Bailey's Best: Photobombing the Best Vancouver Shows of 2015 with Revenger's Andrew Bailey

Bailey’s Best: Photobombing the Best Vancouver Shows of 2015 with Revenger’s Andrew Bailey

Vancouver isn’t a sprawling metropolis on the same scale as Toronto, so inevitably the occasional major touring band (*cough* Slayer) will pass us by; alternately, some of those international bands that do endeavour to make the trip are turned away (all too frequently!) at the border. All the more reason for music fans to come out and support live music when they have the chance, because one never knows if there will be a next time and, as promoters will tell you, today’s turnout influences tomorrow’s booking choices.

REVENGER (click to enlarge)

Andrew Bailey (left) photobombs his REVENGER bandmates at Diecemberfest (Rickshaw Theatre, 11 December 2015.)

We recently wrote that we don’t indulge in the tradition of list-making, but when we caught Revenger vocalist Andrew Bailey’s gravity-defying photobomb at the band’s Diecemeberfest performance (and because he can often be spotted hanging around at local shows, or playing with his other band Olde Worlde Nudists), we felt compelled to make an exception and invited him to recap the year’s best shows with his characteristic humour:

Clearly, in this time of unprecedented social strife across the world, what the world needs right now is another fucking “Best Shows of 2015” list. Shane Lange, former underwear model and photographer extraordinaire at Factory Worker Media and I have decided to take it upon ourselves to provide the internet with what it sorely needs. They will fall into 2 categories: “Shows I Was Totally At (See, There I Am!)” and “Shows I Should Have Gone To But Didn’t Because I Suck At Life.”

Shows I Was Totally At (See, There I Am!)

*DISCLAIMER* This category will include some shows I played because I’m entirely self-absorbed.

#5. Unleash The Archers CD release w/ Pyramidion & Order of Chaos, 16 July, Red Room.

Unleash the Archers

Unleash the Archers

#4. Sepultura/Destruction/Arsis, 19 May, Rickshaw.

Sepultura

Sepultura

#3. Bog CD release w/ Brass, Hallux & Olde Worlde Nudists, 19 September, Hindenburg.

Bog

Bog

#2. Nothing is Heavy 3-year Anniversary w/ a whole shitload of bands but mostly SACRIFICE. OMG.

Sacrifice

Sacrifice

#1. High on Fire w/ Pallbearer & Lucifer, 4 August, Rickshaw.

High On Fire

High On Fire

 

Shows I Should Have Gone to But Didn’t Because I Suck at Life:

[Clearly Andrew was there in spirit; and so, the photobombing continues.- Ed.]

#5. Ministry w/ Sixxis, 12 June, Vogue. I still haven’t seen Ministry live. Embarrassing.

Ministry

Ministry

#4. Author & Punisher, 20 September, Astoria. Whenever I think I have original ideas, A&P is there to remind me that I, in fact, do not.

Author & Punisher

Author & Punisher

#3. Devil’s Night! The Golers, Christ Air, Medevil & Soulsucker, 30 October, SBC. Sick bands plus the lovely Misty Graves and her gorelesque companions.

Devil's Night Gorelesque

Devil’s Night Gorelesque

#2. Kylesa w/ Black Wizard & Bushwhacker, 23 November, Biltmore. Ugh… still mad about this one.

Kylesa

Kylesa

#1. Melvins w/ Big Business, 5 September, Venue. I have no excuse.

Melvins

Melvins

The moral of this story is: Go to more shows. All the shows. All the time. Forever. Especially when my thrash metal band Revenger plays the Rickshaw on Mar. 11/2016.

I’ll try to improve on my photobombing skills. Happy holidays. You’re all extremely sexy.

– A.B.