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DEFEKTORS
The Bottom of the City LP
GROSSMOD15/NOMI007

Defektors' debut LP mirrors the desperation of the times with a tougher sound than witnessed on their prior output. The extra instrumental touches of the singles have been stripped away in favor of a fevered attack and desolate howl. Neither melody nor fidelity are compromised by this stark approach. Hope derived from hopelessness. Exposed, raw, and alive.

Co-release with Grotesque Modern.

Initial pressing of 1034 with Stoughton tip-on jackets.

Includes download coupon.

Members of Vapid (Nominal), Modern Creatures (Grotesque Modern), Terrorbird (Night People), Sex Church (Sweet Rot, Convulsive), etc.

Artwork by Andrea Lukić of Nü Sensae.

Digital sales: http://www.midheaven.com/item/bottom-of-the-city-by-defektors-lp

DEFEKTORS
Secret Trials / Doomsday Girl 7"
NOMI004

Double A-side single from the trio that led off the recent Emergency Room Vol 1 compilation. Pick your favorite: simmering rage or handclaps. While perhaps the most lyrically bleak of related Vancouver bands, no one gets the floor dancing, actually dancing and none of that white belt shit either, more than Defektors. RIYL: Wipers, Joy Division, The Vicious.

Members of Vapid, Modern Creatures, Twin Crystals and Terrorbird.

Initial pressing of 322 on red vinyl with original insert. SOLD OUT.

Second pressing of 342 on black vinyl with new insert. NOW AVAILABLE.

Simultaneously released with 'Torn To Pieces' / 'No To The Night' double A-side 7" on HOCKEY DAD.

V/A
EMERGENCY ROOM VOL 1 LP+BOOK
GROSSMOD07 / NOMI002

this record is to document a year of one of the best alternative spaces currently operating in canada. THE EMERGENCY ROOM is located in vancouver’s rat and drug infested downtown eastside. a literal underground, this basement warehouse is an indestructible fortress of creation, destruction and repair with a philosophy of DANCE or DIE, piss your pants and puke on yourself!!!

from its origins as a free, D.I.Y. all-ages noise/performance art gathering in the basement of the emily carr arts institute parkade, to its current existence in a former fish processing factory, the E.R. has consistently put on some of the weirdest, most elaborate, entertaining and ridiculous art and music shows in vancouver’s recent underground history.

after a year of spray-painted walls, bizarre installations and art works, blood, fights, broken glass, punk rock, noise, art, make-outs and more, here is EMERGENCY ROOM VOL. 1.

- Justin Gradin

SIDE A:
1. DEFEKTORS-Burning Light
2. DEFEKTORS-Kick First One
3. PETROLEUM BY-PRODUCTS-Rat Face
4. PETROLEUM BY-PRODUCTS-Grossest Thing
5. VAPID-Sex Stain
6. VAPID-Die
7. WHITE LUNG-Therapy

SIDE B:
1. MUTATORS-Instinct
2. MUTATORS-VvV
3. TWIN CRYSTALS-Trinity
4. TWIN CRYSTALS-Safety
5. NU SENSAE-Graceland
6. NU SENSAE-Don't Panic
7. NU SENSAE-Peter Tripp
8. SICK BUILDINGS-The Commuter

One time pressing of 924.

Includes full-size, 20 page book of photos, art and text printed on recycled paper at Hemlock Printers.

REVIEWS

***THE BOTTOM OF THE CITY LP***

http://still-single.tumblr.com/post/555139303/defektors-the-bottom-of-the-city-lp

STILL SINGLE April 28, 2010

Defektors – The Bottom of the City LP (Nominal/Grotesque Modern)

More Vancouver punk, and not a moment too soon (nobody else is collectively as a city doing it right). Defektors feature members of some of the other locals in this vein (Vapid, Sex Church, Modern Creatures), and finally deliver on the promise of comp tracks and their single. As with the case of Mod Creatures, start with the full-length. Songs from this record have appeared in earlier versions, but the recording has given them a thin, fried sound that suits the reckless romanticism of tracks like “Doomsday Girl” the presence they require. For the most part, Defektors follows a wound-up, face-forward pedigree reaching from the Wipers to Agent Orange to the Observers. At once stonefaced and relentless, each of these nine songs tear themselves up with urgent style. “Burning Light” from the Emergency Room comp, is stretched out to “Youth of America” length and puts this band’s second phase into orbit. The whole thing is fun and frantic, and well worth your time and money. 1000 pressed.

