Bro-sketeers

Roche Uhntraal cuts a statuesque figure.

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Statues (from Sudbury, on Deranged Records) make their triumphant return to Halifax this Sunday, November 4. Sounding like a mixture of The Replacements, The Buzzcocks and '80s power pop, Statues are generously giving Haligonians a few chances to fall in love and write their names on your binders in Wite-Out, with an all-ages show at the North Street Church (5657 North, 4pm, $5) with Last Laugh, Genetic Angry, Eyesore, Anthems and Take on Me, and a bar show later on at Gus' Pub (2605 Agricola).

You really should think about going to both. Statues (Mitch Houle, Jeff Houle and Rob Seaton) have a throwback style that resonates profoundly with anyone who loved Jawbreaker-esque bands in high school. They are like the Bruce Springsteens of the punk world, inspiring people everywhere to just "bro" out and raise their fists. But maybe it's not quite as apparent to the band that they have such a rabid following. "We've never really considered ourselves a "bro' band. There are brothers in the band and generally speaking we're pretty nice guys to hang out with," says Seaton (guitar, vocals). "We're really looking forward to getting back to Halifax. We had such a good time last year."

The band recently rescheduled a European tour for this spring, with Philadelphia's Dirty Tactics. "Our European label (P. Trash Records) were super-receptive to the idea and they were approached by a booking agent who wanted to take care of the tour for us," says Seaton. "Next thing we know, we're scrambling for visas."

The band also found time to play at Fucked Up Fest in Toronto last month, with Deranged Records label-mates Fucked Up, as well as Tranzmitors, dd/mm/yy and Castlemusic. If you feel like dishing out some tough love, pencil them in for Sunday when, Seaton says, you can expect "three guys trying not to play our songs in triple time and the occasional bout of puking."

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