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Rebel Time Records now streaming new compilation “REBELS SING – A Tribute To Todd Serious And The Rebel Spell”

Punk label Rebel Time Records has released a compilation titled “REBELS SING – A TRIBUTE TO TODD SERIOUS AND THE REBEL SPELL.” The compilation features Propagandhi, Brutal Youth, Tomorrow Starts Today, The Fallout, Kleins96, Mansbridge, Royal Red Brigade and many more covering various The Rebel Spell songs.

The compilation is streaming through Rebel Time Records’ Bandcamp page, and comes with four original songs dedicated to the late Todd Serious through the digital download, including one by The Rebel Spell.

The compilation can be purchased for $10 CAD or more through Bandcamp, and all profits will be going towards a charity of The Jenkins Family’s choice. You can find the stream below.



The Rebel Spell (Vancouver, hardcore) announce Todd Serious memorial show


Vancouver based harcore outfit The Rebel Spell have announced that they will play a memorial show in honor of their late vocalist Todd Serious. The band released the following statement regarding the show:

“On March 7, 2015 we tragically lost our friend and singer Todd Serious, also known as Todd Jenkins. We miss Todd’s friendship every day. His spirit, voice, energy, thoughts and ideas live on through his songs, and we would like to celebrate those once more.

Join us on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1739 Venables Street in Vancouver for the Todd Serious Memorial Concert featuring The Rebel Spell.”



Propagandhi cover The Rebel Spell’s “I Am A Rifle”

Propagandhi have recorded and released a cover of The Rebel Spell‘s “I Am A Rifle” and you can check it out below. The track was recorded in honor of the passing of  Todd “Serious” Jenkins of The Rebel Spell. War on Women contributed back up vocals to the song.

The band’s latest album Failed States was released in 2012 through Epitaph Records. They have been working on a new record for the past year or so.



The Rebel Spell singer (Todd Serious) dies in tragic rock climbing accident

It is with the deepest regret that I write this story informing you that Todd Serious, the singer of Vancouver punk act The Rebel Spell, passed away on Saturday (March 7th) due to injuries sustained in a tragic rock climbing accident.  The band just posted the following message on their FB account:

“It is our deepest regret to inform you all that on Saturday, March 7th, we lost our good friend and lead singer Todd Serious, also known as Todd Jenkins, in a tragic rock climbing accident. Todd influenced our lives in a way that is beyond comprehension. This is completely sudden and unexpected and we’re still processing what has happened. We’re taking a few days to figure it all out. This is pretty heavy for all of us, and a lot of people are still finding out so if you’re letting others know, please be respectful.

According to a news post on a local NBC channel website the accident took place at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation outside Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Rebel Spell put out what many of us at Dying Scene considered one of the best punk albums of 2014 in September and I personally have been a huge fan of their music since the day I discovered them on MySpace 6 or 7 years ago.  They were one of those fantastic bands that weren’t getting covered on any other site at the time that would eventually inspire me to start Dying Scene in the first place.  Todd’s death comes as personal blow to many of us, I’m sure, and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his friends, family and band members.

You can stream the The Rebel Spell’s last couple albums on bandcamp.



Video of The Rebel Spell performing live on Equalizing X Distort

Vancouver punks The Rebel Spell recent performed a few shows live on the radio show, Equalizing X Distort. The fine folks at Punks and Rockers recorded video of the in-studio performance, and were kind enough to post it on YouTube for the world to enjoy. So go ahead, enjoy it below.

The video features the band playing “All We Want,” “I See Through,” and “I Am A Rifle,” and it fucking rocks. So just watch it already.

The Rebel Spell released their latest album, Last Run, back in September via Rebel Time Records. Stream the whole album and check out our review of it here.



The Rebel Spell post tour update video

Vancouver punks The Rebel Spell are currently right in the middle of a full Canadian tour, and they’re giving you a look at what the road has been like so far. Check out their tour update video below.

The tour is taking the band all the way across the country, to Nova Scotia, and back, in support of the band’s new album, Last Run. Check out the remaining dates/locations of the tour here.

You can stream The Rebel Spells new album here, and check out our review of it right here.



