Fat Tour 2007 (Mad Caddies, Real McKenzies, The Sainte Catherines)

Fat Tour 2007 (Mad Caddies, Real McKenzies, The Sainte Catherines) - Brain Flenniken - Mad Caddies, Paul McKenzie - The Real McKenzies, Marc - The Sainte Catherines

  • July 19th, 2007
  • Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta

The yearly Fat Tour came through Edmonton once again this year, this time under the moniker of 1,2,3 Punk! and featuring the musical styles of none other than The Mad Caddies, the Real McKenzies and The Sainte Catherines. Instead of doing a generic interview, we decided that we’d let the three bands roam free and interview themselves – and that’s what we did. Brian, from the Caddies, Paul from the McKenzies and Marc from The Sainte Catherines sat down before the show and told stories and jokes – some funny, some painfully unfunny. While a read through the interview may not tell you much about the bands themselves, you will discover some great stories: adventures with fireworks, playing naked, swimming with dolphins, the beauty of french cuisine and the fine snacks available at strip clubs. Top it all off with a slight dash of Canadian history covering everything from the FLQ to the roller coaster crash at Galaxyland in West Edmonton Mall and you’re in for one crazy conversation. Paul McKenzie sums it up best: “When i’m dying on my bed, it’s going to be the things that I didn’t do that I regret.” And yes, I think we actually answered three real questions too.

Paul: So I wanna know about Hugo from the Sainte Catherines. Our guitar player has implored me to use my own microphone because he’s heard Hugo has a had flesh eating disease on his finger and in his mouth. And I said “Bones, relax, it’s not a flesh eating disease, it’s a French eating disease!”

Marc: Ohhhh!

Fat Tour 2007Brian: Bu da tsst! *you know, the sound of hitting cymbals after a joke*

Paul: Hello, I’m Paul Mckenzie from the Real McKenzies. We have the Sainte Catherines in the room and the Mad Caddies. Are you really mad caddies?

Brian: I’m really mad.

>Paul: They’re craazzzy; but we’re having a good time. *Goes to cheer beers with the others and turns to me* Hey, do you want a beer?

Bobby: Oh, sure.

Paul: Bobby gets a beer!

*Brian grabs me a beer and we all cheers*

Paul: Here’s to the sluts who don’t fuck.

Brian: To our wives and our girlfriends, may they never meet.

Paul: Can we say “slut” and “fuck” in this interview?

Bobby: yes, you can. Feel free to say whatever you want.

Paul: Okay, here we go. We’ve been having a good time.

Brian: A ridiculously good time.

Paul: Last night, I got my ass signed. Normally I just get it shined, but last night it was signed with this sharpie – wanna smell it?

Bobby: I’d rather not. *laughs*

Paul: Just generally, it was fucking mayhem – and it was a good mayhem.

Brian: Good mayhem. Good until about five thirty, six o’clock in the morning. We went out but we ended up just going back to the hotel and for some obvious reason decided to drink a bunch of beers and smoke a bunch of weed.

Paul: It’s funny how chaos happens all at once. It all kind of draws itself, that energy, it’s pretty cool.

Brian: Totally, Dennis, like Punk Rock Dennis, he came today and was like “what did you guys do yesterday?” It’s like, fuck, it always happens. I get super excited after a good show and you’re pumped up, you’re fired up.

Paul: Yeah, that adrenaline.

Brian: And at that time it’s like two in the morning…

Paul: And you’re soaked in alcohol and adrenaline.

Brian: And you want to let go, you want to do something. You end up… drinking.*everyone laughs*

Paul: We ended up accosting a poor street musician in front of a pizza joint. Taking his guitar. There was this big entourage. The cops came, it was great.

Brian: No way. Did you give it back?

Paul: We didn’t mean to do it, it just happened.

Brian: Yeah, sometimes it just happens.

Paul: When we were dancing in front of the merch booth and doing the train thing, it was hilarious.

Bobby: Have there been any other really memorable nights on this tour so far other than last night? Where were you last night anyway, Calgary?

Marc/Brian: Calgary.

Brian: What else?

Paul: Banff.

Fat Tour 2007Brian: Banff was nuts. That was pretty good.

