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Gaijin Smash

by Science Ninja Big Ten

J-Pop, J-Punk, Anime influenced Canadian Punk
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. Tarts In Tartan
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2. Wind Up
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3. Cliche
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4. Fall Out
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5. Ivory Towers
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6. Tentacle Monsters
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7. Mounty Of The Bounty
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8. Pop Up Wedding
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9. McJack
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10. Spy Number Seven
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11. If You Were The Sun
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12. Shroud
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13. Touchy Feely
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14. Mika-chan
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By Ric Taylor

Science Ninja Big Ten cause raised eyebrows, from their band
name to their elaborate graphic posters. The enigmatic four piece
have day jobs, families and even other artistic outings, but when
keyboardist Chris ‘Crackers’ Cracknell, guitarist Peter Lloyd,
bassist Monica Knott, and drummer Dave [Heaton] come together,
it’s all about the fantasy and fun of their music. With their debut
CD, [Gaijin Smash] released this weekend, SNBT are prepared
to educate locals on a wealth of under–represented art forms in
the city.
“I designed the characters around archetypes common to
team anime,” explains Cracknell whose Ghastly’s Ghastly web
comics offer an outlet for some of his drawings and the basis for
the SNBT posters. “I’ve tweaked the character designs a little bit
for the album art. I made Monica’s character, the hot cat–girl in
the skimpy schoolgirl uniform a little more chibi–like, and Pete’s
character, the hot headed ninja–kid, is now much more bishounen
or pretty–boy. Dave’s character, the strong, calm, silent monk,
and my character, the ‘big guy,’ have pretty much remained the
same as in previous designs. Every anime team has to have one
big guy, since I’m the biggest guy in the band I made myself that
Cracknell’s internet art is developing him into popular cult
status. This past weekend saw him participate in a sci–fi horror
convention alongside the likes of George ‘Sulu’ Takai and
Cassandra ‘Elvira’ Peterson. Knott could easily focus on her
singing in the local opera chorus. Lloyd, an acclaimed prolific
author, is set to release the third in his Avatar series of books—a
fantastic voyage of vampires and werewolves, sex and violence,
reading like a fast paced movie script with the city of Hamilton as
a backdrop. The self–published (Tower Circle) works are easily
enveloping and could bring Lloyd’s creativity to a national
All of the members of SNBT could keep busy without the
band but when they come together, it’s magic, in a quirky Square
Pegs way. There’s pop song structures, an indie rock approach
and operatic textures added to form a mix of all of their artistic
loves and from the heady stew, out comes a Canadianized
rendition of J pop, or Japanese Pop. But you don’t have to be well
versed in their influences to appreciate the music of the band.
“My outside endeavours definitely have an effect on the
band’s Internet presence,” reasons Cracknell. “It’s been really
handy being able to use the popularity of Ghastly’s Ghastly comic
to promote SNBT online. We’ve even had convention organizers
express an interest in having us perform at their conventions
[but] there’s so many other elements fused into our style.
“There is a positive cross–pollination for me between the
books and the band,” adds Lloyd. “I listen to music as I write and
it’s expanded what I like. A couple of the songs on the disc have
direct quotes in the lyrics from my books. When it comes to
getting our music, it helps if you can see the beauty in the
“I wonder if people have to get it in order to enjoy it,”
ruminates Knott. “People who don’t know anime or J pop or even
classical music will hear what they hear and respond on a lot of
levels. [But] I hope part of what they are getting is that we really
like what we are doing, that we are having fun.”
With cross marketing opportunities on the Internet and at
conventions, SNBT has a much larger potential audience, perhaps
more so than many other locals. But while they might be able to
make the band busier, SNBT revels in the common bond that
brought them together in the first place. If they were nerds, they
are happy to maintain that authenticity.
“The people who are regulars on the website seem to
respond quite well to our music,” notes Cracknell. “We’re not
corporate marketed posers trying to cash in on geek–chic, we’re
actually pretty much a bunch of nerds who haven’t realized we’re
not 17 anymore. I think that’s what really appeals to our fans
online. They can smell a fake nerd a mile away and they don’t like
“Chris’ comic empire is vast and reaches many strange
people with strange appetites,” interjects Lloyd.
“But at the end of the day we’re still a punk band,”
summates Cracknell. “Our mutual common bond is we all like to
drink beer, play music, and have fun and that’s about as good a
reason to get together as you can get. If the posters I draw of the
band were mirrors they’d carry the disclaimer, Warning: Objects
may be dorkier than they appear. We haven’t got ninjas, swords,
or even breasts flipping out during our shows. We have a lot of
high–energy music and fun. I think the audience gets a real sense
that we’re having fun when we’re on stage and it’s contagious. I
think anyone who ever wished they were a Buckaroo Banzai, Blue
Blaze Irregular would enjoy our show a lot.”



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Victor Adrian Mora

the very first cd I've ever liked and listen to.
It's really cool to listen to it on the road.Plus it gives me a bunch of confidence in myself.

Dutch CD-Baby Shopper

Great CD, Looking forward to hear more of this band!
The first CD of Science Ninja Big Ten is very promising and of a great quality when considering that the band isn't mainstream (yet).

For those who like to listen to something different to mainstream with a nice touch, I can recommend Science Ninja Big Ten's Gaijin Smash!

Peter Zerbe

Creative, happy and fun!
The CD has a wide breadth of types of songs, showcasing artist's influences well. I spent a lot of time laughing, not only from silly lyrics "tentacle monsters lower property value" to humorous musical forms. If you're ready for it, Science Ninja Big Ten is definitely worth a try.