Don't Wanna Hear It Festival

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As a new member of Bootlicker, I had the pleasure of heading out to the second annual Don’t Wanna Hear It festival in Edmonton, Alberta. Don’t Wanna Hear It is a joint venture between a few lifers as a means to bring pure escapism from the bleakest centre of existence. A noble effort for those living in the worst city in the world.

In all seriousness - DWHI is a punk and metal based festival with a focus on local bands with excellent organization and some very gracious and welcoming hosts. Most bands were from surrounding cities and provinces with Anatomy and Pawns making up headliners from New York.
Cole Hadley is a part of Scoped Exposure and was in Edmonton to photograph the second night. Below are some choice pictures that were taken from the second night of the festival. Cooperation, when applied to these types of events can be inspiring and the attention to common goals is a simple, impassioned activity when it’s based on entertainment. As we shuffle our feet towards a more serious and precarious world, my hope is that our focus can attune itself to a level of cooperation that can do more than just entertain us. Maybe actually save us?

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LANGUID

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Languid were my favorite band from what I saw. Classic D-beat delivered the way it should be: A total sonic assault and unrelenting. The heavily distorted and clean channels give it such a monstrous attack especially when the riffs are as powerful as they tend to be.

DEATH KNELL

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BOOTLICKER

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FATAL PLAGUE

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I think that one of the defining characteristics of plague is that it is fatal. A defining aspect of this new Vancouver band is their singer with a tendency to try and shatter glass every fifteen or twenty seconds while she’s backed by a guitar player that is very fond of Antisect riffs. Get a demo out please. This photo has a bit of a deathrock vibe to it. Trust me when I say that is not the case in the music. Unfortunately I missed them for this performance.

CHAPEL

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AHNA

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Big thanks to Cole and Scoped Exposure and the organizers behind Don’t Wanna Hear It festival. Scoped Exposure was filming the events as well so keep your eyes peeled for that when it drops. Pay special attention to how on-point Languid was. What a scorcher.