Doug Mosurock

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YELLOW GREEN RED July 2010

Defektors The Bottom of the City LP (Nominal / Grotesque Modern)

Deviants of all stripes, take note - there is hardly a modern punk rock band more worthy of your attention than Defektors. Pretty sure they released a single or two before this album, but it usually takes me more than a whim to pony up the Canadian shipping costs these days, which unfortunately left me blissfully ignorant of their greatness prior to The Bottom of the City. I hope those early records aren’t as good as The Bottom of the City, or else I’ll have to make that sacrifice, as this album is impeccable in both aesthetic and execution. Musically, Defektors tie together both coasts through the classic Dangerhouse bands (Eyes, Dils, X) and the nascent CBGBs punk scene (Richard Hell, Dead Boys), all with a healthy Wipers sheen. It’s great to hear a modern punk band working these Time Life: History of Punk influences, rather than relying on Killed By Death comps for aesthetic guidance, as everyone has already out-obscured everyone else, we’ve all got the Internet at this point, and when it all comes down to it, those classic punk bands of yore wrote some of the best songs of all time, even if you’re personally content with never hearing “Los Angeles” or “Blank Generation” again. It’s a hard style to own in this day and age, with a good thirty years of both failed and successful attempts, but Defektors wear it so well, balancing discordant and epic on “Bottom of the City” and just totally kicking things into high-gear with “Shadow of Fear” and “Doomsday Girl”. Lots of great choruses, a killer vocalist with nothing to prove, and a tough attitude make this one impossible to not recommend. Defektors’ peers can do the whole “look at me, I’m crazy” thing all they want, I’m going to hang with Defektors and try to pretend I’m as cool as they are.

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DEFEKTORS:
The Bottom of the City: LP

Wow! I have the two singles, and they’re pretty good, but this album totally surpasses any expectations I had towards these guys. The music has become more urgent and direct, shedding some of the instrumental touches but gaining more power. There’s definitely an early Wipers influence in the music, with the jittery rhythms and skirting the territory between punk and post punk. The influence is really apparent on the “Burning Light,” which goes off into “Youth Of America” territory with its duration and surf guitar sound. Songs tend to stay in the mid-tempo range, but can get really lit up, as on “Kickfirstone,” which starts off much in the same way as the others, then it’s fast and in your face. Head on over to the last record store in town and get it.

–Matt Average

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MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #326, July 2010 TOP TENS

Mariam Bastani
VILE GASH-Life-Rot-EP / COUGHING FIT-EP
BEYOND PINK-LP / LAURENCE WASSER-EP
LÖGNHALSMOTTAGNINGEN-EP
RELIGIOUS SS DISORDER/SKELETON PARTY-LP
RATAS DEL VATICANO-LP / DEFEKTORS-LP
DURESS-EP / LIBYANS-EP
VERRÄTERISCH-tape / HOLY SHIT-10”
THE CONVERSIONS-Spineless Wonders-LP
CONQUEST FOR DEATH/NECRO HIPPIES-live
PLF/NERVESKADE/WALLS/IRON LUNG-live

Tim Brooks
DOOM-Lost the Fight: Pro-Life Control Sessions-LP
HYGIENE-Things that Dreams are Made of-45
SURVET SKINS-LP
DEFEKTORS-The Bottom of the City-LP
RANGE RATS-LP
LÖGNHALSMOTTAGNINGEN-EP
TUNNELRUNNERS-Plasticland-EP
LOS MONJO-Mexicanos al Grito de Mierda-EP
SHITTY LIMITS-Last Orders/Selling Point-45
ALEHAMMER/TYRANT-split-LP

Robert Collins
UTOPIA-Niee-LP
LA URSS-live
LAURENCE WASSER-EP
DURESS-Burden of Truth-EP
USELESS CHILDREN-live
HOLY SHIT-K.B.D.O.O.P-10”
BEYOND PINK-The New Black-LP
DEFEKTORS-The Bottom of the City-LP
CHILDREN OF TECHNOLOGY-LP
CROW-Bloody Tear-LP

Sean “Dougie” Dougan
REDSKINS-Epilogue-CD
WHATEVER BRAINS-Love Taps-EP
RANGE RATS-LP
DEFEKTORS-The Bottom of the City-LP
GOVERNMENT ISSUE-Joy Ride-LP
SHITTY LIMITS-Last Orders/Selling Point-45
HYGIENE-Things that Dreams are Made of-45
BURNING YELLOWS-Urinal Cakes/Drought-45
FROM ASHES RISE-Live Hell-LP
DMV-EP

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MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #326, July 2010

DEFEKTORS - The Bottom of the City LP

To these ears, Vancouver's DEFEKTORS kayak some of the same rapids as San Francisco locals YOUNG OFFENDERS: driving, atmospheric punk with scratchy, pointed guitar barbs. Elements of HOT SNAKES and the WIPERS dominate, with vocals that remind me of the guy from CIRCUS LUPUS. The last song on the record, "Burning Light," is an epic longer jam - their "Youth of America"?

