The Dudes – Barbers, Thieves and Bartenders

Band: The Dudes
Album: Barbers, Thieves and Bartenders

Written by: Chiara DiAngelo

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Danny Vacon (vocals, guitar), Bob Quaschnick (guitar), Brock Geiger (bass) and Scott Ross (drums) of The Dudes are back with their latest record, Barbers, Thieves and Bartenders. Released digitally April 15, this 6-song album is the first of three set to be released this year. With an unbridled authentic rock sound and “real” songs about parties, girls and life on the road sung in Vacon’s road-worn growly Prairie drawl, this record is one weekend party anthem after another.

From first song “Tear It Up” to “Dress” and single “American Girl,” there is no shortage of grinding guitar riffs, pounding drums or catchy lyrics here. These songs were truly written to be sung and clapped along to, and it’s difficult to resist doing exactly that. The album only slows down with closing song “Good Tymz,” which is just that. Slow and easy with a lulling chorus, you can almost see the smoky haze they are singing about.

The stand-out track for me though has to be “Saturday Night,” which has all the makings of becoming a classic Canadian “guy anthem.” Referencing playoff beards, the Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings’ Darren McCarty’s hat-trick against Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) in Game 1 of the 2002 Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals, and Toronto Maple Leafs’ Darryl Sittler’s 10 point game against Dave Reece of the Boston Bruins in 1976. and even featuring the faintest hint of the iconic hockey organ sounds in the background, it encompasses every essence of a true Canadian spring during which “every night is Saturday night” because there is always a hockey game on. If this somehow doesn’t make it on to Hockey Night in Canada, it has to at least get voted “Most Canadian Song” in the next CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards.

If you were looking for the soundtrack to your summer nights out, look no further. Consider this: If you were somehow able to bottle the best night ever at your favourite dive bar, filled with sloshing pitchers of beer, good friends and crazy antics – that’s the exact sound and feeling that The Dudes have successfully captured on Barbers, Thieves and Bartenders. Self-released, the record is only available digitally or at one of their gigs – as if you needed another reason to check out their highly lauded, nothing-but-hard-hitting-rock live show.

Upcoming tour dates are as follows (Check their website for full ticket information):
Saturday, April 28 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern w/ Poor Young Things, The Ascot Royals and Alert the Medic
Sunday, April 29 – Peterborough, ON @ Red Dog Tavern
Tuesday, May 1 – Sault St. Marie, ON @ Loplops
Wednesday, May 2 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crock’s Pub
Thursday, May 3 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Lo Pub
Saturday, May 5 – Calgary, AB @ Wyckham House
Wednesday, May 9 – Nanaimo, BC @ Queens Hotel
Thursday, May 10 – Victoria, BC @ Club9One9
Friday, May 11 – Tofino, BC @ Legion
Saturday, May 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Friday, July 6 – Kelowna, BC @ Waterfront Park


Categories: Recorded


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