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Nomeansno drummer John Wright on the right path with Dead Bob

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Just say yes to checking out Nomeansno drummer John Wright’s new solo project Dead Bob which comes to the Slice, Saturday, March 16.

The project was never intended to be a solo project at all. After NoMeansNo decided to call it quits after John’s brother Rob Wright decided to retire, John Wright decided to focus on his other passion, brewing beer and running a pub. When that closed down during Covid, Wright decided to go through his musical archives and listen to some old songs, completed and recorded some of them sand released his debut solo album “Life Like,” named after an old Nomeansno song, which Wright also rerecorded for the project.

 

“Well it started out a solo project. Nomeansno kind of tossed in the towel around 2015 or so officially, somewhere in there. My brother retired and I moved up the Sunshine Coast here in British Colombia and got involved with some other things,”  said Wright during a Feb. 23 interview on his 62nd birthday.

Dead Bob has benefitted from a few fortunate circumstances.

 

Dead Bob play the Slice, March 16. Photo by R d Crane

Jason Lamb and Paul Prescott have just released a new book about  Nomeansno called “ From Obscurity To Oblivion.” And Alternative Tentacles in in the process of rereleasing all of NoMeansNo’s old albums.

“It’s just very  fortunate that Nomeansno, that Alternative Tentacles is now in full swing rereleasing all of Nomeansno’s back catalogue. They started out with a seven inch single but then they decided to start by rereleasing a full length album Wrong , which was our most popular album and the most obvious choice. So that’s getting going. And then my friend Jason Lamb wrote a book about No

meansno called From Obscurity to Oblivion and that just came out. And it’s been doing really well So Dead Bob got together and we played nine shows in British Columbia last November, December. So with all the stuff with Nomeansno cropping up now, everything is happening at once. A bunch of irons are hot right at the moment,” he said.

 

“It’s kind of interesting, having really put music away for so many years and not really expecting  to be back at it ” said Wright, who just turned 62  on the day of the interview. I just turned 62 and I’m  heading to Winnipeg in March. Kind  of just diving right into it and of course, we’ll be coming through Lethbridge on our way home,” said  Wright, who  has been busy with several projects since Nomeansno called it quits.

 

“I did a record with A Band of Robots called Compressorhead. They had that launched in 2017. That was an amazing project. But I got involved with a pub up here in Powell River and that kind of consumed me for a few years., But it didn't survive unfortunately. I was hoping to be a professional brewer. Because that’s the other thing I do besides  pounding on drums. But with  Covid everything slowed down like it did for everyone and I started to revisit a lot of old songs and a lot of old demos , stuff I’d written myself. Just a whole backlog of material, in varying stages of completion so I took the time I had and started replacing loops and programmed drums with real drums and tried to make them into real songs,” he said.

 

“And I was enjoying what I was hearing and so I just kept doing it and when the pub was coming to an end last year, 2023 we had to close and I pretty much had a record and just wanted to put out a self released album of myself . I’m mostly doing everything on the record, but I had some help from some friends,” he said.

 

The album features his son Aiden Wright, Byron Slack (Invasives) Slack’s partner Kristy Lee Audette (Rong), Ford Pier (Ford Pier and the Vengeance Trio, DOA, Roots Round up, Junior Gone Wild, Rheostatics), Selina Martin added vocals and there are two old collaborations with his brother Rob. 

 

Other than his brother, most of those friends are part of the live incarnation of Dead Bob.

“I got it done. There was really no plan on being Dead Bob really up until that point. But then it’s kind of like well I’m out of a job, so maybe I should see if I can’t put this together and make a band out of it which I did,” he chuckled, adding he enlisted  Ford, Byron, Kristy and his partner from the pub, bassist Colin MacRae, who played in an old Victoria math rock band  Pigment Vehicle, who were active on the Victoria scene from 1988 until the late ’90s.

 

“He really wanted to play again. He’s a great bass player. He lives up here and we’re friends of course, so he so he joined up. He  picked up his bass after about 25 years and we started to make a band to  play it all live. So it was kind of unplanned, but it sort of unfolded,” he continued.

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Cornucopia of Celtic and rock music this week

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Get an early start on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with a couple big Celtic  shows this week.

 Celtic routes return to Theoretically Brewing on Thursday to host the monthly Celtic jam.

 And the Geomatic Attic is back  with a big Sunday show featuring  Glasgow, Scotland  quintet featuring a cadre of award winning United Kingdom musicians including  former members of Mànran,(Bodhran player Adam Brown)  RURA,(Ryan  Murphy, uilleann pips, Flute, tin whistle)  Talisk, (concertina player Mohsen Amini) Barrule (fiddler Tomas Callister, bouzouki  player Adam Rhodes) and Cara  who have won a cornucopia of awards including2018 BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year, 2016 Radio Scotland Musician of the Year, BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and several All-Britain & All-Ireland title.

 Tickets are $40 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.

 

Brass Camel return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

There are plenty of opportunities to play, pretty much every night of the week. The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s open mic is tonight, Tuesday, March 5. Luke James Bruce hosts the Slice’s open mic on Wednesday. The Lethbridge Folk Club has an open mic beginning at 6 p.m. at McKillop United Church on Friday, March 8 . Paul Kype hosts the open mic at Honker’s Pub on Saturday,  March 9.

 

 Undefined play a show at Honker’s Pub on Friday, March 8.

 Get in the mood for the Lethbridge and District Music and Arts Festival, but catching up and coming  talent at  the Lethbridge Youth Songwriting  Camp Showcases at the Owl Acoustic Lounge at 3 p.m., featuring the music of the participants of Shaela Miller and Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp’s Youth Songwriting  Camp last week. Admission is free for this songwriters in the round style showcase, but donations will be taken for the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp programming.

