• Great show, poorly attended.

    5 mai 2011, 8h16m

    This show Wed 4 May – Eddie and The Hot Rods was attended by approximately 50 people, which is pathetic considering the stature this band deserves.

    They were the essential link between pub rock and punk rock in the UK in the '75-'77 period. I have to admit I wasn't sure I was going to attend myself but am glad I did as it was a great show by a band that, if there was a punk rock hall of fame, would surely be among the first inductees.
  • Handsome Furs at Richards on Richards

    22 avr. 2008, 16h14m

    Mon 21 Apr – Handsome Furs

    Things didn't get going until sometime after 10 with the support band. Didn't catch their name. Actually moved to a part of the bar as far away from them as I could possibly get, as their opening number featured a very loud bass sound generated from some electronic device hidden under the drum kit that was making my ears feel funny.

    I felt more comfortable when the Handsome Furs took the stage. I kind of wonder why there is so much interaction with the drum machine when surely it is or could be all pre-programmed. Maybe it's just to provide more activity on stage when they perform. I like their music, but can't say they are particularly effective as a live act. On the other hand, when there's just two of them and only a guitar, a drum machine, and a small keyboard, I guess they did as well in that respect as could be expected.
  • From the Jam and Hugh Cornwell at Richards on Richards

    4 fév. 2008, 1h39m

    Sat 2 Feb – From the Jam, Hugh Cornwell

    Billed as two thirds of The Jam, it consisted of the original drummer and bassist, plus a couple of other guys to fill in for Paul Weller on vocals and guitar duties. I wasn't expecting this to be all that good because, after all, it can't really be the Jam without Paul Weller, but it turned out to be a great show. The band really seemed to feed off the energy of an adoring audience very many of whom looked old enough to have been fans since 1977.

    I had a vantage point on the balcony right over Rick Buckler's drum kit, so I could see every thing he did. I am an amateur drummer so this was pretty cool, and I can verify he is quite skilled.

    This was an early show, the venue operates as some sort of shit disco or hip-hop vomitorium on weekends so they had to get the show over to set up for the less musically-discriminating crowd that takes over later. I didn't realize this, so I arrived after Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers had finished his show. This was a disappointment for me as I am a bit of a fan. I'm sure it was good. In fact I went more for his show so it was lucky that From the Jam turned out to be so damn good.
  • The Bravery and the Switches at Richards on Richards

    25 jan. 2008, 21h18m

    Thu 24 Jan – The Bravery, Switches
    My third time seeing The Bravery, the first two times was at the Commodore - curious why they're now playing the smaller Richards on Richards. As always, they always put on a good show.

    I often don't like the support acts at gigs I go to, but The Switches were an exception. Never heard them before, they have some really good songs.
  • Spoon - Commodore - Vancouver

    9 sept. 2007, 4h41m

    Fri 7 Sep – Spoon

    Good show. The opening act was Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. Straightforward but hard-driving blues, very well executed. Not exactly what I was expecting as an opener for Spoon, but they were very good and well received by the audience. Leader Joe Lewis has a good voice for blues, reminiscent of James Brown I thought.

    Spoon leader Britt Daniels walked past me at the bar a couple of times, but his appearance is a bit non-descript so I think I was the only one who noticed. On stage though, he has great presence and the show was very riveting, including about 5 or 6 songs from Gimme Fiction and, of course, many from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. The Georgia Straight had an article this week suggesting that Daniels is reputed to be a "grade A knob", but he seemed pretty friendly and pleasant, even inviting a newly married couple who were near the front up on the stage to make the marriage fully legitimate. They will no doubt be Spoon fans for the rest of their lives or at least their marriage, whichever comes first.

    I checked for tickets on Monday but they were sold out. I checked again on Thursday and was pleasantly surprised to see that there had been some additional tickets released, so it pays to check back with Ticketmaster even if you think something has sold out.
  • Teenage Head - The Red Room

    13 mai 2007, 10h46m

    Sat 12 May – Teenage Head

    This was a very good show. Those who arrived early had to wait outside for a while until the soundcheck was finished , entirely the band's fault for starting late. Even the support band The Transmitters seemed to be waiting outside. It turns out, they were very good. I think they said they have an album out on Stiff Records soon, and they would fit in very well with that labels original roster - excellent short sharp new wave influenced songs.

    When Teenage Head hit the stage, all was forgiven (i.e. the line-up outside) because they played all their fantastic hits fantastically. The song Picture My Face was the third song played, and stood out because they have definitely aged, particularily Frankie Venom. Hey, who cares when they play this good?

