Quick Update

Quick update!

Things have been a bit slow here in SLATESLAND. We got home from tour and decided to lie low for a few months. Stef’s started playing with the Rhubarbs while Dallas and James are involved with a Pogues set over the holidays (not to mention Dirty Dudes, singalongs and other ventures). Of course Eric is inching closer to becoming a kung fu master (which you will definitely not be able to see on the youtubes). No worries, many, many plans for 2012. It’ll be another gooder for Les Slaterinos!

In the meantime (and in between time) we’re playing Matty’s 100th show this weekend at the Wunderbar. He’s been doing great work for the all-ages scene in Edmonton though Clean Up Your Act and when he asked us to play this ripper, how could we refuse?! Event info here.

See you in the new year.



Last run of Euro shows.

Venues corrected! So stoked to be out here.

S9/10 – Vienna, AT @ EKH
Sn9/11- Budapest, HU @ Szabad AZ A
T9/13 – Gyor, HU @ titkos helyszín w/Watch My Bag & Fuck Like Bunnies
W9/14 – Wroclaw, PO @ Falanster
Th9/15- Prague, CZ @ 007 w/Like Rats on a Sinking Ship & Astpai
S9/17 – Passau, DE @ Zeughaus w/Der Steinkopf


Here are SLATES European Tour Dates !

This will be updated with more info and event links throughout the tour.

If our European friends can help out with any last minute shows please email slates780@gmail.com

TUES AUG 23 – Bonn, DE @ BLA Bornheimerstr w/ Not on Tour


WED AUG 24 – Hameln, DE @ AZ Walke w/ Not on Tour

THURS AUG 25- Darmstadt, DE @ JuKuZ Oetinger Villa w/ Not on Tour


FRI AUG 26 – Amsterdam, NL? (Available)

SAT AUG 27 – Berlin, DE? (Available)

SUN AUG 28- Sight seein’.

MON AUG 29 – Find vegan donairs, James knows where.

TUES AUG 30 – Drivin’.

WED AUG 31- Freiburg, DE @ Slow Club


THURS SEPT 1 – Schaffhausen, CH @ Bandraum Neustadt w/ Plain Zest


FRI SEPT 2 – Luzern, CH @ Club Sedel w/ Beggars and Gentry & Plain Zest


SAT SEPT 3 – Forli, IT @ Open Air 2011, Officina 52


SUN SEPT 4 – Ljubljana, SI? (Available!)

MON SEPT 5 – Tuzla, BA @ Underground with PunkArt!

TUES SEPT 6 – Sarajevo, BA @ Fis Kultura


WED SEPT 7 – Zadar, HR @ Studentski Klub


THURS SEPT 8 – Zagreb, HR @ Attack! (AKC Medika)


FRI SEPT 9 – Zagreb, HR @ Rock Club Time

SAT SEPT 10 – Vienna, AT @ EKH

SUN SEPT 11- Budapest, HU @ Szabad AZ A

MON SEPT 12 – Have you heard Ted Leo covering Tears for Fears? It rules.

TUES SEPT 13 – Gyor, HU @ titkos helyszín w/Watch My Bag & Fuck Like Bunnies

WED SEPT 14 – Wroclaw, PO @ Falanster


THURS SEPT 15- Prague, CZ @ Matrix Klub w/Like Rats on a Sinking Ship & Astpai


FRI SEPT 16 – Munich? Berlin? Hamburg? (Available!)

SAT SEPT 17 – Passau, DE @ Zeughaus w/Der Steinkopf



SUN SEPT 18 – Departure to Canada

and then…just in time to recover from the jet lag …


Time out for fun!

Howdy folks!

Time for a semi-regular/dependably irregular SLATES update? Methinks so!

