AMERICAN DEVICES NEW YEARS EVE MONTREAL BLOWOUT WITH CLOCKCLEANER, O-VOIDS & PANOPTICON EYELIDS! NEW ONLINE GALLERY OF RARE 80'S MONTREAL PUNK ROCK POSTERS & COMIX BY REBECCA TUCKER! CORPUSSE ROCK VIDEO & COMIC STRIP! SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COMIC STRIP SLIDESHOW "CORPUSSE THE MOVIE" by Rick Trembles! NEW SLIDE SHOW: MAN & HIS WORLD! Written by by Rob Labelle & illustrated by Rick Trembles (both members of The American Devices)! PLUS: RICK TREMBLES ORIGINAL ART AUCTION ON EBAY! TREMBLES REFERENCED IN MUNGBEING MAGAZINE! NEW RICK TREMBLES CARTOON ON YOUTUBE! DEVICES & NIGHTWOOD AT L'ESCO & NEW DEVICES VIDEO BUNCO UNCTION! AMERICAN DEVICES W/THE NYMPHETS AT MONTREAL'S CLUB LAMBI (4465 ST-LAURENT) APRIL 26! RICK TREMBLES IN RUE MORGUE & PUNK MAGAZINE! THE AMERICAN DEVICES IN OTTAWA-LAND! GOOPY NEWZ #8! THE AMERICAN DEVICES IN AMERICA-LAND!VINTAGE 60'S ILLUSTRATION-WORK SLIDESHOW FROM CANADIAN "GOLDEN AGE" WORLD WAR TWO COMICS ARTIST JACK TREMBLAY!
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December 27, 2007
AMERICAN DEVICES NEW YEARS EVE MONTREAL BLOWOUT WITH CLOCKCLEANER, O-VOIDS & PANOPTICON EYELIDS (Click on the handsome Lisa Czech poster image below for larger color version)!
Come see my band The American Devices play this Monday night 9 PM December 31 at Friendship Cove (215A Murray Street) with DJ's Chloe Scum, Brett Wagg & Blamderson! Presented by The Pirates of the Lachine Canal! It's pay-what-you-can & I believe we're on second so don't come too late! We'll be unveiling 2 brand new songs, Pink in the Sink sung by me & Shitfinger sung by Rob Labelle! Check out the other crazy bands on the bill on MySpace:
CLOCKCLEANER (from Philadelphia)
Happy Poo Year!
December 6, 2007
NEW ONLINE GALLERY OF RARE 80'S MONTREAL PUNK ROCK POSTERS & COMIX BY REBECCA TUCKER!
Rebecca Tucker was the guitarist for the 1980's Montreal hardcore punk bands Terry Fox's Right Leg & No Policy & not only did she draw kickass comix & posters but used to custom build guitars as well! She eventually moved to Los Angeles & played in Frightwig for a while & now she makes fancy costumes for a living, having even dressed up Cameron Diaz & Gene Simmons from Kiss! I present to you for the first time ever an online gallery of her work, a series of rock posters followed by some rare comix. I published a few of her comix in Sugar Diet magazine in 1984 but lots of these have never been published before! Her comix always appealed to me, she has a distinct style & kinda creepy storylines that often deal with body image in disturbing ways. Click HERE or on the image above to start the show! Enjoy!
November 15, 2007
CORPUSSE ROCK VIDEO & COMIC STRIP!
Here's a music video I just made of Corpusse for the song Pretty Flowers (see my October 31 blog entry for more info on him). It incorporates live performances on video (camera-persons unknown; please contact me if you recognize it so I can give credit) & some old school super-8 footage I took of him one lazy afternoon circa early 90's. I play guitar on the live footage. The super-8 takes place at the old abandoned church long since gone on St-Laurent & Sherbrooke in Montreal. The hearse belonged to someone I knew who just left it for dead beside my old apartment behind Schwartz's Smoked Meat. Click on the images or the following URL to see it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlCjtcZzicI And don't miss Corpusse live this weekend with Mad Parish & The Nymphets, Saturday November 17 at Montreal's Barfly, 4062A St-Laurent.
Also, here's a comic jam I did just for fun with Corpusse called Fingerfood from 1996. I would draw & write some text, then he'd draw & write some text responding to my drawing & text, then I'd do likewise, etc. I did the hand critter, he did the chicken critter. Click the image or HERE to see it.
November 8, 2007
Here's a comic I did called ROMP for the zine Flaming Poutine about a typical gig for my band The American Devices back in the 90's (at a Montreal venue called Jailhouse Rock) . I made $1.75 that night. And that was a good night! Click the image or HERE to see it.
