Upon returning to Saskatoon after nearly a two-year absence, it was heartening to find out that my old jam space was still in use. Even better, it had been completely taken over by the punks – the rickety indie folk rock that used to play there didn’t exactly compete with the metal riffs that seeped through the walls like asbestos.
Hanging out in the common space, I could hear some manic thrash that just completely slayed. Someone told me it was a band called Old Problems. Never heard of them before, but I dug it a lot. On their debut EP, entitled Self-Help, the band hammer out no-nonsense hardcore, complete with the obligatory breakdowns and mosh parts.
Old Problems occasionally play some impromptu jam space shows every now and then – probably the most appropriate venue to see them.