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By Sara Falconer
Most bands only pretend to be disinterested in fame and fortune, but local punks Dipbuzz genuinely don't care about anything except their music.
Dual frontmen Matt Bourgard and Brad Trojan began singing and playing guitar together in December of 1997. "At first it was just me and Brad sitting around writing songs and looking for a rhythm section," Bourgard says. They were joined by drummer Jeff Depew, who also plays with Scratching Post and bassist John Ondrasek.
Bourgard recalls the union fondly. "I've known Jeff for some time and Johnny's been playing bass for years now. He was with all the old London punk rock bands, even touring with Black Flag. It just seemed to fall together so perfectly."
Largely influenced by older punk and heavy metal, Dipbuzz's sound came together with equal simplicity. Bourgard says he feels the classic formula works. "It's pretty traditional punk rock, you know four chords, pretty fast and a lot of 'whoa, whoas' and 'oi ois.'"
The band want absolutely nothing to do with anything as pretentious as philosophy or politics as a band. "God, no," Bourgard laughs. "It's just fun and an excuse to get out of the house once in a while."
This is a unique approach to a genre which, in the custom of pioneers like the Sex Pistols and the Dead Kennedys, is usually highly political. It seems every new punk band is spewing revolutionary rhetoric these days, but this group has avoided such stereotypes.
While Dipbuzz has no great aspirations, they still enjoy performing live. "I love being in front of people. I won't lie about that," Bourgard says. "It's great being the focal point of attention."
Still, a big crowd is not necessary to satisfy the band. "All of our friends like to come out and see us," he explains. "And that's the most important thing."
This laid back attitude does not preclude the group from doing plenty of work. Recently, they have been focusing on recording in sound technician Andy Magoffin's new studio in London.
"Other than that, I'm not sure how far we'll take it," says Bourgard. "We don't need to get signed or get mass recognition to do what we do. It's good enough to know that five or six people like us."
Hopefully the turnout will be a little more substantial when Dipbuzz plays with Toronto rockers Bad Blood and Figure Four at Call the Office on Saturday.