Showing posts with label Jonah Falco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jonah Falco. Show all posts

Scare Tactic / As One

Scare Tactic is where we can begin Jonah's story, for the purposes of this FU related discography. The band comprised Jesse Parker on vocals, Jonah on Guitar, Robert Parker (Jesse's younger brother) on drums and their friend James on Bass. The following quotes from Jonah are taken from email correspondence.
Jonah: Jesse, Robert, and I were all in school together. James was their neighbourhood friend. The three of them were in a band called BSE and had been playing pop punk shows since a really young age. Jesse and I were in a history class together, he asked me to join their band on guitar. Our first "show" was at high school, opening for a German pop-rock band called "Die Sterne" who came and did a big outdoor gig for the student body c/o the German dept (who the hell knows why...probably something to do with Oktoberfest). The set was all covers. 

Jonah joined BSE in 1997 or 1998, the band later changed its name to As One, referencing the song by NYHC band Warzone. As One recorded a four song CD "No Less An Authority"circa 2000, then "sowhatifi'mafuckingdemo" during the winter of 2000. The demo was recorded in Jesse's basement, by his uncle and released on cassette.
Jonah: We changed the name to As One to write more metallic, straight edge hc type songs (FTR, I was never straight edge). Demo was written as we were getting more in to the local hc scene and hearing a lot more music across the eras of punk and hc. When the demo was going to be pressed to vinyl, we switched the name over to Scare Tactic. 

Scare Tactic: Jonah on Guitar, James on Bass...


(Mercury Girls)

Jonah drums, produces and helps with song-writing in post-punk quartet Pavillion. They were formerly called Mercury Girls, but changed the name shortly after the release of the demo to avoid confusion with a band of the same name from Philadelphia.

Check their music out on bandcamp, details of their physical releases are below.

"Demo / Mercury Girls Demo" (Cassette)

First Press - Smoky silver cassette
Second Press - Matte black cassette

Artwork on inside of inlay


Tracks: In Your Hands, Beautiful Sight, Pale Shades of Green, Binds
Released: April 2015
Label: Not on label (self released)
Pressing Info:
1st press - smoky silver tapes with a clear leader, 75-100 made
2nd press - matte black tapes with a red leader, 200 made
Other Variants: Inlays are either ivory or a pale green colour, later copies have the new band name on the spine.

Inlays on pale shade of green, or ivory paper - the artwork was updated on later copies to reflect the change of band name

"Vexation of Spirit" (Cassette)

Inlays on hyacinth blue paper, matte black cassette

Inlay - front

Inlay - back

"Pavilion / Pet Sun " (Split Cassette)


Tracks: Pale Shades of Green (Pavilion) / Wish it Was (Pet Sun
Released: February 2016
Label: Long Winter
Pressing Info:

Deaf Mutations

Flush All feces...

Deaf Mutations was Dave Brown's semi-anonymous hardcore project, Jonah was also involved and "Crash The Clubs" is their sole release. Dave and Jonah were in Career Suicide at the time, so technically it's more of a CS rather than a  FU side project, but never mind. 

Dave Brown played drums in CS, but switches here to vocals; Jonah plays guitar and maybe bass. He also recorded and produced the EP. Dave released it as a tape via his Sewercide label and a few years later, their friend Tom Ellis released it as a 7" on Static Shock Records.

Sleeve - Front

Lonely Wholesome

Vinyl & Lathe Cut Records

Lonely Wholesome is one of Jonah's projects. Young Guv / Ben Cook sometimes helps out with mixing, production and other stuff.

Mike Haliechuk says: Lonely Wholesome is one of Jonah's "secret" bands. He likes to play instruments and sing, so he has a band where he does mostly both. ( FU Mixtape 5 Liner Notes):

Check out Jonah's soundcloud for some nice tunes. Discographied below are the following physical releases:
  • ''Vanity'' - Lathe Cut 7"
  • ''Who Killed Anna'' - Lathe Cut 12"
  • ''Vanity'' 7"

"Vanity" (Lathe Cut 7") 

Sleeve - Front
Sleeve - Back: 
Fold-out sleeve with half-panel on back showing numbered envelope containing disk. 

