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Pop Montreal 2006

Pop Rocks: Three Inches of Blood, Illuminati

Posted by Sara / October 6, 2006

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Dave took these wicked shots of Illuminati.

As a teenaged headbanger in small-town Southwestern Ontario, there were few words more repugnant to me than "pop." It smacked of NKOTB, Tiffany, the Metallica black album, and all of the vapid, trendy things my friends and I were against. Sure, we were a marginalized group of stoned, skittish, pasty nerds. But at least we were True.

The way Mike tells it, life in the even smaller enclave of New Hamburg was different. "Metalheads RULED that town!" he reminisces. They were the popular kids, the jocks and the bullies. Yes, it was a pop-free utopia of corn fields and refrigerated transport trucks.

I don't wear as much acid wash as I used to, but I've never really gotten over that knee-jerk reaction to the idea of pop. So I was relieved to discover the hardly-secret fact that Pop Montreal offers much more.

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In fact, we've booked ourselves three solid days of rawk, beginning with Three Inches of Blood, Illuminati and a Javelin Reign at P'tit Campus. Illuminati's blistering performance (topped only by Priestess!) at the same venue was the highlight of last year's Pop for me. They were still mighty good last night, although slightly prone to Lungbutter-esque digressions.

Three Inches of Blood were SO metal. Like, New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Only they wouldn't have seemed completely out of place in corpse paint. The second singer seemed a bit superfluous, but the main dude wailed like Halford on a good day. I don't even care that my ears are bleeding and I won't be able to properly hear another show all weekend.

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Also, cutest. Pit. EVER. They were all like 17, all sober, and all totally freaking out to Three Inches of Blood. But they were so respectful of the edges of the crowd that they didn't touch us once. It was sort of weirdly impressive. I really want to hang out with those kids.

Discussion

16 Comments

Dave / October 6, 2006 at 11:39 am
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What?
J Mac / October 6, 2006 at 12:22 pm
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I've always found Three Inches of Blood to be a really odd band name. Like, just three inches? Am I missing something? Because three inches doesn't seem like that much, blood-wise. I mean, I guess if you were in a bathtub and there was three inches of blood in it, that would be gross (and if it was your blood you'd be dead), but still.
nika / October 6, 2006 at 12:37 pm
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6 MILES OF BLOOD!!!

better?
rrrobyn / October 6, 2006 at 12:39 pm
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yes! there is rock at pop! i mean, i don't even know what pop means really, it's so culturally contextual. that it can be britney one minute and this the next just points to personal (and industry) interpretation of a word. categories are weird, but in many ways, i suppose, necessary if only for some kind of clarity, ease of use, i don't know. (uh. i have been writing about systems of information/knowledge all morning.)

does this apply to acid wash? i feel like i've seen it well rocked. which is crazy.

rad pictures, d.
3inchesofmilk / February 8, 2007 at 01:37 pm
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the name came from their exaggerating brother after slamming his finger in a drawer. thats alot for a finger i guess.....
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