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Chris Dyck, Guitarist For Ancients, Talks The Upcoming "Riffs Not Riots" Fundraiser

As was previously announced, Metalunderground.com has teamed up with sponsors from around North America to present a charity fundraiser dubbed; "Riffs Not Riots" in Vancouver, Canada. The fundraiser is to support civilian victims of the June 15th riot that gripped the city and caused millions of dollars in damage. Chris Dyck, guitarist for Vancouver sludge metal act Ancients and one of the 'Underground Hardcore Collective' conspirators who planned the charity event, sat down with Metalunderground.com to discuss his thoughts on seeing the riot unfold first hand and how the charity event came to fruition.

Cody B: First off before we talk about the gig itself, lets discuss the reason for it even coming together in the first place. Tell me what was going through your head when you were seeing the riot play out on television?

Chris: Honestly at first I was kinda laughing, because it was so predictable and ironic, but once I saw people start getting injured and beaten up my mood changed right quick. I was appalled. I'm a fan of revolt for a reason, not rioting and gang beating people because you're a drunk fuck and your team lost, or you think you're a UFC fighter.

Cody B: Members of Ancients have been seen wearing Vancouver Canucks jerseys at some of its live gigs. Do you believe the rioters were actual fans of the team?

Chris: Kenny and I are total hockey fans, especially Kenny our other guitarist. I don't believe it was anarchists, fucking planned rioters or whatever. I think people got drunk and acted like morons. Canucks fans were for sure involved, all types of people were involved; people from the city, but mainly drunk clowns from the suburbs. Which is embarrassing for me, I'm from the suburbs.

Cody B: What was it like for you the next day, seeing daylight images of the city in the condition it was in?

Chris: It was a sad sight. Vancouver is a beautiful city, but it looked like Syria the morning after. The main focus of my anger was seeing the video of people being beaten by like 30 little goofs. Totally unacceptable! There were dads trying to get there kids out of there, getting punched out and other people getting jumped and their heads stomped for trying to stop looting? Fuck that.

Cody B: So now let's talk about "Riffs Not Riots" and the group behind it, 'The Underground Hardcore Collective.' How did those whole idea form and come together?

Chris: This dude Gerald had the original idea. I saw a post of his suggesting that maybe someone should do a benefit show. I figured I could make it happen so I took the ball and ran with it. It was a way for me to do something positive and let people know that us metal dudes don't roll like that and we are good people and don't support this kind of random violence. So I asked some bands and some promoters if they were into it and people got into it right away. I was kind of overwhelmed and I'm glad D had the amount of help I did. Natasha, Mayo and Wendy are the other head cheeses on this thing and have been crucial in the planning process, I could never have done it without them, they are awesome people! Riffs Not Riots is my name, the undergound hardcore collective is Wendy's name for the 4 of us. We had to name this stuff something.

Cody B: You are known as the guitarist and back-up growler for Ancients. How does it feel being a part of such an important show?

Chris: We are stoked, all the bands are good bros of ours so its a no brainer that we would play. It feels awesome knowing that everyone is down to protest/support this. I hope it turns out to be as big and important as everyone thinks its gonna be!

Cody B: Do you think 'The Underground Hardcore Collective' will come together once again in the future to stand up for a cause? People are very vocal here in the Vancouver scene.

Chris: I'm hoping to make Riffs Not Riots an annual event if it goes well, or I might start doing more shows under that name and if Wendy, Mayo and Natasha wanna be involved again I would always love that

Cody B: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Chris: I'm gonna make a quick speech and thank everyone involved after Ancients plays during the gig - which is on Wednesday July, 13th. So everyone will get to hear my rant then [laughs] but for now though I wanna thank everyone for their overwhelming support so far and all the bands for stepping up! It feels really good knowing that you can actually do something positive these days. The world is fucked, but there is still alot of good shit happening around us. You just gotta look a little harder these days to find it.

"Riffs Not Riots" is set to take place on July 13, 2011 at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with performances from Titans Eve, Black Wizard, Ancients, Galgamex, Weirding, Abriosis, Anion and Depressing. The official events page with individual sponsor info can be found over at this location. (Facebook login required)

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