SNFU: What No One Else Wanted To Say

By Chris Walter

In 1982, 5 courageous yet silly younger males traded the protection and tedium of suburbia for a brutal routine of greasy meals, never-ending traveling, shaky equipment, dingy bars, an excessive amount of booze, and violent fanatics. whereas SNFU didn't instantly appear like visible applicants for punk rock stardom, they fast rose as much as take not only Edmonton, Alberta, however the whole international through hurricane. by means of combining the flowery level antics and political lyricism of singer Chi Pig with the infectious guitar assault of Marc and Brent Belke, SNFU absolutely embodied the spirit of punk rock that lives on at the present time.

Now, for the 1st time ever, persist with SNFU as they roam throughout 4 continents, leaving a path of livid bouncers, blown amplifiers, crooked promoters, deserted fanatics, tired cars, and damaged beer bottles of their wake. From not just the mouths of bandmembers either previous and current, but additionally from those that have been there to wash up the mess and hold the apparatus, this can be the inspirational but tricky or even ruinous tale of SNFU, the mythical Canadian punk band that by no means knew whilst to hand over.

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Rob misplaced his gig cherry to Iron Maiden at Northlands Coliseum whilst he used to be twelve. “You understand, dropped off by way of the parents,” he says, referring to an adventure universal to hundreds of thousands of youngsters. simply as common have been the clouds of marijuana smoke that hung within the air at such occasions. round the time Rob attended his first rock express, SNFU used to be simply starting the siege of Spartan Men’s membership that might final till mid-1985. at the same time a child, Rob was once conscious of SNFU. “Everyone knew who they have been, and also you might see their shirts everywhere,” remembers the bassist. His personal first band Disco Graveyard, was once a quasi-punk outfit together with Rob and buddies. At age fourteen or fifteen, Rob was once no longer but able to set the realm alight along with his tune, yet even rock stars need to commence someplace. Like many youths, Rob’s first guitar used to be a “crappy sequence ‘A’ Strat reproduction” that he received at a pawnshop. a pal confirmed him the right way to play the robust barre chord and he was once off to the races. a typical pupil with a typical, practical domestic lifestyles, Rob had no mandate to insurgent. “I by no means had a mohawk or anything,” he admits. “I imagine I had a ‘Sid Vicious is lifeless’ T-shirt, yet that’s approximately it. ” The younger guy graduated grade twelve from Ross Sheppard highschool, yet didn't make plans to wait collage. except tune, he had no outlined pursuits. “I simply desired to play in bands. I didn’t take into consideration something else,” says Rob. without doubt his mom might sympathize with Mrs. Belke. Starbuck’s subsequent band, the Dimestore Hoods, made a demo tape and shopped it round. “We weren’t well known in any respect, yet you by no means knew what may happen,” says Rob. even if, the bassist used to be the one member of the band to discover a degree of luck, and it wouldn’t be with the Dimestore Hoods. That he toured the realm and published 3 files with a longtime band is a miracle unto itself. meanwhile, negotiations endured with Brett Gurewitz in l. a.. simply to conceal their bases, Marc additionally spoke with Randy Boyd at shipment, who knew SNFU used to be approximately to signal with Epitaph. “No one got here again to us with a counter provide, yet Randy understood why we'd otherwise be on Epitaph. Brett Gurewitz used to be a musician, and we would have liked to paintings with those who knew what we have been about,” says Muc. “But we should always have got a written liberate from our agreement with shipment, since it turned this ridiculous fucking factor. ” now not that SNFU might have gladly signed with shipment. the hot proprietors have been using the label into the floor and nonetheless owed the band a good little bit of cash. the lads practiced until eventually past due spring prior to taking the ferry to Victoria for a gig at Harpo’s, rousing the islanders with a lively and theatrical express. They again domestic day after today for an engagement on the Commodore with DOA, which was once additionally refreshingly crowded and noisy. For twenty-one 12 months previous Rob “Starbuck” Johnson, every thing was once fresh and his enthusiasm used to be contagious. “There have been 1000000 childrens in punk bands throughout Canada who might have enjoyed to play bass for SNFU, and that i felt fortunate to have got the decision.

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