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Julie Ruin at the Rickshaw Theatre

Julie Ruin at the Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, Oct. 7 2016. Pavel Boiko photo.

Julie Ruin at the Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, Oct. 7 2016. Pavel Boiko photo.

Photos – Julie Ruin at the Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, Oct. 7 2016.

– photos by Pavel Boiko

The Julie Ruin on tour in Vancouver on Friday night.

The band is on tour for its second album, Hit Reset, released earlier this year. The evening’s set consisted mostly of songs from that record, as well as a cover of a song by Australian indie-rock singer Courtney Barnett. At one point during the show, Hanna became emotional over a comment from an audience member, who seemed to have asked about the Lyme disease which she contracted several years ago. There was no encore.

During the set, Hanna also paid tribute to opener Mecca Normal. She credited the Vancouver duo, consisting of Jean Smith (a visual artist as well) and David Lester (also a graphic novelist) and which formed in 1984, as an early influence on her decision to form a band. Mecca Normal released its first album in 1986, on its own label, smarten up!

Allison Crutchfield and her band the Fizz played the opening set. A debut full-length is expected from them early in 2017. Crutchfield released an EP, Lean Into It, in 2014.

Kathleen Hanna formed the Julie Ruin with Kathi Wilcox in 2010. Both had been members of Bikini Kill, a nineties band that grew out of the Olympia, Washington music scene and inspired the Riot Grrrl movement. Other members of The Julie Ruin include Carmine Covelli, Sara Landeau, and Kenny Mellman.

The band is named after an alias that Hanna adopted for her first solo album, which she released on Olympia label Kill Rock Stars in 1997. Hanna also released three albums with another band she helped form, Le Tigre (1999-2004). In 2013, she was the subject of a documentary called The Punk Singer. The Julie Ruin released its first album, Run Fast, in 2013.

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4 responses to “Julie Ruin at the Rickshaw Theatre

  1. 4 years ago  

    Well I would say that her being emotional is a bit of an understatement. She had nothing short of a temper tantrum including some f-bombs directed at said audience member coupled with her screaming “I don’t want to hear any male voices!” She then had someone else kicked out (yes- took on the tone of a Trump rally momentarily) and walked off stage during their last song without any acknowledgment- leaving her band mates to clean up her mess. I am a big fan, but was disappointed to see that at her age she didn’t have a thicker skin as a performer and because of her inability to control her emotions, we all paid by having the concert cut short. LAME.

  2. 4 years ago  

    We’re sorry, this didn’t appear in our “recent comments” on our homepage. This should be addressed! Hanna was totally lame in her handling of the situation, agreed.

  3. 3 years ago  

    Hi Allison and Shawn. Just to clarify the situation that night — Kathleen had been accosted outside of the club before the show by a man from the area who had been sending her threatening messages online for two years. She was on edge the whole night and the stage is where her emotions came out — unfortunately she let loose on a person in the crowd.

  4. 3 years ago  

    Thanks for the background, Carmine. I later heard something along those lines. It also turned that the person in the crowd was someone I knew, something else I didn’t know at the time. I think I can say that no harm was meant by his comment.

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