Can You Dig It?
Zimmer’s Hole just might be at the peak of the phrase “tongue and cheek.” Quite literally, a band named after their friend’s butt! That said, their tongue is permanently planted in the arse of heavy metal. The comedic sense and antics that follow this band is simply, epic.
There is no mistaking that this line-up, which boasts three quarters of Strapping Young Lad, does mean serious business. Since the early 1990’s, Zimmer’s Hole guitarist, Jed Simon, bassist Byron Stroud, and legendary drummer Gene Hoglan’s other band have made fire trotting maniacal noize in a similar vein. Zimmer’s Hole, however, has a twitch of the classics. The tipping point here is the mentally unstable vocalist, “The Heathen.” He turns the SYL boys on their head. With a nose for sarcastic timing and a wide grasp, The Heathen delivers a sermon every time. It is a spectacle to behold with subject matter anywhere from the grotesque to the awkwardly corny, and some accurately bizarre observations of heavy metal culture.
While it may be rehearsed, their live show feels entirely off the wall and seems ready to come unhinged at any moment. The Heathen dabbles in pyro and strange theatrics; at a live show you can bear witness to anything. The anal curtain call, an ungodly birth, the human vagina, or perhaps the many eager minions that greedily mine at Heathen’s giant booze filled strap on. Yes, all this and so much more, you really have to be there. There is no telling what can happen at a Zimmer’s Hole show.
“Just keep your head up and watch your backs, is all I’d say,” laughs Simon.
See them while you can, because lately they haven’t been around too often which is a serious shame. There was some talk after the demise of Strapping Young Lad that the members would be able to concentrate more on the Hole and make it more of a full time thing.
“Everyone is scattered around the continent now so the usual getting together every day isn’t as easy as it once was,” says Simon.
“We’ve always wanted to be a full time band, and we’ll just have to see how this next year pans out for everyone. I would love nothing more than a to get a regular cycle going. I have enough material for years of releases. We will be spending some good time together soon, and a lot of magic has happened in the past when we are all in the same room. I’m looking forward,” he adds.
A new album planned and a proper world tour in the works. The Vancouver show at the Rickshaw marks a bit of a comeback. Zimmer’s Hole will be cumming full circle. With guests Dayglo Abortions, Process, Golers, and Aggression on the bill, get set and get in line.
Zimmer’s Hole plays the Rickshaw Theatre on January 23
-By Heath Fenton