Thursday, December 13, 2007

NO CORE and a dose

Here's the NO CORE podcast by our pal M.P Lockwood , aka Radio Shock , of some noisy rock. We're in there as are a bunch of our friends , a bunch of bands we love and some great bands we're hearing for the first time . Download it for pleasure .

He sez:
"Yeah, a long wait for this one. Maybe I can pick up the pace after the holidays. Anyway, we've got here some stuff I picked up in recent travels and listened to on recent travels. Largely "rock" music this time out?
MUZIKS FROM: Abiku, PRE, HEALTH, AIDS wolf, Taiwan Deth, Fat Day, Xrin Arms, Scissor Girls, (((microwaves))), Sword Heaven, The Druggies, Buck Gooter, Calabi-Yau, Diet Cola, Bermuda Triangles,
Silver Daggers, The New Flesh, and probably more stuff I'm forgetting right now. "

So that's that!++++++++
Video of tripped out madness , AIDS wolf in Austin , by our pal Joey :


And finally a lil' plug for the raddest DJ night in Montreal , Time's Up.
Our guest this week is Pete from Born Dead Icons and resident DJs will be Linda Blair , Blam Blamdersson and myself , Chloe Scum.

I'll be playing a pile of sweet vinyl I picked up on the road . Stuff by Metalux , Abe Vigoda , Double Dagger , Skoal Kodiak , Daniel Johnston , XBXRX , Chanels 3 + 4 , Shearing Pinx , Factums , Psychedelic Horseshit , Los Llamaradas , Amoeba Men ect ++
Plus classic Time's Up tracks by Swans , The Intelligence , Lydia Lunch , Chrome , Hawkwind , Beefheart , Cheveu , Get Hustle , TV Ghosts, Landed and Throbbing Gristle.

TIME'S UP @ Black Jack - 3814 Notre Dame Ouest (near Place-St-Henri metro) - 9pm - 3am - EVERY THURSDAY
No Cover. Cheap beer. WEIRD PUNK, DEEP PSYCH, NAO WAVE, AVANT-GARAGE, etc..etc...

Oldest news

Here's an interview I did withModern Fix magazine about 2 years ago. It's kinda out of date but Jeremiah's a good writer AND it just recently went online so i thought it might be of interest to a few people out there in blog-land.
I mean , that is if anyone actually reads this thing.

by Jeremiah Griffey

Montreal noise punk aficionados, partners and graphic designers Chloe Lum and Yannick Desrenleau head off to Columbus, Ohio with a few pals to check out the 2002 incarnation of the More Than Music Festival. They wander over to a house show featuring An Albatross. Fire crackers explode. Dust kicks up. People poke other people in the ass with drum sticks. It’s a party.

As the dust clears, Chloe gets caught up wrestling a friend on top of their van and loses her entourage. These same lost friends happen upon a few 40-something white trash dudes smoking crack or meth in front of some graffiti. It reads AIDS WOLF.

It’s now 2003. Chloe (vocals) and Yannick (drums) form a band called AIDS Wolf, in honor of said tag. The two take off once again for Columbus along with their Black Flag meets Merry Pranksters gang of hooligans for the 2003 More Than Music Festival they hadn’t heard was canceled. A friend of a friend owned a record store, so they set up an impromptu art exhibit comprised of posters the duo makes under the name Seripop so as not to make the journey a waste. Then they hang a poster of their first show.

“The owner of the store sees it and freaks,” Chloe says. “He apparently lived in the house where the party was - the AIDS Wolf house. He tells us about the rodent trapped in the walls they nicknamed ‘AIDS Wolf’ and about actual wolves spreading AIDS. We realized our band name is awesome and that we love the Midwest. Then we cause a 3-car pileup by dancing in the street with a sign reading ‘Honk if you’re horny.’ No one is hurt.”

Some people (who don’t know the story) find their name offensive. Some people (who don’t listen to any form of avant-punk) say their debut album, “The Lovvers LP,” makes them want to jump off a bridge. Other people (prudes, mostly) say their penchant for nudity is a shameless attempt at “shock.” One major publication even went so far as to call the band “shit in wolf’s clothing.” But that’s an obviously uninformed opinion because they tend not to wear clothes.

“When the negative reviews started coming in we weren’t surprised by the fact that people hated our record but by the fact that so many seemed to actually have a personal beef with our very existence,” Chloe says. “We got a lot of weird personal attacks. One review even went so far as to reprint and mock the Seripop bio from our website in order to try to invalidate our record.”

Maybe people are jealous of the fact Chloe and Yannick play in a band that shares a practice space with Wolf Parade (whose Arlen Thompson produced their record) and Islands, the Nick Diamonds and J’aime Tambeur post-Unicorns vehicle. Or that they’ve achieved this strange level of faux-hype as a result of their Montreal scene being raped and pillaged after the Arcade Fire blew up. Or maybe it’s because they all look hot nude.

“You know it’s pretty funny that so much press about our record (both positive and negative) has been focused on all the supposed ‘hype’ we garnered pre-release,” Chloe says. “That ‘hype’ was a few tiny side bar mentions in articles about Montreal (where we’d be one outta 50+ bands mentioned), a couple reviews here and there of our live shows in weeklies and student papers, one interview in a Boston weekly (we were playing Boston), one interview in a blog and one interview here in a Montreal weekly. Now we certainly can’t control the fact that the city we live in was deemed some type of ‘it’ spot by the media. As for everything else, I don’t feel that we got an inordinate amount of press for a band that had been gigging for 3 years and self-released a few things. The media likes to pretend a band only starts existing once an officially released debut comes out, but most bands without money usually spend a few years on the road before putting anything out. Getting a bit of coverage based on those shows isn’t really that unusual. What seems unusual to me is the way everyone with an interest in our band seems hell bent on blowing that coverage out of proportion.”

Chloe and Yannick have gotten guff for all their projects, including the now defunct Da Bloody Gashes with Bobo Boutin from Les Georges Leningrad, and have grown rather thick skin as a result. Even their work as Seripop gets maligned in the design world, despite having developed some amazing album work for bands like the Arcade Fire, Rocket from the Crypt, Glitter Pals and An Albatross. Maybe, once again, it’s jealously.

“The band was a fun side project but nowadays it’s kinda creeping over more and more where we’ll find half the designs we do are AIDS Wolf related, the tours intermingle and the two are viewed as the same thing by many outsiders,” Chloe says. “That’s frustrating as there are two other members of AIDS Wolf, Chris (Taylor, guitar) who is a talented illustrator in his own right and Andre (Guerette, guitar) who works his ass off booking shows and tours under the moniker Mandatory Moustache. For a couple of reformed Catholics, we have an extreme protest work ethic where in our design and in our artwork and in the music we do, we’ve been jamming a square peg into a round hole until the hole became square too. We are very stubborn people who have used the negative reactions we’ve gotten over the years as fuel. We take a lot pride on living on our own terms and building a livelihood based on creativity, supporting our friends (as well as those we admire and respect) and trying to live as much as possible in the world of DIY.”

Though AIDS Wolf is most often compared to Rhode Island post-punk gods Arab on Radar, Chloe and company find much inspiration from Captain Beefheart and U.S. Maple. She’s quick to rail off a laundry list of contemporary bands she loves too, from Get Hustle to Devendra Banhart to Deerhoof.

