Written and photographed by Sarah Fawcett.
I’m going to start off the review by explaining to you just how excited I was for this show but as I say the words I can’t help but think that is a huge understatement. I was so excited!!! I was like a kid who gets to go to Disneyland for the first time. There was no other place I would rather have been on a Wednesday in Vancouver. The lineup was amazing, featuring California band, The Growlers, Seattle-based band, Night Beats, and local group, Chains of Love. Why would you not want to be there?
To start the night off, we indulged in some amazing food and drinks at the Electric Owl while we watched The Growlers’ soundcheck. My advice to you? Gorge on their poutine. So amazing. Also, if you like it vote for Electric Owl in the Poutine Contest that is happening in and around our city during the month of February.
The show started with Vancouver band, Chains of Love. I had never seen this band before but had heard a lot of hype and I’m glad to say they lived up to my expectations and more. The lead singer, Nathalia Pizarro, is nothing if not captivating. Her voice resonates from the stage and you can’t help but watch her – well I mean she is playing the tambourine like a maniac, that could have something to do with it. There was some talk at the show focusing on the new bass player for the band. I’ve got to say his performance during the set was equally captivating, adding to the band’s energy. So how do I describe Chains of Love to someone who hasn’t heard them? Kinda like if you slipped Motown some psychedelic, disco drugs and just let them rock out.
Next up, the act I came for, Seattle-based band, Night Beats. I saw these guys when they opened for Ty Segall at The Waldorf a few months back and they killed it. Been a huge fan ever since. This show was no different. The band’s grunge-induced psych rock sound filled the venue complete with reverbed guitars and a soulful sound that quickly got the crowd’s feet moving right from the onset.
Compiled of three members, Lee Blackwell aka Danny (Lead Guitar, Vocals), James Traeger (Drums) and Tarek Wegner (Bass), I have to say that any of these guys could easily have been the front man of the band. Each with their own unique style and amazing skill set, it is safe to say that they had the crowd in the palm of their hand from start to finish. The set was fantastic; so intense that Blackwell had sweat pouring down his brow and dripping onto the stage floor yet so relaxed and free in other instances. If you have not heard this band then you need to check them out.