Lathe Cut Disk:
Blue flexi plastic with two holes, comes in numbered envelope instead of dust sleeve.

Tracks: Vanity (Single-sided disk)
Released: 2010
Label: Scotch Tapes (Scotch Tapes & Young Guv Presents Lathe Cut Series Volume 4)
Matrix A: (No matrix)
Pressing Info: 50 copies

The  lathe was part of a 'Scotch Tapes & Young Guv Presents'' series featuring various local artists. There were five different lathe-cuts in the series.


"Who Killed Anna?" (Lathe Cut 12") 

Tracks: Who Killed Anna?  B/W  Hey Russia
Released: 2010
Label: Scotch Tapes
Matrix A: (No matrix)
Pressing Info: 30 or 50 copies

Sleeve - Front:
Fold-out black card, with pasted artwork

Sleeve - Back
"Rubbed out"

Lathe-Cut Disk

1. Single-sided disk with two tracks. The record sold out very quickly, but disaster struck at the label and most, if not all of the records were not sent out. Apparently some surfaced later, in Toronto second-hand shops...

From Jonah's Instagram: Unexpectedly united with a copy of the Lonely Wholesome "Who Killed Anna?" 12" acetate from 2009. This came out in what was supposed to be an addition of 1-200, of which maybe 30 were actually produced before the label guy disappeared. I have never seen, heard, or held one until today. PS it rips.

3. Anna Politovskaya...


"Vanity" (Vinyl 7") 

Sleeve - Front:
White dust sleeve, hand stamped
Sleeve - Back:
Hand stamped and numbered out of 400
Vinyl - 'A' Side:
Includes removable yellow 45 adapter
Vinyl - 'B' Side
Insert - Front & Back

Tracks: Vanity BW Lethargy
Released: 2014
Label: Wild Animals
Matrix A: LonelyWild 6 - A   WWM / CJ III
Matrix B: LonelyWild 6 - A   WWM / CJ III
Pressing Info:
8 Test Pressings with blank labels - labels have scribbles by Jonah
5 Test Pressings with printed labels

Press of 400* comprising:
284 on black vinyl
41 on pink / purple marbled
26 on blue marbled
25 on white
24 on green marbled
Of the above coloured versions, 25 copies have 'signed' sleeves.

*Pressing Note From Dan @ Wild Animals:
also, i got an extra 15 black copies with the big hole....i've stamped the labels and they have the yellow 'spiders' but i literally only had a few over 400 sleeves so once i'd fucked up a bit of printing, i decided to just number them up to a clean 400 rather that 408 or 415 or anything like that....although, 408 does look like a nice number now i've typed it.

Inserts: Regular insert as pictured above
Variants: Black vinyl plus four colour variants, some of which have signed sleeves - see below.

'Pink /purrple marbled'
'Blue marbled'
'Green marbled'

'Signed' sleeve version

From Wild Animals Blog:
So, Fucked Up were over in Australia in Feb and i finally got to meet Jonah when they played at the Ding Dong Lounge. I got him to sign some records in the hope that some of you kind folks will buy it!

I've got 25 signed copies of the 7" on cloured vinyl, thats pink/purple marbled, blue marbled, green marbled & white. 

Now, i say 'signed'...Jonah sat down with a sharpie and wrote/draw some odd things on the back of the sleeves! A maple leaf, some London postcodes, reviews of the band that was playing at the time...all sorts.


Dan Williams of Wild Animals Records was living in England when he sent a message to Jonah Falco expressing an interest in releasing some Lonely Wholesome material. Jonah missed the message. Two years drifted by. Dan moved to Australia. Human-beings everywhere got older or died. Then one day Jonah found the message, contacted Dan and everyone lived happily ever after.

