Here in our home town of Calgary the downtown core has been transformed for cowboy halloween (Stampede)!
Most of the events will be private functions but there are a couple of shows open to the public this Sunday.
In the afternoon we’ll be playing the Rock Central Stampede Breakfast Revival Patio Party at Broken City. And in the evening we’ll be rockin’ out at The Palomino with our pals Coal Creek Boys and Bluessmyth!
It’s been a busy week. We drove for a whole day last Friday to perform at Dauphin’s Countryfest in Manitoba on the Saturday. It was a rainy muddy one. But lots of music fans were willing to get dirty and party with us! Sadly the whole Sunday, which we weren’t playing, had to be cancelled and evacuated due to storms. Further, it felt like a trail of destruction followed us as we came home. Spots in Regina, Melville and the highway got flooded and washed out hours after we passed through those areas.
We also had a near death experience. Driving to the lodge after our last show on Saturday night it was dark, wet and slow going through a forest. Normally you can catch a deer’s eyes reflecting on the side of the road with the brights on. However a moose was standing in our lane with it’s head turned and and we barely managed to get out of the way when we saw it at the last possible second. That’s some scary stuff! We count our blessings and have been lucky to have had only a few close calls. Usually in winter blizzards. Stay safe out there traveling bands.
On Monday we played at the Alberta Legislature for the province’s Canada Day celebration. Maybe it’s time we got into politics?
We had a fantastic time performing during and after the Big Rock Eddies awards show last night! Folks got dressed up and hit the red carpet for beers, arts and socializing. Fancy!
The very talented Mark Cromwell drew a caricature map for the event’s program. Check out his art at Color Club!
This week we’ll be all over Calgary. Wednesday night at Wine-Ohs (11:30PM) and then Sunday in Haultian Park (3PM) for SLED Island.
We will also be closing down the Saturday night Bridgeland re-localization FAIR (10:30PM).
Here are a few snaps from our show in Rockglen’s Dreamland Theatre a couple of weeks back:
We’ll be heading to Lethbridge this weekend to play at Scores in support of a massive dodgeball tournament afterparty. Shields up!
LA Beat did an interview with M’Olah to preempt the event:
“Two guys tried to take on the whole bar and my face got caught in the middle of it. It wasn’t much of a fight for me, it was me falling into a wall from the punch and getting back up and having it all happen again,” he described.
But Canadian Music Week wasn’t all pain, it was gain too as they sold out one of their two shows and recruited The Beauties drummer Derek Downham to produce their next album.
“We’ve been focusing on writing now. We got a grant and have to have eight songs done by January,” he said.
They have four songs completed which they will play in Lethbridge.
Read the rest here.
Next week we will be performing Monday at the Big Rock Eddies awards show and then we have a couple of shows for SLED Island. Wednesday at 1130PM we’re at Wine-Ohs. And we’ll be playing the festival close-down pig roast in Haultain Park on Sunday afternoon.
Our shows directory has been updated with our Stampede listings. Come rock and roll with us!
In the interest of saving money we booked the Canadiana Backpackers Inn until Sunday. There was some sort of miscommunication and they only reserved 5 beds for us instead of the whole 6-bed room. For the entire stay we had a random bunkmate each night which isn’t too ideal when we have expensive gear to guard. But all of the bunkies were nice and the hostel became a great central HQ in downtown YYZ.
Dinner was a ripoff. We ducked into a Chinese restaurant and the prices on the menu were reasonable. Like $6 for a big soup. Couple bucks for spring rolls. Yet somehow I was charged $22. I had one drink so I guess it was a $14 a bear? It didn’t sit well.
Scotty, Jeff and I (RK) went over to former Calgarian musician Greg Cockerill‘s porch for a beer. I forgot they have racooons in Ontario skeezing around people’s garbage cans! MonkeyJunk‘s Steve Marriner was there — one of the only baritone players I’ve met in recent memory! We caught some of his set up the street at El Mocambo. Old rockabilly friend Ronnie Hayward was there. Small world!
The show was a blast! Greg, Matt Angus from Fast Romantics, and Lindsay from AB Music came by! We didn’t play until 2AM so it was nice to finally get on stage after watching all the other bands. Anyone following us on twitter or facebook probably already knows that a viscous brawl broke out after the show and Matt got beat on pretty bad…
I was at the bar getting a beer when I noticed some chaos with a guy screaming and going bananas. Throwing chairs, tipping over tables, climbing on the stage and knocking over speakers. I kept my distance until I noticed Matt’s hat fly up in the middle of the skirmish. We had no idea he was close to this shitshow going on. I ran over and by that time he was being pulled out covered in blood. One of his lenses got busted out of his glasses. It was a mess. The guy that hit Matt ran away past the cops into the night.
Talking to the bar staff we found out that two customers were aggressively hitting on some girls. As they were nearly getting booted out the door they lost their shit and went full on berserker. That fight sucked. Matt and I got a cab back to the hostel and cleaned up.
We had the Friday off so our day started with a meeting and caesars at the Horseshoe. Jeff, Scotty and I found a ramen place we remember from a couple of years ago: Ajisen Ramen. It’s so damn good! Especially after that terrible duck soup meal the night before.
Our agent Trent and some of his crew met up with us and we killed time at the Blue Jays game. SPORTS!
Matt and Scott got kicked out for alleged flask drinking. In the evening a few of us went to watch Derek Downham‘s two-piece. I had to tap out by that point so I got a cab and hit the sack.
