G7 Welcoming Committee Records. Uncooperative since 1997.

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Subhumans

In Vancouver Canada's long and glorious history of punk rock, few bands were more punk, or more rockin' than the Subhumans. Subhumans gigs were a riot, sometimes literally; years later, their records still seethe with raw power. The Subhumans were angry and hilarious, often simultaneously, the living embodiment of everything that was great about punk rock circa 1978-82.

The Subhumans and the handful of other punk bands that exploded into being in Vancouver as part of the world-wide punk movement, built a local scene that was wild, raucous, and tempestuous. The Subhumans quickly became one of the scene's leading bands, plunging into DIY and small-label recording to get their music out. Like the other genuine punk bands of the time, they avoided the tired and self-centred subject matter of the stereotypical pop song, and were always engaged with the ferment of the times, often political with a satiric edge.

In 1981, the band recorded its debut album, Incorrect Thoughts for a small Vancouver label and hit the road for more touring through much of the U.S. and Canada. They ground out endless hours in a stuffy van to play with such bands as Black Flag, Husker Du, Minor Threat, the Dead Kennedys, X and Bad Brains. They did particularly well on the west coast, building up large followings in places such as Seattle and San Francisco.

In 1983 Gerry Hannah was in the news, but not as a musician. Always involved in political issues, including environmentalism - one of his nicknames was "Nature Punk" - he had left the Subhumans and linked up with a group of political activists called Direct Action, whose frustration lead them toward armed struggle. Among other actions, the group blew up an environmentally unfriendly hydroelectric substation on Vancouver Island and bombed the Litton plant near Toronto, which manufactured parts for the American cruise missile, a "first strike" nuclear weapon. Canadian authorities eventually arrested the group, known in the press as the Squamish Five, and Gerry was sentenced to ten years in jail. He was released after serving five years.

In 2005, the band reformed, not just to play the old material, but to write and record again, bringing their music making skills to bear on the modern age. The line-up includes original members Brian Goble on vocals, Gerry Hannah on bass, and Mike Graham on guitar, with punk veteran and powerhouse drummer Jon Card (formerly with SNFU/DOA) on drums. After recording a demo of new material, the band played a spate of shows in the Vancouver area and throughout Western Canada, including a performance as a featured main stage act at the Under the Volcano Arts and Activism Festival. The Subhumans recorded a full-length CD of new material in early 2006, entitled New Dark Age Parade. The CD is set to be released in September 2006 on Alternative Tentacles Records in the U.S. and G7 Welcoming Committee Records in Canada and more extensive touring is planned.

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Subhumans

Jon Card (drums), Mike Graham (guitar), Gerry Hannah (bass), Brian Goble (vocals).

Upcoming Shows

Visit The Subhumans’ website for upcoming shows.

Discography