You can read the full epic story on Vice-Noisey and you can read an interview with Dan on the Psychedelic Baby.

Dan had a few copies of the limited colours left when I contacted him yesterday, hit him up before someone else gets there first.

Commodity Fetishism:

White Label Test Pressing:
 8 copies with white labels + JF scribbles

Printed Label Test Pressing:
5 copies
(Image pinched from Jonah's Instagram)

Mad Men / Madmen

Madmen is Jonah's solo hardcore project.

Liner Notes of Mixtape 4 (By Mike Haliechuk): 
Jonah doesn't really have access to current events and media for some reason, so in 2009 while the show Mad Men was ripping up the Neilson charts (do these even exist anymore?) and women's’ Facebook status updates everywhere, he formed a one man band, also called Mad Men. Eventually some one will clue him in about the TV show, and he will watch it, right after he finishes watching The Wire and Thirty-somethings. Anyways, besides all that, Mad Men (the band, not the award winning, ubiquitous, hit TV show) is some pretty ripping stuff, his seamless tribute to the glorious anvil headed hardcore of the great lost years of the middle 1980s (i.e. right before he was born). He was gonna call this song (Wax World) “Wayne's World” but I advised against it, for obvious reasons. Jonah responds: “1st Mad Men Demo was recorded June, 2007. 1st Mad Men TV episode aired July ’07, haha, so there.”

Despite his rightful claim to the name, Jonah's "Mad Men" was shortened to "Madmen" at some point around 2010; the two demo tapes issued prior prior to that are under the name Mad Men, later releases are Madmen.

 Discographied below are the following vinyl releases:
  • ''Madmen / Bootleg''  (12")
  • ''Suspiria'' (7")
The tapes and a compilation get a mention too...


"Madmen / Bootleg" 12"

Sleeve - Front:
Generic white sleeve, with glossy sticker
Sleeve - Back:
Photocopy track list / images pasted over centre hole. Some copies have the photocopy as a loose insert

Blank labels...

Side I: Too Hot / No Mind / The Neighboorhood / Square Glasses / Counterfeit Traitor
Side II: Madmen, The Awakening / Wax World
Released: 2010
Label: Not on label
Matrix A: 85870 -1A EW26
Matrix B: 85870 -1B eW26
Pressing Info: 
Test Pressings - 10
First Press - 500 copies, some have alternate sleeves - see pictures further down.


Demo Tapes: The vinyl bootleg combines the material from the first two Mad Men demo tapes, plus an additional track.

Side 'I' contains the first demo, orginally released as a cassette in 2007:
Demo 1
(Image from Discogs)

Side 'II'  has the second demo, consisting of two tracks, originally released as a cassette  in  2008, plus additional track "The Awakening".
Demo 2
(Image from Discogs)

The material from both demos plus the additional track were also compiled on the "TWO AT A TIME PLUS ONE" cassette (2009)
TWO AT A TIME... Cassette
(Image from Discogs)

"The Awakening" (The additional track on the bootleg and the third casette)

Fleetwood Mac: According to Rumours, the bootleg 12" was actually released before the "Two at a Time..." cassette. It's not clear at this stage, how the bootlegger got hold of the additional track before it was released, or why the dates of the releases don't tie in with this fact, but the rumours came from a reliable source, so let's not be pedantic.

Quietus Review Feb 15 2010Come early 2010, this 12" turns up in various keen distros: white label vinyl in a plain white sleeve with a tracklisting glued on the back. Official word is that it's a bootleg, but given Fucked Up's obtrusive approach to verifying the 'official' nature of some of their releases, smart kids reckon this might be Jonah's doing after all. If you're reading this and silently decrying it as irrelevant wild goose chase collectorscum anti-marketing-dollar hypeman bullshit, shame on you – what kind of monster would deny maladjusted men with low self-esteem the chance to feel part of an exclusive club? Anyway, this record bangs hard: constantly threatening to be tuneful but mostly sticking to the splattery chaos of metal-flecked 80s icons like Die Kreuzen and Void. Side two ups the weird a mite, slathering reverbed vocals and martial drumming over the turmoil.