First off, I’ve gotta say I’m upset with the Winnipeg Jets decision to incorporate militarism into their new logo. Not stoked. There are enough people paying lip service to Canadian Forces these days, you’d think such a blatant appropriation of a major league sports team would be a little over the top? Not so. I can’t even see an AC/DC concert without having to endure patriotic screams that accompany the preshow flyby. Kim Thayil is dubious…

Anyways, there are more important matters to get to. Specifically, we put out two tasty new jams with our friends Stalwart Sons last month.

Nice eh? I thought so anyways. Contact the fine folks at Revolution Winter if you’d like a copy!

Second up, we’re two weeks away from heading out on our first European tour. This should be a gooder! Unfortunately, guitar slasher Mighty Romeo (aka Erico Suave) won’t be able to join us this time around. But fortunately (and previously mentioned?), we’ve enlisted Falklands’ rasta Lee pon de bass and Stef’ll rock the gitter this time around. Songs are sounding great and we’re even going to try rehearsing a Joy Division tune for this one. Dates below! Please get in touch if you can help us out on the ones we’ve still got available.

T8/23 – Bonn, DE @ BLA Bornheimerstr w/ Not on Tour
W8/24 – Hameln, DE @ AZ Walke w/ Not on Tour
Th8/25- Darmstadt, DE @ JuKuZ Oetinger Villa w/ Not on Tour
F8/26 – Amsterdam, NL? (Available)
S8/27 – Berlin, DE? (Available)
Sn8/28- Sight seein’.
M8/29 – Find vegan donairs, James knows where.
T8/30 – Drivin’.
W8/31- Freiburg, DE @ Slow Club
Th9/1 – Schaffhausen, CH @ Bandraum Neustadt w/ Plain Zest
F9/2 – Luzern, CH @ Club Sedel w/ Beggars and Gentry & Plain Zest
S9/3 – Forli, IT @ Open Air 2011, Officina 52
Sn9/4 – Ljubljana, SI @ Menza
M9/5 – Tuzla, BA @ (cancelled, bummer!)
T9/6 – Sarajevo, BA @ Fis Kultura
W9/7 – Zadar, HR @ Studentski Klub
Th9/8 – Zagreb, HR @ Attack! (AKC Medika)
F9/9 – Zagreb, HR @ Rock Club Time
S9/10 – Vienna, AT @ EKH
Sn9/11- Budapest, HU @ Szabad AZ A
M9/12 – Have you heard Ted Leo covering Tears for Fears? It rules.
T9/13 – Gyor, HU @ titkos helyszín w/Watch My Bag & Fuck Like Bunnies
W9/14 – Wroclaw, PO @ Falanster
Th9/15- Prague, CZ @ 007 w/Like Rats on a Sinking Ship & Astpai
F9/16 – Munich? Berlin? Hamburg? (Available!)
S9/17 – Passau, DE @ Zeughaus w/Der Steinkopf

Wouldn’t you know it, PunkRadioCast put one of our sets up in it’s entirety!

Lastly, Eruo-tour kickoff, prairie style!

Aug. 19th – Edmonton @ Wunderbar w/PeAKs and the Cliffs

Aug. 20th – Calgary @ the Area w/Suicidal Cop & Book of Caverns



Warning …
Eric has not posted a SLATES blog entry in a while so this one is a long one …
Ladies & Gentlemen, we present to you SLATES sophomore LP “Prairie Fires” released on Handsome Dan Records:

Take a couple songs for a test drive at www.slates.bandcamp.com.

As one listener put it: “Kinda Metallica n Alice (AIC) vibe going on. Good backbeat, nice sizzle on the 2k”.

A long story, due to a logistic screw up from the printing company we did not have the actual Prairie Fires record jackets for our release show at Teddy’s over the weekend. You would think having recorded this album 10 months ago we would have had the enough time to coordinate the loose ends…but I digress.

To the rescue, Stefan and I spray painted a limited run of the ultra-hip-super-collectible release show record jackets in my garage 1 hour before the doors opened for the show.

