It was a great ol’ pop punk extravaganza at Dickens Pub in Calgary last Thursday the 19th of July. The room began filling early for opening acts Less Miserable and Silence the Swamps, both local Calgary acts, and both rad as hell.
Less Miserable is so much fun to watch. They have the energy to play all night while packing all that into a well oiled 30 minute set. It was all crowd pleasing tunes from these boys as they opened up the evening with their own seasoned sound of rock. Check these dudes out if you haven’t already.
Silence the Swamps brings out all the stops when it comes to theatrics. I love bands that make the use of props to enhance their act for the night, and STW did just that. Ferns, mic stand boas, a spray painted T.V., and a human skull (or it might have been real. Who knows these days?) graced the stage as the trio delivered. So rad to watch these dudes live.
Local heroes and Canadian staple Chixdiggit co-headlined this show with a great list of classics like “Chupacabra,” “Spanish Fever,” and “Sicome Beach.” The last of which I ruined the outro to one time when I jumped onstage to sing the last couple lines. True story. Ask KJ. Sorry bud. I can always count on the best time with these guys. Ever since they started, Chixdiggit’s track list has always been enjoyable and is never dated. They were the perfect choice for a co-headlining show with Teenage Bottlerocket.
TBR closed out the night with all of the best tunes for everyone to enjoy. I have a hard time staying out late – mostly ‘cuz, ya know… I’m apparently old now. But with a Teenage Bottlerocket set unfolding before you, it’s kinda hard to peel yourself away. It was non-stop classics from the gents from start to finish. I had forgotten how much I love “Bigger than Kiss.” Thanks for playing that one loud, guys.
Here are some ot shots from the night. Enjoy!