SNUB: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN DEVICES (THE BAND THAT NEVER "WAS")
SNUB began in the late nineties when DEVICES members Rick Trembles & Robert Labelle decided it'd be interesting to chronicle their 20-plus year history playing music in various Montreal bands (AMERICAN DEVICES since 1980) beginning with the first wave of punk rock & ending in the present. Rick & Rob determined to go off on their own & write separate reminiscences so they could compare notes at a later date & see what kind of embellishments, omissions & historical rewrites would result from each others' selective memories. With SNUBDOM.COM, THE AMERICAN DEVICES present the first 2 installments of this experiment.
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L: Lean, mean, stripped down DEVICES machine circa 1984. Inset: Drummer Cupcakes in all his gorey glory. R: Post-detox Cups Von Helm saying his good-byes after 13 years in THE AMERICAN DEVICES. He moved to Frisco to become a real "american device."
The above was written for Montreal's first punk rag SURFIN' BIRD by Dave Hill who helped found Montreal's 80's electro-pop sensation MEN WITHOUT HATS when they were still trying to be punky-wunky with the guitars. He later joined THE ULTERIOR MOTIVE, THREE O'CLOCK TRAIN & THE AMERICAN DEVICES.
Pictured above: An early D-vices influence.
A masked Rick Trembles holds up the official AMERICAN DEVICES "dildo-cross" mascot (among other things) at a photo shoot for a poster idea.
Last incarnation of THE D-VICES before Phil left & we slapped "AMERICAN" in front of our name. L to R: Phil Nylon, Suzy Joseph, Rick Trembles, Cups Von Helm, Rob Labelle.