The Onion AV Club has an interview with a member of Toronto's own Fucked Up, a remarkably creative hard-core punk band. Hard-core music generally sounds about like you would expect it to from the name, but when it's good, it can be really good. Here are two reasons that I'm noting this interview:
1. On their latest album, the band recorded 70-plus tracks per song, which is fairly mindboggling for this sort of music. I mean, it starts out as a ''stripped down'' musical form, so taking it in these expansive directions is pretty fascinating. I'd love to see someone try a punk rock symphony.
2. It's just sunk in with me that a lot of the really interesting music being made these days is coming out of Canada. And this is a problem with Canada- they'll be leading the world in something, and none of them will want to say anything about it because they're afraid they'll come across as ''arrogant''. But, since I'm not a natural-born Canuck, I can blow their horn for them- Canadian punk, folk, and 'indie rock' is way more interesting than the music being made anywhere else right now. So there.