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Hometown Crowds

In music on April 25, 2011 at 4:11 am

photo: Alicia Nygaard

We released the vinyl in two Calgary shows this weekend. The first at the Marquee, and the second in the basement of 1636. The Bar show was packed, and fun, but the basement show was the heart of our hometown appearances.  A black light neon frenzy, with a glut of loyal flailing fans, crazy string, tequila shots and sundry. The night was dubbed “Great Friday”  ( spray painted in Neon behind the stage) in honour of holiday cheer. We shared the stage with the Oooeiiohs and Evan Webb and The Poisonous Birds. Revelry continued late into the night.

photo: Alicia Nygaard

Easter weekend in Drumheller  was kicked off with Fire Coulee Bandits and busy holiday crowd. The show was just starting to get going when the cops came in and shut the bar down! Although we were somewhat chuffed with ourselves for out-rocking the small town, it seemed pretty odd that the bar would be randomly called out for being over capacity especially since it appeared easily able to accommodate the number of patrons. Rumour has it, that small town politics where to blame, apparently a squabble between bar owners, competing for the holiday crowd, and other mysterious disputes.

photo: Alicia Nygaard



In music on April 20, 2011 at 3:28 am

Heading back to Calgary. We are quite spent, looking forward to familiar showers and beds, a luxury we will have to do without over the next month, so that much sweeter. We’re Still tour soft, getting broken in is hard.

We are listening to TMO and driving through the mountains after a late night stopover with Jan and Barbara, who fed us a polish feast of chicken, soup, sausages, sauerkraut,  green beans, cake and ice cream…I was asleep before the meal was done

We were late for the Kamloops show on account of bad weather on the Kokahalla, we took the advice of a grumpy gas station attendant just before the turnoff. Ronda, as we have named the GPS simply could not fathom our change of course and kept trying to turn us around. The silver lining was the spectacular views afforded by choosing the alternate highway #1 route.

Yesterday was a bit of a fiasco, got ourselves into a sketchy vehicle harangue trying to do a favour for our producer. While we waited however, we did manage to pick up an awesome rainbow trunk at a thrift shop to use for our glad rags.

Following a string of large high profile gigs, the somewhat subdued coffee shop show in Kamloops felt strange. The opener’s ( Duo #2) were great, so was the rosemary lentil soup, and the girl who bought a record. Some dude in the ally threw a fit about our Uhaul, although he so easily could have driven around, tore out leaving his parking garage open. Glen’s Vancouver hospitality is always such a spectacular gong show, everyone’s outdone themselves by now… and are all approaching a state similar in appearance to the Hastings zombies, although i expect induced by softer drugs.

looking forward to a few days off before we head out east, and to the vinyl release shows in Calgary.


Deadhorse Tour

In music on April 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm

It’s not quite the beginning, we have already been out for nearly a week.

I’m writing early in the morning as everyone else is trying to get some sleep.

Yesterday we had a Day off, went record shopping, visited friends, slept on the beach and rode buses respectively. Came home to an awesome uncle cookoff and more beer ( there is always more beer apparently).

The past few days have been a whirlwind of gigs, driving, late nights and bleary eyes. Crofton and Duncan went well, we played a good show with No Don’t Stop that was quite well attended considering it was a Wednesday night during the playoffs, all Jennifer’s Hippy friends came out and danced. We went into  the town of Duncan and ate noodles, visited vagrant parents, trolled the thrift shops that seem to dot every block. Visited old friends with ever expanding broods of children.

Dancing is somthing only islanders can do the way they do. Show’s on the island are basically excuses to dance…. a big difference from the stowic hipsters of Calgary that would rather stand with arms crossed looking impartial, then express any enjoyment by moving. The victoira show was big, flailing and full of life, Tequila Mocking Bird Orchestra and Maria in the Shower were gypsy and barbershop respectively, but both high energy and expressie performers. I think that we might have slightly unnerved the dancing brood with our plethora of noisy guitars and wailing vocals, but there were still a sizeable group of dancers that staid the course.

The Langley Cabin was familiar, no wonder we identified The Thunderwolf Mountain clan as our musical comrades when we met them during Buffalo Springfield in San Francisco this fall. Secondhand Rags, tassels, curtains, dogs, Canadiana, all in a log Cabin with a decomposing piano on the porch. The show was epic (if a little sloshy on our behalf), the crush and sweat of a house party,  complete with a random who fell asleep in the “band” bed, commandeering on of our sleeping bags. It was great to see those guy’s from Red Cedar again, their sound has got harder and noisier  in ways we approve of, and they slayed it.

Vancouver was also a huge show, of which we were only a small part. The Rickshaw on East Hastings, right in the middle of the east side. Its a tad like finding oneself in zombiland, if you know Vancouver you know what i mean. The Rickshaw is grand and dilapidated with a big neon sign, cement stairway, old balcony. Smoke machines and streamers, a flowing keg of free beer, a constant stream of bands, burlesque, costumes, marching horn section. Our set zips by in a brief noise filled 20 min, so fast in fact that said uncle barely catches our last song.

We Head out to Kamloops today