“We are living in a time of unprecedented good music. Not only do we have access to everything from the past via re-issues and mp3s but it seems like every city has its own pocket of weird, far underground sounds actually making stuff happen. A few years ago, I was feeling really jaded. I thought that I was resigned to listening to bands long broken up,” Chloe says. “But right now my band has tapped into a network that keeps getting larger and larger of like-minded bands, each having their own interpretation of “noise-rock” or arty punk or whatever. A cool part of it is that we play shows with brilliant bands who are still in high school, as well as playing with bands in their 40’s or older.”

“The Lovvers LP” does have some Arab on Radar-ish moments, particularly the opening guitar churns of “Spit Tastes Like Metal.” Chloe’s desperate screeches intermittently emerge before she’s swallowed by a whirlpool of gnashing guitars. For a vocal reference point, some amalgamation of Afrirampo’s Pikacyu and Oni (energy level) and Magik Marker’s Elisa Ambrogio (production level) might suffice. Tracks like “Vampire King” separate AIDS Wolf from their art-punk ancestors by infusing muddy circus punk with tornados of billowing noise. As “Lovvers” progresses more and more songs - and eventually Chloe - get swallowed.

“We aren’t dumb and we know our band isn’t for everyone,” she says. “We also know that in our genre, there are bands that are better than us. There are also noise-rock bands worse than us who get favorable or neutral reviews … Are we shit? Maybe we are. Then again, most of the bands we like are considered shit by the same people. And most of the bands we like seem to like our band back. I’ve always been more inclined to care about the respect of peers than admiration from the media. We never set out to create anything that was gonna be easy to digest.”

The album was actually supposed to be a limited edition vinyl release of 300 on a friend’s label and assumed their friends and die-hard fans would be the only ones to hear the album or see the nekked people on the album art - including difficult-to-find magazine shots of people at a nudist colony and Chloe and company free-balling it in the woods. Everything was done when Lovepump United (CD) and Skin Graft (vinyl) asked to put out the record. Soon they’ll be releasing a vinyl split with San Diego’s Dmonstrations on Lovepump, but don’t look for much of a departure - all of the AIDS Wolf contributions were recorded during the “Lovvers” sessions.

“There were a few delays caused by lost masters and art collaborations being slow but it’s finally on track and will be out early this summer,” Chloe says. “The Demonstrations tracks are nothing short of haunting and we all feel really lucky to be working with them.”


After spending some very QUALITY time with 2/3rds of Dmonstrations on this past tour , we feel even luckier . Mr. Wade , you make one hell of a roadie.

aids wolf

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Filth and Size

Everyone is talking about the Camel cigarettes/Rolling Stone magazine "indie rock" cigarette ad fiasco. We were confused by our inclusion the "indie rock galaxy" 'cause , not only do none of us smoke cigarettes , 2 of us are fuckin' STRAIGHT EDGE.

It goes without saying that this was done without our consent or cooperation in anyway and we no have idea where they got the MP3 they put up under our name on The Farm website. It's funny cause they actually used an Athletic Automaton track from our split album with them.

I'm guessing the company who put this bullshit together just pulled the track from limewire or some shit and no one was savvy enough to figure out they had the wrong band.

I'm hoping if our name and music is ever used in an adversing campaign again , maybe we can at least get the cold hard ca$h and satisfaction that comes from selling out on our own accord.

Here's another recent feature on AIDS wolf , this time for Chalked Up magazine .

Photos from our Austin show by Matt B.
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And one from the Dallas show.
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Austin was WEIRD for us , it was one of those Dutch-style crowds. You know , they don't move around much and no one talks to you all night? You can just feel the waves of indifference permeating the room. After our set I was so bummed and alienated that I ran to hide in the dressing room. It was so obvious everyone in the room hated us EXCEPT for the fact that after I came back downstairs our merch table was buzzing harder than it had been all tour and all of the sudden i"m making new friends left , right and center.

We ended up befriending & staying with this kid Joey , the coolest noise rock-hippie I've ever met.

So I must ask of Austin , is it normal for you to all stand immobile , so far away from the stage?

In Dallas we played an art gallery rather than a club and it felt MUCH more normal.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

and we decide to fall

So everyone already knows we got back from tour a week ago and that I broke my foot falling down some stairs in Chicago. It all resulted in an instrumental set that night while I was in the ER , much to the confusion of the crowd. We skipped Detroit to drive straight home in really shitty weather where 30 hours after we left Chicago I went to the Montreal General where the nurse and radiologist INSISTED on x-raying my chest (WTF?). I had to pitch a fit so that they'd just x-ray my foot and be done with it. Gotta love Quebec hospitals . The one in Chicago was sooo much more clean and efficient.

Being back from tour is always rough , you never really know what to do with yourself and coping with the readjustment is usually kinda depressing. You no longer have the constant adrenaline of performing or the novelty of being around different people each day. Being back from tour while being stuck at home with a broken bone is the worst. outdoors is nothing but snow and ice and the 10 minute walk to the metro feels like a death march on crutches.

Despite that , I'm practically bouncing off the walls (and not just from the Vicodin) because our song Opposing Walls is being used in the new Bruce LaBruce film ,Otto: Or, Up With Dead People . If you aren't familiar with Bruce's work I really urge you to check out his site. He's BY FAR the most subversive filmmaker in Canada and melds black comedy with exploitation with explicit gay sex.

I first saw No Skin Off My Ass when i was a pretentious teen living in Ottawa and trying to be a performance artist. His work really inspired me and my whole troupe to get MUCH , MUCH more extreme (nudity , chainsaws , smashing things , smashing each other). He also had a column in Exclaim! magazine for a long time that was basically just his diary of sex , drugs , art , being flown around the world and hanging out with celebs and porn stars. It was some of the most exciting shit I ever read and I remember being in my early 20's , wishing to some day have a life as cool as BLaB.

Well , Exclaim! axed him in favor of more milquetoast can-con indie slop (cause reading about Emily Haines is soooo much more interesting - yeah fuckin' right! I swear most Canadians are allergic to excitement.) . Bruce's life is still probably 20000x more exciting than mine but having one of our tracks in a GAY ZOMBIE PORNO is EASILY one of the best things that's ever happened to AIDS wolf. Or to me for that matter.


Photos of our 2 Brooklyn shows by Todd Fisher . We saw the set he did of our show at Death By Audio and loved em so much we begged him to spend more time with us on Halloween. We're pretty pleased with the end result.

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Silen Barn show :

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Myles' uniform was missing so we made him play in his underwear.. Latter it was Found in germaine's (From Old Time Relijun) drum kit. Hmmmmmmmm

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This kid Matt just took off his mask and leaned in and kissed me in the middle of a song.

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A studio shot in the basement before the show.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Punk on the wrong speed with blown speakers

AIDS wolf in Dallas , playing.

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Some lovely photos of our LA set taken by Adrian Saenz.

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Photo of myself with Eben and Tobias of Be Bad , one the the best bands in Canada right now. Too bad they live in Halifax , a billion miles away from civilization 'cause otherwise I'd go see them weekly. Pic by Bridgette Sullivan

Tobias' impressions of our Halifax set:

"I saw them last night. Bring ear plugs or those construction site quality ear muffs. The toilet paper I stuck in my ears wasn't enough. They are the scariest punk band going right now. I know their new press release says "Remember when punk was weird?" but it's more like "remember when punk scared the shit out of the hipsters? and polarized the entire room. And pissed off the sound guy." The records might have good riffs/licks/beats/vocals but the live show is so pulverizing it becomes perverted.

