January 9: Goodbye Dunce Club, but hello fun night of punk shows!

Teenage rebels with bad attitudes

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If you like punk music and live in HRM, you had best be planning on leaving the house on January 9. It’s all happening! An all ages 80s punk cover night at the Pavilion with a Black Flag cover band, xEnvisionx playing Minor Threat, Murda Inc. playing Bad Brains, Neville & The Nickersons playing The Misfits and The Fat Stupids playing The Dead Kennedys. (6:30pm, $7 or $6 if you have a canned food item), there's an all ages and 19+ punk show in Dartmouth at the Old Mill Upstairs (all ages at 5pm and 19+ at 8:30pm, $6) featuring Whiskey Shits (from Ottawa), Chaos Death Squad (from Moncton), Get Wrecked, Total Bastards, Ricochet, Gone Drinkin', Intoxicide and Rejected (the latter two at the all ages show only).

There's also a bittersweet punk evening with Dunce Club playing their last show at Gus’ Pub with Moncton’s The Kamalas, Dead Red, and an Exploding Hearts cover band (featuring members of The Fat Stupids and Myles Deck and the Fuzz). Half of Dunce Club (Tyler Boutilier and Emily Williston; guitar and drums, respectively) are moving to Moncton so the band are calling it quits for now. Adrian Bruhm (vocals), who, along with Matt Grace on bass, rounds out the band, talks about highlights in the band’s short, but fun-filled, career. “We only got to play two all ages shows which was unfortunate but playing Punk Fest was one of the most positive experiences I've had playing. I try to write catchy as heck songs and more often then not there's people singing along the first time they hear them.” Where does the inspiration for such catchy songs come from? “Honestly, the shower,” says Bruhm. “Pretty much every song I've written for this band was in the shower. Super simple subject matter. On Tyler's side definitely things that piss him off.” Bruhm co-hosts $Rockin4Dollars$ with Craig Hamlin and, as a result, is a wellspring of knowledge about the average life of a band in Halifax. He has some simple hopes for bands in Halifax these days: “Stay together, for one. In this city so many awesome bands have members who don't stick around for legitimate reasons like jobs and school, so all this is inevitable. Also stop taking themselves so seriously,” says Bruhm. “Have a blast and do what you want to do, leave what's expected of you out of it.”

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