For the past eight years Bryan Hobbs, better known as MC SNAX, has been playing shows and doing his utmost to make a name for himself as a hip-hop artist. Hobbs went from being a fourteen year old kid performing on a stage made of pallets at a back yard bash, to opening for acts like Classified and Tech N9ne.
These three pop punk tropes are examples of why pop punk can be the greatest genre or the absolute worse. Tropes #1 and #3 aren’t so much troublesome as they are tired; it’s #2 that is the problem child. This is where pop punk straddles the line of being charming & romantic and creepy & sexist. You show me Jawbreaker’s “Want” and I’ll flash Screeching Weasel’s “I Don’t Wanna Be Friends.”
When I was asked if I would be interested in contributing a piece about a band from New Brunswick, my past and future home province, the first band I thought of was Wooden Wives. I decided to think on the matter for a while, consider some of the other great bands that began or are based out of N.B. (what up, Mouthbreathers?) but, even with this extra thought and consideration, I always came back to Wooden Wives.
In 2008 Aaron Powell released his first album there’s a spirit there’s a soul by himself in his Glovertown bedroom. The solo-experiment, which is now called Fog Lake, is an evolving and intriguing lo-fi pop project and band now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
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