There’s been talk in certain circles about the state of various Vancouver music scenes, saying crazy things like “the scene is dead” and “there’s nothing here anymore” in regards to a lot of Pop/Rock/Punk bands breaking up and a lack of all ages venues locally.
We want to tell you that the scene isn’t dead. There’s lots of up and coming bands still holding their own (huge kudos to you!) and talented new bands emerging.
So with that said, a bunch of us local musicians got together to organize a special night that I’m super proud to present to you: Return Of The Scene 2015.
I hope you enjoy this awesomely stacked bill at Olympia Pizza and I’m also using this opportunity to announce my new project, Air Combat. Which I’m both incredibly scared and also incredibly excited to present to all of you.
I can’t wait to see everyone and scream my heart out with a big dumb smile on my face.
///// THE DETAILS
Saturday June 20
10257 King George Highway
$10 presale / $12 doors
///// The Bands
Alternative emo / post hardcore
Brand new to the scene, AC is made up of ex members of Sharks On Fire, Fighting For Ithaca, A Cold City Night and Solitary Silence. Formed after what could be called “a really shitty 2014″, AC is the product of successes, failures, hopes and dreams. The stubborn refusal to give in to obstacles and the tendency to always come back swinging.
THIS SIDE OF TOWN
Pop Drop & Rule
This Side of Town is a high-energy pop/rock band from the Vancouver area with music that fuses together driving beats and punchy guitar riffs accompanied by expressive lyricism. Their songs capture an honest outlook on the world from a dreamer’s perspective – from angsty anthems to lessons about love and life.
New Rock/ Alternative/ Progressive
Unchecked ambition. Thunderous impact. Passionate social and political commentary. A sound that balances powerful dynamics, densely layered sonic richness, and direct emotion; melodramatic indie appeal and the timeless sound of stadium rock. Within Rust works with a tireless drive to bring these things to sonic fruition. Formed in the basements of North Delta in 2012 by friends Nolen Scott (vocals, keyboards), Matt Gage (guitars) and Lewis Scott (drums), the band set to work immediately, releasing its debut EP ‘Born’ in early 2013. and honing their live chops with a relentless schedule of local gigs. After the addition of bassist John Waldock, the group ventured on a brief tour of the US in 2014, and is currently in the process of writing and recording its first full-length album. Future goals: conquer the world. Full stop.
Since December of 2011 Insuburban Avenue has been establishing a reputation of producing quality musicianship and energetic live performances throughout the greater Seattle area. With Bree Leaitu on vocals, Avery Johnston on lead guitar, Cameron Smith on rhythm guitar, Jon Howard on bass, and TJ Wheeler on drums, IA creates a modern perspective to the Alternative Rock genre.
Poor Traits are a Vancouver based female fronted rock group formed in 2014. After focusing on writing a collection of emotionally driven, hard hitting songs, the band self recorded their debut full length album Minor Setbacks over the course of the summer. Since the release of the album, the band has played a handful of local shows and recorded an acoustic EP By The Fire set for a March 2015 release. Poor Traits are geared to demonstrate the depth of their sound and put their hearts out on the stage.
What to write here. It seems like quite a daunting task to write about yourself, but here goes. I come from a family of musicians, so it’s always been a part of me. All sorts of music have had such a strong impact on me that I feel the need to constantly be around it, whether it’s playing in my bands (Alea Rae, Violet, the list goes on and on), filling in on various instruments for other people, writing, recording, producing, going to shows, or even just putting on some of my favourite tunes. So yeah, come on the hype train to nowhere and try to enjoy the ride.