Cragmatic Pope was a band of high school aged teenagers from Kirkland Lake, a small northern Ontario mining town that is mostly known for gold mining and being home to an oddly large number of eventual NHL hockey players. (The town has a museum dedicated its contributions to hockey, I shit you not) They were part of a mid-90s DIY alternative/punk scene in northern Ontario Canada.

CRAgmatic Pope, sometimes abbreviated as CRAP, was started in 1994 with a mostly different line-up. The original line-up contained 3 former members of Sister Sticky one of the founding bands of the Imperial Order of Low Budget. The IOLB was a high school club created at the now demolished KLCVI that allowed the local teens, who were students there, to use the school's resources to advance the cause of the towns burdening independent band scene.

The line-up of Cragmatic Pope represented here, which would be the third and final iteration of the band, recorded and independently released two full length albums only on cassette tape.

"Disappear Today" was recorded in a small 8-track basement studio in New Liskeard in 1995 for about $600.

"Get Away From That Fish" was recorded by Austin on a 4-track in Jasmine's basement in 1996.


Cragmatic Pope :
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. Shane would go on to form The Deefons.







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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Immortality
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.



Alternative
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Aftershock
From Get Away From That Fish and Thrashed Compilation 1996



Punk
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Carpetworld
Original 4-track demo of Carpetworld. Last thing recorded by Cragmatic Pope in the summer of 1996. Re-recorded with The Deefons in 1998.



PowerPop
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I'm Sorry To Say...
The full title of this song is I’m Sorry To Say..(that the hippies just gave kids a bad rep) but I can never fit that into any title field. From "Get Away From That Fish" released independently in 1996. Re-released on the "Sudbury Where the F@!K is That?" compilation in 1998 that features a slew of other punk and hardcore bands that existed in Sudbury and northern Ontario in the late 1990s. This compilation was recently released online : https://sudburywherethefuckisthat.bandcamp.com/album



Pop Punk
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Jellybean
I wrote this song singing in the shower when I was 16 years old back in 1995.It's about a lonely boy who finds a jellybean on the ground and becomes its best friend. I was a weird kid.



Indie Pop Rock
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Mr. Apple Has Gone Away
From Get Away From That Fish recorded in 1996



PowerPop
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Grunge Poet
From Get Away From That Fish recorded in 1996



Pop Punk
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Secret Weapon
Punk rock garage band. Recorded by a bunch of 16 year old kids in a small Canadian mining town in 1995. From the album Disappear Today recorded in 1995.



PowerPop
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Forgetful Servants of the Abyss
From Disappear Today recorded in 1995 Lyrics by Beck Pascoe



Grunge Rock
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Slow
Final track from Get Away From That Fish recorded by Austin with backup vocals from Jasmine and Shauna in 1996



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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My Disease
From Get Away From That Fish recorded 1996



Grunge
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Faceplant
From Get Away From That Fish recorded in 1996. Re-released on the "Sudbury Where the F@!K is That?" compilation in 1998 that features a slew of other punk and hardcore bands that existed in Sudbury and northern Ontario in the late 1990s. This compilation was recently released online : https://sudburywherethefuckisthat.bandcamp.com/album



skate punk
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Look
From Disappear Today recorded in 1995



Ska Punk
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Days to Come
From Disappear Today recorded in 1995



skate punk
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The Sky Hits The Ground   Shane's current project
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