This week’s band of the week is very special. They’re a band that’ve been with me through the good times, the bad times and the inbetween times. They’re a band that I respect, admire and enjoy. They’re a band I see just about everywhere I go…because we live in the same city and like to par-tey. They’re a band called…
Now, Spiral Beach is awesome on a consistent basis, so why did I pick this week to write a BotW about them? Because on friday they’re going to “fuck shit up” (quote: Jamez Burling on what awesome bands do) at the Whippersnapper Gallery in order to raise money to pay off a totally bogus $1500 fine they’ve been slapped with because they put up 8 hand drawn poster advertisements for a show of theirs on some company’s property. If I put up 8 hand drawn posters around the city and some company didn’t like it and charged me $50 because of it, I’d say “oh well, tough shit, here’s $50, now fuck off” but $1500 would warrant a response more along the lines of “oh well, tough shit, I’ll just kill myself” because THAT’S ALOT OF FUCKING MONEY!!!
Now, it’s one thing if a bad band encounters some bad luck, but Spiral Beach are a kick ass band and those are a rare breed these days. They’re a “quintessential indie band” just as I described Dog Day last week, but they’re sound is a little too idiosyncratic to fit so snuggly in that description. They’re not idiosyncratic like Boxes and Bags (for those who don’t know them, replace BaB with Half Japanese and if you don’t know Half Japanese, you’ve got some research to do), more like The B-52s; quirky, yet accesible. Their sound is very colourful, filled with hooks and more fun than a bag of firecrackers.
As I mentioned before, they’re playing the Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College St.) on friday and you’s a DAMN fool if you don’t come and support them. The show is pay-what-you-can, if you can believe that. These guys are being hit with a $1500 fine and they still don’t want to overcharge you! If you don’t come and do your part to help a young indie band stay afloat you might just be a heartless individual. Who knows, you might have a kick-ass time even as you do a mitzvah. Could you honestly ask for more?
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