Wednesday, September 12, 2007
oh me oh me

I was down at the Railway last night to check out the first day of Shindig. It's always one of my favourite events of the year, and I got this year's rendition off to a great personal start by telling a joke for beer that got zero laughter (I didn't get the beer - that's really the only tragedy). But enough about me...

The National Shield started off the evening. I was really digging the more upbeat stuff they played, but was less keen on the slower stuff. They've got that characteristic Vancouver power-pop thing going on, and it's a lot more fun when they're pushing the "power" part of the equation.

Speaking of power, the Remedials certainly had it. Their bass player warmed up with the opening riff from "Holiday in Cambodia," and that gives you an idea of what they sounded like: young, loud, and snotty. Luke Meat said something along the lines of "don't you find it comforting that no matter what happens, there will always be some band making this kind of music?" And I suppose it's nice to know that some things truly never change, and there will always be dudes banging out three chords in a basement somewhere. They had a song about date rape, which was... ballsy, but their set peaked about 1/3rd of the way through when they ripped into a tune that had a chorus that proclaimed "I like to fuck. I like to drink. I like to drink and fuck." I can't say that I don't agree, honestly.

The SSRIs closed out the evening, and were the eventual winners of night one, round one. I saw them at Hoko's awhile back, but honestly, I wasn't paying all that much attention that night. They didn't blow my mind, but there were hints of a lot of things that do blow my mind. I heard a bit of Blood Brothers between the discordant guitar and the wonky piano, and while their singer was sometimes reminiscent of the guy from Billy Talent (not good), he also aurally resembled Conrad from Trail of Dead (better) at times.

Overall, it wasn't the greatest night of music, but it was a pretty good warm up for what looks like is going to be an excellent year for Shindig.

Mike from the London Spy emailed me to let me know that they'll be on the bill at Casbah! on the 21st (with Ludvico Treatment and Sex with Strangers). It'll also be the band's last show for at least a year, as Peter is heading off to Cambridge for school. Come down and bid them adieu, if you're inclined.

Kevin was kind enough to send two videos from Friday's Wolf Parade show. Here's the new song that they opened with:


And check out "It's a Curse" right here.

The Pipettes show, previously at a venue TBA, is at the Plaza.

Oh, and today while I was on lunch I was pleasantly surprised to find Leeroy Stagger playing a solo show here at UBC. I always enjoy hearing him play - especially solo - but it was even more welcomed since SUB Plaza is pretty much constantly plagued with the frats pumping out jock jams at obnoxious volumes right now. He played a new song to close out his set, that bodes well for his next record (whenever that happens to come out).

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