Spring Offensive 2019 – The Soundtrack

… Spring Offensive 2019 … three days of peace, love and anarchy … we’re putting together a bit of a digital soundtrack featuring (hopefully) all of the bands taking part in this extravaganza …

… here’s 5 of the bands / artists anchoring this event …  an eclectric and eclectic mix of punk rock, oi,  hip-hop and revolutionary oi/folk … songs for agitators, instigators, malcontents and mischief-makers …

… stay tuned for more tunes …

Catching Up With The Fallout


… a bit of a catch-up with The Fallout … you can catch the band as part of Spring Offensive 2019, happening Friday, March 22nd in Toronto at See-Scape,  Saturday, March 23rd in Kitchener at The Boathouse and Sunday March 24th in Hamilton at This Ain’t Hollywood …  they’ll be playing along-side such fellow travellers as Lee Reed, Union Thugs, Bring The War Home, Reckless Upstarts, Rough Cuts and more … see entries below for for info … and keep an eye on the band’s website …

For those who might not be familiar with the band, what is The Fallout all about?

The fallout is a 3 piece punk rock band. We are influenced by old school bands like The Clash, The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers. We typically play songs that have something to say, very quickly. We are probably a cross between Anti-Flag and The Queers.falloutgroup2

What’s the band been up to … I know there are new members, new release(s) … give us an update.

After some time off, we have returned with a new bass player. We are lord Byron – guitar, Patty O’Lantern – bass, Dr Bob – drums. Patty also plays in Brutal Youth and Dragged In. We just released a 4-song 7-inch and look forward to releasing a full length some time this year.

You’ve been slowly remixing some of the previous releases, how and why did that all come about.

We are getting our older CD’s ready for the streaming platforms. Dusting them off and FALLOUT POSTER 2 - WEB-01 (1)giving them a fresh polish. Hopefully there are fans who will enjoy them.

[ … as of October 2018, 2004’s ‘Turning Revolution Into Money’ has been remixed / remastered / released as “Still Turning Revolution Into Money.” And 2005’s ‘What Is Past Is Prologue’ has just been remixed / remastered / released as “What Is Past Is (Still) Prologue.” Both are now up on The Fallout’s bandcamp page  and are free  / pay-what-you-can downloads … give ’em a spin … ! ]

The band focuses somewhat on Canadian issues … songs like ‘Leaving Ontario’ which is about migrant workers, for example, and, you’ve said: “ as much as we can, we deal with issues that we can actually act on in our communities. International issues are important, but it’s just too easy to point out someone else’s mistakes while ignoring our own.” Any particular Canadian issues getting your dander up these days?

Our new songs will cover familiar topics. We have songs about respect for women – ‘Holding up Half  The Sky,’ and rants about the government such as ‘Failure of Character.’ Don’t worry, we’re still behind the times, ‘Failure Of Character’ was written about Stephen Harper.

 You’ve got a new 4-song 7-inch out now “Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems” … how about a bit of a run-through of what the tunes are about?

‘Red Light Union’ and ‘Wage Slave’ were written by Patty. A song about the rights of sex trade workers and a rant about working and living in Toronto.

‘Walk in the Sun’ is an old song written by Paul.

‘Raise Your Flag is a song I wrote about gay rights as a conversation with my daughter.

From previous conversations, I know you read a lot and work what you’ve read into your lyrics. Any good books on the go? Any recommended reads?

I recently finished ‘The Case Against The Case For Christ’ by Bob price. A rebuttal of Lee Strobel’s book ‘The Case For Christ’. I think the time has come for honest conversations regarding books of faith. I don’t have much patience for evangelical apologists.

The Fallout – No. 2 On EXD’s Top Ten For 2018

We’ve been big fans of Equalizing X Distort radio show for a long, long time … “broadcasting on CIUT 89.5FM since May 1999, ExD is dedicated to playing underground punk, hardcore, and garage from around the world” … consistently one of the best punk rock radio shows around and the hosts make a point of putting a spotlight on local music … they’ve been very good to Rebel Time Record’s bands, that’s for sure!

So, we were stoked to see that The Fallout’s new 4-song 7-inch “Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems” came in at the No. 2 spot on Stephen Perry’s “Top Ten Canadian Releases” for 2018 list!

Thanks so much Stephe and Equalizing X Distort!

Here’s the song “Wage Slave”  that was played on the show.

And, in case you are interested, The Fallout appeared live on Equalizing X Distort way back in 2004 ! You can listen to, and download if you like, that session right here!

The Fallout – Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems


Rebel Time Records is very happy to present The Fallout’s new 4-song 7-inch platter “Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems” … we’ve been big fans of the band and their music / message since first hearing their “Turning Revolution Into Money” album many years ago and we’re just so stoked to have them on the label … the record is available digitally right now on Spotify, Bandcamp, Deezer, etc, etc and we should have the vinyl version in our hands in a week or so. ( UPDATE: vinyl is in and available at the Rebel Time Records bandcamp site. Available via stores and distros shortly ).