They are louder than Motorhead or Slayer or Dinosaur Jr. And they take the concept of being a loud band as far as they can as human beings. Seeing them feels like getting the shit beaten out of you. And if you're the right kind of person you'll love that.

They don't sound like Arab on Radar like most reviews say, they sound like the mother fucking Boredoms in 1988. They are a bunch of weird looking kids with sections of their head shaved like lobotomy patients pounding everything, and endlessly touring the planet. They are on a really fucked up mission, and they are totally the real deal."

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Cleaning house

2 clips of our triumphant Vancouver show , November 24th . This show was especially awesome cause this rad dude , Christopher , gave Myles and I haircuts. We both look so stylish now.

The Blog Hate Something Beautiful gave us a nice review and posted a few pics of us and HEALTH's LA show at The Smell.

interview for a Danish 'zine :

Who are you guys and how did you end up as a band?
We all met while receiving group counseling for mental troubles. We quit the counseling and our troubles remained. Now playing together is our therapy.

What's up with the name? Who came up with it and what does it mean?
Our leader wrote it on the side of a building in Ohio, we are just following orders from beyond.

Can you try and describe your music? Which instruments do you use and what kind of sound do you seek?
We try to sound like a marauding horde of barbarians. We're high pitched, abraisive and annoying. Punk on the wrong speed with blown speakers. We have 2 guitars, drums and yelling.

Any musicians who in particular inspire you? Are you inspired by other things than music?
Captain Beefheart, Ceatano Veloso, Black Flag, Flipper, Throbbing Gristle, US Maple, Chrome, This Heat, Saccharine Trust, Sun City girls, Billy Childish, The Country Teasers, Sightings, Usaisamonster, PRE.
We are also inspired by nature, physical fitness, healthy food and each other.

How much have you released so far?
1 cassette, 1 cdr, 3 split 7"s, one lp , one split 12", one collaboration lp. Another lp is on the way in the spring on Skingraft / Lovepump united.

Do you play many gigs around Montreal? Have you played in other countries?
We play every couple of months in Montreal and have played all over Canada, USA, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, and UK.

What are your concerts like?
Usually rowdy, physical, sweaty and earbreaking. A total bummer.

Are there any other musical projects linked to the band?
Brother Hong Kong, Clyffs, CMY Disease!, Hamborghinni, Les Enfants Sauvages are all bands members of AIDS Wolf are involved in.

Back , in one piece

AIDS wolf in Oakland , Ca November 18

A lil' feature on us

Genesis P-Orridge on Wolves:
It keeps changing and growing , and we keep finding out more and more about wolves . Initially , on the most simple level , we thought of them as being an outcast group. Illogically , most people don't know why they've been told wolves are bad or why to be frightened of them. They are loners but can also be in packs , and when threatened , turn and fight . They're basically animals off survival , and they're the ones , ironically , which were claimed to set up civilisation with Romulus and Remus. And in Viking legend , at the very end of history , the wolf devours the Earth.

- from
Tape Delay : Confessions from the Eighties Underground by Charles Neal

Saturday, November 17, 2007

aids jerks

AIDS wolf enforcing our playing lists on you again

oh , bootlegs

we don't move gear!

Last night a very tiny (seriously , he was like half my size!) 17 year old boy proclaimed his love for me , 13 years ago I was him , proclaiming MY love for Al Johnston at the Cave . As a superfan myself (who has a history of humiliating myself by telling front men about my crushes on them ps. I never fucked any of them!!!) , I am as the Brits would say , WELL CHUFFED at having a few superfans of my own.

In San Diego I wrestled this kid to the ground and kept him down for the duration of a song. It was my personal tour highlight.

We've got 2 weeks left , it's crazy how fast the past 5 have gone by.

AIDSWOLF aids wolf AIDS WOLF aidswolf.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Past vs The Present

Chris Taylor (ex-AIDS wolf guitarist , now living in Brooklyn) grills Myles Broscoe (CURRENT AIDS wolf guitarist) about playing on his Marshal , cab ethnic heritage , stress and what to eat.

C: soo, you owe me some money hotshot....?

M: shit sorry dude.i can mail a cheque tomorrow. does that work? or i could give it to you in person in october. I totally forgot. either send me your
address or ill give it to you in new york.

C: heads up dude, this is the interview!! its already begun. soo...what
kind of gear are you using with AW since you began playing with them?

M: I use a Rickenbacker 610 through a splitter into a) a fender 4 x 10
Deville and b) a traynor mono block into a 4 x 12 Marshall cab(Chris' old cab!).
Thats it! no fx.

C: What would you rather drink, a Poo Shake or a Vomit shake. If you had to...?

M: dude,i dunno. i think vomit would be more hygenic.

C: interesting, that reminds me have you read the book "The Omnivours
Dillema" ? about how are choice of foods to consume is so large that
we have lost touch with what appropriate nutrition is supposed to be.
What is your ethnic heritage and what kind of diets did your
anscestor's partake in?

M: No i haven't read that book but ive heard that its very interesting
from other cooks. i am a smattering of different central european
nationalities that went their seperate ways in the 19th and 20th
centuries and coincidentally met up again in america. big names are
german lutherans, czech jews, catholic slovak peasants, polish
blacksmiths, ruthenian goatherds. alot of goose fat, kartoffeln,
kraut, rotegrutzte i presume.

C: what I really want to know I guess is how your ethnic roots have
informed your own food choices if at alll, for instance my relatives
are from Wales and Scotland and so they likely ate a lot of farm food
like pork, beef, dairy and shitty soup. I really like shitty soup and
cheese makes me feel STRONG whereas things like soy milk and sake
whine give me gas and runny poo. you eating a lot of Polish sausage
then ?

M: no. i like some central european food but not all. they have this
kind of unpasteurized cheese in poland that is maybe the best food
experience i have ever had but after eating large amounts of it two
years ago i became fairly ill.

that said though i feel like i have a pretty tough stomach. and i
don't necessarily have to stick to my ancestral regionally specific

C: so your some kind of modern hybrid? that's probably a good thing to be
if your in a touring band because you have to put up with a lot of
inconsistent cuisine on the road. I hear you guys are going back to
Europe this coming Spring, Ive noticed that on tour in countries like
Germany 'breakfast' basically meant buns, spread, coffee and slices of
ambiguous yellow cheese, whereas in England its slimy eggs, beans,
toast and tea. Do you have a morning tour ritual ? and does it involve
food? if so, what???

M: i don't know about europe, i've never toured there. and its been awhile
since i did any serious touring so i cant think of a real morning
ritual. i hope to create one on this trip though. i suppose ill let
you know if i manage to create one.

C: hmm, do you have any pre-show rituals? there was this game we used to play where you had to try and
masturbate in the van without anyone knowing about it and the rules
were that if you got caught you had to jerk off the person that caught
you but if you didn't get caught and managed to successfully pull
yourself off you would throw your hands up and go "TA-DA!!" and then
everyone else would have to jerk YOU off the next time. I think we
called it 'The Incognito Mosquito' . speaking of games, do you play
chess? cause Andre does and he's pretty good at it, you guys will have
to play each other at some point.
anyway, lets try and wrap this up, when you come to New York in the
next week and you play the first AIDS Wolf show with me in the audience
how are you going to feel? are you going to be nervous cause maybe Ill
be standing there thinking you really suck???

