By Alex Molten
VANCOUVER — This June, punk will be descending upon Vancouver. Expect a ton of studded black leather, charged hair, doc martins, bad attitudes, and most importantly, face melting music. It will be Have a Good Laugh Fest’s debut year and the ambitious four day affair is stacked against you! So tighten your bullet belts and patch your jackets punks, this party may kill you.
The masterminds behind the fest are Cordie, Jesse, and Eubey. The three are the founders of Thought Decay, which along with putting on Have a Good Laugh also releases records and tapes, promote gigs, documents punk shows, screen prints, and makes bad-ass studded gear. Walking into their East Van home/headquarters feels like walking into a punk rock factory; their coffee table is covered in leather and studs and Cordie is working on the construction of a bootstrap.
“We had the Thought Decay idea by September, we started planning the fest last June. Thought Decay came about because we wanted to make a bunch of punk shit, like we are doing, as you can see,” says Cordie, gesturing to the stud laden table.
“I think we were just talking shit about punk in Vancouver,” laughs Jesse about the birth of Thought Decay.
“I think we were just talking shit about everything, basically. And so we decided to start Thought Decay, we were all doing the fest together anyway,” adds Cordie.
The fest is ambitious. Disorder as well as Screaming Dead will be coming from the UK and Paranoid is hailing from Sweden. A slew of bands will be coming up from the states including Narcoleptics from New York, Isotope from California, Vacant Life from Seattle, and Total Abuse from Texas to name a few. Tons of local and BC bands, including Mass Grave, Six Brew Bantha, Spectres, Oaf, AHNA, and Weed will be playing with other bands coming from across the country: Sex Face from Quebec, Absolut from Ontario, Genex and Skeleton from Manitoba, and Desgraciados from Alberta.
Despite the fest’s name, these guys aren’t kidding around. For its first year they are hitting the ground running. It is being held in six locations and five venues with multiple shows a day. Punks from as far as Mexico have been buying tickets for the fest.
“This is our first year, the first year any of us have put on a fest. We’ll see if it’s too much or not. It don’t really think there is too much, but I can see how your body might disagree with your mind. We will definitely want more and bigger headliners next year,” says Cordie about Though Decay’s future ambitions.
“My personal hope is that by doing this fest we will attract interest not only to the label but [to the city so] other bands [will want] to come here, whether through us or not. I guess what I am trying to say is that I want punk to happen, and I want local people too to be inspired to be like ‘Oh maybe I’ll put on a fest, or put on gigs, or start a band’. Whatever the fuck you want to do! Just make punk happen. Perpetuate it. That’s the main goal behind everything I do,” says Cordie.
Have A Good Laugh Fest will be running from June 9th to 12th at multiple venues. Thought Decay can be found at thoughtdecay.comBC, British Columbia, Have A Good Laugh Fest, Thought Decay