THE MANVILS with THE BRITISH COLUMBIANS and THE CAPITALS

The British Columbians

The British Columbians

15 October 2009 at the Venue

When you think of how much effort people put into their bands, you can’t help but feel a little sorry for The Capitals. The set they played at Venue was so dull that I took the time they were on stage to delete my cell phone’s backlog of old texts. They put in so much effort just to sound like every other run of the mill rock band out there. At best, they are a watered down version of Bachman Turner Overdrive. Despite my best efforts to give them a chance, they could not hold my attention and for that I am unexpectedly thankful to The Capitals because now my cell phone is backlog free!

The Manvils

The Manvils

I eagerly awaited The British Columbians to take the stage because their powerful, edgy Southern rock has made them one of the best Vancouver bands out there right now. As soon as they hit the stage, I could feel I was in for something special. They gave the audience a much-needed jolt of energy. Having lived in New Orleans and seen my share of great Southern bands, these guys held the tradition of good music up to its highest standards. Girard Knox’s vocals and stage presence were so badass that he now has a small shrine in my heart. The rest of the band displayed fierce musicianship and having two percussionists gave their set real heft. Bands like this are few and far between, so The British Columbians are a must-see.

The main act of the night was The Manvils. The evening took a dive as soon as they were introduced by a radio station employee and a screen descended from the ceiling to broadcast The Manvils’ new video “Turpentine,” which was a lame way to start. What made it even more lame was when the band took the stage and played “Turpentine” as their third song. We had just heard it a few minutes before so I don’t know what their thinking was. A case of too much corporate or managerial interference? Anyway, I won’t blame the band. They recuperated from the dodgy start and played an intense show. Those boys make a lot of noise. You can get more of the same from their recent album The Manvils.

THE MANVILS SET LIST
3. Turpentine

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