Print Edition: November 7, 2012
My name is Alicia Williams. I’m the host of GRLGRMS and the “on-hiatus until December” Mood Swings. Saturday night I went and saw the Pointed Sticks play their last show ever at the Rickshaw as part of La Ti Da records festival the Fall Down Get Down. Playing were Greenback High, Chains of Love, The Tranzmitors, The Ballantynes and, of course, The Pointed Sticks. Here are a few highlights!
The Tranzmitors – “Dancing in the Front Row”
The Tranzmitors have been around for a while. They’ve released roughly one billion albums, but somehow I’ve only heard like three songs, including this one. It was great, everyone knew it and it really made everyone loosen up and get excited! Great band to see and they’re from Vancouver!
The Dishrags – “Past is Past”
Halfway through their set, The Tranzmitors invited Nardwuar onstage, who gave the audience a lesson in Vancouver punk history, before inviting Dishrags lead singer Jade Blade up to sing this. (The Dishrags were the first all-girl punk band in Vancouver, as well as the first punk band to ever play in Vancouver, like ever!)
The Ballantynes – “The Railtown Abbey”
After The Tranzmitors, The Ballantynes played. What a lively performance! It’s always the best to see a bunch of friends playing music together. Even if you don’t like their music (you totally will!) you should see them live just to feel the incredible energy they fill the room with!
The Pointed Sticks – “The Real Thing”
Pre-Damien, I saw this video on The Wedge. It was my first introduction to non-Dude Ranch pop-punk (I don’t know why that took me so long). For this song The Pointed Sticks called The Dishrags onstage to sing backup, and it was just, the best. Ever. I almost cried, Srsly.