Taking their cue from Pete Seeger’s quote “the people are on the march and must have songs to sing,”  The Fallout present four tracks of partisan and unapologetically political agitp(r)op punk rock … songs of unity, inclusion, solidarity and struggle … dedicated to Todd Serious … straight-up, stripped-down political punk rock .

Thanks to the band for the great tunes and for their trust in Rebel Time Records, thanks to Cactus and Anxiety Attack Designs for the amazing artwork and layout and thanks to you for listening / buying / supporting.

Here’s a very kind review from PunkOnline:

“The Fallout describe their sound as “straight-up, stripped-down politically-charged punk rock that’s got backbone and backbeat” and they are dead on the money. Their latest four-track EP, Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems, sees the Toronto, Canada based band on stellar form.

The fast-paced yet melodic punk rock of Red Light Union blends the likes of The Blitz, Bad Religion and the UK Subs to craft a belting sound with some excellent vocal interplay. The SLF like guitar opening to Walk In The Sun sets up a maniacally fast drumbeat and some seriously energetic punk rock power that blows away the cobwebs completely.

The superb Raise Your Flag is next, and the pace is maintained although the group vocals encourage a streetpunk, ‘punch the air’ response that had the entire office moshing with huge smiles on our faces. The closer, Wage Slave seals the deal with a chunky, serrated guitar and anthemic like vocal delivery. As the song fades, I am left with a feeling of discovering the spirit of punk alive and kicking with a rhythm section that is simply outstanding.”

The Fallout’s new record “Raise Your Flag & Other Anthems” is almost ready!

The Fallout have been a long standing Toronto based punk band, releasing music on notable labels such as Longshot Music, Insurgence Records, Red Menace Records, and now on your very own Rebel Time Records!   Yes…we are very proud to welcome them to the label.

Needless to say, we have a close working relationship with the band that goes way back, so very happy to put this thing out to the world.   The bands straight-up, stripped down political punk anthems are the perfect fit in our seriously decent catalogue of releases; and they’ve played many many of our shows throughout the years.  It’s a good feel story from start to finish!

We’ve had the pleasure of listening to the mixes of their new album and like their previous releases, there are more than a few true classics to be found.   Until the full length release is finished and out, we’re ready to put out a new 4-song 7″ entitled “Raise Your Flag and Other Anthems” in time for the heat of the summer!

We’ll have full release details shortly, for now, check out the brand new “hit” song “Raise your Flag”!!! and check the lyrics below!  Happy listening!  Oh, and the footage is from the Toronto Pride Parade back in 1973!

… Toronto Pride Parade … 1973 …


Raise your flag, Raise it high
Let them look you in the eye
Side by side
Show your pride
Wave your flag, wave your flag
Raise your flag, Raise it high
And when they look you in the eye
Wave your flag, wave your flag, wave your flag

Double standards of the hypocrites
They condescend as you bite your lip
You’re in my heart
You’re on my mind
You don’t have to take that shit

On the horizon is a new frontier
If you feel alone or you’re getting scared
With all your spirit
And all your soul
You know there is nothing to fear

Sing if you’re glad to be gay

Homophobes are just a dying breed
As they cling to an illegitimate creed
You’re in my heart
You’re on my mind
They offer nothing that you can believe

All their hate they never take a rest
Stunning ignorance takes away your breath
With all your spirit
And all your soul

Resolve that you’ll never forget

To sing if you’re happy that way

The Fallout – What Is Past Is (Still) Prologue

In 2005, The Fallout released “What Is Past Is Prologue” on Longshot Records. In 2018 the band has re-mixed, re-mastered and re-released the album as “What Is Past Is (Still) Prologue.”

The album is available at the band’s Bandcamp page as a free/pay-what-you-want download. The 2018 version of the album contains two bonus tracks. “Shades Of Black” and “It’s Not Cool”!

And, don’t forget to check out The Fallout’s new 4-song 7-inch “Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems” out now on Rebel Time Records!

Dig in! Continue reading “The Fallout – What Is Past Is (Still) Prologue”

The Fallout – (Still) Turning Revolution Into Money

Back in 2004, The Fallout released their first – and classic- album “Turning Revolution Into Money” on Longshot Music. The album was recorded at guitarist Byron’s home studio ‘The Farmhouse,’ where, incidentally, he has also recorded other Rebel Time Records bands like The Rotten and The Class Assassins.

Recently, Byron has taken it upon himself to remix, remaster and digitally re-release this first album, to be followed by a similar treatment of the band’s subsequent albums. Continue reading “The Fallout – (Still) Turning Revolution Into Money”