Some post-punk from Victoria’s Fountain. “Graham Street Landmark” is a DIY stutter funk/punk number from their self titled album.
Smash Boom Pow is a relatively new act on the Vancouver scene. They refer themselves as a loud three-piece rock band. That’s quite true, but it glosses over the fact that front man Ulysses has a great voice and sings very tuneful melodies. Noise pop, alternative power pop, melodic loud rock — call it what you will, but just don’t miss their high octane show.
There is something to be said for in-your-face, unbridled, feral punk. That’s what Single Mothers dish up in style. A while back there they put out a couple of EP’s and then seemed set to disappear. But, no, here they are with their debut full-length record about to come out. That’s good news for all of us. Bring it on.
Probably my most “out there” pick. Cowards are a kind of post-punk noise rock band, with a bit of goth and a whole pile of artsy weirdness. They are notorious for putting on an outrageous live show, and that’s what it’s all about, right?
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Victoria’s celebration of indie music kicks off in 8 days. To get you stoked I am going to post a “must see” act once every 12 hours until the festival starts. So that’s (hang on, I’m doing the math…) 16, yes, 16 acts at Rifflandia that you simply should not miss.
Sooo, to get things started: JPNSGRLS (Vancouver)
JPNSGRLS (pronounced ‘Japanese Girls’) is a relatively new band on the Vancouver scene, with their full-length debut ‘Circulation” dropping just earlier this year. Their brand of power grunge/punk is as intriguing as it is invigorating. Get ready to be blown away when they hit the stage (Victoria Event Centre) at 11:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 12th.
PyPy is a “supergroup” formed by members of CPC Gangbangs, Red Mass and Duchess Says. Their 7-track album ‘Pagan Day’ is a non-stop blistering psych-punk freakout. The pace ranges from driving hardcore through dance punk to slowcore grind, but at all times it is both sinister and enticing. A great record.