Guitar: Statia XII Ace
Bass: Jen O'Cyde
Drums: Emma Sunstrum
Location: Hamilton, Canada
Brief Bio:- Pantychrist
The age old question of why do women go to the bathroom in pairs might now have an answer: To start a band!! Hamilton, Canada's Pantychrist formed in 2003 after the chance encounter of four women in a ladies washroom. Guitarist Izabelle Steele and vocalist Danyell DeVille met bassist Amy Hell and drummer Patty Rotten in this most unlikeliest of settings. Upon discovering that they all had similar musical aspirations they decided to form an all female hardcore punk group. Amy and Patty were playing with a local outfit called The Bitter Ex's and Danyell had done time with Die Human Die from Kitchener. Right from their first practice together the band concentrated on creating their own compositions which were far removed from the glossy poppy punk style that most female bands were playing. Trying to find a name that would reflect the abrasive and hardcore nature of their music and not lump them in with those other 'princess punk' bands proved trying. A couple of different names were considered before deciding to call the outfit Pantychrist.
With a take no prisoners approach the band made a stir quite quickly in the local Hamilton music scene and the tremors soon spread to other cities. Danyell dominated the stage with a fury that had every eye riveted. Like some kind of possessed being she would flail across the stage, no concern of what might be in her way. Not content to climb speaker stacks or throw herself onto the floor, she would take the show into the audience. Smashed bottles, thrown drinks, destroyed microphones and a little blood were the norm. Izabelle played the first bunch of shows in her underwear, effectively putting the 'panty' into Pantychrist. Patty would demonstrate her ability to multitask by having a volunteer come onstage and become her 'beer slave'. This person would be responsible for pouring beer into her mouth while she played. It was usually a 50/50 split of how much went in versus how much went on her. The band issued a demo cd called 'ShEPeed' in early 2004 that was snapped up immediately. Pantychrist became a solid fixture on the local scene, and interest in the band was coming from lots of different areas. The group secured festival spots on NXNE and Canada Music Week and issued an industry only cd 'Demo-lition Dirty' for distribution at these showcase events.
AMP Records capitalized on the growing buzz by releasing Pantychrist's 'Never Love Anything' cd in 2005. It achieved international notoriety for it's combination of fast punk blasts interlaced with catchy melodies and straight to the point lyrics. It hit the #1 spot on Hamilton radio station CFMU'S playlist and achieved #157 on the nationwide radio airplay charts. A very respectable showing for a hardcore punk record and it subsequently sold out of all copies. Around this time the band were contacted by a couple of film producers who were interested in filming the group for a documentary about women in the Canadian Music Industry. They came and stayed with Pantychrist for a week, capturing them at home, at work, and as a band at shows. The footage was compiled into a 15 minute segment called 'The Girls Of Pantychrist' that was slated to be part of the end film. The project was then put on hold when the producers funding ran out. Pantychrist issued a dvd entitled 'Skirting With Disaster' in March 2006 that mixed 'The Girls Of Pantychrist' feature with some raw live footage of the band. Issues within the group itself started to come to a head near the end of the year as the Sisterhood of Pantychrist foundation of solidarity crumbled.
2007 opened with the band parting ways with Patty and enlisting ex G-Men drummer Nick Tops to fill in until a suitable replacement could be found. During one session at the practice studio, Pantychrist's set was recorded live off the floor and nine songs were taken and issued as a limited edition self titled cd that was primarily available at shows. The band was once again followed by a film crew who were capturing material for a film to be titled "The Rise Of Pantychrist" which would document the group as part of a succession of Hamilton bands. Finding a new female drummer turned out to be more difficult than originally anticipated and with various personal issues needing attention, Pantychrist went on hiatus after June 2008.
There was talk of the band returning and the first order of business was to fill the vacant drum seat. Another search was launched to find a new drummer and this time the band found success with a couple of suitable candidates. 2010 found Cari Corpse behind the Pantychrist drum kit and the band stepping onstage for the first time in over 2 years. Towards the end of 2011, Jen O'Cyde took over bass duties and the group issued 'Break It Down', a retrospective cd compilation.
Fast forward to 2015 and Pantychrist are playing select shows with new guitarist Statia XII Ace and new drummer Emma Sunstrum while gearing up for the release of the long awaited 'CrACkHeaDs AnD eNAbLerS' cd.