website - http://www.thepariahs.com
WILL DEAFEN FOR FOOD:
A Short, Turbulent History of The Pariahs
par'iah, n. Member of a low caste; (fig.) social
outcast; ~-dog, yellow vagabond dog of low breed in India. - The
Concise Oxford Dictionary.
One astute music scribe called them "a loud,
sweaty, beer-spilling experience" while another likened them
to that scene in Dazed and Confused in which drunken kids drove
around a small Texas town throwing bowling balls through people's
windshields. They've survived grunge, metal, punk and guitar pop
by remaining largely oblivious to them while having just a wee bit
in common with all of them. They worship at the temple of Steeltown-bred
bar bands but their souls wear jean jackets with AC/DC scrawled
on the back in magic marker. One has lost teeth in an onstage collision,
another has lost fingers on a table saw and yet another has twice
been mistaken for a homeless person.
The Pariahs came together in Kingston in 1989
and moved to Toronto two years later. Then somebody left and John
joined. Then somebody else left and Staci joined. The ensuing years
have seen them share stages with a veritable who's who of the Canadian
music scene (as well as an ever-increasing list of other wasters,
luminaries and legends to be) including the likes of The Headstones,
The Tragically Hip, Therapy?, Junkhouse, The Deftones, Forgotten
Rebels, Elevator, The Sinisters, The Guess Who, Rusty, Teenage Head
and The Ramones. YES, THAT'S RIGHT, THE FUCKIN' RAMONES! 1995 saw
the release of The Pariahs' debut album Home is Where You Hang Yourself
(title cribbed from Mordecai Richler); their sophomore effort Mouthful
of Headache was released in January of 2000.
The Pariahs have long since earned props in the
Toronto indie community for their eccentric marriage of punk energy
and arena-rock histrionics, and their affiliation with cool-as-fuck
indie label Fading Ways has made their albums available across Canada
Their most recent recording, the inexplicably
self-titled "The Pariahs" album, shows categorically that
this band of stalwarts continues to rock harder and faster
even as their veteran status proceeds towards certain senility.
Two tours of the UK followed the album release, one as part of the
FW UK "Canadian Invasion" tour and the other a co-headlining
tour with Sweden's Diamond Dogs.
This past year, the Pariahs welcomed a new edition
in bassist Sean Beresford. Sean has adapted to his miscreant band
mates with disturbing ease, and will help them celebrate their 20th
anniversary with two gigs at Toronto's Bovine Sex Club this October.
This auspicious occasion will be followed by the release of the
band's fifth cd in 2008. The disc is sure to feature all the ballsy,
old-school rock n roll you've come to expect of the Pariahs.
In what some consider to be a minor miracle, the
Pariahs have thus far managed to refrain from killing each other.
You, however, might not be so lucky. They're The Pariahs. They're
not going away.
Sorta like herpes, only louder.