As SPEW’s last remaining original member, bassist and vocalist Simon Fraser has been part of some wild performances.
“There’s just been a lot of craziness,” he says.
Looking back on the last 10 years, three instances in particular come to mind.
The first time SPEW played with Dayglo Abortions, a Vancouver-based punk band, was a big deal for Fraser. He listened to the group throughout his school years and they became a huge influence on his own music.
Another memory that stands out to Fraser involves him losing part of his tooth, but he maintains they had a good time.
“Someone bumped my mic stand while I was playing and broke my front tooth, but we didn’t skip a beat. We just kept going,” he says, guessing this was eight years ago. “Some guy got onstage, started getting in my face so I pushed him offstage, he fell on his face and everyone cheered. Yeah, it was a lot of fun.”
One of Fraser’s favourite shows—he can’t really call it a memory as he doesn’t remember playing the set—was at Club 1668.
“We were just basically playing in a mosh pit. Amps were getting knocked over, drums were getting knocked over. Apparently it was just crazy.”
The local music scene, Fraser says, is always changing: “Sometimes people are really excited about it and other times no one cares about it.” For Fraser and his bandmates, it’s not about “awards and accolades,” but having fun.
“As a kid, I never won any awards. Now I’m 30, so I don’t need to start winning them now.”