Wolseley’s favourite family old-school rock n’ roll/metal band is joining the world of reality television.
Rather, make that "unreality-onreality," as Krazy Madness recently released the first of 10 episodes on YouTube chronicling its escapades.
The day-in-the-life episode follows the band — fronted by father/singer Patrick Bellemare, son/bassist Kelsey, as well as Bellemare’s brothers, guitarist Baz Ganglia and drummer Martin Valach — as they travel to perform a show at the Long and McQuade music store.
"We have a lot of comedy and satire mixed with the reality," Bellemare explained.
Indeed, the 22-minute show is a product of the elder Bellemare’s eccentricities — from the spandex striped pants and a monstrous metallic mask he often wears during performances to firing a bolt of electricity at a helicopter using the sign of the horns, a common gesture in metal music culture, all to comedic and special effects.
The episode also has its soft moments — how Bellemare met his wife, Lisa, and eventually helped dub the band’s name, and how drummer Valach brings a Rastafarian foundation to the band.
The shows are being shot and edited by Wolseley filmmaker Chris MacDonald from Abraxas Studios. The plan is to film 10 episodes and pitch the show to network and renegade music television stations to help give the band exposure.
A legendary rock star appears in every episode, Bellemare said.
"As a band you can make songs, make albums," said Bellemare, who once worked as a roadie for acts Nazareth, Helix, and April Wine, and counts former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde as a close family friend.
"But, we’re always trying to stay off the beaten path. We decided to start the show because we want to entertain people and make them forget the mundane, have a good laugh, and draw them to the band and the songs."
Speaking of songs, while the band is mostly known for its repertoire covering the spectrum of everything metal and classic rock — Black Sabbath, Saxon, Judas Priest, Quiet Riot, Zeppelin — Krazy Madness continues to plug away on work of its own, Bellemare said.
An upcoming album will include 13 songs, including one cover from the ’80s metal vault. The songs have been slowly shaped over a couple of years, and most need another six to nine months before being ready for headphones, Bellemare said.
That being said, fans should be able to hear a bit of the album in September when an original track, titled The Last Supper, debuts in Winnipeg filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy’s new movie, H&G. It’s a modern day version of The Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.
"We give ourselves time for the creative process," Bellemare said.
"We let life happen. We thought with the show we could come back to our point of view, where people can see our lives, what we do and how Krazy Madness is Krazy Madness."
Note: Some strong language. Viewer discretion advised.