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Minivan Halen's last show at the Paragon

AKA: MVH, My Vloody Halentine

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Minivan Halen play their last Halifax show this Friday August 21 (with Slave Class from PEI and Buried Inside from Ottawa, The Paragon, 10:30pm, $10), it's been a short, but sweet, run for a band who primarily played house shows, all ages shows and the VLT room at Gus' Pub.

"We specially made 150 7" records for this, so it's a bit of a special event for us," says Mark Black (vocals). "They'll be on sale at this show and once they're gone, they're gone. Because we are gone."

In February I asked them a bunch of stupid questions and promptly forgot about their answers. Now that MVH are coming to an end, see if you can read this without getting misty-eyed. Recommended listening: Green Day's "Time of Your Life."

Jim MacAlpine
(guitar):
Top desert island record? Metallica, Master of Puppets

What is the meaning of life? Ant Colony

Best piece of advice you've ever received? "Don't put that in there!"

Worst show experience? Any show where there are more than 4 bands or less than 4 people

What is your favourite song of yours? That last one we play. I think the working title is "Nails."

Gerry Hubley (guitar):
Top desert island record? Crass The Feeding Of The 5000. It has "Asylum" on it, which would be a fucking great song to listen to every day first thing in the morning. Christ forgives? SHIT HE FORGIVES. That's so bad ass. Plus it's really, really long.

What is the meaning of life? There is no meaning. Human beings should not have done 90% of the things we have done, and we are a scourge on the earth. That, or, the meaning of life is to eat chicken wings, get drunk and put your genitals on as many weird things as possible.

Best piece of advice you've ever received? Don't put your dick in that.

Worst show experience? I tried to do that thing where you pick up a bottle of beer with your mouth and drink it without ever touching it with your hands, and failed miserably.

What is your favourite song of yours and why? None of our songs have names, so I will say "the new one", because it is the newest and I've played it the least times, so it's the most exciting... or more accurately, the least boring. If you ask me this again in six months, the answer will be the same, so don't. Everyone else in my band will probably answer "Popcorn."

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