Marc: That was Quebec two over there too. Like half the people there were from Montreal.

Brian: Yeah. There was a bunch of Dutch people too, a bunch of Germans.

Paul: It’s the mountain thing. It’s fucking gorgeous.

Brian: An international melting pot.

Paul: A bunch of Japanese people too, and that’s no accident.

Marc: Ohhhhh.

Paul: Did I tell you I had a friend who was half black and half Japanese? *referring to a story told just before the interview – laughs* But moving right along…the tour’s kind of still in its infancy in terms of how much we have to go and we’re having a really good time, an excellent time.

Bobby: I heard you guys are doing something with PunkRadioCast once you get over to Toronto, what are you guys doing with them?

Marc: I don’t know.

Paul: Fuck shit up man.

Brian: Yeah, we’re just gonna break everything.

Paul: I’m gonna put safety pins through their noses.

Marc: Maybe set everything we can on fire and they bought a couple of fireworks.

Paul: You guys bought fireworks?

Brian: Yeah, we bought a bunch of fireworks in Vancouver.

Marc: Nothing’s better than having fireworks on a Podcast right? *laughs*

Paul: In a radio station or in a studio, fireworks, there’s nothing better than that.

Brian: Actually, we had all the fireworks in the back of the van and the other day Chuck was driving and dropped his cigarette. I kept thinking if the thing would make it all the day to the back, what would you do?

Paul: You can get all Pantera on their ass. Or wait, was that Panetera?

Marc: No, it was Metallica, in Montreal in fact.

Brian: In fact, I have a scar on my ass from fireworks from Chuck.

Marc: Really?

Paul: Wow.

Brian: We had mortars, the big tube fireworks. They’re like fucking real deal fireworks. He launched one off the top of the bus, like off the van. I was standing by this brick wall or whatever and the ball came down and landed and I was like “fuck, this is gonna fuck us all up right now.” So my instinct was just stomp on it and as I stepped on it, the thing fucking exploded and shit bounced up off the wall and somehow ended up like in the back of my paints. It fucking totally burnt me.

Paul: Wow, you’re lucky you’re alive. *turning to Joe who he had stopped as he was walking by* Hey, ladies and gentleman out there in Edmontonian radio land, this is Little Joe. Say hello Little Joe.

Joe: How’s it going?

Bobby: Not bad, you?

Fat Tour 2007Paul: Little Joe – Bobby. Bobby – Little Joe.

Joe: What’s up Bob?

Bobby: Nice to meet you.

Joe: The pleasure’s all mine.

Paul: I want to tell the story about when your hand snapped in half and the arterial spray speckled the mud of the Swiss countryside.

Joe: Good times.

Paul: I was really quite worried; they took him away in a Swish Army Hellicopter. It looked a lot like a Swiss Army Knife except its got wings on it. Get it? Swiss Army Knife with wings? Anyway, away he went. The manager came up and said “well, I guess the tour is dead in the water.” And I took him by the nose and said “You don’t know me very well, the show must go on.” So the next night, Dave and the Bone – The Bone says “we have no piper, we have no bass player…”

Brian: What happened to Matt?

Joe: He had to leave the tour.

Brian: Awe shit.

Joe: Yeah, complications with the kid, the birth and stuff like that. He had to fly home for personal reasons.

Brian: Oh, right, right, right.

Paul: Anyway, the first show, it was at that squat, the big squatter house. So I was telling Bones as we were drinking after the show that I just got this really bad feeling. Someone goes “oh yeah, they slaughtered thirty thousand Jews here like pigs here, right here, in 1945.”

Joe: What? My blood shared the same soil as that?

Paul: I can’t believe it man, I was out of there man.

Joe: How could they do that?

Paul: Anyway, Sean Sellers sets up NoMeansNo style where I would normally sing. I’m singing out of the mosh pit because I just couldn’t stand the sight of the Bone and Dirty Kurt playing naked. Now hold on, before you paint the picture in your mind, they are guitar players, so we don’t get the full monty. But even still, I had to stay far enough away from the stage so my peripheral would not be endangered. But as a result of that, I sang a bunch of old songs. Anyway, what happened last time you were there?

