Cornwall ON – On june 24th I found myself at Babylon’s in Ottawa waiting for a band to walk on stage. At approximately 9:25pm when The Dead Zone was done their first song, I had fallen in love with punk again.
The 2 opening bands, Black Market Candy and Fore Stroke warmed up the waiting crowed nicely but when The Dead Zone took stage it was obvious who they where there to see.
Cell phones came out to snap pictures and bodies gravitated towards the stage. As the drum beats of Dan “Don” Page and the base licks of Nials Everett began, bodies moved right along with them. Filled in with the guitar sounds of Jason Champagne (originally from Ingleside Ontario) and Josh “the panther” O’Connor who’s tempos where strictly punk but styles could of matched thrash metal. The whole thing made for a very surreal punk experience I will always remember.
To make sure of that I purchased the CD they were releasing that very night.
The album recorded, mixed and produced by Cornwall Ontario native Vincent Piette shows a great deal of potential for this bands sophomore release. This album reminded me what I like about punk, that it’s not just anarchy and chaos. That punk is about letting go of your self imposed rules, not just those of society. Pushing aside your trained subconscious. It can be used to bring about change and give a voice to the voiceless.
You’ll find yourself not being able to resist signing (rather screaming) along to the chorus of “Create.Destroy.Repeat”. “True Love” is a great stalker song….I mean if your into that kinda thing. Seriously though, this album has a wealth of fun with some serious messages thrown in for good measure.
From the song “Cherry Valance” who brings to mind the redhead bombshell from the book “The Outsiders” who went against the grain and fell for a greaser. But you can take the lyrics and apply them to your day to day struggles “Cause we all have the chance to do what we think is right. Step outside the comfort zone and go for it tonight, Go for it tonight.” Cherry Valance is essentially a vessel for the thing you want but are told you can’t have. Sure, it could be a girl. It could also be that job you want but are told you can’t because of your tattoos, or the education you want but are told you can’t because your just not smart enough. Fight for it. That’s the message of punk.
To the song “Gateway” (probably my favourite) with a lyric that pretty much describe our news headlines and tucked away back room court deals on a daily basis.
“The guilty are supported. While the victims are forgotten.”
Again, punk reminding us that our TV dinner lives are not perfect.
Serious messages and my overanalysing of lyrics aside though this is a fun album to sing, dance, scream and throw yourself around to. Don’t take my word for it. Find yourself a copy.
For more info on the band and show dates check out their Facebook page search “The Dead Zone” and there MySpace page for songs www.myspace.com/