 

 Silvana Campus has a busy week as she was also involved with the showcase as part of Lethbridge Girls  Rock Camp. She will also be performing with local alternative rock band Big Cat (Aaron Trozzo, Silvana Campus, Garwin Poff, TJ Waltho) on Friday at the Slice for their EP release party with Calgary band Fulfillment.

 Tickets are $10.

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Devin Cuddy delivers smiles on a Sunday with covers and new music for sold out Geomatic Attic

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Devin Cuddy and Ryland Moranz entertained a packed Geomatic Attic, Sunday, Feb. 25 with plenty of piano powered fun.

The always personable Ryland Moranz opened the set  with some fleet fingered banjo an guitar picking, interspersed with stories about touring, having to sleep at the Kamloops airport and trying to  rebel against hippie  parents and not doing cocaine.

 

 He admitted he was fighting off a cold, but he covered it well.

 

Devin Cuddy playing their Geomatic Attic, Feb. 25. Photo by Richard Amery

 He played some new music  and observed he has a new album  coming out soon that was delayed by the record company.

 He noted  his form of   rebelling against his parents was playing a cover of Richard Thompson’s “ 1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” which he did well, show off some hot finger picking  on guitar.

 He finished a brief set with his ever-present  smile  but would be back.

 

 Devin Cuddy, son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy  has made his own path, playing piano.

Ryland Moranz playing the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 25. Photo by Richard Amery

 Cuddy who bears a striking resemblance to his dad, has been forgone his dads‘ band’s  unique brand of Canadiana roots rock for plenty of boogie woogie, b and blues based piano.

 

 He  smiled a delivered a solid set of earnestly catchy blues, and  roots rock, mostly from his latest album “Dear Jane,” a few new songs, a couple older songs plus a few choice covers.

 

“ 44 Calibre,” was an early highlight of his show full of rollicking piano.

 He said  “Dear Jane,” was a morbidly themed songs about letters written home  by soldiers on the front lines duringThe First and Second World War

 Mike Tuyp played tasteful leads on guitar and ukulele.

 

 Cuddy lightened things up considerable with a couple light spirited covers from musicians like Billy Joel.

 A  bluesy new song, “Unemploy a Bill”  was very much in the light hearted vein of  Randy Newman, but had a message about one of Cuddy’s friends who has  trouble holding down a job.

 

 Cuddy showed his country roots on   a cover of Justin Townes Earle’s “ One More Night in Brooklyn,” cover and on Guy Clark’s “ L.A. Freeway

“Take me To Valhalla” was s a heartfelt highlight.

 Cuddy talked about his family’s friendship with Barney Bentall’s family before playing his beautiful cover of Bentall’s 1988 hit “ Come Back To Me.”

Cuddy wound down the night by welcoming Moranz back to the stage to sing Bruce Springsteen”s “ Hungry Heart.”

— by Richard Amery, l.A. beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Friday, 01 March 2024 17:56 )
 

Syryn returns to rock the Slice with a roar pirate metal style

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Everybody’s favourite pirate themed metal band Syryn returned to the Slice to play for an enthusiastic and sweaty crowd, Saturday, Feb. 26.

Syryn rocking the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

 I missed  opening sets by local bands All Else Fails, Drearius and Vessel, who had everybody  warmed up, and their ears primed for devil horn throwing , huge  riffs, dual guitar solos and plenty of songs about seafaring and piracy  referencing New Wave Of British Heavy Metal along the lines of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

 

 I arrived just in time to snap a quick pre-show  photo with the audience.

 Sloan Voxx’s huge vocals  and charismatic stage presence powered a set  full of new music mostly from their latest album Heads or Tails.

 Guitarists Nick Berard and Kerry Peters supplied the big riffs and harmonized leads, while bassist Lyxx Rose locked in with drummer Bryan Campbell  to  lay the bedrock of  relentless rhythm.

 

 Just in case anybody wanted to sing along with Sloan’s operatic vocals, a  screen with aquatic visuals and  the lyrics played on a screen set on  the corner of the stage.

Syryn returned to the Slice,Feb. 24. Photo by Richard Amery

 “ Run For Your Life,” kicked off the high octane set featuring a lot of their 2022 album including “ Sink Or Swim, and “Surrender.”

 

 “ Fist Full of Daggers,” wound down the show of heavy riffs and hot leads.

They were called back for an encore of “ Unbreakable.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A.Beat editor

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 March 2024 17:08 )
 

Yarboro and Charlie marks rock the roots at the Owl

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It was all about the rock, roots rock that is with an excellent double bill of Charlie Marks and the Spineless Cowards with Yarboro at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Feb.24.

 Charlie Marks and  the Spineless Cowards played a solid set of roots rock like a mellower Yarboro.

 

Yarboro at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Feb. 24. Photo by Richard Amery

The frontman, wearing a Yarboro short,  was introducing a song about my home town , Crossfield, which was pretty cool to hear.

 The had a close to capacity crowd primed and ready for Yarboro.

 

 Yarboro trimmed down to a four piece, featuring frontman Zach Passey, played their usual set of high energy roots rock.

Charlie Marks and the Spineless Cowards at the Owl Acoustic lounge. photo by Richard Amery

 

 They started off slowly, in the vein of Charlie Mark and  the Spineless Cowards.

 

They picked up the tempo and the energy as Passey knocked off his glasses in the throes of passion for the music.

 

 I missed an opening set by Elish Lazenby.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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