Brian: Oh, I was just remembering because every time I go there – it’s like this big brick building and there’s these different rooms with how it’s cut up and they did a really cool job of it – like there’s that skate park in the back and stuff – but in the floor, it’s a brick floor and then you see these things, they’re filled in with cement now but it’s the blood drain where they would drain all that shit. Uggh.

Paul: So, now you have to tell a scary story.

Marc: A scary story?

Paul: Yeah, Montreal’s a scary place.

Marc: Actually, it’s not.

Paul: Yeah it is, what about the tainted meat thing that happened there a bunch of years ago when all those people died from eating tainted meat?

Marc: Really?

Paul: Yeah, the mafia got a bunch of fucking bad meat. As a matter of fact, I was in a band called the Enigmas and we did a song called “Bad Meat” about it. It was just after the FLQ crisis. But I’m dating myself – but the only reason I’m dating myself is because he *pointing at Marc* won’t date me. *everyone laughs*. Yeah, we love taking the piss out of the French. They still say “hot dog.” They want their autonomy but they still say “hot dog.”

Marc: No, we say “chien chaud” and “embourgeois” *may be a different French word, I couldn’t decipher it exactly*. We told you the other day.

Paul: Oh yeah, I know, I’m just taking the piss out of you. See, this guy can sit here and drink beer all night and won’t have to go to the men’s room. You know why? Because I’m taking the piss out of him. *everyone laughs*. Okay, so do you want some pertinent questions answered?

Bobby: Doesn’t matter.

Paul: Well, I’ll tell you what. Why don’t you take the ball and then you ask us what you need to know.

Bobby: Okay, well, here’s one. You guys are all pretty different. You have a ska band, a hardcore band and then a Celtic punk band. Do you think it’s important every once in a while to do a tour like this where you have the three genres intermingling and having all the different fans come out to the one show?

Paul: Yeah I do, but what’s a genre?

Brian: Yeah, exactly. Like calling my band a ska band, I’m just kind of like “alright, that’s fine.” You know?

Marc: At the same time, I feel like the crowd for each of the bands is not the type of crowd to shut out other type of music. People who come for the Mad Caddies seem to enjoy us and people that come for the Real McKenzies – it’s all the same. Everybody enjoys the show even though it’s still three different styles. That’s why it’s a cool thing. At the same time, like ska band, hardcore…

Brian: *pointing at Paul* What’s his band? What are you guys?

Paul: I never thought of you as a ska band, I think of a ragtime punk band.

Marc: It’s just like punk rock down the line.

Paul: We’ve been out here so long, it’s come full circle and sort of melded into the same sort of thing even though we’ve taken different genres as you choose to say. But the root of it is that all the notes have been played before, it’s how you play them.

Marc: We play it with a French accent; they play it with a kilt.

Fat Tour 2007Paul: *Pointing at Brian* we’ve got jambalaya. *Pointing at Marc* we’ve got poutine. *Pointing at himself* and we’ve got haggis. Pick your poison. But you know, we’re all very respective of one another and I think that kind of bleeds though into the audience too. I’ve been in punk bands that self destruct. This is also a business and if you can’t run a business, you’re not going to last very long. I’m just thankful that I’ve been… like if I was sitting here twenty years old when I was in a punk band in 1980, I would be fired being the sort of person I was back then. It wasn’t until years and years later that I finally got it together and was like “if you want to be in the business of music, you can’t be so punk.” You can’t destroy everything and there really is a future.

Marc: *laughs loudly*

Brian: That got a good laugh.

Marc: I liked it, I liked it.

Paul: If you take the good stuff about it, and I see the looks on people’s faces when you guys are playing and everything – we’re enhancing people’s lives. That’s a good motivator.

Brian: Absolutely. It’s funny you brought that up today because last night I was thinking about that. Obviously everyone gets tired and burnt out on the road, it happens where you’re just like “man, I really wish I could pet my dog right now.” My dog’s at the vet, I just want to say hi. But thinking about it last night, I actually thought about it during the set, we are the release for those people who come to the shows. We’re their Friday night. We have our job, they have their job and they come and we all have a good time together. You guys had a radical set last night, it was super fun.

