THE VICTIM PARTY


LA BELLE PROVINCE/MOVING PICTURES WITH SOUND/CONTEST/SIMIANS

Bonjour! Plenty of wonderful things are afoot. Firstly, we are playing two awesome shows next week. It all begins when we will be joined by some very good friends for this potentially delightful soiree:

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Following that TVP will be making our first trans-provincial journey to Quebec! Poutine, smoked meat, beer that’s sold in convenience stores, Drawn and Quarterly, and of course this weekend of high culture:

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Now a few of our pen-pals have written in, asking where the hell our name is on that poster? To be honest, I have not skimmed the tiny print to see if we’re listed….in all likelihood we aren’t as there was a slight procrastination problem on our end when it came to confirming and handing in our band information. Fear not though, we are playing, and on a great bill to boot. Check the details here. We’re on at 9:25pm at Cafe Chaos on Saturday night.

But enough about our shows. Let’s talk about our bodies, on film, not lip synching. Below is a short video that our buddy Mike Philper shot of us rocking out in our jam space during a practice, intercut with us rocking out in someone else’s jam space in front of some very disinterested drinkers. It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this so we hope you enjoy.

In honour of this auspicious occasion we have devised a simple contest for you to enter.

Step 1.Watch the video carefully

Step 2.fill in these blanks:

“what would ____ _____ do?”

Step 3. Come out to our Toronto (May 15 @The Bovine) or Montreal (May 18th @Cafe Chaos) shows, find Patrick and be the first to utter the above phrase.

If you find Patrick first and utter the correct words and you are a person that has reached the legal drinking  age for either province, Patrick will buy you, on behalf of The Victim Party,  1 domestic beer. Incidentally,  when you speak to Patrick you should congratulate him on completing the Toronto Marathon.

Oh, yes, one more thing, this is the design for our new t-shirt which will be debuting at our Pouzza show.

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Have a good one, and keep those letters coming.

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PROCESS/ GOLF/RADICAL

Plenty of mail in the mailbag this week and, wow, do our pen-pals ever want to know what new bass player and team builder Matt Woo does to get psyched up before practices and shows.
Claire Bellamy of Regina asks:

“What does bass player and team builder Matt Woo do to get psyched up before practices and shows?”

Never ones to put words in the mouths of others, we went straight to Matt to learn about his process. Turns out, there isn’t much to it.
In an email response directed to everyone on the TVP mailing list Matt had this to say:

“I golf before every show no matter what. Before practices I try to get in 18, but if there’s a schedule conflict I’ll settle for a mini putt or even croquet. And check it, crackers*, I fucking slay, so act like you know:”

That’s right a hole in one. Matt might talk a big game, but he has the chops to back it up.

In other news, we have some info about some rad shows, rad merch and a rad video coming your way soon. In the meantime, if you require something rad to tide you over, here is a bunch of impaired people covering “Roots Radicals.” As a side-note, you will have to adjust your audio speakers because the sound on this video is amazing, if you experience any distortion there must be something wrong with your system.

Until next time. Keep those letters coming.

*the racially sensitive language in this post does not represent the beliefs of The Victim Party as a whole. Rest assured Matt has been fined accordingly for his culturally insensitive remarks.



SUPER SECRET Show with Saint Alvia Cartel Contest Winners!

About a week ago we told all you Victims out there about a contest we were throwing that would gain you access to an Ultra, Super, Secret, Show we were playing at an undisclosed location with our friends, The Saint Alvia Cartel.

We had a flood of entries and limited capacity so we had to play by the rules and make sure everyone completed all the steps of the contest.

Alas, of the 37 entries we received only 2 had completed all three steps. In an effort to be fair we requested each winner bring only 1 guest and share the wealth. As you can see from the below photo, it was a riot. Our winners were one of our usual penpals who we finally had the pleasure of meeting -Maxine Daniels, and her best friend Violette from Brantford. As well as Krista Mathews and her friend Tara all the way from London! Here they are posing with some of the band members (unfortunately all members were not able to meet with them personally)

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In addition to watching us play an intimate and interactive set where prizes were endlessly passed out to the audience, and almost any form of debauchery was allowed, they also got to see Juno award nominees The Saint Alvia Cartel throw down, and both bands mix it up at the end of the night with some unexpected covers! You’ll never see that again, will you?

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After the show, our winners were treated to the full band experience, lugging gear back to our space and then listening to an additional mini set of our bassist Matt Woo beat-boxing and Singer Colin Lichti spitting some verses.

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All and all, it was a great experience for our winners and for us. Hope the prizes kept you warm on your way back into the armpits of Ontario, ladies. Let us know that you made it home ok as we lost track of you shortly after we asked you to leave our jam space.