"I really can't get into modern garage rock and a lot of the modern punk sounds," says Strange Attractor's frontman and driving force, Jeff Houle. "Can't stand revival and I feel like most bands are doing it wrong, at least for me. I wanted to put imagination back on the plate and also a have a voice to vent from."
That imagination has resulted in an impressive back catalogue of seething punk tracks with all the urgency and frustration appropriate to today's shit times.
"It comes from being disappointed with how people are treating each other and feeling powerless," says Houle. "I feel like nobody cares about the people around them or the planet we are ruining, and sometimes think I must be invisible and people can't see or hear me. Strange Attractor allows me to point the finger at whatever is making me ill."
Following up 2013's Back To The Cruel World and this year's Barely Doin' Crimes, 2015 will bring another full-length, split releases and tours. Though Houle records solo, his band includes former Statues bandmates brother Mitch Houle (and former Varge and The Havocs bandmate), Rob Seaton (Statues) and Eric Hoop.
"Houle joints in the past have varied in sound for sure but they were all still in the spirit of punk rock," says Houle. "We've always kinda went against the grain and never followed trends in music." Everything else sucks, but at least there's Strange Attractor.
w/Soupcans, WTCHS, Grump
Tuesday, October 21 at 10pm