Monday, 10 November 2014


It’s probably safe to say that every major city in the world had its own unifying punk/hardcore band in the 90’s. Washington, DC had Fugazi. Richmond, VA had Avail. Olympia, WA had Bikini Kill. Gainseville, FL had (and still has) Hot Water Music. It goes on and on. And for Vancouver, BC, during the early- to mid-‘90s, that unifying band was Sparkmarker. Products and Accessories, the band’s first full-length album (with 7” and compilation tracks tacked on for good measure), was more than just a cleverly packaged, gatefold-style compact disc; it brought the Vancouver punk scene together and gave birth to the idea that your friends could become your heroes[...]

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