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Calgary hardcore punk band Oh Shit! gets down to the brass tacks

Monday 12th, January 2015 / 19:14
By Sarah Mac
Longtime Calgary hardcore punk institution Oh Shit! unveil their sixth recording. Photo: Krystin Switchblade Russell

Longtime Calgary hardcore punk institution Oh Shit! unveil their sixth recording.
Photo: Krystin Switchblade Russell

CALGARY — Cometh kids and celebrate! Calgary hardcore punks Oh Shit! have a new record for you to fancy and, of course, a beer-drinking party at which you can obtain it! Together for eight years, the band has grown individually and collectively, and although they’ve progressed, they still have the same resolute goal: to play more shows. Their previous full-length, Apologize for Nothing and Thank No One, was just released a short time ago for Calgary Beer Core’s 10-year anniversary, celebrated in August of 2014. They are now following up the release with their first EP and sixth recording, dubbed 1137. Featuring their famous upbeat tempos, conjoined with heavy hooks and hardcore screams, the EP is a rager. Lyrically, this album has matured far past “Hooker Pork;” 1137 reflects the band’s history as well as the good and bad times they’ve shared. This album is well worth the listen, and will sound even better live.

BeatRoute recently had the pleasure of discussing this new EP with two of Oh Shit!’s founding members, one of who is a proud co-owner of the Calgary Beer Core alongside Jim Martin (bassist in the Keith Morrison Band). Drummer Mark Russell (of the CBC, and formerly of the band BDFM) and guitarist Froid joined the fray, and in-between the laughs, we managed to get some answers to our burning questions.

BeatRoute: The title of this upcoming EP is 1137. Does this stand for or mean anything in particular?

Russell: Nope, that’s just exactly how long it is. It’s 11 minutes and 37 seconds long.

Froid: We had a good laugh that we haven’t made an album longer than 30 minutes. So we named this one after how long it was. We were gonna name it Self Entitled EP but then NOFX went and released their disc first, after eavesdropping on one of our private conversations. Damn rich punk rockers!

BR: Your record release show is coming up in January, will the record be ready and will there be T-shirts?

Russell: Yes, 100 per cent. We’re going full-release on this; it’ll go into production January 5th…. We probably will have a new set of T-shirts actually, because we try to do that every time we release something.

BR: This is your sixth album release, how have you progressed?

Russell: We’ve been working really fucking hard for this. We’ve been busting our ass. Also, learning not to just play three-chord punk rock anymore, so you get into different structures of your songs. And everybody in our band writes really well together, and we really like the direction we’re going with this album. Compared to our old albums, you can really tell the difference. We went from writing stupid songs, to writing songs about us playing in this band for eight years.

Froid: Pretty much all our other bands broke up, so this became the first priority for three solid years. One of the things, when we started the band, we wanted to play instruments that we don’t play in any of our other bands. So it went from a real rudimentary style…. [Then] we kinda learnt how to play our instruments… sorta!

See Oh Shit! in Calgary on January 23rd at Dickens Pub and in Edmonton on January 24th at DV8.

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