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Blues, comedy and rock and roll this week

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This is a great week for rock and roll music and punk.Jay Nowicki of the Perpetrators. Photo by Richard Amery

 

 Winnipeg blues rock trio the Perpetrators return to the Slice on Aug. 2 where they are sure to tear things up with gritty, Hound Dog Taylor style blues music. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

 

Also in the blues milieu, Kampukasing, Ontario based bluesman Al Lukas returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge Aug. 2. He blends elements of the blues, bluegrass, rock, pop, swing and soul music into his music. There is no cover for that show.

 

Punks won’t want to miss the big punk show at the Moose Hall, Aug. 2 where Calgary's Streetlight Saints plus Red Deer's Red City Drunk Punks and local punk stalwarts the Scallywags plus acoustic punk from Bob Scallywag and Taber's the Mangy Mutts. There is a $10 cover for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

 

 If you want to hear some garage rock with a lot of pop added to it, don’t miss Vancouver's JPNSGIRLS who play the Slice, July 30.

 

 There is a rap and hip hop show at the Slice as well with Tru Apostle, Sam Mackey, The Grey Area and Chadley all performing, Aug. 1. There is a $10 cover for that show as well.

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Streetlight Saints embrace the spirit of 1977 punk

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Calgary punk band Streetlight Saints have a love for all things 1977. While the members  haven’t been playing music that long, they have been in  bands going all the way back to the 1990s.

 Streetlight Saints play Lethbridge this week. Photo submitted

“We formed in 2012. We’re basically a throwback to  the 1977 punk sound,” said Streetlight Saints frontman Peter McLeod, who has played with bands like the Tartan Hearts and No Coast Hardcore, which he brought to Lethbridge numerous times several years ago.

 

The other band members include guitarist  Chris Schwartz (Steelheads, Knifedogs, Off the Rails and Berzerker AD) and new rhythm section including bassist Craig Weir (Chimp Change) and  drummer Fergie McLean (Conniving Cadavers and Ghost Factory).

 

“So we like things really stripped down. And the 1977 punk was strongly rooted in the working class so that lends itself to the lyrical content of our band,” McLeod said.

 

“We come  from a sub genre called street punk. We like audience interaction and we’re really high energy,” he said.

He noted the Calgary scene has changed a lot  since the mid ’90s.

 

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JPNSGRLS to finish tour of exciting music in Lethbridge

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Vancouver indie rock band JPNSGRLS ( pronounced Japanese Girls) are neither Japanese nor girls but they are excited about their first  full length CD and finishing their current tour in Lethbridge, July 30 at the Slice.

 JPNSGRLS are playing Lethbridge this week. Photo by Tomas Uribe

“Lately we’ve been going by the monicker ‘high voltage garage pop.That means  that there is a lot of pop, but it is also very high energy. We like to have a lot of fun,” said frontman Charlie Kerr from Red Deer, mid-way through a tour in support of their new CD“ Circulation.”

 

“It’s just really fun music. We’re big fans of bands like the White Stripes and the Strokes and we also have a lot of love for bands like Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age, which is why we kind of sound like those bands,” he continued.

 

 The band has been together for six or seven years  ever since guitarist Oliver Mann noticed Charlie performing in a battle of the bands competition at one of the high schools.

 

 “It wasn’t his high school, but his band had just broken up so he coached me to be the lead singer of a new band he was starting. And we got  Chris (McLelland, bass) about five years ago,” Kerr continued. Drummer Graham  Serl completes the lineup.

“ That must have been five or six years ago.”

 

 They released a well received five song EP  called the “Sharkweek EP” in 2013 and just released  ”Circulation.”

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Billie Vegas release debut CD of original songs

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Beloved local rock band Billie Vegas have released their debut CD of all original material “One Hit Wonder.”
 They hope the lead single and video “Ride” will help make them more than that.
“Shawna Romolliwa singing with Billie Vegas. Photo by Richard Amery

We’d like to play outside of Lethbridge with this CD,” said lead singer Shawna Romolliwa. Billie Vegas includes Ryan “ The Doc ” Dyck on drums, Ray Banman on bass and Sheldon Arvay on guitar.
 They recorded the CD in guitarist Sheldon Arvay’s Hothouse Studios and officially released the CD with a show at Backstreet South at Streetwheelers, July 12.


“Sheldon is putting out the feelers for radio airplay  for ‘Ride.’ He’s really great with that sort of thing. So hopefully we’ll get some bites on that,” Romolliwa said.
 

The CD is a lot heavier than one would think, considering they are best known as a Top 40 cover band who cover an array of songs, though their original music is reminiscent of No Doubt crossed with Canadian classic rock along the lines of Toronto and the Headpins.
 A lot of the lyrics have to do with heartbreak.
 

“I’ve been writing songs since I was 14. But for this CD, we wrote the lyrics in the studio. I didn’t have to go home and think about them. Angry heartbreak lyrics just came out,” Romolliwa said.


“We tried writing a ballad, but it was dreadful,” she said.


“ We’re not really a love ballad band,” added bassist Ray Banman, who joined Billie Vegas two years ago around the same time Romolliwa did.


Billie Vegas have been playing around Lethbridge for the past nine years with different lineups.


“When Sheldon was talking about doing original music, I was really interested in that,” Romolliwa said. She also sings with local R and B orchestra Hippodrome and Bandemonium, though both of those bands aren’t as busy lately.
 

Ray Banman, who plays in several different bands ranging from pop to country rock bands, enjoys Billie Vegas’ heavier sound. He played in punk and metal bands when he was younger.

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