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Punk Rock Pioneers Subject-Verb to Play Benefit Concert for Tsunami Victims
Seattle, WA, January 11, 2005 – Noise rock pioneers Subject-Verb will perform a South Asia tsunami benefit concert Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park. The band hopes that the performance will raise enough money to provide aid packages containing food and emergency provisions for stranded villagers on the Sri Lanka coast.
“I think it’s important that bands and artists in the United States be more attentive to the needs of the less fortunate in the world,” lead singer and bassist Terrance Robel said in a recent interview. “I think everyone should do their part to make sure that the survivors of this horrific event are given every possible chance to rebuild their lives.”
Nearly 50,000 people died in Sri Lanka after a powerful December 26 earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated the island nation. The tsunami struck without warning at the height of the tourism season, killing thousands within a matter of minutes. Almost half a million people are estimated to have died in the Indian Ocean region. Large parts of Sri Lanka were inundated and flood waters continue to isolate villages. Emergency crews have had to rely on aircraft to distribute food, clean drinking water and supplies to stranded villagers.
“The situation is absolutely terrible,” said drummer Yosi Hagel, “Whole parts of the island are cut off and aid workers just can’t get to them. The United States is a very rich country and has an obligation to help the poor of the world. Subject-Verb are committed to doing our part, and we ask that the people of Seattle come out in support of the people of Sri Lanka as well.”
Subject-Verb started in New York City in the early 1980s and quickly solidified their reputation with abrasive punk shows throughout the boroughs. By the time they released their first album, 1982’s “Carnival,” the band had become an experimental three piece, performing long drawn out songs to mystified audiences. A split with post punk legend Lydia Lunch in 1983 made them stars in New York City’s artsy No Wave scene. The band broke up in 1987, but recently reformed and relocated to Seattle.
The band is no stranger to benefit shows. Last fall they played a well received AIDS awareness fundraiser in Portland that raised more than $100,000 for new treatment programs. The band hopes that the Tuesday show will be even more successful. Subject-Verb joins several other West Coast rock bands in their support of tsunami victims.
According to Robel, “it’s essential that we do something. Time is of the essence. People are dying.”
Tickets are $15 at the gate, but larger donations are welcome.