ALEXPKEATONREGINA, SK–– “It’s hard tobe happy in a band full ofidiots,” guitarist Brett Forst toldNoun. Despite Kelevra’s grow-ing success, including openingthe Metal Alliance tour’s stop inRegina, the band is still pissy asever. “You just can’t play metalif you’re happy,” said Forst.Apparently, Kelevra still hasmuch to be angry over.“Our drummer is constantlydrunk, and our bassist didn’teven make it to the MetalAlliance show. The other mem-bers are likely stoned aroundthe clock as well,” said Forst.However, the local heavymetal act uses their animosity tofuel their hateful, cacophonoussound. Kelevra reassure theirfans that their success brings nodelight to the band, and itwon’t turn them into “sissies”.“It’s probably a good thingthat there are difﬁculties thatcome along with being a white,middle class male. We’ve got alot to be angry about, and wewouldn’t be as heavy andbadass as we are if we weren’talways pissed off at each otheror our parents.“Being happy just doesn’twork in metal. No one wants tohear a melody or singing orsongs in major keys. We’ll leavethat for those art-type people.We want to make music thatmakes you want to puncheverything. Half the time I wantto punch myself just for writingmusic in this band,” said Forst.Thankfully, some of thosesissy art-type people will beleaving our beautiful provincewith the Sask Party’s recent cut-ting of the Saskatchewan FilmEmployment Tax Credit (SFETC).With less freeloaders whorefuse to get real jobs that actu-ally stimulate the economy (i.e.mining/trades), Kelevra willadmittedly have less people towant to punch.“We’ll just have to move onto other people to hate,” said aclearly intoxicated TannerHoffman, drummer. “Ideally,our hatred will spread to otherdemographics. Our goal is toseek out all those pussies whoaren’t half as raw as us (becauseno one even comes close to howraw we are) and punch the shitout of them, all of them. Metalisn’t just a genre that most peo-ple grow out of in high school;metal is a lifestyle.”Kelevra have no other plansfor the summer other than“being metal as fuck”, petition-ing to legally change Friday to“rye-day”, and being angry forno damn reason.
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ALEXPKEATONFormed in 2010, Library Josephhas taken the indie music worldby storm, earning them the titleof “Regina’s Only Band.” Wecaught up with member KeatsColeridge to discuss his musicsounds.
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:How would you describe Library Joseph’s sound?
:Ironic. Imean, if you don’t understand asong like “Raymond ChandlerWould Love Dubstep,” thenyou’re just not deep enough.
Why do you have somany band members?
:I get a lot of strangelooks when I tell people that I’min a band with twelve otherpeople. But there’s just so muchmore you can do with threedrummers, and where wouldwe be without an Omnichordplayer? We’d probably justsound like the rest of Radio 3. Ithink having thirteen membersreally separates Library Joseph’sshit music from the rest of theshit music you hear. The differ-ence with us is that we’re tryingto make mediocre music. A lotof people claim that we don’tneed Bill [Jefferson, gong] orJimmy [Peters, ribbon dancer],but realistically, how manyother bands have someone whois a virtuoso on the chopsticks?
:What instrument do you play?
:I play the salt shaker.No, I do not play the egg shaker,and don’t you dare even com-pare me to those hacks. What’sthe difference between thetwo, you say? Functionally,nothing; I just took a salt shakerfrom my house one day. It’sfree, and it’s much quieter thanthe egg-shaker too. In fact, Ican’t even hear myself most ofthe time, so I just throw salt atthe rest of my band/the audi-ence.
:What do you likeabout Regina?
:It’s okay. That’s what Ilove about it, the mediocrity.I’m glad there are no realefforts to push this city in a bet-ter direction because it’s ﬁnewhere it is right now. Why buildaffordable housing when wecan put up condos over aswamp and underneath an air-way? Regina is so radically okay,and Library Joseph try to reﬂectthat with the banality of ourmusic.
:Do you plan to stickaround Regina, or do you want something bigger?
:We’ve heard of someother bands moving to placeslike Montreal and what not, butwe don’t want that. LibraryJoseph totally know that wecould make it if we movedaway, but we don’t wanna getbig. All the bands I know end upsacriﬁcing the music when theymove away and try to “makeit”. Besides, we’re holding upﬁne with our Smart Car spon-sorship. So fuck it, we’re stick-ing around to annoy the pissout of you forever and ever andever.
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Five Qs with music band
Library Joseph play notes on instruments
Metal band ﬁnds moderate success; still angry