Backstage Vancouver Showcase: ZENITH D. WONDERPANTS, CONVERTIBLE KIDS, JESSE LeBOURDAIS and THE ARMADILETTANTES at the Railway Club

ZENITH D. WONDERPANTS

Mr. Wonderpants has a busy weekend, playing no less than

1. Canvas (shit’s been wick)  

2. President’s Choice (mentioned an article about Venezuela and Chavez demanding lower prices)  

3. Oars (I wrote this to someone near and dear to my heart. This one goes out to my wife… That I don’t actually)  

4. LCD vs. Plasma TV (That song was so sad, I almost cried inside. This one is about TVs!)  

5. The Pier that Time Forgot  

6. Vegetarian Samosa  

7. Drinking Alone  

Convertible Kids  

1. (“No matter what people say, gum does not stay in your system for 7 years if you swallow it. So swallow your gum” Ben Rogers) Berry Pickers Song (T. Nile)  

2. You Heard (Ben Rogers)  

3. Rusty Door (harmonica solos!) (T. Nile)  

4. The Dealer (I was born in Carolina) (Ben Rogers) I can’t get over how deep his voice is!  

5. The Cabin Song (T. Nile)  

6. Shaky Throne (T. Nile)  

7. Wanted I wrote this yesterday in about 5 minutes, so if I mess up the lyrics, that’s why. I’m wanted by the police/mailman/DEA… But I ain’t wanted by you (Ben Rogers) – awesome! Big with the crowd.  

8. Ben’s going to stand in the corner and drink for this one. But he needs a drink, so… I want to dedicate this to Kim Baggs (from the Yukon) who inspired me to write this song: Cup of Time (T. Nile)  

Jesse LeBourdais  

“Bright lights don’t make me any more attractive.”  

The Armadilettantes  

This set has changed, for the better if you can believe it. Maybe they’re playing older stuff I don’t know, or maybe their new stuff is evolving. “We’re having 9300 times fun.” Hugh. “That’s a lot of fun.” Sean Keys  

“Sean is actually an educated piano player.” Hugh  

Brand new song debuting after Haunting the Sky: Keytar is the coolest sound here! It’s a bit Dragonette, I love it. Video game sounds too! Pew pew!  

Third last song very rock, with funny keyboard sounds! Best/cutest ending ever! “Flutes” on keyboard, sounds different every time. Hugh glides across the stage, bouncing on his bass.  

The calm exterior of the drummer is very unsettling.  

Second last song “Better outside than under your skin,” attempting crazy almost accapella harmonies, then diving head first into their new electro pop-rock.

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