If you purchased a copy of our record with this incredible limited edition alternate jacket, we have your email and will send you instructions to download the mp3 album. We will also give you a copy of the actual Prairie Fires jacket … unless of course you simply want to buy another copy of the new record with the correct cover art and ebay the shit out of the limited edition cover…your call ! By us a budweiser and perhaps we will sign your copy and help you set that reserve higher!

As I am writing this … This just in !!! OMG “THE JACKETS HAVE ARRIVED”.

Round of applause for Stefan Duret for his hard work and not dying on us pre-Teddy’s show from a panic attack. We love you Stefan. BOOSH

We will have the new “Prairie Fires” record available (both with the correct and limited edition jackets) at Sled Island and other upcoming shows. Soon enough they will be available in the finest independent record stores. You can also order “Prairie Fires” though slates.bandcamp.com.

SLATES “Prairie Fires” on Handsome Dan Records pictured above.
“Prairie Fires” Limited Edition Whoopsie cover pictured below.

On Friday, Permanent Records hosted an afterschool special in-store performance for us. We were joined by our hardcore homeboys in No Problem who released their album “And Now This” on Deranged Records this weekend.

It was my mom’s first punk show.
“Mom, do you need earplugs?”
“Nah, I think I’ll tough it out.”
Ah, Mrs. Budd 🙂
(photos by Mr. Budd)

On Saturday evening we had our official “Prairie Fires” release party at Teddy’s. Putting the “class” in classic rock. Whiskeyface opened up with a great set of dirty rock and were well behaved gentlemen for the remainder of the evening. Falklands had a bump in the road earlier in the day when their drummer Jerf injured himself. Our man Dallas stepped up to the plate and ripped an awesome last minute set with Falklands including a ripper of “Whole Lotta Rosie”.

(Teddy’s photos by Kradical)

Thank you to Leo and the staff at Teddy’s for hosting our record release party. We had a swell time.

Extra special thanks to all of you that attended the Teddy’s show on Saturday and making it a really awesome nite for everyone. SLATES fans are thee best.

…and shit, as I am writing this I realize the PA rental was due back 5 minutes ago and I totally forgot. Whoops.

Thank you to Sandra Sperounes for the SLATES featurette about our new ablum which appeared last Friday in the Edmonton Journal.

As well thank you to Bryan Birtles for covering the new ablum and our Teddy’s LP2 release partay in Vue Weekly.

Prairie Fire … one hell of a hot shot !
1oz Tequila
splash of tabasco sauce
bottoms up w/ a Tums on standby
(I did 14 of these for my 19th birthday and subsequently got escorted out of the Black Dog at 11:30pm, yikes)

Slates Soda … the official jam drink of choice !
3 fingers of Rootbeer Schnapps
Club Soda and grenadine to taste
Drink until you shred

Please, SLATES encourages you to party and drink responsibly.
We are excited to be performing at the upcoming Sled Island Festival in Calgary this weekend.

Remember when bands spent less time trying to be cool and more time on being good? Edmonton’s SLATES play sincere, unapologetic music that is constantly hinting towards catharsis. Stop reminiscing about how good The Constantines used to be and check out SLATES!”

Thursday, June 23 @ 8:00pm
SLATES @ New Black
All Ager Rager w/ Trigger Effect, Time Copz, The SSRIs
Facebook Event Page

Friday, June 25 @ 7:00pm
SLATES @ Local 522
Bart Records Showcase w/ Book of Caverns, Bayonets!!!, Crow Eater, Auld Beak

Download Links:
Sled Island Schedule
Sled Island Program guide

SLATES are going to shred Thursday and Friday at Sled Island. Then we are going to have a Rocky Mountain highway drive to Hinton, Alberta. We’ve got 2 Hinton shows lined up for Saturday, June 24 !!!

All ager rager punk show and skateboard competition hosted by the Hinton Youth Centre during the day @ 4:30pm … The Field Day / SLATES / Old Wives / The Grave Mistakes / …and The Blame-Its !