Paul: Well, it’s gonna happen again tonight.

Bobby: Hopefully. I remember last time you guys played here for fourteen people.

Brian: What?!?

Paul: You can stand around and point fingers but the reality of it is that we’ve been focusing on Europe and other parts of the world and you need to be backed by your management and if they’re fucking the dog and not putting up posters and just going “oh yeah, The Real Mckenzies, they haven’t played Canada in four or five years, they’ll pack it out.” Yeah right. You’ve got to hit the streets with posters and everything you have.

Brian: Absolutely, that’s like the story of the Rolling Stones and New York – have you ever heard that? They played like a secret show or whatever for like fifty people because nobody knew about it. How would you know to go to a show if the promoter or whoever just doesn’t give a fuck? We run into that too and it does get really frustrating on the business side of things when you’re dealing with a promoter or dealing with someone who doesn’t necessarily have their whole heart invested in it. When we’re out here just fucking….

Paul: Yeah dude, we’re two thousand miles from home, we need a hot shower.

Brian: And we’re doing all we can. But if you have a promoter that doesn’t necessarily have it… I mean their motivation is to make money obviously but if they can cover their ass and get fifty people in the door and that covers all the money they have to pay up, they don’t give a fuck. You know? But that’s where, I guess, at some point, you have to look at hiring outside publicists and it just turns into such a monster.

Paul: And on, and on, and on, and on. Once you’re in, you’re hooked. You’re like a little fish in a big pond. So, I want to talk about Montreal. Is it true that girls walk down St. Laurent Street in nothing but lingerie and high boots?

Marc: Of course.

Paul: And we’re going to Montreal?

Brian: Yeah.

Paul: Bobby, have you been to Montreal?

Bobby: I have, a few years ago.

Marc: Did you go to the lingerie street?

Bobby: No, because we went with school and with all the teachers and stuff.

Paul: Oh Jesus, you poor, poor guy. You’ve got to go to the lascivious, dirty part of town – it’s great. It’s the best place in Canada.

Brian: Like “Super Sex”?

Marc: Yeah.

Brian: It’s like these two chicks come up on this table, a bunch of dudes sitting around the table, and these chicks are just going for it. And you’re just like “what the fuck?”

Fat Tour 2007Paul: Wow, now that’s snazzy. That’s something I would pay for. Here’s the thing, a lot of people would say “you’re so racist, lascivious, fucking horror show cunt” but no, it’s not like that. When you’re suffering somewhere, when it gets really bad and you’re just about to lose it, you can go back to that place – that place of beautiful devil happiness – and that’s why I would easily spend a hundred bucks on that. When I’m dying on my bed, it’s going to be the things that I didn’t do that I regret.

Brian: You know, in Vancouver, down the street from Dick’s on Dick, there’s a place right there called Madame Zhao or something, we were walking to lunch – me and our sound guy were walking just to find somewhere to eat or whatever. A lot of times, strip clubs have good fried food, like chicken strips and shit like that – really basic food. Chicken strippers.

Marc: Wait a minute; you go eat at the strip clubs?

Brian: Yes! In Toronto, Jilly’s.

Marc: Really? I don’t know; it seems like they’d be the last place you’d want to eat.

Paul: No way, the dip is fantastic. *Marc laughs*

Brian: You never know, sometimes they have good food. Anyway, we thought it was a strip club and we’re like “alright, we’ve got to at least check it out and see what the deal is” and walk in, and it’s a room like this size right here *pointing around the room we’re in, which is a rather small room* and these four chicks come up and they’re just like “okay, here’s the deal, blah, blah, blah, blah.” And we’re like “oh, okay, it’s a brothel! Sweet” and it’s like right next to the venue.

Paul: You should try the brothelese soup with cheese and broccoli. Yummmm.

Brian: I, myself, have never actually partaken a woman of the night.

Paul: Some guys don’t have to.

Brian: Exactly.

Paul: But there will be a day.

Brian: You know, it’s really weird because I’ve actually like thought about it in Amsterdam or whatever. It’s like “what would that be like?”

Paul: I’ve always been too busy.

Brian: Look at the menu though.

