garbageface 2018 year in review / thee 2019 almanac


total shows played: 17 (lowest number of shows since 2012!)
total garbageface shows to date: 317
new songs written/recorded: 23 — 10 for the full cut of PELAGIC, 3 songs with Wolfagram (part of a forthcoming release), 6 songs with Dastard Hand (also for a forthcoming release), 1 song with Jon Epworth (also part of an EP), 1 beast of a 21min song in TREPANATION I, and 2 other pieces that don’t have homes yet.
coffee cups drank: ~600 (holding pattern)
cars exploded: 0 (holding strong, still)


true to my word, i spent the bulk of 2018 in some kind of recovery mode. after the closure of the spill, and a very emotional tour with my homie Cold Eye, i retreated into my shell for the year. kind of. i still managed to release a new album / photo book entitled PELAGIC, as well as a 21min exploration of the brain with TREPANATION I. in addition to those two, i laid the groundwork for several other releases, including one that is pretty much done, another that is halfway to something, and another few that are still mosaics waiting to be assembled.

in addition to spending a lot of time writing this year, i managed to squeeze in 17 shows. i also spent the entire month of August trying to help build some community spirit and discussion through an artist residency that turned into a month-long festival. it was called Quality Of Life, and for me, it was one of the most intense engagements with with city’s arts scene i’ve ever been a part of. over the course of one month and 22 events, i got to host so many fucking awesome artists in one place. Evans Contemporary, the kind venue that hosted me for the month, is now closed.

2019 is the tenth year of garbageface. it feels really strange to say that, so i’ll say it again: 2019 is the tenth year of this whole fiasco.

i’m looking to get back on the horse this year, and when i say horse, i mean, the beast that is touring. i’m hoping to book some type of celebratory 10th year anniversary tour, and as with my last proper tour with Cold Eye, i hope to bring my show to venues that are not your typical music spots. more on that soon.

as far as musical releases and plans for 2019, there are a variety of branches on this tree, and i feel good about all of them. that being said, i’m not going to telegraph any of them here as i usually do. i want to give them the space to breathe, grow, and solidify. if yr a true garbagehead, you probably already know what they are. if yr a casual observer, there will be surprises in store.

oh, and in case you haven’t noticed, i’m revamping my website.

last year i ended off the almanac by discussing some of the ways that i felt that social media was corroding our relationships with ourselves and between artists and their supporters. this year, i hope you take some time to read a twitter rant i wrote about the same type of thing, but aimed at music rental platforms. it’s not as long, but i feel just as strongly about it.

apart from my opinions and rantings and activities as “garbageface,” i hope that above all, you are surviving and becoming more of who you want to be every day.





[photo by THEE bridget allin]

i’m really fortunate be featured as the cover story of the latest issue of Electric City Magazine. not only did they do an extended piece on the face, but for the next little while they also have an exclusive premiere of my new forthcoming album, NØ FUTUR(E).

the album doesn’t come out until June 1st, but it’s gonna be dope. the physical release is a four-track 7″ (featuring a 12×18″ poster with art, lyrics, and liner notes on one side, and a playable 3D ouija board on the other, drawn by Robb Mirsky), and an extended 13-track digital mixtape. what more could you possibly want? chocolate? okay, maybe i’ll throw in some skull-shaped chocolate.

as for the piece, it’s a solid one. if yr a garbageface super fan, you may not learn many new details, but if you need a garbage refresher course, or are new to my work, this is pretty much all you need to read. for what it’s worth, i am humbled and honoured that they gave me the space, and somewhat confused as to why i deserve to be on the cover. but… it’s mega dope. 





after a 2015 that was full of touring and writing, 2016 is shaping up to be the most prolific year of garbage yet. i’m not someone that generally releases a lot of new music, and usually stew over things for long periods of time as i road test material and refine recordings. 2016 is when a lot of new shit comes to light.

the winter is incubation, already underway. my shows during this season are going to feature a handful of the new things below, and trying out some new takes on old favourites. they’ll all be experiments and stress tests.

the spring is going to bring a dose of thundershowers as my Killjoy Collective pal VIRE and i unleash a mixtape of a new collaborative project that’s been brewing slowly across last year. if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll do some touring or one off shows behind it. 

the summer will be humid and heavy. it’ll see the release a special super shhhhhh 7″ plus digital mixtape, all lovingly produced by a local ptbo producer who will be revealed soon. this release marks the first time that other rappers are doing feature verses on a release of mine, and the features already recorded for the 7″ alone are fucking dope as hell. more details when they’re ready. but it’s going to be fucking rad.

the fall & winter are going to be blustery as all hell, and will bring the release of Unreliable Narrator, my first full-length album, half-produced by me, and half-produced by ptbo’s own Dastard Hand. i’m really excited to birth this thing. the album will be released on 12″ and digitally. there will be touring, and plenty of it. i’ve already filmed one video for this album, with Thee Rob Viscardis, and more of that will happen.

so, that’s the weather forecast. hope everyone is ready to have garbage rain from the skies. in addition to the season schedule above, i hope to record a covers album at some point soon, maybe between winter and spring, with some of my favourite covers i’ve done over the years. it’ll be available exclusively as part of yet ANOTHER experiment, which is starting up this kind of subscription service to GARBAGEFACE INDUSTRIES. dubbed the “Garbagepail Kids Club,” it’s part subscription service and part club, where you can get all of the new shit i put out this year, plus more extra stuff, before anyone else.

to everyone that’s supported me so much over the years, i hope to make 2016 the year all of that support pays off for you, and you get as much garbage as you can handle. thanks for helping me get to this point. i needed you. 