There will be an 18+ bar show later in the evening featuring Old Wives / SLATES / …and The Blame-Its ! Word on the street (aka Hwy 16) is that the show has been moved to the Valley Zoo(?) in Hinton to accommodate a bigger capacity … homecoming for the Hinton VIP Punx The Blame-Its.

… and after the show is the after party and after the after party is the hotel lobby …
Word on the street is Chad is hosting another super awkward house party … he will have to work at 7am so y’all better clear the lobby and head back to your room at the Woodcutter and UH somebody …

So we did the S/T record release in 2009, got it reviewed 2 years later on punknews.org (hey, 3.5 punk points outta 5 ain’t that bad). Now it is 2011 and we did a split 7″ with Thee Old Sins, released the Bun Bun 7″ , finally our anticipated sophomore release Prairie Fires hits the streets …let’s just say we’ve been busy or maybe too ambitious.

But wait one more … we did a split 7″ w/ our good pals Stalwart Sons from Calgary. We painfully recorded our song Fabian, a special dedication to the late William Fabian (RIP amigo. Read more about William Fabian and Eskoria from one of the earliest posts on our blog here).

Friday, July 8 @ 7:00pm
SLATES & Stalwart Sons w/ guests
Inglewood Community League
All Ages !
Facebook Event Page

Shout out to Kevin “Is it Done Yet” Stebner for coordinating and putting out this split 7″ on Bart / Revolution Winter records. Seriously, the cover art is going to blow your mind.
On a more personal note, I took a few weeks away from SLATES to go on adventure of China. This trip was 7 years in the making for me and our adventure included 9 days at the Shaolin Temple in China’s Henan province where I studied kung fu with the Shaolin monks. Here are some photos I’d like to share…

This trip to Shaolin was extra special for me as I got to travel and train with two of my close friends GWhiz & Matty from No Problem. Here is a pic of us with our monk coach Shifu “Doug Wally” who taught us the Shaolin 9-section chain whip.

An epic photo: GWhiz, Matty, myself and young Evan from Raptor Strike representing 780 punx on the Great Wall of China !

We had a great time and made many memories with our kung fu brothers and sisters from Chiu Lau Kung Fu College. Kung fu was the primary focus but we still found opportunities to play some music. GWhiz ripped some No Problem (and a killer rendition of “Fascist Cops” by the Kids) and I shredded SLATES songs to the locals at a street party in Nanjing.

If you are interested in training kung fu in Edmonton with us please visit www.chiulau.com

SLATES would also like to give a blog SHOUT OUT to our good friend and young blood LIVEWIRE LEE. Lee plays the electric bass guitar in Falklands, another fantastic example of Edmonton rock n roll talent.

You see, Lee and his electric bass guitar has agreed to accompany Stefan, James and Dallas on the SLATES tour of Europe. Stefan Duret will temporarily be playing the electric guitar, and fear not, with a couple quick pointers we will have full confidence Stefan’s ability to ssshhhred.

Stefan, “I am going to give you the keys to the Lambourghini.”

I just got back from my Shaolin adventure so unfortunately I will not be able to take part in this tour to meet our new European friends. I’ll be holding down the fort in Edmonton while the boys are gettin all European.

And will be ready to return to the rock n roll front lines with SLATES in the Fall…

One Love,
Eric /// SLATES

New LP, shows shows shows

Hey friends,
being that myspace is on it’s deathbed and slatesband.ca isn’t quite ready yet, we’re just going to throw all our upcoming shows up on here.

First up, Prairie Fires (our new LP, which has been getting some great reviews across Germany) is coming out in Canada next month with the help of our friends from Handsome Dan Records. Saturday June 18th to be exact. We’ll be hosting a party at Teddy’s in Edmonton with our friends Whiskeyface and the Falklands to mark the occasion. Should be a rager!

