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.
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.
#2. Nothing is Heavy 3-year Anniversary w/ a whole shitload of bands but mostly SACRIFICE. OMG.
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.
#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.
#3. Devil’s Night! The Golers, Christ Air, Medevil & Soulsucker, 30 October, SBC. Sick bands plus the lovely Misty Graves and her gorelesque companions.
#2. Kylesa w/ Black Wizard & Bushwhacker, 23 November, Biltmore. Ugh… still mad about this one.
#1. Melvins w/ Big Business, 5 September, Venue. I have no excuse.
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.