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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Legend Killers make Blink-182 fans wet pants

By Colin J. Fleming
Gazette Staff

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 wants tonight.

“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 says.

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 says.

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.

 

 

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