I covered my first punk show as an Uptown freelancer last night. I started off with helping compile the Best of Winnipeg feature. Then I did some smaller articles and some CD reviews. And two weeks ago I convinced my editor to let me cover the show last night by talking with Mockingbird Wish Me Luck. I interviewed Mike and Bishop over the phone and this is the final result. I don't see myself leaving AbsolutePunk anytime soon because I feel like they're two entirely different formats. But I do hope these opportunities with Uptown continue:
Anyway, the show was really fun. It was supposed to be at the Albert, but they moved it to The Death Trap, which is right underneath The Fyxx. There wasn’t any stage, it was a basement show. And I felt really lucky to see two amazing up-and-coming bands so up close and personal. Not as intimate as an acoustic show, but still incredibly intimate nonetheless. This is one of the reasons I love punk rock.
But this show and the one last week made me think about an article I read on ChartAttack or someplace like that. It said that the average Canadian only attends 2.3 shows each year and seeing the turnouts really makes me feel like that statistic is true. I don’t think a single person was there that night for the money, but at the exact same time money makes it possible for them to drive from one end of North America to the other. It’s a nasty double-edged sword.
Anyway, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck killed it. Their set was really short, but I can’t say I’m really surprised because the band hasn’t even released a proper full-length yet. There were no gimmicks, they didn’t say much to the crowd, but they sounded great and their songs prove they’re one of the best punk bands in Canada right now. Finally seeing songs like “American Homes” and “Orphans of a Storm” live ruled. A local band played before them, but unfortunately I didn’t catch their name.
And Sharks. I finally got around to listening to The Joys of Living 2008-2010 and I was blown away. I loved “Sweet Harness” the second I listened to it and that doesn’t happen very often. I wouldn’t say the band is doing anything too different, but I think they write better songs and do it better than most. And they were just as great live. A little more energetic and talkative, their singer James would stand in the crowd before running back to the front of the room. Most of their set was songs from that record and yes, they did play “Sweet Harness.” At the end the crowd convinced them to play one more song and they decided to launch into a cover of “I Fought the Law.”
Definitely one of the shorter shows I’ve attended, but also one of the more memorable. Not that it matters in the end, but both bands have joined up with some big independent labels and will have some promising full-lengths to release in the future. I hope more people start to realize how awesome they are because they definitely deserve the success.