Paul: Exactly, you have to look at the menu. Fuck and compare. Anyway, another thing about Montreal is, of course, the FLQ. The FLQ were an elite terrorist organization who was interested in the complete autumn of the French in Canada.

Brian: What is it, French Liberation….?

Marc: Front de Libération du Québec.

Paul: And it was the first time in Canadian history where the prime minister declared martial law. The army was on the streets. Machine guns on the buildings. It was harsh. They killed an English diplomat, Cross. *please note: James Cross, while kidnapped, was not actually killed by the FLQ. Pierre Laporte was the politician who was killed during by the FLQ during the October Crisis. *

Bobby: October 1970 right?

Paul: Yeah, a very turbulent time in Canadian history. A lot of people say “oh Canadians, they’ve got boring history” but that’s fucking shit.

Marc: Did you see the movie about it?

Paul: Yeah, but it wasn’t as good as the reality. I think the point is that Canadians don’t have boring history; they just have boring history writers. But yeah, it just goes on and on. One of the first French to come over to Canada was Cabot and he wasn’t backed by the French, he was backed by the English out of Bristol – and that’s where the trouble started. The first fucking guy – do the math.

Brian: It only takes one.

Paul: That’s right.

Joe *walking by*: And it takes one to know one!

Paul: Yeah, you being Portuguese, you hideously cruel bass playing little bastard you. They’ll know you for that. “You’re the hideously cruel bass playing little bastard!”

Joe: *Who is scowling angrily at Paul* I hope that look comes off on tape correctly.

Paul: I hope so.

Joe: Maybe play it backwards.

Paul: Yeah, it will become a Satanic chant.

Brian: What else do we got? What else can we talk about?

Paul: I want to talk about Edmonton. I want to talk about the waterfall bridge. One of those bridges that you boys drove over to get here has got a pumping station beside it and it’s got all this plumbing and it’s a waterfall. What they wanted to do was have this big gala event; it was when they opened up the botanical gardens – those Pyramids – way back when. Anyway, so here we’ve got all these little barge boats, everybody’s dressed up – it’s a big thing and they’re opening up the bridge and they turn on the bridge and the pump station sucks all the water out of the river and then they get drenched because they couldn’t handle the wave. It was fucking hilarious. Golden moments in Edmontonian history.

Brian: Actually, I have a good Edmonton story that I don’t know how many people know it or not. The first time we toured Canada, we toured with Strung Out and we all went to the mall, you know, West Ed Mall, the really big mall. “Let’s go to the mall!” We went to Hooters for probably about two hours, three hours…

Bobby: It’s closed down now.

Brian: The Hooters is closed?

Bobby: Yeah, it’s like a camera store now.

Brian: Ah, that’s bull shit.

Paul: West Ed got a breast reduction.

Brian: So we start at Hooters, drank a bunch of beers, then we went to the go-karts, raced go-karts, whatever. Somehow, someone came up with the idea that the sound guy, Elijah – you ever meet Elijah?

Paul: Yep.

Fat Tour 2007Brian: We decided he was going to jump in the dolphin count. Somehow we needed these guys at the skate shop next store, it was this big thing. We set up, we had three video cameras – everybody’s just around on top of the dolphin tank and sure enough here comes Elijah with his board shorts on and jumps off the rock and into the tank with the dolphins swimming around, swims across the thing and he actually gets over the rail. On video you see him get over the rail and he’s kind of a fat dude and he starts running back to the skate shop to change his clothes or whatever. The trainer guy comes out, there must be an alarm to keep people out, the guy comes out and it just erupted. Security came; he was in the changing room of the skate shop and the guy – like I’m on the other side of the mall with a camera and whatever but you see the guy go in and Carter, our old guitar player, you see punch him. So the penalty, they take him into the security office, did mug shots and everything and they said “you’re banned from the mall for six days.” *everyone bursts out laughing*

Marc: Six days!

Brian: Something ridiculous like “you can’t come back for a week.”

Paul: A little slap on the wrist.

Brian: But another story I’m curious about is, maybe you know about it Paul, is the roller coaster accident.

Paul: Yes I do: the killer roller coaster.

Marc: What happened?

