Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Murray Acton (Dayglo Abortions)

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Murray Acton of the Dayglo Abortions.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

ACTON: All things considering, I’m doing ok. I was on the road with the dayglo’s when it all started last year. Our last show was in Vancouver on a Saturday night and they shut down the bars the next morning. We went back home to the island and within a week they had shut down all but essential travel which effectively disconnected Vancouver Island from the rest of the world. By this time the full impact of my situation had worked its way into my brain. Once I realized that this wasn’t going away anytime soon, I realized that it could very well be the end of my career. I’d been at it for over 40 years and didn’t have much to show for it so I just accepted what fate had given me. I was extremely bummed out it ended that way, but at the same time, I had been very fortunate to see the world, and make so many friends, doing what I loved. I went and found myself a job for the first time in 20 years and worked until December when we had to stop working because of the restrictions being stepped up.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

ACTON: Well at the beginning I had convinced myself that I was done, but it didn’t take long before the song ideas started piling up in my head. I have a pretty decent little home studio, and a set of Roland V-drumsso I was good to go. I would start as soon as I got home from work. By 12 or 1am I’d have a song recorded. A bit more work to squeeze it into the video format they use on YouTube, then I’d upload it, and hit the hay. More than once I’d get the song online and it would be time for work. I ended up writing about 30 or 40 songs about the pandemic. Then I switched to writing songs for the Dayglo Abortions, and my other band, Stinkhorn. I’ve got an album in the works for both bands. I also recorded a couple of other bands and gave them a high end mix down to see if I could drum up some recording work.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

ACTON: We actually played in Vancouver the night before the shutdown. The crowd was already a bit thin from all the rumours flying around. I tell you it was weird on East Hastings St. the next morning. Not a person on the streets except the junkies all shuffling around. I felt like I had woken up in a zombie movie. Crazy.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

ACTON: Yeah both of my bands have done a couple now. At our jam spot, there’s a few cameras and we leave our gear miced up so it’s nothing to press record at the beginning of the jam, do a bit of editing, then stream it later on. It turns the practice into a live gig of a sorts, which greatly increases the effectiveness of the practice as a bonus.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

ACTON: Well I know everyone wants to get back to the “old normal”. I do too. I can’t help but think though…one thing about this world, there is no going back to anything. We will go forward to some watered down version of normalcy, I guess. We might have to fight to get back some of the things that have been taken from us through this, and you know the government won’t be quick to ease off on the all the new powers they have acquired. Plus the big pharma companies are already saying the vaccines could be a yearly thing, and The Americans and the English are hording the vaccines and not allowing companies in the third world (OR cANADA FOR THAT MATTER) to make their own so many countries are way behind on the vaccine. I have heard it will be 2 or more years to get everyone, and as long as it hasn’t been done, it will keep re-immerging in the vaccinated countries. What really pisses me off, is they could have ended this a year ago by using cheap, and very effective anti-viral drugs, but It is quite obvious that the big pharma companies have used their influence to make damn sure they can sell everyone on the planet an expensive as hell experimental vaccine, with no concern for the number of people that die in the process. We really need to stop letting these companies rule our world. They don’t give a flying fuck about our welfare, or even that of their own employees.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

ACTON: Yeah for sure there is. People have been very generous donating money to my Bandcamp page. I have all my music there that people can download for free, but since the pandemic started it seems to be the norm to give me at least a few bucks, and sometimes much more than that. It is greatly appreciated, and it feels really good to get that kind of loving and support. On the road everyone loves you, and the drinks are free. People treat us really good. They buy drinks for us, give us hugs and tell us how much they love us. To go from that straight into a state of near isolation with absolutely zero physical contact shocking and lonely. When someone sticks a few bucks in my PayPal account and tells me they still care, it takes the edge of it a bit.

Brujeria Announce Canadian Tour With Dayglo Abortions & Incite

Brujeria have announced a Canadian tour with Dayglo Abortions and Incite. The band will once again be joined by “Orange Is The New Black” star Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s Gun).

Tour Dates:

06/06 Vancouver, BC – Astoria
06/08 Calgary, AB – Dickens
06/09 Edmonton, AB – Starlite
06/10 Regina, SK – The Exchange
06/12 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
06/13 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
06/14 Timmins, ON – The Working Class
06/15 North Bay, ON – Club 151
06/16 Toronto, ON – Opera House
06/18 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
06/19 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
06/20 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus

Rammstein, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bullet For My Valentine, The Offspring, Megadeth, Etc. Set For 2017 Montebello Rockfest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2017 Montebello Rockfest. The event will take place in Montebello, QC on June 22-25, and it will include: Rammstein, Queens Of The Stone Age, Iggy Pop, Alexisonfire, The Offspring, Megadeth, Wu-Tang Clan, Bullet For My Valentine, At The Drive-In, AFI, 311, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Good Charlotte, The Specials, Eagles Of Death Metal, Thursday, Parkway Drive, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Dee Snider, Face To Face, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Good Riddance, Belvedere, August Burns Red, Soulfly, All That Remains, P.O.D., Born Of Osiris, Protest The Hero, Jello Biafara & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Sham 69, Discharge, Conflict, Les Sherrif, Reverent Horton Heat, Agent Orange, Craig’s Brother, Entombed A.D., Ensiferum, TesseracT, Monoc’ Serge & Anonymus, Grimskunk, Deadly Apples, Kataklysm, Exterio, M U D I E, Terror, Converge, American Nightmare, Ignite, No Warning, Sworn Enemy, Backtrack Lucero, Pup, Basement A Wilhelm Scream, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder, The Unseen, Adhesive, Frenzal Rhomb, The Living End Down By Law, The Dreadnoughts, Dayglo Abortions, Breakdown Of Sanity, Norma Jean, Volumes, Blind Witness, Pepe Et Sa Guitare, The Birthday Massacre, Blessed By A Broken Heart, Death Before Dishonor, and more.

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Napalm Death & Voivod Announce 2015 North American Tour

Napalm Death and Voivod have announced 2015 North American tour together, called the “Through Space And Grind Tour.” The tour will also feature Iron Reagan, Exhumed, and Black Crown Initiate. Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia will also perform on select dates.

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Tour Dates:

01/27 Miami, FL – Grand Central (feat. Ringworm)
01/28 St Petersburg, FL – State Theater (feat. Ringworm)
01/29 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (feat. Ringworm)
01/30 Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s (feat. Ringworm)
01/31 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage (feat. Ringworm)
02/02 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater (feat. Ringworm)
02/03 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (feat. Ringworm)
02/04 Toronto, ON – Opera House
02/05 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
02/06 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
02/07 Worcester, MA – Palladium (feat. Ringworm)
02/08 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater (feat. Ringworm)
02/09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom (feat. Ringworm)
02/10 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s (feat. Ringworm)
02/11 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam (feat. Ringworm)
02/12 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo
02/13 Regina, SK – The Exchange
02/14 Calgary, AB – Republik
02/15 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
02/17 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater (feat. Dayglo Abortions)
02/18 Seattle, WA – Studio 7 (feat. Theories)
02/19 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02/20 Oakland, CA – Metro (feat. Phobia)
02/21 Fresno, CA – Strummers (feat. Phobia)
02/22 Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
02/23 Tempe, AZ – Club Red (feat. Phobia)
02/24 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (feat. Phobia)
02/25 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall (feat. Phobia)
02/26 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater (feat. Phobia)
02/27 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey (feat. Phobia)
02/28 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s (feat. Phobia)