Allan McNaughton

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EXCLAIM! May 2010

Defektors
The Bottom of the City
By Josiah Hughes

On their first two singles, Vancouver, BC trio Defektors hinted at something much bigger, with their ability to create timeless post-punk dirges suited to the creeping paranoia of life in the present day. It was that promise that Franz Ferdinand clearly saw, as they personally asked for the band to open their Vancouver show recently. On Defektors' debut full-length, The Bottom of the City, they make good on that potential with a well-written album rather than a string of singles. From opener "Shadow of Fear" to drawn-out closing jam "Burning Light," Defektors marry jittery post-punk with elements of the current garage revival. The result is an album's worth of clever, original songwriting and gritty, guitar-driven rock'n'roll. Addictive and unique, this is a record that will withstand shifting tastes and remain on turntables when the garage trend has died down. (Nominal)

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EXCLAIM! 10 Great Albums You May Have Missed in 2010

By Josiah Hughes

9. Defektors
The Bottom of the City
(Nominal)

Recent years have seen no shortage of excellent punk releases bubbling over from Vancouver's diverse underground, and 2010 was no different with a ton of excellent albums. One that fell just shy of the radar, however, was the Defektors' venomous long-player The Bottom of the City. Gritty and angular punk songs work together for a cohesive album that will stand the test of time for those who give it a listen.

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Defektors - Bottom Of The City LP (Grotesque Modern/Nominal)

Kolejny debiutancki LP z Vancouver. Defektors pojawili się wcześniej się na świetnej kompilacji „Emergency Room Vol. 1”. Punk grany tak, jakby przewrót hc w latach 80. nigdy się nie dokonał. Innymi słowy: pokłosie Wipers i Radio Birdman. Wzorem „Youth Of America” album kończy dłuższy, prawie siedmiominutowy kawałek.

Nominal i zespoły przez nich wydawane to przykład inteligentnego podejścia do grania punku. Faceci wydali dwa znakomite single, z czterema kawałkami. Trzy najlepsze z nich znalazły się na tym LP, dodali oba kawałki ze wspomnianej kompilacji. W tym dłuższą wersję „Burning Light”, posłuchajcie końcówki! I najlepsze, że Defektors nie są w tej znakomitości sami. Albumy Vapid i Mutators też były umiejętnie poskładane. Polecam czekając na „Emergency Room Vol. 2”, tym razem ma się ukazać wraz z DVD.

Płyta w fajnej kopercie z grubej tektury, w środku kupon pozwalający na ściągnięcie utworów w mp3 (w tym obu wcześniejszych singli).

nakład: 1034 kopie

Roughly translated:

Another debut LP from Vancouver. Defektors previously appeared on the excellent compilation "Emergency Room Vol 1". Punk played as if the upheaval in the 80s hc never made. In other words: aftermath Wipers and Radio Birdman. Model "Youth Of America" album ends with a long, almost a seven minute piece.

Nominal and units issued by them is an example of an intelligent approach to play punk. The guys released two great singles, with four pieces. Three of them were the best on this LP, added two pieces to this compilation. In the longer version of "Burning Light", listen to tips! And the best that Defektors are not the celebrities themselves. Albums Vapid and Mutators were also skillfully put together. I recommend waiting for the "Emergency Room Vol 2", this time to be published along with a DVD.

Plate in the cool envelope of thick cardboard in the middle of a coupon that allows you to download MP3 songs (including the two previous singles)*.

*The download doesn't include the 7"s.

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DISCORDER November 2010

DEFEKTORS
Bottom of the City

Defektors' debut LP The Bottom of the City borrows from garage, punk and the melodramatic popular song through their flawless composite of pop-punk drumbeats and raw guitar riffs, matched by dark lyrics of discontent. In the first ten seconds of the nine track album, you'll hear "Shadow of Fear" move from a fuzzed-out surf guitar riff to a full-blown, radio worthy track. This whole garage noir album, made up of older tracks that have been re-recorded and cleaned out, is worthy of being on the radio.

Ben Phillips' (guitar, vocals) overuse of the word "baby" in his lyrics is balanced out by his much more anxious and grim lyrics like "Red with blood / And red with fire / So I'm longing in despair / For all the things we can't repair."

If you haven't noticed yet, Vancouver is teeming with good music. The problem here isn't finding something worthy of your attention, but finding too much and trying to decipher which of the bands to spend all your hard-earned minimum wage on. This record, though, will carry Defektors from the "maybe" into the "must have" pile at [local record stores].