01 / 01 /2016, 23:23




Antibody – Space Qveen – if you, like me, want your sludgey doom to be chocked full of sci-fi allegories to human woes, look no further. standout track: The Void Which Binds

Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise – i appreciate that so many tracks on this album talk about working hard as opposed to grinding, because you can grind pointlessly, but working hard always seems to have a point. standout track: Blessings

Clara Engel – Visitors Are Allowed One Kiss – was fortunate enough to share a stage with this amazing songwriter and spellbinding performer, and this collection has some of my favourite songs of Clara’s on it. standout track: SWANS

Craig Pedersen Quartet – Ghosts – after a performance at The Spill that went down in history as one of my favourite shows ever, of all time, the CD version of some of the songs is a mere keepsake of a magic moment in time. standout track: Ghosts

Cross Dog – Vigilante – i got to play support at the release party for this album and then subsequently put the album on repeat for a month. standout track: Vigilante

Deantoni Parks – Technoself – this album came to me late in the year thanks to a live video that ripped my mind apart, and i’m so glad it did because the whole album is fucking amazing. standout track: Methodist

Death Grips – Jenny Death – technically the 2nd half of a double album, this half came out this year and mixed hard as fuck beats with a strange attraction to guitars, a mix of sonic and lyrical trolling that was vintage DG. standout track: The Powers That B

Dilly Dally – Sore –  this album made me feel like donita sparks had retired from L7 and decided to indulge in her love for weezer. standout track: Purple Rage

Dr. Dre – Compton – whatever Detox was supposed to be, i’m really glad it got shelved and something got put out that felt immediate and real. standout track: All In A Day’s Work

G.L.O.S.S. – Demo – this demo came along and completely fucked up people’s brains with how well it blended grind, crossover, and whatever the fuck else it wanted to, just perfect. standout track: Lined Lips and Spiked Bats

Heems – Eat Pray Thug – this album strikes the perfect balance of political, party, and sad. standout track: Sometimes

+HIRS+ – The 2nd 100 Songs – one of the best grind bands out there compiled another 100 songs together onto one LP, which is an amazing feat in and of itself. standout track: BROS IS PIGS. GRIND THE BROS

The I.L.Y.’s – I’ve Always Been Good At True Love – maybe Death Grips side project is actually a pretty dope noise pop punk album with a lot of catchy stuff! standout track: Bubble Letters

Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl – lush, gorgeous, rich, and at times very uncomfortable. standout track: The Battle Is Over

Junglepussy – Pregnant With Success – i will not rest in 2016 until i find a club that plays this shit at ridiculous volume with giant bass. standout track: Nothing For Me

Kowloon Walled City – Grievances – this is perfect metal as far as i’m concerned, from the lyrics to the riffs (THE FUCKING RIFFS) to the recording, it’s just expertly all there and so good. standout track: The Grift

Lil Ugly Mane – Oblivion Access – this album proved to me once and for all that the best way to make a dope beat and sharp lyrics standout even more is to bookend them with 5mins of noise on each side. standout track: GRAVE WITHIN A GRAVE

The Lonely Parade – Splenda Thief – lo-fi, high quality, peterborough rock will show you why it’s no surprise why people love this band far beyond our small city. standout track: Stomach

Noah 23 – Peacock Angel – an absolute behemoth of a record that kicked off an action packed year for one of the most relentless underground canadian MCs. standout track: Benjamin Button

Prayers – Young Gods – though i didn’t love this album as much as 2013′s SD Killwave EP, i have to include it because this year was so much about this band for me. standout track: Friends Are Poison

Ratking – 700 Fill – 2015 was the year of the rat for me, and i probably spent more time listening to this band than anyone else. standout track: Lenape Lane

Wiki – Lil Me – see above. standout track: Living With My Moms

Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too – this year YF continued to press themselves into the world of rock and pop simply by announcing themselves as a rock/pop band, and the resulting confusion is wonderful. standout track: Old Rock n’ Roll

Young Thug – Barter 6 – if you had told me at the beginning of 2015 that i would be singing along to songs that feature the words “Michael Vick” in the hook, i would have laughed at you, but then again, this year was all about the unexpected. standout track: Dream


thee garbageface 2015 year in review


well, it’s been a year, that’s for sure. rather than bore you with a whole bunch of paragraphs, i reckoned i would do a bit of a statistical analysis / numbers game. here’s a numerical review of the year in garbage.

total shows played: 60
percentage of those shows in ptbo: 35%
km travelled for shows: ~15,000+
shows played in cities i had never played before until 2015: 4 (kitchener, saint john, charlottetown, chesterville)
new covers attempted: 5 (Lithium by Nirvana, I Gave Up On You by ELMS, Wicked Game by Chris Isaak, My War by Black Flag, Pentagram Medallion by Prayers)
new covers successfully executed: 3 (Lithium, Pentagram Medallion and I Gave Up On You)
PA systems that i felt were “too quiet”: ~20
PA systems that i felt were a “good volume”: 39
PA systems that i felt were “too loud”: 1 (fredericton, and it was awesome)
cages played in: 1
times performed on Trent Radio: 2

new songs written/recorded: 14/10
music videos recorded for upcoming release: 1
songs released publicly: 2 (as special downloads with t-shirt purchase)
collaborative projects in the works for 2015, seeds planted: 3
separate releases planned for next year, all underway: 3 (1×7″, 1xLP, 1x cassette)

coffee cups drank: ~500+
packages of sour patch kids eaten: ~50
podcast episodes recorded/released: 3/2
cars exploded: 1
(sorry again, bennett. you the besssss.)

next year will be a doozie. more on that soon.