October 31, 2007
SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COMIC STRIP SLIDESHOW "CORPUSSE THE MOVIE" by Rick Trembles! (Click the title image to start the show)!
Corpusse (John Ashton) was a confrontational one-of-a-kind Montreal one-man-band shock art & horror movie influenced performance artist I had the pleasure of joining forces with in the 90's before he moved to Toronto. His recitals used to make my jaw drop way back when he was doing them solo & at one point he really wanted "female assistants" on-stage as if he was thinking up horrendous Grande Guignol magical acts to foist upon the audience. I was running around town with a dirty autobiographical slideshow I'd narrate at various venues dressed in drag at the time & so when Corpusse was having trouble convincing actual women to join up he decided to get the next best/worst thing; yours truly.
I began to accompany him on guitar in drag & participate in various on-stage stunts like closing the show by getting punched in the gut by him. Once, I put on a pair of fake boobs under my dress so he could incorporate unbuttoning me & caressing my tits into the act before doing something terrible to me, all while I was playing guitar. He occasionally had local musicians join in on the fun to improvise over his numbers but I chose to consciously allocate very noisy minimalist riffs on the guitar to go along with his unpredictable keyboards. We even recorded a few of these tunes. Watching audiences' bug-eyed reactions of disbelief at Corpusse's antics right from next to him on-stage was awesome but also a little bittersweet cuz it meant I couldn't get a very good view of what my fave performer was up to as much anymore. It was like being in the eye of the hurricane. A truly bizarre, chaotic & priceless experience like I'd never been thru before, haven't since, & probably never will again.
When it seemed like I was gonna be a permanent inclusion in his act I made a short super-8 film of him & also started planning another more ambitious one, the "storyboards" of which make up the bulk of the images in the 1993 comic strip slideshow I present to you this week (stick with it, some "fun facts" follow the boards). Unfortunately it was a touch beyond our means to film (what else is new) so the idea caved in on itself but I did manage to salvage the principal bump-in-the-head design idea by using it as cover art to last year's American Devices CD release. Corpusse is due to play Montreal again soon so be on the ball & don't miss it! There is nothing else on earth quite like him. Hail Corpy Porpy! Click on the images above or below or click here to start the show: Corpusse the Movie
October 11, 2007
NEW SLIDE SHOW: MAN & HIS WORLD! Written by by Rob Labelle & illustrated by Rick Trembles (both members of The American Devices)! PLUS: RICK TREMBLES ORIGINAL ART AUCTION ON EBAY!
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Expo 67 this year, Snubdom.com offers you an unconventional illustrated slideshow on the topic written by singer/guitarist of The American Devices Rob Labelle & drawn by singer/guitarist of The American Devices Rick Trembles. Man & His World is about the opening year of the world-renowned exposition, early sexual awakenings, & consecutive visits to the pavilion ruins many years later. Click on the title image above to start the show! Enjoy.
Calling all pervs, calling all pervs! Ever want your very own nudistic orgy doodle mandala?
Rick Trembles has just put up for auction on Ebay the original art to his latest epic zine submission, a cram-packed pen & ink drawing of mingling multitudes. It's signed, dated & framed under glass & the proceeds go the zine in question, Amber Goodwyn's delightful Lickety Split cuz they're about to go to print with the latest ish but need some spare cash for production costs. Lickety Split is a Montreal-based self-described "pansexual smut zine dedicated to encouraging sex-positive expression & thought." Besides the usual homemade sexy photo spreads of local hotties, fiction, poetry & essays, they also give sexposure to dirty pictures by the degenerate likes of me so you should encourage them & buy my art for a little spare cash to flow their way. Fuck knows I could use some scratch too myself these days, but peeps just don't seem to care to toss money directly at the arteests, so do the next best thing & support this zine that I like. Click on the image above to see an even larger version of the artwork for sale. Lick, uh I mean Click HERE to go directly to the Ebay auction page.
August 9, 2007
TREMBLES REFERENCED IN MUNGBEING MAGAZINE!
Check it out! An interview I did for my website a few years ago got referenced in another recent interview over at Mungbeing Magazine with cartoonist Joe (Peepshow) Matt about the ethics of autobiographical comix. Mungbeing asked Matt what he thought of my chitchat with the actual girl he drew himself having a crush on behind his girlfriend's back in his comic book The Poor Bastard. Click HERE to read it!
May 31, 2007
NEW RICK TREMBLES CARTOON ON YOUTUBE!
