My name is Brian Walsby. Welcome to my site. I have been a drummer/artist/cartoonist for as long as I can remember (well over a quarter of a century). This website is a way to get some of the work that I have done (art wise) up in one place along with updates on other projects and music related things. I also have some really neat wares to peddle. So..welcome kids!

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PROPAGANDHI NEWS OF THE WORLD TOO (T SHIRT)                                          SEE DETAIL 

A couple years ago I was able to maneuver flying into Southern California a handful of days earlier then when I was supposed to be beckoned for a Melvins tour, and I was able to meet up with some old friends that I haven’t seen in ages. One of them was Pulley singer Scott Radinsky. We go way back, so I won’t bore you with that history of that for now. Anyways, I was able to spend a few days at his house and a very nice time was had. He had always kept me in the loop with things that his band and their friends were up to, a lot of the activity was kind of centered on a world of music I wasn’t around to experience. For a lack of better words, usually music that came out of the Epitaph/Fat Records world. I was long gone to the East Coast when all of that started to happen.

I remember one day at his house talking about that stuff and saying that I knew nothing about any of it, which is true. I was probably being a little uppity about it, as he named band after band with me shrugging my shoulders in response. What little I did hear of some of these bands I thought was terrible and said so. Scott, being somewhat amused and not caring what I thought (which was good) said in response, “Well, there is this one band called Propagandhi, who have had records out on Fat Mike’s label. They are the best

band out of everyone. They have the best lyrics, they have the best music, and they are the best players. YOU would like them.”


Then he played me a few of their songs and he was right. They were far better than my pre-conceived notion of things. They didn’t seem to fit into any of that stuff. Later I did hear a bit of the earlier stuff and understood but I had no knowledge of their lengthy history and status to the people that liked them. Which according to Scott, was a lot.

And after Charles (a huge fan who knew everything about them and explained their influence on things) did the same thing for me at his house later on in Asheville. Then after that I was sort of tipped off by Bill Stevenson (who I guess recorded one of the two records that I ended up liking a lot) and then I dove into the last two Propagandhi records and really liked them. I like the political/personal in your face nature of the lyrics, which were all good and sometimes really cutting; the calling out of people and biting the hand that feeds you nature of some of it definitely reminded me of something like Born Against, who I also enjoyed and who were one of the few bands of that ilk back in their day that I really liked. They seemed to walk the talk of what they write about too, and that is also more than okay to me.


I also dig the “metal background” and the idea that these guys were metal dudes as kids who were turned on to things like MDC and COC up in the prairies of almost central Canada, where they come from. Their playing and tightness certainly bears that out, but yet you couldn’t really say they were a “metal” band. But it is in there. And anyone who champions things like VoiVod and Venom in a world where “punk” is more associated with Bad Religion or festivals aimed at sixteen year olds is something I can get behind as a geezer.

As it turned out, the band was nice and receptive to the idea of me doing a shirt and remembered who I was I think, and that was pretty cool. I come across stuff that excites me fairly rarely these days and when I find something I like, I eventually have to draw something. So I was glad that this came together like it did. Thanks again to the band for okaying this, thanks to Charles for his total enthusiasm behind it and thanks to whoever buys this. God bless.


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