Secondly, we’ll be playing some shows in Western Canada.

Thursday June 23 – Calgary @ The New Black w/ Timecopz & The SSRIs

Friday June 24th – Calgary @ Local 522 w/ Book of Caverns, Bayonets!!!, Crow Eater, Auld Beak

Saturday June 25th – Hinton @ Skatepark (AA afternooner), then a bar show with the Blame Its and Old Wives

Friday July 1st – Winnipeg @ Osborne St. Music Fest

Saturday July 2nd – Saskatoon @ Cafe Sola

Friday July 8th – Edmonton (All Ager w/ Stalwart Sons and Book of Caverns)
– SLATES/STALWART 7″ Split release

Thirdly, Euro Tour 2011.

Aug. 23 – Bonn, DE @ BonnerLarmAnstalt w/ Not On Tour (Israel)

Aug. 25 – Darmstadt, DE @ Oetinger Villa w/ Not On Tour (Israel)

Aug. 31 – Frieburg, DE

Sept. 1 – Schaffhausen, CH w/ Plain Zest

Sept. 2 – Luzern, CH @ Sedel w/ Beggars and Gentry

Sept. 3 – Modena, IT @ Libera Officina

Sept. 5 – Tuzla, BA w/PunkArt

Sept. 6 – Sarajevo, BA @ Fis Kultura

Sept. 7 – Zadar, HR @ Studentski Klub

Sept. 8 – Zagreb, HR

Sept. 9 – Zagreb, HR

Sept. 10 – Vienna, AT

Sept. 13 – Kosice, SK

Sept. 14 – Wroclaw, PO

Sept. 15 – Prague, CZ

Sept. 17 – Passau, DE @ Zeughaus

More dates to be announced soon!

April Update


Shows on deck up in Calgary and Edmonton to celebrate the much anticipated Bun Bun 7″ coming out Handsome Dan Records. Two weeks away !

Holy Thursday, April 21
WHAT’S UP CALGARY ! @ Broken City
Teenage Rampage
Spastic Panthers
Stressed Out
Facebook Event Page

Celebrating Handsome Dan Records in all it’s glory ! SLATES BunBun 7″ release as well as Spastic-Rampage split 7″ release ! DOUBLE WHAMMY !!!
Great Friday, April 22
WHAT’S UP EDMONTON ! @ New City Legion
Spastic Panthers
Fever Island
Night Danger
We’ve got our pals from Bieber Island whoa-oh-oh-ing us and Night Danger from Saskatoon making their Alberta debut. Then Spastic Panthers and SLATES in a good ol Battle of Alberta catfight !

Resurrection Saturday, April 23
WHAT’S UP HINTON @ The Woodcutter!
The Sorels
Whiskey Face

We love playing Hinton, Alberta. This will be a savage party animal show. Shout outs to Chrispy Blame-It in the Sorels (who by the way have just released a new record!) and Choicey Moves shredding the 335 in Whiskey Face. Some of you folks who have a spot reserved in Heaven might need to take er easy since Mom scheduled Easter dinner the following day.


Easter Jokes aside …IN OTHER NEWS…

SLATES have also been making waves in Europe. We have received several favourable reviews from European zines, blogs as well as radio play.

We have a couple new jamz on the grill. Working titles include Vanilla Jamz, Jaws Jamz, Juice(?)Storm, and finally…Indiana Jamz & the Temple of Doobs. Total bangers n mash.

MAY 2nd … please take the time to VOTE in the federal election.
SLATES is based out of the infamous Edmonton-Strathcona riding and we support our incumbent “socialist” MP Linda Duncan (NDP). We know what you are thinking...what the hell kinda’ Albertan’ band are ya’ ? Well, you can be a rodeo lovin’ Albertan and still vote left of the far right of centre. You could also be a rodeo lovin’ Albertan and not give a fuck. The choice is yours. Take the time to educate yourself on all the parties positions (or lack thereof) and make your own informed decision on May 2nd. Oh Anxiety !

