ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Legend Killers make Blink-182 fans wet pants
By Colin J. Fleming
The Legend Killers play the type of punchy, gritty rock ’n’ roll
that breeds in obscure, dingy little pubs across Canada.
It is unapologetically raw and intense garage rock, a soundtrack for bar fights
between biker gangs. At one point on their EP, Rattlesnake Beer, you can actually
hear a glass shattering on top of the pounding drums and screeching guitars.
After enviable local success in the London area during the late 1980s and
early ’90s, the band broke up and the members of Legend Killers went
their separate ways. Tonight at Call the Office, they’re headlining their
first show in almost 10 years, and they’re ready to deliver a night of
head-banging so intense that Blink 182 fans would wet their pants.
Earlier this week, Legend Killer Mike McGill seemed pretty mellow for a guy
who sings about “bloody gruesome fight[s],” “bad girls” and
parties that last “all night long.” Apparently, even badass musicians
have soft spots.
McGill’s somewhat concerned he won’t get the type of showing he
“I’ve been down to Call the Office a few times when the crowd
is pretty thin, and down other times when it’s been packed,” he
Part of the challenge of reforming a broken band, and getting enough people
to come out to their shows, is developing a new fan base.
“I realize that a lot of our old fans have moved on and they have to
get babysitters to come out to the show. We’ve been pleasantly surprised
though, a lot of the time we have seem some old familiar faces,” McGill
The Legend Killers developed their original fan base without fancy technology
and expensive marketing — their technique was pure old school.
“It wasn’t that hard for us [to get a following] because at the
time we were all young guys, and we hung out constantly. It was an extension
of hanging out and meeting people. Word-of-mouth was key because back then
we didn’t have the Internet and that stuff — we put up posters
instead,” he explains.
The current posters for the Legend Killers claim the band has come to save
rock ’n’ roll. Despite their messianic claim, McGill asserts there
are several reasons the group reunited. Firstly, a lot of their friends in
bands — like their boys from 63 Monroe — were getting back together
and there was no way they were going to miss out on the fun. Secondly, raw
garage rock is back in style.
“A lot of the bands that are breaking out now are doing the same stuff
that we were doing back in the ’80s — bands like Jet… It’s
great, I love it and they are doing really well.”
If you’re into the garage rock revival scene, then put down your White
Stripes record and come to Call the Office tonight to check out one of the
true Canadian originals.