In Kirkland Lake in the mid 1990s, kids created music for other kids, started bands, wrote songs, put on their own shows, recorded their own albums, wrote and published zines, and started their own small DIY labels. They also traveled to other towns in northern Ontario to play shows where the kids there seemed to be up to the same thing, and their bands came to Kirkland play. This band is a small piece of what of happened.

CRAgmatic Pope, sometimes abbreviated as CRAP, was started in 1994 with completely different line-up by original members Austin and Amanda by combining the former members of Sister Sticky with a girl drummer. The line-up of Cragmatic Pope represented here recorded "Disappear Today" in a small 8-track basement studio in 1995 for $600, and "Get Away From That Fish" which was produced by Austin on a 4-track in Jasmine's basement in 1996. Roughly 50 copies of "Disappear Today", and 125 copies of "Get Away From That Fish" were pressed. Shane's songs, which make up roughly 1/3 of this line-up's output were ripped from an old tape in 2009 and posted to the interweb. 10 years later the archive was opened again and Austin's songs started to appear online.

Cragmatic Pope ('95/'96 edition) :
Austin Acton: Vocals, Guitar
Shane Willard: Vocals, Guitar
Jasmine Barrette: Bass, Vocals
Amanda Mongeon: Drums, Vocals
Ryan Blais: Cornet, Tacet
Beck Pascoe: Lyrical contributions+original bassist

Austin, Jasmine and Ryan would later form a band called Groundstate which would record an EP titled "Amphetamine" in 1997 which also contained bonus songs by a band called The Burtonaires and a Cragmatic Pope/Swank hybrid (Austin/Tito/Melvin/Shane aka Jerkulese) improv band called Steel Rider. Shane, who had been in both Cragmatic Pope and Swank in 1996, continued with Swank until the band broke up in 1997. After a short lived band called Doink with former Swank drummer Melvin Klein, Shane would form The Deefons.

The Deefons:

Death of Cool Recordings (more songs)

SHBTI (Jasmine's latest band with her on drums)

Social Oppression
Originally recorded by The Subverts in 1993 on the album Violence and Revolution and again in 1994 on Coup D'Etat. Cragmatic Pope cover version recorded in 1996 for the album Get Away From That Fish.
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Punk Rock
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Original 4-track demo of Carpetworld. Last thing recorded by Cragmatic Pope in the summer of 1996. Re-recorded with The Deefons in 1998.

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From Get Away From That Fish and Thrashed Compilation 1996

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From Disappear Today released in a bubble in 1995, released on the web in 2009. Featured on Ronnie Rodent's Best of the Noughties part 3 on Radio Xanadu in the UK. See side bar for url.

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Cragmatic Pope's cover of "Social Oppression" featured on dirty demo segment of Dungeon Radio#12.

Death of Cool Soundcloud page (mo' tracks):

Cragmatic Pope MP3s (no logins, sign ups or other BS required)

Immortality featured on Ronnie Rodent's Best of the Noughties (2000s) part 3 on Radio Xanadu in the UK. Listen to the show at this url :

Shane's post Cragmatic Pope band The Deefons:

This is Shane without the band...all by his lonely self:

Rock On Desperado
Mighty Jerkules Approved Too
Mighty Jerkules Approved
Boof-Poogly's Wagga Wagga Glogh-Wombly
Onestreamer 1
The Deefons and extended family.
Desperado Revue 2019 GK Contenders

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The Deefons   Where I went.
Shane Willard   Where I am.
The Sky Hits The Ground   Shane's current project

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