Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Vancouver punk Rock Reunion!

For those in the know (actually in the 'in crowd' enough to be invited to this private event), the 3rd annual punk rock reunion was a complete smash.  The list of performers read like the who's who list of the "anti" west coast music scene.  We were lucky enough to be invited and got to interact with some great people.  The only disappointment was that some music greats, like Randy Rampage (DOA, Annihilator) and Mellow Friesen and Sonny Dean (Little Guitar Army), were not even performing and there to enjoy the show.  The Rothschilds Darryl Stapleton was on hand as always and big Doug Smith brought the crowd to it's knees with a great performance by The Strugglers.  Strugglers front man, known only as the Bert Man, closed their set with a wicked rendition of TurboNegros' "The Age of Pamparius" with Orchard Pinkish grinding out guitar tones worthy of TurboNegro lead guitarist "Euro-Boy".

Photo: Christine Percival

Super punk girl Gerry-Jenn Wilson (below left) joined I, Braineater's Jimmy Cummins with stellar lineup of Duane Chaos (Guitar), Zippy Pinhead (drums) and Tim Plommer (bass) for the finale.

I, Braineater, playing in nothing but metal and black leather, are in the studio to complete a CD dude out before the end of 2011.  For those who missed this show, talk to your friends and get on the guest list for next year.  In the meantime, there is a not so secret event Sept 9 at the Fairview pub for Zippy Pinhead's birthday bash which will surely be a blowout to celebrate the end of summer.  The lineup is believed to be The Rothschilds, Vancouver's all girl punk band Joyce Collingwood, I, Braineater and more.  Not to be missed.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

22nd Century headliner at Cambie Music Festival

VANCOUVER, Aug. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Returning to Vancouver after playing venues in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Vancouver's own rockers 22nd Century will headline on the main stage for a local performance at the Cambie Street Summer Sizzler. The Vancouver, BC performance takes place around 6:00 PM near city hall at 7th and Cambie streets. The band, composed of Duane Chaos, Zippy Pinhead and Tim Plommer, were scheduled to play last year but had to cancel after bassist Duane Chaos had a near fatal bout with spinal meningitis.

Rania Hatz, one of the event organizers, spoke about the band. "These guys are veterans of the local rock scene and they always put extra effort into hometown performances. The event is family friendly but expect to see a rock show that scorches the sidewalks.

Bugnut Records recording artists 22nd Century have enjoyed a quick rise on the international music scene hitting #1 spots on Verzik (fan voted Indie rankings) and Somojo's UK indie rock charts. They are played on radio stations in over 35 countries and have just secured deals to tour to California and Europe before the end of the year. They have two studio CD's as well as appearing on several compilation projects from Eastern Europe to LA.

Image with caption: "22nd Century to Headline Major Street Festival in Vancouver August 13 (CNW Group/Two Bit Thug Productions Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110810_C2776_PHOTO_EN_2023.jpg