Posted at 6:36 PM on October 21, 2008
by Euan Kerr
I spent a fascinating hour and a half in the company (at least on film) of two of the original members of Anvil last night.
To those in the know they are heavy metal rock gods, seminal figures from the early days of what became speed metal. To everyone else they are a pair of balding 50 year old Canadians lurching from poorly-attended gig to poorly-attended, trying to rediscover whatever it was they had 30 years ago when they appeared to be the next big thing. And this time when they find it they'll make sure they don't let it go.
"Anvil!" is one of the films being screened at this weekend's Sound Unseen festival. Metal isn't for everyone, but Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner, two guys from Toronto who promised each other at 14 they'd rock together for the rest of their lives are so passionate about what they do, and so certain they are on the doorstep of something magnificent, it's hard to take your eyes of them.
The band has been invited to play at Sound Unseen. If it happens the place will really rock.