Hard Breeze Is Gonna Blow

Induced Labour – Whore Eyes

1 :: How did you launch your label and why? C.R.E.A.M.?
We were both at an Induced Labour show in early 2010 where Leslie (Predy) smashed a pint glass off the stage, dove into the shards, and was dragged by her pants around her ankles by the crowd. Deirdre later picked the glass out of her ass. That night we both fell in love with them. Later that spring, over some very fine homemade Italian food with friends, Deirdre stated her intention to release their record and James wanted in. The record took a while to put out so we released a Vagina Bison tape, a 7″ split from Gay/White Suede, and a 7″ EP from Suitcase Sam in the interim. By the time the Induced Labour record came out, we were already working with more artists. It’s been rolling steadily ever since.

2 :: To date, which of your releases has been: a) the best-seller, b) your favourite and c) the biggest bummer?
Young Guv & The Scuzz has undoubtedly been our best seller. We’ve sold that record all over the world. He also recorded the Tropics, Huckleberry Friends, and Gay/Sexy Merlin records we’ve put out. He’s one of the most prolific guys in Toronto right now. The Soupcans and Suitcase Sam have also worked very hard to get their records out there, selling a few at every show, playing as often as they can around town and touring Canada and the States.

As for B, that’s like picking your favourite child. We’re so proud of them all! Our favourite is usually whatever we’re working at the moment, since usually that means we’re listening to it over and over and over before the final press. You become quite intimate with the record, like you’ve known it for years.

The only time it feels like a bummer is when a record we really love doesn’t have the immediate impact we feel it deserves. We become like angry parents at their kid’s hockey game.

3 :: What sets you apart from other labels? Music, art, liner notes, posters, glossy 8.5” x 11” head-shots?
We initially connected over music by both being record collectors. Deirdre works at She Said Boom records in Toronto and James would hang out there for hours browsing, yakking about bands, listening to different records. We like to think there’s a certain diversity in our catalog that reflects our broad tastes. We never wanted to have a genre label that would only release a specific style. I don’t think we could ever commit to that, there’s just too much different stuff we’re into.

4 :: Future plans? What can grippers look forward to gripping?
By this time next year you’ll be hearing records by Pon De Replay, Fleshtone Aura, John Milner You’re So Boss, Wasted Nymph, Odonis Odonis, a VHS tape of the last Induced Labour performance, and hopefully a few others.

Pleasence Records Discography (to date)

PR000::Vagina Bison – Self Titled(2010, Cassette)
PR001::Induced Labour – Self Titled(2010, 7″)
PR002::Gay/White Suede – Split(2010, 7″)
PR003::Suitcase Sam – Get It To Go(2010, 7″)
PR004::Pleasence T-Shirt
PR005::The Soupcans – Erotic Nightmare(2010, 12″)
PR006::Sexy Merlin – Self Titled(2011, 7″)
PR007::Gay/Sexy Merlin – Self Titled(2011, 7″)
PR008::Young Guv & The Scuzz – Bedroom Eyes b/w Rumors(2011, 7″)
PR009::Tropics – Pale Trash b/w Earmarked(2011, 7″)
PR010::Huckleberry Friends – Vision b/w Disaster Keyz(2011, 7″)
PR011::The Pink Noise – Gilded Flowers(2011, 12″)
PR012::Man Made Hill/Young Truck – (2011, 12″)


Tourbillonnant dans l’infini cosmos de doctrine polyphoniques, les Pleasence Records de Toronto restent une force ardente de diversité au long des courants orthogonaux du nouveaux sous-terrain de TO. Leur catalogue grandit en dimensions avec chaque effort ahurissant, exemplifié par le doux rock de yacht de Young Guy se relâchant dans la fidélité brûlée de Man Made Hill. Je fus excité d’entendre que l’éditeur en chef, Jesse Locke, a rencontré le grand patron de Pleasence cette semaine. Creusez ci-dessous.
Aaron Levin
Gros vacillement.
Weird Canada
weirdcanada.com

