The Safety Collective

The Safety Collective

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The Safety Collective is an eclectic rock band with the aim to make bars, night clubs and festivals safer spaces for all to party! We write original material and perform a selection of covers live.

Biography

Steve met Chris in 2009 at an open mic and met Campbell through a mutual friend in early 2010. After expressing to each of them an interest in forming a band, Steve introduced the two at a jam Chris hosted. After a second jam, the three not only agreed to form a band, they felt it was necessary to do so.

Two years and many jams later, they have added a fourth member, David, who made his debut performance with the band on March 1 2013.

The Safety Collective has performed over twenty times, including performances at Homegrown Hamilton, This Ain't Hollywood, Open To The Core, Open Streets 2011 & 2012, and The Doors Pub. They have been interviewed twice on CFMU (McMaster University campus radio, Feb 2013, Hamilton ON).

The band enjoys playing musical chairs, literally. Chris, Steve & David all share duties on guitars & bass with Campbell on the drums...most of the time. When he's not drumming he's fronting the band with his socially-conscious hip-hop. Steve & Chris share the role of lead vocalist depending on the song.

Cam, Chris and Steve are an eclectic mix of eccentric personalities and influences. While they share a lot of musical tastes, each member has a large listening palette with a different center or "home-base". All three contribute lyrics, with some songs written collaboratively and others separately.

Common influences to the band include: The Clash, Bob Marley, Sublime, Husker Du, The Beatles, The Jam, Gang Of Four, Foo Fighters.

Lyrics

Heated Garage

Written By: Campbell Young, Chris Turner, Stephen Hanson

Ran into buddies from the old neighbourhood
Started drinking in a heated garage
We were steeped in grease and machines and old memories

The back-and-forth that we had was pure jokes
The factory owns us but they can't steal our soul
We were steeped in grease  and machines and old memories

Two of the four buddies left the garage
One was too drunk, the other had shit to do
You told me that you were a white supremacist

We started arguing, you fed me more beer
And then I found out why the beer was free
When you leaned in and tried to make out with me

I'm not a homophobe but that shit was weird
I'd be the first to stand up for a queer
Unless they are a fascist or a racist

Is It Worth It?

Written By: Stephen Hanson

How did we get into this reality?
Where the Earth comes second to the economy?
Put society first pollute the environment
On which it relies for its existence.
The course keeps going the wrong direction
The change is slow hardly in motion

And all those assholes say:

You’re not worth it; you’re not worth it
Fuck the future, it’s not worth it
Keep the profits keep the comfort
Fuck the planet fuck the future!

Waste away the chances of today
Live and die while the world decays
Resources used, burned and tossed in vain
The sky’s so polluted it pours acid rain
Yet your wars overseas are more important
Than giving a shit about the environment

You'll all be dead before it goes to hell
And to our generation your actions yell

You’re not worth it; you’re not worth it
Fuck the future, it’s not worth it
Keep the profits keep the comfort
Fuck the planet fuck the future!

And so we’re left with this entire mess
And the cycle of waste it still exists
You pass it on to us to fix this crisis
Before the next ice age arises
And we’ll write in the books of the incompetence
Of the twentieth century’s richest nations

Who have brought the old ways into the new age
And the impression you left with us to this day is:

We’re not worth it we’re not worth it
Fuck the future, it’s not worth it
Keep the profits keep the comfort
Fuck the planet fuck the future!
We’re not worth it we’re not worth it
Poison our air because we’re not worth it
We’re not worth it we’re not worth it
Cut all trees down they’re not worth it
We’re not worth it we’re not worth it
Change is too much work it’s not worth it
We’re not worth it we’re not worth it
We have lives too but they’re not worth it

Sticky Fingers

Written By: Stephen Hanson

So you’re all alone on Valentines Day
You never seem to be able to get a date
Palmala Handerson is your only piece
But it gets boring to say the least
You’ve tried KY; you’ve tried all the toys
And this song’s for you girls and boys

Who have got; sticky fingers! x4
All night!

It’s been like this, all your life
Only spouse was in grade nine
Probably won’t get a husband or a wife
You tried Blind Date, tried Lava Life

But you still got: Sticky Fingers
You still got: Sticky Fingers x3
All night. It makes you feel alright

Is it cause your personality
Do you need plastic surgery?
Do you need to meet someone like you?
To escape this wretched blues

Because you got: Sticky Fingers x4
All night. It makes you feel alright

So you met someone the other day
They liked you so much they agreed to a date
It went so well that you got laid
And now you're singing different tunes today!

Now you've got: Stinky fingers x4
All night. It makes you feel alright

Discography

Safety First EP - 4 song Digital Download

Sticky Fingers - Played on CFMU (McMaster University campus radio, Feb 2013, Hamilton ON) Streaming on Jango (internet radio).

Pint Of Perspective - Played on CFMU (McMaster University campus radio, Feb 2013, Hamilton ON)

Heated Garage - Streaming on Jango (internet radio).

Set List

Originals:
IS IT WORTH IT
STICKY FINGERS
SKANKING IN THE SNOW
INNOCENT
PINT OF PERSPECTIVE
TAKE YOUR TIME
STEEL TO WORK
RED HILL BLOCK PARTY
HEATED GARAGE
ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
THE CREEPER
STAND UP

Covers:
GUNS OF BRIXTON (COVER, THE CLASH)
DON'T WANNA KNOW (COVER, HUSKER DU)
FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH (COVER, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD)
HASH PIPE (COVER, WEEZER)
HYBRID MOMENTS - (COVER, MISFITS)
LONG VIEW (COVER, GREEN DAY)
PECULIAR (COVER, THE SLACKERS)
THRASH UNREAL (COVER, AGAINST ME!)