Album Review: The Rebel Spell – “Last Run”

I’m not sure if I like the Rebel Spell’s Last Run. It hits me in a place that is so rare and specific that it only highlights how rarely I get hit. I’ll dispense with the fuckery as soon as possible, because the questions that the Last Run brought up deserve an examination. It’s a Beautiful Future was something of a sleeper hit with many, and those who loved the first album will be surely excited for the latest. But for me, it brings me to a place I love and loathe in equal measures.

Last Run is perfectly executed. I’ll get that out of the way immediately. Musically, it’s a loud and brash behemoth that reminds me a little bit of Morning Glory’s bombast in Poets Were My Heroes. But the anchor is dropped in the tight ferocity of skate punk. The first track, “Hopeless,” wears its influences on its sleeve with chugged power chords and a big chorus. “Breathe” introduces a more metallic side to the band, featuring an extended guitar solo that perhaps hints at their greatest influence, fellow Canadians Propagandhi. The title track is the first hint of their grander musical tendencies, and when the rock instruments fade out halfway through and all that’s left is melancholy piano notes and the howls of “Blame me! Blame me! Blame Me!,” it becomes quickly apparent that this is a band equipped to transcend.

“The Tsilhqot’in War” is the masterpiece on the album, a sprawling, epic song that opens with Jo Yeong-wook-esque strings. Its difficult to sustain a five minute punk song, but here the Rebel Spell do it with ease– transforming their passion into an audience’s rapt attention. Throughout Last Run, they have a firm hand on both music and lyrics, executing each one impressively.

I won’t bury the lead: I hate political punk. It reeks of attentive masturbation and holier-than-thou posturing that preaches directly to the choir and little else. I think back to the earliest punk rockers, these willfully nihilistic dinosaurs of another time and place; they were certainly political, but it was mostly discourse grounded in the real world. They were tearing down the barriers between musician and audience, and one of the ways they were doing it was through the issues of the time. They sang about the downtrodden, for the downtrodden– it was all blue collar anthems for the freaks on the outskirts by the freaks on the outskirts, and everyone bought in because the gap was closing. With the Rebel Spell, I only feel like they’re widening the gap.

Bare with me, this may be a little out-of-bounds for a review, but I’m going to bring in a quote from the Rebel Spell’s Facebook in the interest of painting a fuller picture of this band and their stances:

“We don’t like things all that much and we tend to think for ourselves. Food, shelter, warm clothes, community, friendship, travel, love, hate, you know life.”

That’s right. They don’t like ‘things.’ The road to punk rock nirvana is a road paved with much treachery and deceit, but the Rebel Spell have risen above it all. They’re levitating somewhere by a bird’s nest, viceless wonders wondering how all these mere mortals can live with themselves, living their lives of consumption and little less. The gap widens.

I’m not a paragon of punk virtue. I have a cell phone. I pay Comcast for my internet. I bought Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” single. But nonetheless I believe in DIY art and the complete unfettered pursuit thereof. Punk rock is a place for the bellows of the downtrodden to be heard and felt, but for me, Last Run just sounds like a checklist of punk rock talking points being checked by a band so far removed from modern human experience it feels like the far left version of telling a homeless guy to “just get a job.”

It’s all here. Racism is bad. Religion is bad. The environment needs protecting. Sexism is bad. White people mistreated Native Americans. Cops are criminals, man!  But the one that irks me the most is the Luddite streak that runs through “Breathe.” It comes off as a thoughtless target when so many of us use technology as a means to communicate and learn. We all get annoyed when we’re talking to someone and their nose is in their phone, or when the kid with headphones jumps into the middle of the street like Dr. Dre personally told him to, but I guess it all comes off as too black and white. I always go back to Videodrome on this, David Cronenberg’s 1983 film that handles the growing prevalence of technology in our lives with surprising prescience. The film depicts the merging of man and machine and reality with television, and the general takeaway is that technology is just another step in our evolution. It’s scary because it’s new, but who’s to say which of the before or after is better? The easy thing to say is “let’s regress back to what we know.” But the challenging thing is to admit that the things you loathe are just things (as the Rebel Spell are happy to not be into), and there is no perfect or natural state. Humanity is fluid. Long live the new flesh, baby.

I’d like to think that we’ve moved beyond the usual punk topics. Why not write a song about the dissonance some of us feel between enjoying our consumerist culture while we vehemently trash it in our art? Why not write a song about balancing your belief in feminism with your everyday objectification? Are the Rebel Spell so far across the gap they’ve never found joy in modern vices or the perfect shape of a twenty-something’s ass? They might be, but I’m not. I partake in grey areas of morality all day and all night, because I’m not perfect and it’s not something I want to strive for. The disconnect here might not be from artist to audience, but from person to person.