-Sarah Charrouf

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***SECRET TRIALS / DOOMSDAY GIRL 7"***

ROCKET REDUCER MAILORDER

Fuuuuuuuuuuck. Rock and rooooooollllllll. The B on this is just, like, irresistible hip-shakin' rock and roll (but not trad). A side is great too.

Buy thiiiis. Nominal's battin' a thousand. They haven't put out a bad song much less record. This is on red wax.

-Pat Reisinger

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MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #306, November 2008

DEFEKTORS-"Secret Trials/Doomsday Girl"

"Secret Trials" conjures up the K-Town re-visionaries of classic US punk, yet with an aggressive pop lean that builds only to explode midway through. Itchy, anthemic and over far too soon. There's even a vague early UK punk feel here, pub-y at times, that completely gets me on board from the outset. It's present even more on the flip, which is actual classic textbook punk made applicable to the dance floor. A really great debut 45, please seek out!

-Mitch Cardwell

MRR TOP 10s

Mitch Cardwell:

Eddy Current Suppression Ring LP
Mayyors-Megan's LOLZ EP
Human Eye-Fragments of the Universe Nurse LP
Live Fast Die/Camaro Werewolf LP
Defektors-Secret Trials/Doomsday Girl 45
Day Creeper/Night of Pleasure EP
Wax Museums-Magnet Part II EP
Lover!-I'm Not A Gnome EP
RocknRoll Adventure Kids EP
Ooga Boogas-live

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MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #310, March 2009

2008 Year End Top Tens

Tim Brooks:

DEFEKTORS-"Secret Trials" EP (Nominal)

You don't hear too much about this band, but they are kinda Canada's answer to the Estranged - with an early Dangerhouse vibe. I heard them for the first time on a comp LP [Emergency Room Vol 1] and was blown away. Both singles they did last year are fantastic. I'm sure we'll hear more from this lot in '09.

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DUSTED - STILL SINGLE: VOL. 4, NO. 13

Defektors
“Secret Trials” b/w “Doomsday Girl” 7”
(Nominal)

Vancouver punks getting their act together on this new single. They had a really good showing on that Emergency Room comp on the same label, and here start to define two possible paths for their lifespan: angsty, uptight punk a la the Observers or Agent Orange on “Secret Trials,” and jangling rock(abilly?) nerve on “Doomsday Girl,” which leverages Ian Curtis braying with some Billy Zoom/Dave Alvin-style flash leads. They pretty much succeed at both, so it’ll be interesting to see how far they can take these. 322 pressed, red vinyl.

-Doug Mosurock

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THE WIRE #316, June 2010

Defektors
Secret Trials
Nominal 7"

Vancouver trio who cough up a very swell slab of West Coast-style pre-core punk rock with an instrumental edge that's somewhere north of The Controllers and south of The Wipers - which is surely a nice place to visit.

-Byron Coley

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RAZORCAKE #46

DEFEKTORS:
Secret Trials: 7" single

Only two songs: short and simple, yet addictive as hell. Enough to get you off your dead ass and hovering over the turntable to flip the record over for another listen. And another and another and another... Defektors take a page from early L.A. punk like the Eyes, but with more of a garage sound. Damn catchy, played with attitude, and a solid delivery. Downright life-affirming.

–Matt Average

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FLORIDA'S DYING MAILORDER

Nominal promised a double a-side and they delivered. My only complaint is its over to quick. Two awesome rockers to get you dancing. I want to get drunk and blast this record for the neighbors. Time to flip the record again.

-Rich Evans

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DISCORDER October 2008

Vancouver's own Nominal Records has an unblemished record thus far of releasing tomorrow's hit makers today and Defektors are next in line. Check "Secret Trials" and "Doomsday Girl" of the "Songs I Wish I'd Written" list and go cry me a river.

-Bryce Dunn

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TERMINAL BOREDOM Fall 2008 Reviews

Defektors "Secret Trials" 7"

Best band in Vancouver? If you ask me, a guy from across the continent who has never seen any of these bands live but has heard most of the records, I say yes. "Secret Trials" is mean punk with lock-down rhythm, bummer lyrics delivered with conviction, medium-fi recording and twangily ripped guitar solo to close. Bravo. "Doomsday Girl" is bouncy feel-bad pop romanticism with hand-claps and some great damaged-sounding bass and guitar twists. I don't mind at all that they billed this a double A-Side. An excellent release, and not as bleak as you might think, it's actually quite danceable and catchy. Scum stats: 322 on red vinyl.

(RK)