Season 3 - Ep. 9 - Handheld's Road to Punk Perfection and The History Behind Their New Album A Canadian Tragedy

I am going to be speaking with the Canadian punk band Handheld today!

These dudes took a 14-year break after lead singer, Andy, left the band, only to return a few years ago and this year they put out one of the best punk albums of 2022 with their new LP A Canadian Tragedy.

The album is filled with some very interesting stories about mostly historical Canadian figures which will be a topic of conversation today as punk rock isn’t necessarily synonymous with history lessons.

We’ll be speaking with the guys about their incredible new album and more right after this!


Intro Music: "Colorado" by Birds Love Filters

Outro Music: "Snail Mail" by Speedway Sleeper

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▬ Contents of this video ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

0:00 - Intro
1:13 - Why did Handheld breakup, and why did they decide to get back together?
3:43 - How does Pat Dietrich from Handheld handle playing in his other existing band Curbside now that Handheld is back together?
5:16 - Is the punk album A Canadian Tragedy by Handheld meant to be a concept album?
8:02 - What was it like for Andy Dietrich from Handheld to write songs about famous Canadian tragedies?
19:38 - What is the song "School Is In Session" by Handheld about?
23:39 - Why did Handheld create a punk cover of the Canadian folk song "Log Driver's Waltz?"
27:58 - What are the Handheld songs "Group of Six", "Bend the Iron", and "Flip the Scrip" about?
31:36 - What is the Handheld song "Somewhere Over Kentucky" about?
34:21 - How did Pat from Handheld produce their new album A Canadian Tragedy so well?
39:08 - Handheld talks about their most recent tour with Debt Cemetary
43:33 - Some final words from Pat and Andy of Handheld
47:34 - Handheld's music recommendation
49:02 - Outro

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