M: I don't play chess and i'm sure andre could kill me. Of course playing
to a former member of a band is always stressful, but if i wasnt
confident enough to do that i wouldn't be confident enough to play any
show. SO i think it'll be cool. And I don't have a consistent pre show
ritual, but i suppose i should get one, like left sock before right
sock, kiss back of right hand three times before hitting first chord.
hope you're well,
see you soon,

Thursday, October 11, 2007

So we're going out to play a few shows with our friends...


10.12.07 FriBurlington, Vermont. 242 Main w/ Drive The Hour + Maneuvers
10.14.07 SunMontreal, Quebec. Divan Orange w/Old Time Relijun + People
10.15.07 MonQuebec City, Quebec. Le Bal Du Lezard w/ Old Time Relijun
10.16.07 TueHalifax, Nova Scotia. The Seahorse w/ Old Time Relijun + Be Bad
10.17.07 WedSackville, New Brunswick. Mount Allison w/ Old Time Relijun
10.18.07 ThuPortland, Maine. Geno's
10.19.07 FriNew York, New York. Knitting Factory (Panache/Lovepump/Skin Graft/Blueghost) CMJ Showcase w/ Ruins, Sightings , Japanther,Old Time Relijun,PRE, Shellshag, Yip Yip, Health, Monotonix , Dynasty Handbag, Wizardzz , The Mall ,Made In Mexico , Aa
10.20.07SatBrooklyn , NY Death By Audio w/ Health , Ruins, , Sightings , Yip Yip , Shellshag, Made In Mexico
10.21.07 SunAnnandale-on-Hudson, New York. Bard College w/ Old Time Relijun
10.22.07 MonAlbany, New York. Valentines w/ Bunnybrains + Grab Ass Cowboys +Ottobeng
10.23.07 TueMiddletown, Connecticut. Wesleyan College
10.24.07 WedHartford, Connecticut. Charter Oak Center w/ Old Time Relijun
10.25.07 ThuPoughkeepsie, New York. Vassar College w/ Old Time Relijun
10.26.07 FriJamaica Plains, Massachusetts. The Milky Way w/ Old Time Relijun
10.27.07 SatProvidence, Rhode Island. As220 w/ Old Time Relijun, Made In Mexico , The Chinese Stars , Tinsel Teeth
10.28.07 SunPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania. COPY Gallery w/ Old Time Relijun + Satanized + Drums Like Machine Guns
10.29.07MonBaltimore, Maryland. Talking Head w/Old Time Relijun + Double Dagger
10.30.07 TueWashington, DC. Velvet Lounge w/ Old Time Relijun
10.31.07 WedBrooklyn, New York. Todd P NYC w/ Old Time Relijun + USAISMONSTER + Aa + High Places
11.01.07 ThuRichmond, Virginia. Nara Sushi w/ Snack Truck + The Amoeba Men + HO-AX
11.02.07 FriColumbia, South Carolina. Hunter Gather w/ Thank God + F13
11.03.07 SatTampa, Florida. Skatepark of Tampa w/ Yip Yip
11.04.07 SunOrlando, Florida. BackBooth w/ Yip Yip
11.06.07 TueAtlanta, Georgia. Lenny's Bar w/ The Club Of Rome
+ Suitcases
11.07.07 WedBirmingham, Alabama. Bottletree w/ We Are The Arm
11.08.07ThuNNew Orleans , LA Circle Bar
11.09.07 FriBaton Rouge, Louisiana. Spanish Moon
11.10.07 SatAustin, Texas. Emos w/ Monotonix, Young Widows
11.11.07 SunDallas, Texas. All Public Trust (the new art prostitute) w/ The Undoing of David Wright ,Church Of The Snake, El Paso Hot Button
11.12.07 MonLubbock, Texas. Jakes Backroom
11.13.07 TueLas Cruces, New Mexico. The Farm w/ Monotonix
11.14.07 WedPhoenix, Arizona. The Modified w/ Monotonix
11.15.07ThuSan Diego, California. The Che Cafe w/ Health + Foot Village
11.16.07 FriLos Angeles, California. The Smell w/ Health + XBXRX + Silver Daggers
11.17.07 SatSan Francisco, California. Bottom of The Hill w/ No Doctors + T.I.T.S + Health
11.18.07 SunOakland, California. 21 Grand w/ Calvin Johnston + XBXRX
11.20.07 TueDavis, California. Delta of Venus w/ XBXRX + The Mayyors
11.21.07 WedEureka, California. The Vista
11.23.07 FriPortland, Oregon. Satyricon w/ Night Wounds, Get Hustle , Meth Teeth
11.24.07 SatVancouver, British Columbia. Emergency Room w/ Mutators + Shearing Pinx + Heartfelt
11.25.07 SunSeattle, Washington. Comet Tavern w/ Pyramids
11.26.07 MonMissoula, Montana. Badlander
11.29.07 ThuSt. Paul, Minnesota. Turf Club w/ Gay Beast
11.30.07 FriEast Moline, Illinois. Mixtapes w/ Eyes
12.01.07 SatChicago, Illinois. Reggies Live w/ Mayor Daley
12.02.07SunDetroit, Michigan. Scrummage University w/Blind Lake + Thee Scarcity of Tanks

.......and we really hope to see you there. Maybe we could even meet some of your hot friends.Free love , you know?
AW family unit

This is what happens when you play music festivals

Your picture gets taken by strangers and put on the internet.

Chart Attack


AIDSWOLF aids wolf AIDS WOLF aidswolf.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

In between , if you know what i mean

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Photo from Saturday's shindig by our pal, Pierre Richardson.
More photos of the madness here.

I can't begin to describe how fun Saturday , heck the entire festival was. You really had to be there.
Many kisses to everyone who was.

My personal highlights of Pop Montreal (other than our own showcase of course) include having David Yow sing a verse into my ear (swoon!) + seeing sets by Tyvek , Career Suicide ,
Golden Error , Mudboy, Rozasia ,
CPC Gangbangs , Gary Lucas(!!!!!!!) ,getting some wicked goods at Puces Pop and of course seeing a million friends from here and away.

Hope everyone is doing as awesome.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Space jamz

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AIDS wolf jam space. Where the suffering begins. Photo By Jake Friedman, CEO of Lovepump United.

And here's 2 seconds of us (and Yip Yip and Think About Life and Sunset Rubdown and more) in some Pop Montreal montage.

AIDSWOLF aids wolf AIDS WOLF aidswolf.

Monday, October 8, 2007

dirty boots

Bizarre and busty bootleg .
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Read about it here and if you want , buy it here.

PRE & AIDS wolf = BFF. No shirts , no shoes , no fucking blues.

Friday, October 5, 2007

A reminder for all in Montreal

Hey friends , please come to our Pop Montreal show!

Saturday October 6th @ Divan Orange (4234 St Laurent)
yip yip
AIDS wolf

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Poster by Josh Bastien.


Why should you be there early?

