Three-part punk rock concert series gets underway Sept. 29

Modern Terror headlines the first Squamish concert

Want to get your punk on? An upcoming concert might be just the thing to satisfy that urge.

A three-part music series kicks off September 29 at the Knotty Burl.

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The series is being organized by Squamish’s Paul Hudson, one of the founders behind the popular Squamish Equinox Rock Festivals (SERF) between 2008 and 2012.

 “For the past five years, I’ve had friends encourage me to start SERF again, but I have always felt sequels are never as good as the originals. SERF had its place in Squamish history, and it was a special time for those who were there to remember fondly. That being said, my sentiment has not been enough to deter friends from asking me to host events again,” Hudson said.

And so, the upcoming Squamish Punk Night was borne.

Hudson approached his anonymericans bandmates and pitched the idea of the three-part punk rock concert series.

While he is holding off on announcing who will play the October and November shows — he isn’t even revealing the exact dates as yet — he was excited to announce that Modern Terror, the hardcore punk band from Roberts Creek, will headline the September event.

Jeff Doran, who’s on guitar and vocals for Modern Terror, said the band likes bringing punk to “Squampton.”

“To bring the punk rock to the people,” Doran said with a laugh over the phone from his base in Roberts Creek.

H grew up listening to bands active in the late 1970s and early 1980s west coast punk scene, he said.

“Jamie, the bass player, and I have known each other since we were 12 years old and we were heavily influenced by the Dead Kennedys and all the stuff coming out of California and D.O.A. in Vancouver and the Dayglo Abortions after — that was one of those bands [to like]if you wanted to upset your parents,” he said.

With the current political climate, the anti-establishment and anger that fostered the original punk movement is still alive and well, Doran noted.

“Nothing has changed. The power struggle is still there, and people are still fighting to earn a living wage and make enough to pay rent,” he said, adding that his band always mixes in a good amount of humour with the angst.

For locals who haven’t been to a Modern Terror show, Doran said, “they should expect a super fun high energy show.”

The local punk-inspired band Buster Jangles, will also perform.

The upcoming September 29 concert will also be a fundraising and recruitment drive for Squamish’s roller derby team, the Sea To Sky Sirens.

Watch KnottyBurl’s Facebook page for more details of this event and the two following. Tickets are available at Stuntwood Skateshop or at the door at The Knotty Burl. 

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