On Saturday we slept in super late, walked around Kensington Market, had burritos and eventually went back to Ajisen for more ramen.
Shari, Matt and I went to the SiriusXM Indies (14th Annual Independent Music Awards).
We caught up with fellow YYC music champion Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (MBF). Ever the gentleman he presented the award for Favorite Pop Rock Group to previous Calgarians and good friends Fast Romantics. YYC representin!
Damn good band Wildlife took the rock group category.
We were so excited to see people we love do well this year!
After the awards we went to watch Wildlife play at Adelaide Hall. They killed it!
Our show at The Hideout was sold out. We had been honing our CMW set for the last month and I felt like we crushed it. A shout out to Charlotte for helping to blow up balloons and bar manager Jimmy for being so Irish!
On Sunday Jeff went to his third baseball game of the weekend and the rest of us went to Matt’s cousin’s burlesque event. Call our moms for Mother’s Day, rooftop patio lunch and then the flight home. #Homesweethome
All in all, it costs us so much money to fly east that it’s something we can’t afford to do very often. We packed in a lot of shows, meetings and adventures. A huge thanks to everyone who came out to visit, listen to and party with us!
Our next show is going to be in Calgary Friday May 23 at The Gateway SoundOff! showcase.
MARK MILLS | PORT JUVEE | NAPALMPOM | TRANSIT | COWPUNCHER | THE SUPPLIERS
SoundOff! is a 2-day showcase and workshop event focusing on exposing export ready talent from Calgary and area to prominent members of the Canadian and International music industry, as well as the general Calgary public. SoundOff! plays host to these leaders, where they have the opportunity to mentor, share knowledge, and attend showcases of a dozen of Calgary’s most promising export ready talent.
Advance tickets are $15 – door is $20. Come out to see some of our city’s heavy hitters!
Yesterday we played the Calgary International Beerfest which was a blast. A big thanks to Mill St Brewery for the fantastic beer!
If you missed us you can catch us tonight at at Dickens Pub. We are performing with two other Calgary bands who will be performing in Toronto next week for Canadian Music Week. Check out Open AIR and The Electric Revival!
Last week we had an absolutely awesome time playing at the University of Calgary for their Bermuda Shorts Day semester end bash. It was an epic crowd and the day was toasty enough for us to experience our first sun burns of the year!
The next morning we woke up to the horrible news that five people were fatally stabbed at a BSD after party. Two of the victims were members of the local band Zackariah and the Prophets. Hot of the heals of their first EP release only two days earlier, this is a devastating turn of events.
The Calgary music community mourns the loss of a band that was just starting to break out. And there’s no changing the fact that five young lives have been senselessly lost to the worst mass murder in our city’s history. Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and families of Zackariah Rathwell, Josh Hunter, Jordan Segura, Lawrence Hong and Kaiti Perras.
We are taking a short hiatus this weekend to write and prepare for some of the festivals coming up this spring and summer.
From May 8 until the 11 we will be in Toronto to participate in Canadian Music Week. We have two showcases:
8PM – Buddy McNeil & the Magic Mirrors – One of the best acts in Quebec right now
9PM – The Dead Projectionists – Six piece Toronto psychy indie-rockers
10PM – Paint – Infectiously energetic pop
11PM – The Beer Patrice – St. John’s rock and roll
12AM – Goodnight, Sunrise- Sweaty party rock
1AM – The Blue Stones – Windsor based two piece blues-rockers
*** 2AM – COWPUNCHER – Four handsome dudes and a pretty lady ***
3AM – Zoo Harmonics – Tel Aviv alternative/punk rock
8PM – Forester – Edmonton alternative rock
9PM – B-17 – Toronto rock & roll
10PM – Cub Sport – Brisbane, Australia indie rock
11PM – Soho Ghetto – Halifax indie pop
12AM – The Nils – Montreal punk rock; formed in 1978
1AM – Hisland – Toronto alternative rock
*** 2AM – COWPUNCHER – Yours truly YYC! ***
3AM – Bella Clava – Toronto rock and roll
Some of our old crew has headed east over the years to pursue music opportunities. We’ll catch up, perform our hearts out and meet new friends!
We have also added a few more regional dates. Check out our show listings!
SING TALK PLAY is a live performance and interview show shot on location at CJSW 90.9 FM in Calgary, Alberta. Hosted by filmmaker and longtime radio programmer Ramin Yazdi, SING TALK PLAY features some of the best independent musical talent found locally, nationally, and internationally.
Our session with Ramin at has been uploaded to the web, so enjoy our handsome songs and beautiful faces!
In this episode of SING TALK PLAY live sessions at CJSW radio we feature Calgary’s own ranch hands, COWPUNCHER, with their traditional infused rock and roll.
It features performances of our songs Wounded Wing and Ride My Wave.
Thanks to the folks that came out to our shows in Jasper and Edmonton. We had a great time playing for y’all!
This weekend we’re jetting up to Grand Prairie to perform a pair of shows at Better Than Fred’s.
Then on Monday Bermuda Shorts Day closes down another winter semester for the University of Calgary.
The legendary end-of-year party is set for Monday, Apr. 14 in Lot 32. The gates open at 11:00 a.m., with food and beverage service from 11:30 – 5 p.m. As always, we’ve got a great list of artists lined up to keep your flip-flops shufflin’. This year, look for Smalltown DJs, Montreal’s Jah Cutta, Cowpuncher, Crooka, and Tijuana’s Los Kung Fu Monkeys!.
Get ready to celebrate the last day of classes with over 5000 of your closest friends