That's why.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Record Recs from Wolfs

Just because kids ask us at shows all the time, here's a listening list from each of us. Subject to change week by week.
Arab on Radar --- Soak the Saddle
Caetano Veloso --- Araca Azul
Chrome --- Half Machine Lip Moves
Chrome --- Alien Soundtracks
Lake of Dracula --- s/t
Mississippi John Hurt --- Rediscovered / Today
Scott Walker --- The Drift
Silver Apples --- s/t
Suicide --- First Album
Teengenerate --- Smash Hits
Thee Mighty Caesars --- Surely They Were the Sons of God
This Heat --- Deceit
Throbbing Gristle --- First Annual Report
Throbbing Gristle --- 20 Jazz Funk Greats
US Maple --- Long Hair in Three Stages
US Maple --- Talker
Velvet Underground --- White Light / White Heat
Athletic Automaton - 5 Days in Africa (Liquid Death/Hello Pussy)
Albert Marceour - S/T (Atlantic)
Arab on Radar - Yahweh or the Highway , Soak the Saddle (Skingraft)
Black Flag -My War Demos (bootleg)
Brutal Knights- Feast Of Shame (Deranged)
Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica , Lick My Decals Off Baby , Clear Spot , Doc At the Radar Station , Grow Fins (Various)
Cheveux-My Answer is Yes! (Rob's House)
Country Teasers -Satan is Real Again , Destroy All Human Life , Science Hat Artistic , The Empire Strikes Back (Crypt , Fat Possum , In The Red x 2)
Coachwhips - Bangers vs. Fuckers (Narnack)
Der Teenage Panzer Korps -Harmful Emotions (Siltbreeze )
Edmond De Deyster - Selectie )1 (Ultra Eczema)
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus (Cotillion)
Ex Models - Chrome Panthers (TMU)
Fat Day - My Name Is I Hate You (100% Breakfast)
Fat Worm Of Error - Pregnant Babies Pregnant With Pregnant Babies (Load)
Flying Luttenbachers , The - Destroy All Music (ugEXPLODE)
Godz- 2 , Third Testament (ESP)
Homostupids -The Intern (Parts Unknown)
Intelligence -Icy Baby (In The Red)
Jesus Lizard , The - Liar (Touch & Go)
Lake of Dracula -S/T (Skingraft)
Lil Bunnies -Unabunnie 7" (Wrench Records)
Locust , The - Plague Sounscapes (Anti)
Los Llmarada - The Exploding (S-S Records)
Lydia Lunch -Hysterie (Widowspeak)
Mars- Lp (Important Records)
Night Wounds -Allergic to Heat (Woodsist)
Peppermints , The - Jesus Cryst (Paw Tracks)
Pink & Brown _ Shame Fantasy 11 (Load)
Rebel , The -Prawns (Junior Aspirin)
Screamers - Demos 77-78 (bootleg)
Sick Alps - Pleasures And Treasures (Animal Disguise)
Sightings -Arrived in Gold (Load)
Six Finger Sattellite - Paranormalysed (Subpop)
Sun City Girls - Horse Cock Phephner (Placebo)
Stallions , The - Hey Baby It's The ...(Junk Records)
Usaisamonster- Sunset at the End of the Industrial Age, WOWAH (Load)
US Maple - Sang Phat Editor (Skingraft)
White Savage - S/T (??) 7" (Hozac Records)
Yes - Fragile (Atlantic
Baby Head comp (S-S records)
the lounge lizards- no pain for cakes
need new body s/t
piero umiliani-angeli bianchi...angeli neri
lutys de luz- spain
the unireverse-dude has his own agenda
scientist-scientist wins the world cup
iggy pop-zombie birdhouse
spank rock-yo yo yo
rahsaan roland kirk-blacknuss
herbie hancock-future shock
the velvet underground and nico s/t
jimi hendrix- isle of wight
henry mancini-charade
ennio morricone-duck you sucker
v/a (african high life) love is love
bad brains s/t
albert ayler trio-spiritual unity
mussorgsky-night on the bald mountain
killah priest- catechism
talking heads- the name of this band is talking heads
gang of four-entertainment
orthrelm-asristir vieldriox
gilberto gil-louvacao
delta 5-mind your own business
Captain Beefheart - Lick My Decals Off, Baby
Der Teenage Panzer Corps - S/T
The Functionnal Blackouts - The Severed Tongue Speaks For Everyone
Robin Williams On Fire - Death Bomb Arc Cassette Club track
Various - Batucada Por Favor
Various - Baby Head compilation
Gay Beast - Disrobics
Vampire Can't - Key Cutter
Pussy Galore - Exile On Main St.
Ettrick - Feeders of Ravens
Fast Foward - s/t
Zaka Percussion - s/t
NightWounds - Allergic to Heat
Ex Models - Chrome Panthers
Fat Day - Cats Of The Wild
Mars - The Complete Studio Recordings
Gods - 2
The Peppermints - Jesüs Chryst
Neptune - Mice and Worms
Death Sentence Panda - Festival of Ghosts
Harry Pussy - Live
Konono no.1 - Congotronics
Einheit Brotzmann - Merry Christmas
Albert Marcoeur - s/t
Landed - s/t
Gosslings - s/t

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

AIDS wolf are a fucking cult and will cause you harm + ill will

The 9 Principles of AIDS Wolf

1: Maintain a Daily Ritual. Music is like breathing, eating, walking, sleeping, drinking, pissing, and, with any luck, fucking. One must have something to play, create, and examine everyday; there are simply no vacations. Music must be a physical need and a mental compulsion in each moment of existence.

2: Live Aesthetic Immersion. One’s aesthetic inclinations regarding sound should bleed over into and flow from all artistic disciplines as easily as they do from daily experience. There is no reason a sonic composition cannot be inspired by or contribute to a drawing, a tasty curry, or one’s choice of socks.

3. When in Doubt, Bum Them Out. If you can't convert 'em, make 'em run crying and holding their ears. There is no shame in being a bummer. To elicit a reaction – positive or negative – is a valueless proposition and a noble pursuit in its own right.

4. Get in the Van. This is self-explanatory. Read the book, live the life.

5. Seek Strength Through Strength. Gear's gotta be carried, sleep must be forsaken, and long tours have to be survived, knowing all the while that ideas flow best when one has the stamina to let them out. Through proper consumption of wholesome fresh foods, daily strength training and sports, and copious amounts of fresh air, one can foster personal fortitude and allow room for creativity to flower.

6. Join the Family. AIDS Wolf is a nuclear family, from which flows an ever-expanding extended family network. Artistic collaborations, shared travels, exchanged stories, and general camaraderie with other bands and artists are not only motivating and inspiring but also serve as a vital metrics by which to measure one’s own perceived worth.

7. Allow for Sonic Fields of Nothing. The use of negative space in music and design creates new dynamics, abstracts the obvious, and challenges both the creator and the audience.

8. Lift Anchor and Set Sail. De-anchoring compositions by dispensing with a bass guitar allows AIDS Wolf to make rhythm, often muddled, confused, and obscured with polyrhythmicality, the central feature of its performances. Lacking a “mama heartbeat”, in this way, pushes the band out of predictability and puts atonality on a pedestal.

9. Become the Weird Punks. Remember when punk was weird and when weird was punk? Destroy genre straight jackets and move out of the comfortable. Confrontation with norms and expectations is where the AIDS Wolf family is most at home.

Now that you have studied and committed the 9 Principles of AIDS Wolf to memory, you are ready to carry them into your daily life. Find failure and misery as you are guided by these tenets and bring them with you into the wider world. For more information about AIDS Wolf, visit (it just redirects to here!) or see them on tour in a city near you.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

boys on the side

This week is infested with the guitarists of AIDS Wolf's OTHER bands. Tonight , young Myles will be playing a show with his band , Brother Hong Kong. Wednesday , Andre will be jamming out HIS band , Les Enfants Sauvages.