But, the other take on it is this: Last Run is exactly what we need in punk rock. Maybe the Rebel Spell is right, and I’m sucking on the teats of the corporations and I need to protest a pipeline and live amongst bears right-fucking-now. Maybe the basics are being pounded out again and again because they happen to be important, and they happen to be outsider issues worth discussion. Maybe the rest of us, living in the system don’t get it and this is the benevolent aural hand to slap us in the face and yell: “wake the fuck up!” And it very well could be just another political punk jerk-off session. If it is, I hope they came. But, I’m left with the very real sense that Last Run is a work of art. It’s certainly confrontational, but it interacted with me in a way that a lot of music just doesn’t. There’s give and take here. It made me think– reconsider what is important to me and inspires me to discuss and write a review that is too long for anyone’s good. And all of that is worth a lot more than just finding something to agree with.

5/5 Stars – Give the album a listen below.



The Rebel Spell talks about new album “Last Run,” animal rights and more

Vancouver punk rockers The Rebel Spell were interviewed. During the interview they discussed their latest album “Last Run,” animal rights and more.

You can read it here.

The Rebel Spell released Last Run on September 30, 2014. It follows their previous album, It’s a Beautiful Future, which was released in 2011 via Rebel Time Records.



The Rebel Spell (punk) heading out on Canadian tour

Vancouver punks The Rebel Spell are taking a trip across the great white north in support of their new album. Check out the dates/locations of the “Last Run” Canadian tour below.

The Rebel Spell released Last Run one week ago (September 30th) after a successful Indiegogo campaign. You can stream the album in full here. Last Run is the followup to the band’s 2011 album, It’s A Beautiful Future, which was put out by Rebel Time Records.



Full Album Stream: The Rebel Spell – ‘Last Run’

Vancouver punk rockers The Rebel Spell have released a full stream of their brand new album Last Run. You can check out a stream of the album below. If you like what you hear, you can purchase the album from The Rebel Spell’s Bandcamp page.

The Rebel Spell released Last Run on September 30, 2014. It follows their previous album, It’s a Beautiful Future, which was released in 2011 via Rebel Time Records.



The Rebel Spell get profiled by Coastal Frequencies

Vancouver punk rockers The Rebel Spell have been selected as the subject for the second Coastal Frequencies, a new video series that blends high-quality concert footage with interviews. In the clip, you can watch The Rebel Spell play their songs “Is It Enough,” “I Am a Rifle” and “Can’t Fool Me,”, as well as discuss their formation, touring life, and the Canadian underground punk revival.

You can watch the video below.

The Rebel Spell recently started an IndieGoGo campaign to back their upcoming album. You can find more information on that here



The Rebel Spell launch Indiegogo campaign to fund upcoming album

Vancouver punk rockers The Rebel Spell are preparing to record a new album. To raise money to record the album, they’re launched an Indiegogo campaign.

You can check out the campaign here.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the band’s new album come to light. Their latest album “It’s a Beautiful Future” was released  in 2011 via Rebel Time Records.



The Rebel Spell to record new album, announce Canadian tour dates

Vancouver punk rockers The Rebel Spell are preparing to record a new album. To raise money to record the album, they will be playing some Canadian shows this spring.

You can check out the dates and locations below.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the band’s new album come to light. Their latest album “It’s a Beautiful Future” was released  in 2011 via Rebel Time Records.



The Rebel Spell announce Canadian tour dates

Vancouver’s punk rockers, The Rebel Spell, have announced Canadian tour dates.

You can check out the dates and locations here.

The band latest album, “It’s a Beautiful Future,” was released last year via Rebel Time Records.



Free Album Download: The Rebel Spell – “It’s A Beautiful Future” (recommended)

Today is a great day for Punk Rockers! Vancouver’s punk heroes The Rebel Spell are giving away a free download of my favorite album of 2011 entitled, “It’s a Beautiful Future.”

You can snag it for free here.

“It’s a Beautiful Future” was released on February 15th via Rebel Time Records. You have no excuse not to download it, so do yourself a favor and get on it!