Some more youtubery for you all, this time a 2-minute animated short I did called BUSINESS LUNCH back in 1995 with music by 123GO! Guitars by Sam Shalabi, Chris Burns, Marc Montanchez, Richard Bird, bass by American Devices member Andre Asselin, keyboards by Corpusse, drums by Paul Lacerte, viola by Joellen Housego, & vocs by other American Devices member yours truly.
Click on the frame-grab below to see it!
Oh & don't forget to come see The American Devices w/Nightwood @ L'Esco this Friday!
May 24, 2007
Here's a fun sketch by Danny Darling of The American Devices circa 1984 when we were a 3-piece (L to R: Rick Trembles, Rob Labelle, Cups Von Helm).
From our latest press release:
The American Devices w/ Nightwood, Friday June 1st @ L’Escogriffe, 4467 St-Denis (south of Mont-Royal). Show starts at 10pm / $5 @ the door. (Poster by Amber Goodwyn).
Montreal’s longest lasting post-punk band The American Devices will be playing with opening act Nightwood at L’Escogriffe on Friday June 1. Don’t miss this last chance to see the current set of songs The American Devices have been playing (featuring music spanning 3 decades reflecting material off their CD released last year on Grenadine Records) because they are putting them to rest after this show in order to complete a set of all-new songs. American Devices will not be performing again until this set of new material is ready. Devices CDs & T-shirts will be on sale at the show.
To celebrate this momentous event The American Devices made a brand new music video for all to see on YouTube featuring one of the songs they’ll be playing at the show; Bunco Unction. This video includes giant reptiles, aliens from outer space, castles, glass-bottomed boats, claymation, 2-D animation, vintage super-8 footage, Napoleon hats, & of course members of The American Devices. Frame-grabs pictured below. To watch the video, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x83BTk44w-w
As an extra bonus a never-before-seen video using archival B&W footage circa 1980 of The American Devices has just been added to YouTube for the song Bay of Pigs with former members Cups Von Helm on drums & the lovely & talented Suzie Joseph on keyboards (as well as mainstays Rob Labelle & Rick Trembles). Retro eighties nerds: check out the stubbies in this footage (that’s what all beers looked like back then). Shot in super-8 by Louise Burns & Kevin Komoda. To watch the video, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbPB7ApBcFE
Devices singer/guitarist Rick Trembles provided the visuals for Bunco Unction (put together with help from Ari Cohen) & is also cartoonist/author of weekly Montreal Mirror comic-strip/movie review column Motion Picture Purgatory. Singer/guitarist Rob Labelle is also a published writer of fiction, bassist Andre Asselin moonlights for various jazz combos (contact him for weddings), & drummer Howard Chackowicz is a Harvey Award nominated cartoonist & radio personality on CBC's Wire Tap. Both Howard & Andre also play in Nutsak & Bug-Eyed Monster.
Opening up the show are newcomers Nightwood who will be performing their first official show. According to them, after just a few short weeks, they have created their own brand of “Inner-City story-telling rock music” deeply influenced by a collective DIY vision where “projects” will be at the forefront. Nightwood is comprised of Amber Goodwyn, Erin Ross, & Famous Eric (previously of Grenadine Records). Amber Goodwyn also produces the local smutzine Lickety Split & hosts Audio Smut on CKUT radio 90.3 FM.
Here's a behind-the-scenes photo of the cast & crew of the Devices' unairable 1984 "music-video" The Abortion That Lived for the song Meaning of Life shot on Super-8 Kodachrome-40. (L to R: editor Eric Sandmark, actor Rob Labelle holding up his co-star, actor/director Cups Von Helm adding fake blood to co-star).
April 26, 2007
AMERICAN DEVICES W/THE NYMPHETS AT MONTREAL'S CLUB LAMBI (4465 ST-LAURENT) APRIL 26!
(Pictured right: poster courtesy of The Nymphets with a couple little critters I added for fun). Nymphets are trying to raise money so they can tour the globe this spring/summer so come see this benefit concert we'll be playing with them this Thursday. Also on the bill will be The Confusers, & Freelove Fenner. Only seven measly bucks. Rock out. Rock on. What the hell; rock in & off too while you're at it. You have our permission.
March 8, 2007
RICK TREMBLES IN RUE MORGUE & PUNK MAGAZINE!
Go check out the newsstands right now cuz Trembles is gettin' around! This month's RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE has a full page Don (Projunior/Nightbeast) Dohler obit written by him in it, & this month's John Holmstrom's legendary PUNK MAGAZINE has a brand new exclusive full color Motion Picture Purgatory review of Tales of the Rat Fink illustrated by him in it! I want you to know that I know that you know you want it! And so does Rick Trembles (want you to know that he knows that you know you want it), so go get it! Hey, wait a minute. If that's Rick Trembles, then who's writing this? Now I'm really scared.