BRENDAN REED vs. KYLE FOSTNER (Montreal - featuring Brendan Reed and Kyle Fostner)

@ Le Divan Orange (4234 St Laurent)

The Zoobizarre is proudly celebrating it's 2-year anniversary with a 3-day debauch extravaganza on September 26th-28th!! Each night will feature an absolutely crazy show, with something for basically everyone. The first show on Sept 26th is going to feature the legendary weird psych keyboardist MARTIN REV (organ player of 80's kraut croon weirdos SUICIDE). Joining him will be local weird moan punks ((( LES ENFANTS SAUVAGES ))) and the amazing psych-trip dark prog kids BLACK ALDER. This is definitely a night not to be missed. here are some details ::::


Wednesday, September 26th (Zoobizarre 2-year anniversary extravaganza!!!) :::


(Mtl - mem. Panopticon Eyelids, AIDS Wolf, CPC Gangbangs, Fly Pan Am)
BLACK ALDER (Mtl - ex-Les Angles Morts, Who's The Ghost?)

9 PM
$8 / $10
@ Zoobizarre (6388 St Hubert - metro Beaubien)


poster by Michael Deforge :
title or description

I recently came across some message board discussion citing AW as an influence/inspiration to the nu-rave scene. If that was not meant as a joke , I'm truly sorry. We certainly didn't mean it.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

is it even music?

Live Eye: Ruins / AIDS Wolf @ Sneaky Dee’s, Sept. 17

September 18th, 2007
Chris Randle

I’ve always been partial to palpable tinnitus as a hallmark of a great show. If nothing else, Ruins’ Tatsuya Yoshida and his supporting acts last night were united by their allegiance to the loud. Toronto’s own instrumentalists Etaoin Shrdlu were up first, skillfully pumping out muscular math-rock. Drummer Gus Weinkauf (who also percusses in excellent avant-jazz duo Feuermusik) was especially impressive this time around; he looks like a circus strongman (it’s the shaved head and moustache) and has the chops to match, equally adept at attacking the skins in a frenzy and timing ominous moments of silence.

AIDS Wolf are only interested in the former. Their set after Etaoin Shrdlu was more structured than I’ve ever seen from them — some of the outbursts actually sounded like songs — but they still get their kicks from abrasion. It would be too sweeping a statement to suggest that the aesthetic of noise music is based on ugliness, and yet I can’t think of a better way to describe this band. They’re all distortion and throttled guitars and stabbed notes, singer Chloe Lum staggering across the stage making nasal yowls, a jerky zombie. I just wish the drums had been less marginalized in the mix.

As you could tell when he sat down at his kit surrounded by mics, that wasn’t going to be a problem for Yoshida. The percussionist is now touring as “Ruins Alone” after bassist Sasaki Hihashi suffered an injury and the lack of any accompaniment aside from a sampler made his drum onslaught all the more impressive. Yoshida boasts the technical virtuosity and audacious ambition that define prog, but his instantaneous tempo shifts and hardcore-influenced technique curtail the genre’s tendency towards wanky noodling.

His sticks flew around the kit in a sweaty ring; the guy drums like a Formula One champion drives around a track. And his experimentalism is, well, fun: there’s no better word to describe a guy yodeling operatically in his invented language alongside trance synths or pounding away over what sounded like the boss theme from Shinobi III. Cranky highbrows got their fill with an effortless medley of classical snippets that leapt from “Halleujah” to Vivaldi and ended up dazed and confused somewhere around Sabbath. In other words, Yoshida crammed hundreds of years of musical history into a few minutes as an improvised digression during a half-hour-long behemoth. What dark magic did Phil Collins wield to become famous ahead of this man? Once my lobes stop ringing I’ll ask anyone in earshot.



It's strange , positive or negative , talk about AIDS wolf seems to ALWAYS have reference to us not playing songs. Or to a set *almost* sounding like songs. It makes me wonder if the reviewer in question really watched us , cause folks seem to come away thinking we're ALOT more fucked up than we actually are.

If anything , our older material is , structurally , totally straight forward punk rock songs played in an alternate tunning . Our newer stuff is much more difficult , moving further away from "rock" and incorporating afro-Cuban rhythms and much more dissonant guitars. Still , everything we play is about precision and structure.

We are not a noise band.

Check out this AWESOME fucking band we're playing with in Seattle. They are called Pyramids and have some kind of connection to The Intelligence (who I'm ooobbbbbessssessed with and play every freaking time i dj at Time's Up) but are more FUCKED UP! We seriously have the best booking agent in the world working this tour for us. I'm fucking STOKED!

Friday, September 21, 2007

And here's a Hamborghinni

A Short and kinda dark clip of me an' Yannick's side project , Hamborghinni!
Probably the only band more hated than AIDS wolf.

in and out , faster than you can yelp!

So last weekend we got too bask in the awesome light let off by
RUINS (alone) . Yoshida is one of the more inspiring drummers I've had the luck to watch play.

Good times were had indeed!

Here are some pics of the Toronto show by David Waldman .

And here are some pics by our pal Pierre Richardson .

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More photos here .

We're playing Pop Montreal for the first time this year , doing an early show to kick off a very busy night.

Saturday October 6th @ Divan Orange (4234 St Laurent)
yip yip
AIDS wolf

This is a Love Pump United & Panache showcase.

love , love , love

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

2 shows with ruins + some news

Sunday September 16th at Zaphod's

Mocking Music Presents

AIDS Wolf (douche bags)

19+, 8:00pm

Monday September 17 @ Sneaky Dees



9pm. $10.

*We just recorded tracks ( at hotel 2 tango )for our split 12" with Night Wounds . We'll be mixing it this week , release date should be in the near future. On Nail in the Coffin.

*This November we'll be recording our next full length for skingraft/lovepump united. We're looking at a spring release date.

*we're in the process of planing our next Europe/UK tour. it will be April 23- May 25. Booking on the continent will be done by Nikita at Paper and Iron and the UK leg by Jodie at Mammoth Booking.

* There is now an AIDS wolf facebook group . We're still not sure exactly what it's for.

Friday, August 31, 2007

where it's going , where the hell it's been

So we went and played a few show s the other week in Toronto , Sudbury and here in Montreal. Big fuckin' deal right? More regional shows , whatdogever. These were different though. It was a 3 night triple bill with 2 of the bands in Canada that excite us most right now and neither of them are no-wave ,
Brutal Knights and CPC Gangbangs. It was so perfect that I wanna make sure ALL our shows/tours are ALWAYS powerhouse bills of bands we're fans of/friends with.

The way I see things is like this. Most people dislike our band , often times it seems even our fans dislike us. But we're not planning to stop anytime soon SO what better reason to tour than to always set ourselves up with bands we dig?
that way no matter WHAT happens we get to see a great show. And I get to dance and buy /be gifted records and shirts.

Myself and the Dre are working with Michelle , our booker on just that for our us tour and the prospect of FINALLY getting to see certain bands that NEVER come up to Canada is the part i'm most stoked about.

We really ARE a bummer.

ANYWAYS , that set of shows did rule my face. We pulled up late in Toronto after being stuck behind a car wreck . Nerded it up with my t.o silkscreen boy crew - Jesjit, Deforge and Pierre and then tramped up the stairs to have a religious experience seeing some sweet an' dirty garage punk band from Minneapolis called The Retainers. My only regret was not get their 7"s . Played our set , Myles' monoblock died 1st song in (2 dead Traynors so far - thank God BK had a monoblock ) and it sounded like mud. Despite servicing we seem to have a lot of gear dying on us onstage lately. Last time we played T.O both Myles' fender and The Dre's gallien-kruger died , very embarasing!

