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Belvedere

Belvedere

Steve Rawles

BirdAttack (US), Effervescence (FR), Funtime (BE), No Reason, and Lockjaw Records (UK).
By on April 23, 2016 at Calgary, Alberta

 

 

Belvedere were one of the biggest Canadian bands to come out of the 90’s skate punk scene. They toured extensively, not only across the country, but into far reaching international territories. They showed up on Warped Tour when it was largely based on Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph skate punk bands, released four albums, built a strong following and then suddenly disappeared. After a quiet return to live shows a few years ago, including the large Groezrock festival in Belgium, the band is back with a new album and plenty of live dates to showcase their new songs and lineup. After a recent hometown show playing with Propagandhi, I had the opportunity to speak with Steve Rawles about their triumphant return to the stage and studio.

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Break-Ups: This Is A Standoff (2007 – 2012)

This Is A StandoffCanadian technical punk band This Is A Standoff  have decided to break-up. The band made the statement saying:

As you may have noticed, things have been quiet with us since the fall, and apologies are due, as we have been holding onto this bit of news for a few months now.

To make it short and sweet, This Is A Standoff is done. Touring has become harder and harder, and everyone’s lives have been heading in different directions for quite some time now.

We set out to be a part-time band, but somehow we ended up playing 322 shows in over 25 countries across 4 continents. Along the way, we were lucky enough make amazing friends in all corners of the world and play along side some of our favourite bands.

It’s been an amazing and surreal five years, and we owe endless thank you’s to every single one of you that helped us out along the way by checking out a record, attending or promoting a show, letting us crash on your floor, giving us food, or simply taking five minutes to come chat with us.

The band, which featured former Belvedere members, released their last album, Be Delighted, in 2011. We interviewed bassist Nick Kouremenos late last year.

New Interview: This Is A Standoff

This Is A StandoffI met up with Nick Kouremenos, the bearded bassist from This Is A Standoff, at Remedy café near the University of Alberta and Whyte Ave in Edmonton, Alberta on a cool fall day. Despite the drop in temperature Nick came in wearing shorts and a big smile, eagerly talking about the ten week tour the band had just completed, which spanned Canada, as well as many European countries. Having attended the same small rural school briefly in our youth, we sat down to discuss our mutual love of punk music that brought us back together more than a decade later.

Read the interview here.

This Is A Standoff

This Is A Standoff

Nick Kouremenous

Funtime Records
By on November 11th, 2011 at Remedy Cafe - Edmonton, Alberta

 

 

I met up with Nick Kouremenos, the bearded bassist from This Is A Standoff, at Remedy café near the University of Alberta and Whyte Ave in Edmonton, Alberta on a cool fall day. Despite the drop in temperature Nick came in wearing shorts and a big smile, eagerly talking about the ten week tour the band had just completed, which spanned Canada, as well as many European countries. Having attended the same small rural school briefly in our youth, we sat down to discuss our mutual love of punk music that brought us back together more than a decade later.

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Tours: This Is A Standoff (Western Canada)

This Is A StandoffThis Is A Standoff,  featuring founding members of Belvedere, Forty Cent Fix, and The Johnsons, are kicking of a Western Canadian tour tonight in Regina, Saskatchewan. The tour will wrap up this weekend in Whistler. Joining them for the first four dates will be Sanity In Numbers with Party In The Moontower doing the last two shows in British Columbia.The dates can be seen here or below.

The band last released Be Disappointed in 2009.

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This Is A Standoff – Head In The Sand

Calgary’s This Is A Standoff have released a new song called Head In The Sand; it can be heard below.

The track comes from their forthcoming album, Be Delighted, which will be released on September 1st, 2011.

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New Live Photos: This Is A Standoff

This Is A StandoffCalgary’s This Is A Standoff (featuring members of Belvedere) played a hometown show at the New Black Centre on Friday and Chris Wedman was there with his camera in hand.

Click here to check out the new photos.

 

 

Video: This is A Standoff – Graveyards

Calgary’s This Is A Standoff have posted the official video for “Graveyards.” The track is the first video from their 2009 album, Be Disappointed.

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