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Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

by Yasmine Shemesh In Hebrew, chutzpah means “brazen audacity.” As such, it’s fitting that the term would be the namesake…

Satan’s Cape: Be warned of the path cloaked by the RNR veil

Monday 27th, April 2015 / 17:14
By Tiina Liimu
Photo: Tiina Liimu

Photo: Tiina Liimu

VANCOUVER — Flying so low it’s practically underground, and buried deep in the cavernous network of East Vancouver’s most dank of rehearsal spaces, four men might have very well sold their soul. They’ve been hunkered away for two years jamming away at this thing known as the ‘devil’s music.’ You might even wonder if there was some master plan to take on the world or preparations for some epic release.

Once the elusive bass player was finally reached, his response to that analysis was simply, “NOPE!“ It became obvious at that point; it was purely for the love of rock ‘n’ roll. “When we started jamming we had no plans to record or ever play a show. It was never a priority to do that. Nor are the two years reflective on some sort of spectacular sounding band,” says bassist and vocalist Johnny Stewart.

With names like Motörhead, Black Sabbath and even NoMeansNo were coming up in conversation, it was a clear sign that there was some unyielding heaviness, proficiency, speed and volume in store. “We’re super loud with everything distorted,” says the bass player as he describes their sound. Joining him in this ‘Sabbath worship’ is drummer Aran Bingham, guitarists Chris Langford and Ben Couves.

Occupying two of the corner pockets of this jam space, the experienced skills of Stewart and Bingham are playing stripes. Both have clocked in over twenty years of band time. The newer players are the dedicated solids. One cannot be entirely sure of all the other musical projects in this fold; it may very well be shrouded by the fabric of Satan’s Cape. In the case of this crossroads meeting, time and history isn’t an operative factor. “I could list them off, some of them, [they] are well-known, but it doesn’t matter. What we played in the past is not relevant to what we do now. For Ben and Chris this is the first band they’ve ever played in. They have never performed in front of people before our first show last November,” explains Stewart.

The implications and imagery behind their name may be linked to larger-than-life mission. “Ben and a buddy would always joke around about the band they were going to start called Satan’s Cape, our buddy moved away and when we started jamming, everyone seemed to like this band name,” says Stewart. It might even be agreed that it is the “best band name ever!”

Rumour has it, during a rare sighting of these devotees onstage, the venue was drank dry on that unprecedented eve. One of their tunes titled, “Shame Mountain” might just hint at the climb to the peak of aftermath, or just maybe songs about “Devil’s Lettuce” or “Pig Snout Beer Bong” might be the open gateway to temptation. Test your will, as it’s been leaked that the next spotting might occur at another first-time event.

Satan’s Cape performs at Taco Fest 2015 at the Harbour Event Centre on May 9th.

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