Totally hackey sack.

We got off the stage dejected and feelin' like dirt , fretting over our suckitude but everyone was falling all over me with compliments so either sucking doesn't matter or we gotz palz in Toronto. Or maybe CPC gave E to everyone , and not just Dan Burke who sweetly drooled on my hand while kissing it. Danced my ass off the Brutal Nights but midway through CPC's set the pit started getting a lil' too shovey and alot too full of broken glass for the likes of me so I took a break outside and made some new friends.

Groped Lindsay (pretty rack) , crashed with Uncle Mark , had an intense time with a very drunk Eugene ,you know , Toronto.

Woke up visited our pal Steve's store , got free shoes and some food. Bumped into the Gangbangs and realized just how SEXY Paul is at a fruit stand.GET IN THE FUCKIN' VAN.

We were the first to arrive in Sudbury and i guess it made sense to go next door and eat free pizza till the Varge! guys showed up. Danced my ass off more, swapped records and some kids made my day by buying a pile of posters (Yannick and I are BROKE!). It was all fun except for this kid Josh who dropped his glasses onstage and they ended up STOMPED by Nick. Oh wellz. Shitty luck duder.

Got back to Jeff and Mitch's place , broed down with Varge! and BK , CPC drove to North Bay and cheap motels. In the morning we realized that all the members of BK ESPECIALLY Nick are sadists who like to use terrible music to torture their enemies. Ate bananas and got the fuck out. Enjoyed our stop in Sturgeon Falls to eat fries , and back in the van. Or wan.

8 or so hours latter we pull into Montreal , first again. Cops are EVERYWHERE and all the streets are blocked . Danny tells me there was a cop shooting and i believe him asking really in shock. He tells me he hopes so. St Laurent is half under construction so after circling the 'hood a few doz times we finally pull up on the sidewalk to unload. By this point i'm feelin' fluish. Swollen glands , sore throat. Cursing having to play.

Y and I run home to check on the cats and plants and arrive back 1/2 through Brutal Knights' set. As we enter the venue crusties are loudly yelling that the show is almost done cause the only good band is 15 mins into their set.

That sets the tone for the entire night where I latter meet two friendly kids outside start chatting only to have em tell me they came outside cause the second band was so shitty. I tell em I'm in the second band and awkwardness reigns. I don't give a shit though. I'm fulla advil and bad vibes of my own and all i wanna do is crash. I don't watch the Gangsbangs for more than 2 songs , i'm too flushed and woozy to chill inside.

The Next day we're all up at 9am to head to a recording session at Hotel 2 Tango , for our split 12" with Night Wounds. I sleep pretty much all day and leaf through a copy of Vanity Fair the last band left while the dudes make noise. I manage all the vocals in one take , not cause i'm satisfied (too outta of it to tell) but because I'm SORE. Radwan seems to think I sound awesome though. I guess I'll find out when we get the mixes.
One thing we recorded that i feel VERY confident about were 3 short improvs. I think they are the best and most creative "'jams" this band has ever managed.

Review of the Montreal show here.

If yr in Montreal and are savy , rush out to see Andre's side project , Les Enfants Sauvage (w/ members of les georges , cpc , fly pan am) tonight at the DGC.


On the canadian shield

Here are some videos of us at a very recent show in Sudbury, Ontario.

Oh, the lessening

another song with no title to be released soon, let's call it 22

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Fall tour

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10.12.07 FriBurlington, Vermont. 242 Main w/ Drive the Hour
10.14.07 SunMontreal, Quebec. Divan Orange w/ Old Time Relijun
10.15.07 MonQuebec City, Quebec. Bal du Lezard w/ Old Time Relijun
10.16.07 TueHalifax, Nova Scotia. The Seahorse w/ Old Time Relijun + Be Bad
10.17.07 WedSackville, New Brunswick. Mount Allison w/ Old Time Relijun
10.18.07 ThuPortland, Maine. Geno's
10.19.07 FriNew York, New York. Knitting Factory (Panache/Lovepump/Skin Graft/Blueghost) CMJ Showcase w/ RUINS, Old Time Relijun, PRE, Shellshag, Yip Yip, DMBQ, Final Flu, HEALTH, Monotonix
10.21.07 SunAnnandale-on-Hudson, New York. Bard College w/ Old Time Relijun
10.22.07 MonAlbany, New York. Valentines w/ Bunnybrains
10.23.07 TueMiddletown, Connecticut. Wesleyan College
10.24.07 WedHartford, Connecticut. Charter Oak Center w/ Old Time Relijun
10.25.07 ThuPoughkeepsie, New York. Vassar College w/ Old Time Relijun
10.26.07 FriJamaica Plains, Massachusetts. The Milky Way w/ Old Time Relijun
10.27.07 SatProvidence, Rhode Island. As220 w/ Old Time Relijun, Made In Mexico
10.28.07 SunPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania. COPY Gallery w/ Old Time Relijun
10.30.07 TueWashington, DC. Velvet Lounge w/ Old Time Relijun
10.31.07 WedBrooklyn, New York. Todd P NYC w/ Old Time Relijun + USAISAMONSTER
11.01.07 ThuRichmond, Virginia. Nara Sushi
11.02.07 FriColumbia, South Carolina. House Party
11.03.07 SatTampa, Florida. Skatepark of Tampa w/ Yip Yip
11.04.07 SunOrlando, Florida. BackBooth w/ Yip Yip
11.06.07 TueAtlanta, Georgia. Lenny's Bar
11.07.07 WedBirmingham, Alabama. Bottletree
11.09.07 FriBaton Rouge, Louisiana. Spanish Moon
11.10.07 SatAustin, Texas. Emos w/ Monotonix, Young Widows
11.11.07 SunDallas, Texas. All Public Trust (the new art prostitute) w/ undoing of david wright, church of the snake, el paso hot button
11.12.07 MonLubbock, Texas. Jakes Backroom
11.13.07 TueLas Cruces, New Mexico. The Farm w/ Monotonix
11.14.07 WedPhoenix, Arizona. The Modified w/ Monotonix
11.16.07 FriLos Angeles, California. The Smell w/ HEALTH + XBXRX
11.17.07 SatSan Francisco, California. Bottom of The Hill w/ No Doctors
11.18.07 SunOakland, California. 21 Grand w/ Monotonix + XBXRX
11.20.07 TueDavis, California. Delta of Venus + XBXRX
11.21.07 WedEureka, California. Accident Gallery
11.23.07 FriPortland, Oregon. Satyricon w/ Night Wounds, Get Hustle
11.24.07 SatVancouver, British Columbia. La Casa Del Artista w/ Mutators + Shearing Pinx
11.25.07 SunSeattle, Washington. Comet Tavern
11.26.07 MonMissoula, Montana. Badlander
11.29.07 ThuSt. Paul, Minnesota. Turf Club
11.30.07 FriEast Moline, Illinois. Mixtapes
12.01.07 SatChicago, Illinois. Reggies Live

Thursday, July 19, 2007

noise hair and noise glasses

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Photos , mostly of me, from our Sherbrooke show by Manuel.