Paul: Well, they didn’t construct it properly and on the worm tube, a car left and many people were seriously injured.

Brian: And when was that? Years and years ago?

Paul: It was when they first opened it up. And one of the things about West Edmonton Mall that draws me the most is the fact that when Roman Polanski did his movie called “Pirates.”

Marc: Of the Caribbean?

Paul: Um… nope. This is far before that. Walter Matthau plays a great John Silver character and Cheech and Chong were in this film as well.

Marc: Were they high?

Paul: Yeah, totally. But they’re not really pirates; they play Mayan Gods or Mayan Greeks. But anyway, they got all the best ship builders from around the world to build this Spanish galleon and they did it right to speck and it’s in there and I’ve always wanted to steal it. But that’s a good movie if you ever want to see it. “Pirates.” Roman Polansky.

Brian: I will check that out.

Paul: And the girl dies.

Brian: Awww.

Paul: In all the Roman Polansky movies the girl dies because of the Sharon Tate thing with the Mason family and all that. So you’ve got to live with that. Oh, and it’s built on sacred Indian ground.

Brian: What? The mall?

Paul: Yeah.

Brian: Oh shit.

Paul: So there’s lots of supernatural activity going on there, for those of you who are interested.

Brian: All these interesting stories.

Marc: So all the animals that died in the pet shops might come back from the grave and kill people?

Paul: Yeah, yeah, shit like that. Another really interesting thing about living in Canada is French cuisine. What went on around Baie de Gaspé and places like that is very, very interesting and because of that we have beautiful things like poutine.

Brian: I’m not familiar with that.

Paul: It’s fries, gravy, cheese.

Brian: Oh no, poutine I know, what’s Baie de Gaspé?

Paul: It’s the body of water that the Saint Laurent opens up into and it’s that whole peninsula that comes up. You’ve got to go there.

Brian: Oh, okay; and that’s where they invented poutine?

Fat Tour 2007Marc: Actually, a lot of cities like to fight about who invented poutine. It’s like “it’s ours, I know it’s ours!” Nobody really knows. One thing I don’t know is how come it’s still not big in the States? It seems like it’s the perfect thing for Americans: fries, gravy and cheese.

Brian: Oh yeah, totally. But we love it. Have you been to Halifax before?

Marc: Yes.

Brian: What’s it all about?

Marc: Um… I don’t know, just like a big fisherman type of….

Paul: It’s the largest man made explosion ever.

Brian: In Halifax?

Paul: In Halifax. It was an ammunition ship.

Brian: No way.

Paul: They collided and it went “bang damn.”

Marc: How many ammunition ships?

Paul: One. What really hurt was that the shock wave hit the bottom of the bay and it exploded. It took out half the town fifty miles away. It’s still, to this day, one of the largest man made explosions that was non-nuclear. Another interesting thing about Canada, boys, that you might not know is that every major city, the Robbie Burns society erected a statue of Robbie Burns in every major city.

Brian: Alright, now I’ve got to ask who Robbie Burns is.

Paul: You don’t know who Robbies Burns is?

Brian: Not yet, but you’re gonna tell me.

Paul: You will be amazed. This guy fucked more girls than you could ever imagine.

Brian: Really?

Paul: And we do his stuff. You sing “Auld Lang Syne” at New Years? That’s his song!

Brian: I don’t remember. I think we may have already had this conversation before.

Paul: Yeah, déjà vu.

Brian: Yeah.

Bobby: That actually relates to one question I had. How important is it to show your influences? Like you guys (Real Mckenzies) did a tribute CD to Robbie Burns, you guys (Mad Caddies) did a hair metal tribute, and you guys (Sainte Catherines) are on a tribute for Leatherface in a couple of months. So how important is it pay tribute to the older bands? To show your fans who influenced you?

Paul: We are all sort of helixing in one another and everyone’s helping one another as much as they can and the tribute thing is: go to the source.

Brian: Yeah, for sure.

Paul: A lot of people say “oh, you don’t like Led Zeppelin?” I say, “go to the source.” Go to the guys that they ripped off, that’s the stuff you want to be listening to. Like Robert Johson.