The Pink Noise – Galapagos

Man Made Hill – Hard Breeze Is Gonna Blow

Induced Labour – Whore Eyes

1:: Comment avez-vous lancé votre label et pourquoi? C.R.E.A.M.?
Nous étions tous les deux à un spectacle de Induced Labour au début de 2010 où Leslie (Predy) a écrasé une chope de verre hors de la scène, a plongé dans les éclats et fut tirée par ses pantalons autour de ses chevilles par la foule. Deirdre a ramassé plus tard le verre hors de son derrière. Cette nuit là, nous avons tous deux tombé en amour avec eux. Plus tard ce printemps là, en mangeant un repas de mets italiens finement préparé maison avec des amis, Deirdre a déclaré son intention de faire sortir leur enregistrement et James le voulais. L’enregistrement a pris un certain temps à faire alors on a sorti une cassette de Vagina Bison, un 7’’ divisé de Gay/White Suede, et un 7’’ EP de Suitcase Sam dans l’intérim. Par le temps que l’enregistrement d’ Induced Labour fut sorti, Nous travaillions déjà avec plus d’artistes. Ça l’a roulé stablement depuis ce temps là.
2:: Jusqu’à maintenant, laquelle de vos sorties a été: a) la meilleure vente b) votre préférée et c) la plus grosse déception?
Young Guy & The Scuzz ont sans aucun doute été nos meilleures ventes. On a vendu cet enregistrement partout autour du monde. Il a aussi enregistré les records de Tropics, HuckleBerry Friends et Gay/Sexy Merlin que nous avons faits. Il est un des mecs les plus prolifiques à Toronto présentement. Les Soupcans et Suitcase Sam ont aussi travaillé très dur pour faire sortir leur enregistrement, en vendant quelques uns à chaque spectacle, jouant aussi souvent qu’ils le pouvaient autour de la ville et faisant des tournées au Canada et dans les États. Pour B, c’Est comme choisir ton enfant préféré, nous en sommes tous fières!! Notre préféré est habituellement peu importe sur quoi on travaille présentement, puisque ça veut dire qu’on l’écoute encore et encore et encore avant le pressage final. Vous devenez plutôt intime avec le record, comme si vous l’Aviez connu pour des années. Les seules fois que c’est ressenti comme une déception c’Est quand un record qu’on aime vraiment n’a pas l’impact immédiat que nous sentons qu’il mérite. Nous devenons comme des parents fâchés à la partie d’hockey de leur enfant.

3:: Qu’est-ce qui vous différencie des autres labels? De la musique, de l’art, des livrets, des affiches, de reluisant 8.5’’ x 11’’ et des photos?
Nous avions initialement connectés avec la musique en étant tous deux des collectionneurs de records. Deirdre travaille aux enregistrements She Said Boom à Toronto et James allait là pendant heures, se promenant et jacassant à propos de groupes, écoutant différents enregistrements. Nous aimons penser qu’il y a une certaine diversité dans nos catalogue qui reflète nos larges goûts. Nous n’avons jamais voulu avoir un label genre qui sortirait seulement un style spécifique. Je ne pense pas qu’on pourrait s’engager à ça, il y a juste trop de trucs différent que nous aimons.
4 :: Des plans futurs? Qu’est-ce que les saisisseurs peuvent avoir hâte de saisir?
By this time next year you’ll be hearing records by a VHS tape of the last Induced Labour performance, and hopefully a few others. À ce temps si l’année prochaine vous entendrez des records de Pon De Replay, Fleshtone Aura, John Milner You’re So Boss, Wasted Nymph, Odonis Odonis, par une cassette VHS de la dernière performance de Induced Labour et on espère, quelques unes de plus.

Pleasence Records Discography (à date)
PR000::Vagina Bison – Self Titled(2010, Cassette)
PR001::Induced Labour – Self Titled(2010, 7″)
PR002::Gay/White Suede – Split(2010, 7″)
PR003::Suitcase Sam – Get It To Go(2010, 7″)
PR004::Pleasence T-Shirt
PR005::The Soupcans – Erotic Nightmare(2010, 12″)
PR006::Sexy Merlin – Self Titled(2011, 7″)
PR007::Gay/Sexy Merlin – Self Titled(2011, 7″)
PR008::Young Guv & The Scuzz – Bedroom Eyes b/w Rumors(2011, 7″)
PR009::Tropics – Pale Trash b/w Earmarked(2011, 7″)
PR010::Huckleberry Friends – Vision b/w Disaster Keyz(2011, 7″)
PR011::The Pink Noise – Gilded Flowers(2011, 12″)
PR012::Man Made Hill/Young Truck – (2011, 12″)

New Canadiana :: Induced Labour – Untitled 7″

Borne on tsunamis of guitar malice, Leslie Predy’s gremlin mutterings harsh the mellow of the past year’s beach-tinged zeitgeist. Funhouse mirror distortion perverts carnivalesque hooks, begetting a potential soundtrack to Pogo The Clown’s ritual bloodlettings. The face-liquefying thrashery is referenced in the cover’s flesh-drippings, and Induced Labour boil it all down into a thick, bloody gravy. Serve hot on a bed of hardboiled terror.

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