A Wednesday Night Party with PKEW PKEW PKEW (gunshots) and Dangerband at Rancho Relaxo

PKEW PKEW PKEW (gunshots) @ Rancho Relaxo, 22-02-12

Date of show: February 22, 2010

PKEW PKEW PKEW (gunshots) put on a live show almost as ridiculous as their name. That’s meant to be a compliment, by the way. Mike Warne (guitar) and Brodie Bocelli really lead the way on vocals, but known for loud and boisterous group vocals, the entire band gets in on the action. The rest of the band is Jordan Orava (vocals), Ryan McKinley (bass) and Dave Laino (drums).

The Toronto 5-piece admittedly delivers dude music. The songs are written by guys about what guys do. “Road to Victory” probably displays this best with these lyrics: “We’re guys. We don’t cry. We just get drunk.” The guys in audience, without a doubt, get into the show just as much as the band. Audience members gathered around the microphone whenever Bocelli jumped into the crowd and sprayed beer numerous times to show their excitement.

For me, just like with their Royalty EP, the highlight of the set was “Asshole Pandemic”, but the band’s recordings cannot possibly convey the energy of their live show. To put it simply, their live show has a way of smacking you in the face, whether you like it or not. And remember, “friends don’t let friends move in with girlfriends.”

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Dangerband

While PKEW PKEW PKEW (gunshots) were the headliners and certainly deliver the best bro party you can imagine, Dangerband actually stole the show. These young fellas took advantage of Reading Week and brought out all their friends to make sure this Wednesday night resulted in a big party for the band.

Rane Elliott-Armstrong and Lucas Meilach-Boston front the band, each take their turn on lead vocals. The rest of the band is rounded out by Jackson Beyer (bass, vocals), Jacob Stanescu (keys), Chai Elliott-Armstrong (drums). Together they create catchy, energetic indie pop rock tunes that get the crowd to sing and dance along. Their youth is obvious, but it’s refreshing to hear them sound quite put together, which indicates great potential for this band’s future.

While songs like “I Don’t Wanna” generated an anthem-like sing-a-long with the crowd yelling along with the band, “I don’t wanna do anything”, it is “Still Down” that stands out as the strongest of their set. It’s a song that shows off their style but also displays their musicianship, indicating this band actually does take their music seriously, despite all of the obvious fun.

As the set was coming to a close, the crowd did not want the band to end the party just yet. The band obliged, not wanting the party to end either, and delivered a hit with a solid cover of blink-182’s “All the Small Things” to end the night.

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Steady Hills

Halifax’s Steady Hills kicked off the night. The duo, made up of Chad Harrington (vocals, guitar) and Andrew Dahms (drums, vocals), walks the line between folk and blues rock. It was Dahms tight drumming that really stood out, really defining the pace and energy of the tunes. While the crowd was sparse for the most part, the set only got better as it went on and it was their loud set that set the tone for the great night.

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