THE A CUPS with DAINIS at Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (August 17). $5. 416-532-1598. Rating: NNNNN
you never know where a stress-release outlet will take you. The A Cups, a local trio-just-turned-quartet playing spirited pop, started the band for fun -- two members are moms looking for a break -- and now they're turning into the poster girls for some serious politics.
The band, featuring Lindz Ortega on bass and vocals, guitarist Kiki Hampel, Heily Mae on guitar and vocals and Janice Walker on drums, played their debut live gig last January in support of the medical use of marijuana and continued the campaign last week at a gig in support of AIDS activist Jim Wakeford.
"I say, "Know your drugs,' not "Say no to drugs,'" says Walker as the outfit get set to play their first gig just for the music tomorrow (Friday) at Lee's.
"Neil Exall of the Mercurymen suffered through three life-saving operations for abdominal disease. Think of people with MS, AIDS.... The list of marijuana's medical uses is long, and governments should know it."
The Cups recorded one of the few known tunes devoted to squeegee kids. Its extreme tempo shifts emphasize the tender age of kids on the street.
"That's a 12- or 13-year-old underneath that winter jacket," says Walker.
"I wish we could do a benefit for a housing facility offering a positive alternative to kids on the street. Since the Harris legislation against squeegee people, the squeegees are gone and the paper cups are back."
Choosing the band name, though it leaves room for all kinds of boob-crazy puns -- their debut disc will be called Barely There -- was its own exercise in solidarity.
"Funny thing," says Walker, "is that all of us are A cups. In fact, at some stage every woman's been an A cup."