Marc: So right now you’re saying that none of our bands are relevant and they should all listen to our influences? *laughs*

Paul: That’s not what I’m saying, and I’m afraid of relevance. It’s funny that you bring that up. How did you know that? Déjà vu. And that’s French!

Marc: It’s my French powers.

Brian: Definitely, I think influences are super important. I mean, it’s kind of…now I’m gonna date myself but when I was in eighth grade or whatever, the one guy who had a NOFX t-shirt – I grew up in a small town in Colorado, like one guy was into punk rock and punk rock, at that time, to me was NOFX. He also had a Minor Threat t-shirt. I checked out NOFX and “alright, this is pretty cool – I’ll check out this Minor Threat band and see what they’re all about. I think they might have had something to do with it.” But what do you think about it? Do you think it’s important?

Paul: Tilt your hat to the music that turns you on.

Marc: The thing is, for us, we have a lot of influences but not necessary punk rock or whatever. We just like take stuff and apply it to this punk rock style sometimes. Like the Leatherface tribute was mostly because they asked us because they knew that we were friends with them. Besides that, we do like them, but I don’t think it’s important to do covers of your influences. It’s good to talk about them sometimes or whatever and say what you like and at least have people know about it so they can discover it sometime. But as far as recording covers, we’ve never been really that much of a cover band and every cover we’ve done is always too close to the original.

Paul: Unless it’s winter time.

Marc: Sorry?

Fat Tour 2007Paul: When it’s winter time in Montreal then you become a cover band or else you fucking freeze your ass off. I’m not kidding and the girls that are walking down the street in their lingerie and high boots have big thick coats on over them. That fucking weather kills. The weather here kills too doesn’t it?

Brian: Winnipeg also.

Paul: You know, you’re drunk and pass out at a bus stop, it’ll kill ya.

Brian: Oh yes, actually, in Edmonton one time we had – remember Timmy? Timmy D?

Paul: Yeah, I remember Timmy.

Brian: He was one of our buddies who was out on tour with us and he ended up going to a bar or something – we all went back to our bus at the parking lot of the mall and he didn’t show up an hour, hour and a half later and I was picturing just a fucking Timmy popsicle. Seriously.

Paul: But he flew into the next show. You know what happened to us? We got kids to steal their parents’ cars.

Brian: I remember that.

Paul: Our driver was an idiot and there was a Chinook that happened in Calgary and it was twenty five below. I said “you better warm that car up for like half an hour because we have no block heater.” He fucked a she-hag instead and “five minutes, oh, they’ll never know.” Yeah, trailer heavily loaded, of course the engine block expands and the bell housing contorts and as soon as the centrifugal force stops, we’re swerving all over the place. So that’s what happened.

Brian: Who was driving?

Paul: Who was driving the van at the time? We won’t even go there. A dumb driver. So these kids stole their parents’ cars and took us into Saskatoon or something.

Brian: You guys didn’t know about it until the end of the journey right? It was just like “yeah, yeah, we’ll give you a ride” show up to the show and “oh yeah, we stole our parents’ car.”

Paul: But the show must go on!

*Here Paul and Brian start to talk about the current tour for around a minute, but because of people sound checking outside the door it’s impossible to decipher exactly what they say,*

Brian: Absolutely. We’ve (Mad Caddies & Real McKenzies) played a couple tours together, we know each other pretty well. You guys (Sainte Catherines) are fucking radical, love the band.

Paul: We all share the same thing. We wouldn’t be here unless we…

Brian: Like to drink!

Paul: Yeah. So, I’d like to wrap up by saying to all the Edmontonians, we know about you, we know you’re here and we pity you in the winter time. Actually, it can be nice. If it’s all cold and clear, but those whiteouts, those whiteouts really suck.

Brian: But hey, at least it’s not Winnipeg. *laughs*

Paul: At least.

Fat Tour 2007Brian: The underground mall. Do they have underground malls here?

Bobby: Um… nope.

Marc: Montreal does.

Brian: Yeah, Montreal has one.

Paul: Al Capone’s woman was buried in Winnipeg. Now that’s an underground mall.

Brian: Really?

Paul: Get it?

Brian: Nope, you’re on your own with that one.

Paul: Go to the source and get back to me.