    This was a show by a band who deserves to stand in the Pantheon along with the Ramones, the New York Dolls, and others. If you do not know this band, you need to check out Frantic City and Teenage Head.
  • Kaiser Chiefs at the Commodore

    26 avr. 2007, 17h34m

    Tue 24 Apr – The Walkmen, Kaiser Chiefs, The Little Ones

    Good show, almost as good as the Electric Six the previous night. I believe the Kaiser Chiefs are fans of sport (being named after a soccer team) and they got the crowd going in a chant for the Vancouver Canucks who had advanced to the next round of the NHL playoffs the night before by beating the Dallas Stars. The band members seemed to get a kick out of the audience's show of support for the local team.

    A mostly young crowd, but with a surprising number of older audience members as well, which I think indicates that these guys have a bit of depth to them despite being a young band. I suppose it also might have something to do with their sound, which is reminiscent of some late seventies new wave bands in many ways, and as good.

    The Walkmen were one of two support acts, and had a reasonably large fan base of their own showing up for this.
  • The Electric Six at Richards on Richards - GREAT SHOW!

    24 avr. 2007, 8h31m

    Mon 23 Apr – Electric Six, Test Your Reflex
    The Electric Six jokingly referred to themselves as "Vancouver's Premier Party Band" during the course of this show and, despite the fact that they are from Detroit, I have to agree. If you are a fan of really good rock and roll, you really should've been at this show. They were here six months ago and promise to be back in another six months.

    Last time they were missing their keyboard player because he was denied entry to Canada. This time they were missing both the keyboard player and one guitar player, also denied entry by the fascistas at Canada Immigration. I feel like writing my member of parliament and asking them to tell Canada Immigration (with whom I have my OWN issues) to chill out. A local musician introduced as "the Locust Eater" filled in for the missing guitar player and, I must say, did a very fine job.

    This band puts on an absolutely fantastic show and, though there was a reasonably sizeable and very enthusiastic audience, it was nowhere near capacity. It should've been sold out.These guys ROCK!!
  • Social Distortion at the Commodore

    21 avr. 2007, 8h06m

    Tue 17 Apr – Social Distortion, black halos
    Support bands were I Hate Kate and The Black Halos. Both were pretty decent though the lead singer of the Halos is hard to take seriously - he's like a cross between Stiv Bators and Pee Wee Herman. To his credit, I'm pretty sure most of the humour in his performance is intentional.

    Social Distortion were on form, playing the second of two sold-out shows. I was just to the left of the very active moshing area and so had a pretty good view. I was a bit disappointed that some of my personal favorites were not played, such as Cold Feelings, I Was Wrong or Bad Luck. They did a cover of Maybellineas well as two other covers they are more well known for, namely Under My Thumb and Ring of Fire. Of their own catalogue they did Nickels and Dimes, and Ball and Chain and many others.

    Audience members ranged from oldsters like me to very young fans of good rock and roll (god bless 'em). Mike Ness had to reprimand one younger audience member at one point, asking him "did your Mama tell you it was cool to spit at the band"?
  • Sek Loso

    13 nov. 2006, 4h29m

    Friday night, Hillary Bar, Sukhumvit Soi 4, Bangkok.

    The place was packed, he has some very enthusiastic fans. Sek Loso is one of the only Thai rock musicians with the style and substance to make it outside of Thailand. Apparently, Noel Gallagher of Oasis is a bit of a fan. Sek did a cover of Wonderwall during the show.

    Most Thai pop and rock musicians have a strong tendency to concentrate on sappy ballads, and it is rare for someone like Sek Loso who doesn't try to pander to a mass audience to succeed. Instead he relies on actual talent as a guitarist and songwriter as well as considerable charisma as a live performer.

    Thailand actually has a fair number of talented electric guitarists but most of them are reduced to supporting ridiculous pop singers, or playing covers of songs like Hotel California in dingy bars for peanuts. Bit of a shame really, but I have hopes that Thai audiences are beginning to develop a bit more sophistication in their appreciation of western styles of popular music when they are exposed to the likes of Sek Loso.

    On the other hand, indigenous forms of popular music such as "Luuk Thung" are fantastic but rarely incorporated into the music of the most famous pop stars, who instead do extremely lame renditions of hip-hop or the aforementioned sappy ballads.

    Thank god there are a few exceptions like Sek Loso.