The show itself was fun and strange , the venue fancy. With the other band , Half Baked , being an electro party rock duo and our blurb overstating past connections with DFA79 and Les Georges Leningrad anyone who hadn't taken the time to listen to us in advance could have guessed with be a fun , catchy , high energy dance-punk band. You know trashy party tunes. Well the 50-odd guests figured out soon enough that AIDS Wolf's only role at the party is the bring the bad vibes. Halfway through our set only 10-15 people remained watching us , many with bizarre grimaces on their faces. After our set I signed autographs for 3 . (having people ask me to sign shit makes me feel soooo uncomfortable but I feel like they'd think i was a jerk if i said no. So I do it and feel like a tool.)

2 days latter people were still shellshocked from the loudness and general bummer vibes according to my pal Antonin from We Are Wolves Who played the festival on Saturday. I feel that leaving an impression is a triumph , even if everyone or almost everyone hated us.

Maybe when we return people will have built up antibodies and spread the virus a bit?

The thing i keep thinking of is that in the 50 months we've been actively playing shows , last Thursday was our FIRST show in our home province outside of Montreal. Past inquiries have always been met with indifference or warnings that there was no scene for the type of music we play in town x so it's a quiet victory to be FINALLY playing here.
I certainly never expected that we'd play in Croatia before being invited to play Quebec City.

Well , stuff is changing in Quebec if the guys Le Telephone Rouge AND Bal du Lezard (we'll be there in October with Old Time Relijun) in Quebec City have anything to do with it.

Kisses to everyone trying to make a music scene , especially one that embraces prickly music , in their home towns.


Thursday, July 12, 2007

rejected unkown

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Tonight we'e playing in Sherbrooke , QC at le telephone rouge. We're never played Sherbrooke before and don't know anyone there .
It's an unknown landscape , we have no idea if anyone knows who we are in Sherbrooke or if anyone will show up.

AIDS wolf
Half Baked
part of the
OFF festival du lac
38 Well. Sud, Sherbrooke, Quebec
Aids Wolf
(Expérimental / Rock / Punk)

Les loups sidatiques sont des noise-rockers nomades et sauvages. Le quatuor montréalais a perfectionné l’art de la dissonance de guitares portées sur des rythmes taillés au couteau, le tout ornementé du délire vocal de la chanteuse Chloé. Avec un son comparable à une version hardcore de Sonic Youth, Aids Wolf a tourné avec pratiquement tout le monde, incluant Les Georges Leningrad et Death From Above 1979. Leur premier album The Lovvers Lp paru en 2006 sur l’étiquette new-yorkaise Lovepump United fut suivi de leur première tournée mondiale et nominé au dernier gala Gamiq dans la catégorie Meilleur Album Inclassable. En primeur au OFF, un des groupes les plus originaux et extrêmes de la province nous fait l’honneur de sa première visite en sol sherbrookois. Un spectacle dynamique et chaotique qui va mettre le feu à l'enfer comme dirait l'autre (couchez les enfants, il va y avoir de la sueur.

The blurb about us mentions we toured with Les Georges and DFA79 . WE played 2 shows with Les Georges in 2004 and i think a grand total of 3-4 shows with DFA79 spread out in 2003/04.

I think in Canada people will always try to hype us by our "tours" and association with those bands (and any vauge association with ANY remotely popular band) rather than anything we've actually done. I guess the band we ACTUALLY tour with and do collabs with aren't hip enough or something . Oh and we're best pals with Animal Collective cause we were the local opener of their Montreal show in 2004. Don't forget THAT on the AIDS wolf list of achievements. I'm just waiting for a text msg from Panda Bear so we can do a drawing jam with our Crayola crayons .

Anyways , wish us luck . We're ridding a coattail to heaven tonight.


aids wolf AIDS WOLF AIDSWOLF AIDS WOLF aids wolf

Thursday, June 7, 2007

a taste of what's cooking

Our buddy Philippe tagged along with us for most of our euro tour. He was a star roadie and is now putting together the footage he shot to make a movie of sorts.

here's a trailer :


Tuesday, June 5, 2007

bangin' the withdrawl....

You know, i've always said that weekenders are the worst. It's just a tease of touring , all the prep but as soon as you start feeling like you're in the swing of things -BAM! it's time to go home and nurse what my friend Craig refers too as post-partum depression. But with weekenders it's mixed with blue balls cause you just KNOW that if you had play another 2-3 shows you would really gave it.
So yeah , we played twice on the weekend and it , as usual wasn't enough. I got home Sunday wanting to play more and feeling jealous of every band that is on tour or getting ready to tour.

Knowing that WE aren't doing a full tour 'til October bums me out , even when I know we have plenty of work to do in the jamspace as we plan to record an album while on tour and still gotta work on the new line-up.

Both shows were fun but our sets were plagued by technical troubles.

In Ottawa , the PA had a meltdown and we put my vocals through a guitar head that was no match for the men's racket. Then in Toronto Andre's amp was wonky (right ater being serviced!) and then Myles' setup got really quiet. And according to Mclean , only the vocals were going through the pa and the drums were barely audible. Enought to make anyone feel paranoid right? It's like the spirits had other plans...

At least no brains were smashed. Some kid , most likely outta his mind on some illicit substance , took a nasty stage dive that no one caught. He landed flat on his face and started climbing on stage to dive AGAIN. He had been yelling for us to play "we multiply " and then when we did he started LOSING HIS SHIT. The bouncer ended up throwing him out , worried the guy would end up in an ambulance. It was pretty intense and awkward. I had no idea if we should stop playing or what. Anyway if you know him , tell him he's awesome and i'm sad he got thrown out and hope he's not hurt too bad.
It was probably for the best though.A brokenface is a bigger bummer than getting kicked out of a show.

Oh yeah , also tell him not to worry we'll never move to California.

So many of our fans seem to be weird , messed up misfits. It suits me fine cause those are the people i relate to the best. The only people who like our band who aren't messed up are other musicians. On reflecting on this Yannick and I both realized that to the bands we like , we are the weird fucked up fans.

The best part of both nights was watching Smoke Judo (check these guys out! they recal a more minimal, early royal trux- really fucking quality) and Fucked Up play head-bangin' sets and chilling with palz.

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Here's a pic i found of us in Zagbreb , probably one of my prefered shows of our last tour. I have no idea what's going on with my face and even less idea what people are saying in this review. Probably that we suck.

Bummer-core for life!


Thursday, May 31, 2007

John French

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Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band's longest lasting and most recurrent drummer is being quite an attractive force lately for me as an inspiration--- not only in the footage I recently found of him playing with the Magic Band showed some similarites in our drumming 'look' (which totally surprised me), but his work ethic and his foundness in polyrythms are teaching me a lot lately, either through the repetitive and obsessive listenings of Beefheart albums where his work is featured or by reading his own writings (he is pretty good at telling stories and vulgarizing concepts). The main appeal in John's playing would probably be found in this fusion of latin rythms, jazz and standard rock, and the way he fills and creates rythmical negative space within the song, coming up with a sonor style that was totally unheard of at the time, and would still be regarded as eccentric now (I could only think of two drummers who can play in such innovative, complex but engaging way, and I have no idea if they were directly inspired by him)--a style that would be cerebral without showing off technical abilities. A monograph relating of his experience working with Don Van Vliet has been in the works since 2000--- and according to French it would be touching especially the technical side of being in the band, so plenty of gear info and such), but no information on the completion and the publishing of the book has been made public since 2002.

This is probably French at his highest, performing songs from 'Decals' and 'Trout Mask'.