Jono Whittle from Not Friends wants to emphasize, first and foremost, that the show this Friday at Plan B is DEFINITELY all-ages. Whittle is stoked on Plan B, which he says is a great host for punk shows, providing an "overwhelmingly positive atmosphere." Not Friends, from St. John's, is touring its new EP. It clocks in at a length of around 5:42 and is totally amazing. None of the songs are longer than 1:34, so it's just a focused blast of scrappy blown-out punk, ready to knock a narrow-gauge railway car right off the tracks.
Joining Not Friends on the bill are locals Word on the Street, Never Human, Mean Streets and Truro's very own Punk Luxury.
"If you like punk and hardcore, you can look forward to seeing a handful of the sickest bands on the east coast right now," says Whittle. "There's not a filler band on the bill, every set will be a rager." The show came together easy, of course: "Usual punk stuff---book a venue, call your friends to see who can lend gear and get some rippers to play."
Not Friends is on tour in Ontario, a place far from Newfoundland, a cold rock in the middle of the ocean. There is a place there called Wreckhouse where the wind is so strong that it will literally blow homes over, crushing them against the cold hard rocks. An old Newfoundland legend holds that if anyone's home survives to the spring thaw they become the new King Of Newfoundland. Obviously the throne of Wreckhouse sits unoccupied because this has never happened and the entire island is pretty much feudal barbary.
I was born in Newfoundland and I know this is true, so just take my word for it. Please don't take my word on how good Not Friends is, though, and check the band out on Friday. It's really exciting that Newfoundlanders are still making great punk rock, especially now that it's a "have" province and everybody there is going to be rich and awful soon.
Not Friends w/Punk Luxury, Word on the Street, Mean Streets, Never Human
Friday, May 2 at 7pm, $5
Plan B, 2180 Gottingen Street