Yours truly, Rick Trembles
February 15, 2007
THE AMERICAN DEVICES IN OTTAWA-LAND!
February 8, 2007
GOOPY NEWZ #8!
Wanna see my animated film Goopy Spasms this weekend? (Pictured right: Official BUNNY award winner for "most effectively offensive short" at the BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL, & winner of the "best original short" at the 2006 CALGARY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL)! Well then head on over to San Francisco cuz it's playing at the SF Indie Fest Friday February 9th at 11:45 PM opening for Graeme Whifler's gruesome horror film Neighborhood Watch! Whifler also directed a bunch of insane Residents videos. Hey! That must mean he actually knows who they are. If you go, ask him for me. Goopy opens up for Neighborhood Watch again at the fest the following week Saturday, February 17th at 9:30 PM.
January 18, 2007
THE AMERICAN DEVICES IN AMERICA-LAND! (Pictured below: Devices photo by Amber Goodwyn. Clockwise; unidentified, unidentified, Rick Trembles, Rob Labelle, unidentified, Andre Asselin, Howard Chackowicz).
Hey all you United-States-of-Americans! Come see Montreal's longest lasting post-punk band this weekend in NYC & Philly in a rare U.S.-of-American micro-nano-mini tour! Frightened Rabbit, The Brother Kite, The American Devices, Glass/Burns, & The Octagon will be playing January 20 at Sin-E in New York City (150 Attorney Street at Stanton). And then the following night Panda Riot, Kuru Kuru Pa, American Devices, Glass/Burns, & The Octagon will be playing January 21 at The Manhattan Room in Philadelphia (15 W. Girard Ave. between Front & Frankford Aves. in Fishtown). I guess you could call it our official belated U.S. CD launch.
Burns/Glass is Chris Burns on guitar & Will Glass on drums. Chris is an ex-member of The Devices & he's also fronted or been in a pack of other crazy Montreal guitar bands like Crackpot (which Will drummed for), Bubblegum Army, & Terminal Sunglasses, & even had a short stint with Godspeed You Black Emperor. Will is also drumming for The Octagon, & has been in Goa!, Balai Mecanique, Detroit Metal & collaborated with Dirty Projectors, Nat Baldwin, Shalabi Effect, Hannah Marcus, Mike Watt, John Heward, & Kosher Dill Spears.
According to Will's MySpace profile, he's the "aural equivalent of Sbarro's Italian Buffet." My band The American Devices, according to its MySpace page profile, sounds like "oven mitts." So put on yer oven mitts, strap on yer feedbags & get ready to chow down, Uncle Sucker! The spaghetti & meatballs school of noodley guitars is blowin' into town.
January 4, 2007
VINTAGE 60'S ILLUSTRATION-WORK SLIDESHOW FROM CANADIAN "GOLDEN AGE" WORLD WAR TWO COMICS ARTIST JACK TREMBLAY! (Click image below for slideshow)!
Santa was very nice to me this X-My-Ass. I received the 2006 book Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe. It's a little dry, like an inventory at times, as it chronologically details the peculiar history of Canadian comics from start to present, & there's a disproportionate amount a gushing over Chester Brown, but overall it's a pretty fascinating read. Initially, once it was unwrapped & in my hands, I immediately flipped through to the index & to my surprise (& the gift-giver's as well cuz we're related), I found my father Jack Tremblay was mentioned twice & I was once, linking me to him as the son of the "golden age artist." The golden age being referred to was during World War Two when American comic books where banned due to the Canadian government's rationing of foreign currency (via the War Exchange Conservation Act restricting importation of nonessential goods). Thus an industry was born overnight to fill the gap & many of the comic artists hired were young fans of the medium like my father (he was 16 at the time). This golden age died as soon as the war ended however, because the ban was lifted & the resulting influx of flashier U.S. comic books into Canada got all the kids switching back to imports. So most of the Canadian cartoonists ended up embarking on other careers like fine art & illustration such as my father, who did both. One of his illustration jobs in 1964 was to adorn chapters from the Canadiana book Shelter Bay, & reading about him as a factor in comics history got me thinking it'd be fun to put some of this stuff online since it still retains a comics feel. I think if he would have published any sequential art in this style back in the early sixties he might've been considered ahead of his time. Click here or on the sample image above to start the slideshow & see for yourself!