(Editors Note: Our beloved James “105 Street 4 Life Yo” Stewart wanted to express his downtown pride and how it sustains him. James resides in the Edmonton-Centre riding where the incumbent “Harper Government” MP is running, yes, again. I guess a retired Air Force Colonel could probably make a great advocate to spend billions on new fighter jets, yknow so we can stay involved in anti-terrorist warfare and defend our cut of the North Pole…but I digress.

James wants our blog readers to know that this makes him very sad. So VOTE and give James a hug when you see him, eh.)

We are going to be taking it easy in May. Eric is going to China to get all Jon Joseph on us at the Shaolin Temple (no, seriously he is). And Stefan is going to check out the grunge renaissance in Seattle. (Editors Note: Our life coach and beloved SLATES electrical bass player “Stefan” is actually going to Jersey, not Seattle. Not sure what he will be doing there but Glen Danzig, Snooki and DJ Pauly D unfortunately all come to mind.)

SLATES are then going to hit er hard in June. We have the long awaited release of our second LP “Prairie Fires” (Handsome Dan Records). We will be setting up our release shows shortly so check in on this blog to be updated with the release show details.

In the meantime, creep slates.bandcamp.com where you can find 3 songs from the upcoming “Prairie Fires” album, available for free download.

Oh, we have been invited to play SLED ISLAND in June, Calgary. We’ve heard Temple Of The Dog will be one of the headliners this year and we are super excited to have the opportunity to open for them.


March Update

Alright sportz fans …
Here is thee SLATES update for March 2011

We have a winner !
Congratulations to Nicholas Rogoza who answered March’s skill testing SLATES trivia question correctly (the answer was “Black Slabbath“). Mr. Rogoza will receive a test pressing of the SLATES/Old Sins split 7″.

Leading up to the release of SLATES LP2 “Prairie Fires” we are holding a trivia contest on the 1st of each month for all our facebook friends. Stay tuned for the April Fool’s Day question.

“Like” us on Facebook you could also have a chance to be a winner.



Saturday, March 5 @ Amigos
Get ready for “SLATES from Alberta eh” dear friends from Saskatoon! We are playing with our prairie pals The Moas

Saturday, March 12 @ Avonmore Hall
SLATES are headlining an Edmonton ALL AGER RAGER featuring fine bands such as “The Fucking Lottery”, “Book Of Caverns” and others. It looks like a refreshingly diverse bill and we always look forward to bangin for the all ages crowd. Props to Benson on a spectacular poster …



April is going to be an exciting month. We’ve got shows lined up in Calgary and Edmonton with the-awesomeness-that-is Calgary’s Spastic Panthers (ugh!) to celebrate our Unbun 7″ slated (yuck yuck) for release on Handsome Dan Records.

We recorded new songs “Fabian” and “Chinook” for an upcoming split 7″ with Calgary’s Stalwart Sons. Shout out to our man James Stewart for his hard work wrapping up loose ends and gettin er done. Release data is TBA so stay tuned !

Stalwart Sons Kevin Stebner aka the Calgary Scene Prince of Darkness featured above (left) with SLATES very own Heavy Metal Party King the original Stefan Duret (right).


Finally, I had to repost this picture of James and Dallas. It requires no further explanation other than it is simply amazing.

Publish Post

Gung Hay Fat Choy

I’ll pick up where my man Dallas left off
…upcoming Edmonton shows …


We are going to say ~bei bei~ to the Year of the Tiger with a FREE show at the Black Dog to celebrate the release of our split 7″ w/ The Old Sins.

Spacebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=172982242739196


We are going say ~oh hai~ to the Year of the Rabbit with an ALL AGER RAGER at McKernan Hall to celebrate the return of Edmonton punkies Geister.

Slatesbook event page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=191010864243999