If you like bands
that aren't really that good, read this
By Cynica Skeptic
Courtesy of Foshizzle M. Nizzle
|NO MATTER WHAT
BAND IT IS, THE GAME REMAINS THE SAME: WHO WOULD YOU DO? Bleached
Blonds will headline the University of Wealthy Ontarians' 125th anniversary
celebrations - after they play the parking lot behind The Embassy.
So, you thought the
University of Wealthy Ontarians' 125th anniversary festivities were going
to be full of boring speeches from random people who nobody cares about?
Well, think again, because that's only a part of the celebration.
The gala event will feature many attractions, including a performance
from local UWO heroes, the Bleached Blonds.
Lead guitarist and vocalist Brent Sportsy took a few moments out of his
busy rock-star schedule to speak with Western Spews.
"My favourite thing about being in this band is definitely the music,"
Sportsy says with conviction.
"You know, like playing guitar and singing and stuff," he clarifies,
adding, "It's a bonus to be able to work with my dad, who is also
The Bleached Blonds are quite well-known around UWO for their controversial
music and lyrics that challenge the status quo.
"When I write songs, I think about all the things that are wrong
with this world. I think about those people who ask for decaf and get
regular coffee. I think about my friend Brad, who broke his goggles in
a snowboarding accident. I think about the girls shivering on the streets
every Friday night, dressed in their skimpy, clubbing clothes. I think
about people who apply to Elgin Hall and get stuck with Saugeen,"
Sportsy exclaims, his voice rising with passion.
"I think about all those people, and I wonder, what can I do to help?"
But, unlike many of his apathetic peers, Sportsy acts on his outrage.
His solution is musical and by expressing his sadness and anger through
rock 'n' roll, he is able to reach out to dozens of his fellow students.
"At our last show at Funshawe College, there were more than 15 people
rockin' out in the pit," Sportsy boasts.
"I mean, I'm not saying we're up there with U2 or anything, but you
know...," Sportsy allows the rest of the sentence to hang, inviting
us all to draw our own inevitable conclusions.
When discussing his musical influences, Sportsy attributes much of his
own creativity to artists such as Nickelhacks, Defuct and the always avant-garde
Should be a Deadman.
"Bands like those really know how to fuck things up. Those guys,
man, they know how to rock out. Every song is a sonic journey into sonic
land, if you know what I mean. I just wish that one day I could be that
good and go to sonic land too," Sportsy says.
If Sportsy is trying to harness the glory of the aforementioned bands,
it seems as though he's well on his way. With another show at Funshawe
just around the corner and a debut performance in the Embassy's parking
lot (which Sportsy prefers to call 'the second stage') it appears as though
the Bleached Blonds are on a hot streak.
So, where does Sportsy see the band 10 years from now?
"My dad says we're going all the way," Sportsy claims with confidence.
"And my dad was right about Aaron Carter, so there you have it."
Yes, indeed. There we have it.