The first ever Fuck Off Life Fest is more or less a 50-50 split between punk and metal, with many bands employing some sort of halfway style between the two. A prime example of this are Edmonton crossover shredders Tarantuja.
“We draw pretty evenly from metal and punk, a little something for everyone!” laughs bassist Patty Belmac.
A wide range of influences puts Tarantuja home on any bill, especially one as varied as Fuck Off Life.
“[We’re] driven largely by all kinds of fast-ass music from metal to hardcore to rock and roll. We get down to many a sound.”
Never staying stagnant for too long, Tarantuja have been hellishly busy of late, having just returned from a European tour with “Swedish bastards” Anatomi71 and Lautsturmer, releasing a split LP with the latter.
“The whole tour was a fuckin’ party… I don’t want to delve too deep into any particular stories to protect the guilty. I will just say it was a righteous bender and we would love to go back.”
Though Tarantuja have played in Calgary regularly in their five-year-history, it’s been over a year since their last Calgary show, which was at Tubby Dog with Saskatoon D-beat punks and fellow festival performers Rehashed.
“We used to come to Calgary quite a bit, it’s unfortunate it’s been so long! I totally dig seeing Calgary bands in Edmonton and vice versa, we should do this shit more often!”
Fuck Off Life is definitely a start — a rare occasion of gathering together the best of the Western Canadian underground for a weekend of sonic debauchery, with every band hand-picked by organizer J. Destroyer of Savage Streets and Fornication.
“[F.O.L.} has a killer lineup and is being put on by solid people, for that reason alone I am sure it’s gonna destroy.”
Experience Tarantuja on July 12 as part of the Fuck Off Life festival.
By Ian Lemke
Photo: Robert J. Ryan