Started by BonBon85, January 22, 2003, 05:13:32 PM
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QuoteSociety is always changing. Value systems are rebuilt and old constructs are denounced. Motivations are reinterpreted and new challenges will always surface. We are a culture of many narratives; "Swish Swash" is a reference to the ebb and flow of our worldview from its shaky mythological foundation. We mix bygones with topical symbology to represent the malleability of collective-consciousness. From Pepe The Frog to Trudeau in a headdress, our intention is to represent the banal, exploitative nature of the television we watch and the clickbait we read. This work is made in testament to the shapeshifting propaganda of our time.
QuoteChoy's rock bottom and turning point came in his early 20s when he realised he felt too messed up to call his mother, who had always been supportive despite having her own addiction issues.Music became "an obsession that replaces the substance abuse", says Choy. His father's huge record collection was still at home. After initially connecting with the fury in punk, grindcore and powerviolence, he later enjoyed the calm of Brian Eno albums. The idea that Eno, a non-musician, could facilitate musicians gave Choy the spark of the idea for Crack Cloud, and the band congregated around people who were "fundamentally about recovery and taking care of your mental health", rather than making money.Sharar funnelled his intense demeanour into the band's idea of "creativity with no rules". Guitarist Jon Varley is also moving on from addiction, while multi-instrumentalist Daniel Robertson met Choy when working in a homeless centre; he was recreating his "whole world view" after growing up a devout Christian. Although seven members have come to the UK, the Crack Cloud community now consists of 20 people. "We spend all our time working on stuff," Sharar explains, "so anyone who spends time with us kinda gets dragged in."Their work in low-barrier care (care services that try to be as accessible to users as possible) and overdose prevention is as much a part of their operation as the band. Vancouver is in the midst of an opiate and fentanyl crisis; people with addiction issues migrate to the Downtown Eastside's specially provided safe spaces for drug use. "It's basically a shoot-up zone," Choy says. "The appearance is terrifying but once you immerse yourself, as we do with our work, you realise it's a very inclusive community that are dealing with their own traumas."