In both style and aesthetic, Mad Men could be deemed 'mysterious guy hardcore'. Seriously? The scare quotes – that is an actual thing? Sort of, yes. It describes some bands with identifiable commonalities, which is generally how subgenres are constructed; it just doesn't exist outside of a few messageboards. (At this point – also thinking of 'hypnagogic pop' and 'wonky' here – annoying people seems to be as good a reason as any for inventing your own name for a basically unnecessary genre.)

Commodity Fetishism:

Alternate Sleeve # 1 - Front
White on black artwork - sheet pasted onto generic sleeve
Alternate Sleeve # 1 - Back
(As above)

Alternate Sleeve # 2 - Front
Gold on black artwork - sheet pasted onto generic sleeve
Alternate Sleeve # 2 - Back
(As above)

Test Press Sleeve - Front:
Black on white artwork pasted on
Test Press Sleeve - Back:
Black on white artwork pasted on
Test Press Dust Sleeve / Vinyl:
Black & white collage artwork pasted on. White hand-written label.

Test Press Dust Sleeve / Vinyl:
Black & white collage artwork pasted on


"Suspiria" 7"

Sleeve - Front:
(First press)
Sleeve - Back:
(Second Press)
Sleeve comparison:
Top: 1st press - Fold out sleeve on glossy card. reverse is blank.
Bottom: 2nd press - Pocket sleeve on matt card. Back of sleeve is same artwork as first press

Left: 1st press with small spindle hole
Right: 2nd press with punch-out hole

1st Press Insert: 
Lyrics & credits, photocopied on A4 red paper. Single sided - reverse is blank.

2nd Press Insert - Front:
Lyrics & credits + string vest printed on glossy paper

2nd Press Insert - Back:
Side A: Suspiria / The Italian Flag
Side B: The Myth
Released: 2011
Label: Slasher Murder 009
Matrix A: U-64937m-A MURDER-009 Ⓤ
Matrix B: U-64937m-B MURDER-009 Ⓤ

Pressing Info (Thanks to Matt Bickle @ Slasher Records)
20 Test Pressings
300 First press
400 Second press


Printing Errors: The ''first press" sleeve and vinyl were actually printing errors; the intention was for the record to have the punch out centre hole and matt pocket sleeves.

French Connection: Sleeve artwork by Ryan Hogan of Montreal Band  Omegas. Jonah gets production credits on their "Sonic Order" 7"

Italian Job #1: Suspiria is a cover version of the title track of a film score for the cult Italian horror film of the same name.
The original is an instrumental recorded by Italian prog band Goblin. The Madmen version extends and develps the tune into second track "The Italian Flag".

Commodity Fetishism:

"Pre-Release Sleeve" (Front)
Sold at a show before the proper sleeves were available? TBC

"Pre-Release Sleeve" (Back)
This one's housing a Test Pressing 

Test Pressing:
Hand written labels - ''Uomini Pazzi"


More Notes:

Italian Job #2: At the time of writing (July 2015), the only Madmen track that dosen't appear on a Madmen cassette or record is a cover of  "Odia", originally by Italian punk band Tiratura Limitata.

French Connection #2: The Madmen version appears on the compilation "City Limits - Down And Out In Toronto & Montreal", which was released on Chris Colohan's High Anxiety label and is gives a snapshop of a particularly symbiotic sector of the Toronto & Montreal scenes.
Most of the recordings are exclusive to the comp; Jonah recorded a lot of the tracks on the 'Toronto' side and closing the circle, Yannick Sarrazin of Omegas recorded a lot of the Montreal ones.