Sorry, I have to say it: You’ll be an April fool if you don’t go to these shows.
As ever, a disclaimer that music is subjective blah blah blah. This is my list, and these are the shows I’m excited about this month.
April bursts out of the gate with two sweet shows on the very first day!
DOA – The Rickshaw Theatre
Well, fuck it, local punk legends at a great venue? I’m sold. This ‘Rock the Vote’ show is in support of Joey Shithead’s provincial election campaign. DOA are backed up by Roots Roundup and Wett Stilettos (reviewed here).
The Corps — The Cobalt
Another great local band, Vancouver’s punks will have a tough choice between this and the DOA show. As well as The Corps, Anteater seems to be on the up and up, well worth a watch.
The Bronx / Dave Hause — The Biltmore Cabaret
Both of these acts are a draw in their own right, so Vancouverites are lucky to see them on one bill. At one time, it might have seemed an incongruous pairing but The Bronx’s progression from hardcore punk through latin influences to a more hard rock sound leaves them a good match for Dave Hause’s punk-inflected Americana.
King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard — The Vogue Theatre
Not everyone’s cup of tea, but the Australian psychedelic rockers are very good at what they do. The band is on tour to support its latest release, Flying Microtonal Banana.
Head down to SBC to see one of the most influential figures in stoner rock, as well as local faves Black Wizard. Brant Bjork drummed in what many would call the stoner rock band, Kyuss, then joined Fu Manchu for a couple of albums before focusing on his own projects. His latest album (the focus of this tour) is Tao of the Devil.
BRASS — SBC
I have a soft spot for BRASS and their full-throttle performances, so I’ll always perk up when I see them billed. This four-band show is sure to be a good’un — and it’s only $10!
Horisont — Pub 340
Horisont only recently popped onto my radar, but they have a fun, classic-rock sound that is worth checking out. Support comes from blues rockers The Dirty Streets.
War Baby — The Cobalt
War Baby plays an interesting mix of punk, grunge and doom. Somehow, it’s more harmonious than it sounds. Read my review of the band’s new album here.
Windhand — Fortune Sound Club
It may not be innovative, but, damn, it’s good. Windhand play bone-shaking, fuzzy metal that’s easily worth the price of admission.
Dopey’s Robe — The Cobalt
Relatively new on the scene, Vancouver’s Dopey’s Robe is a trippy surf-rock band. Their self-titled album is a 2017 favourite of mine.
Dune Rats — The Rickshaw Theatre
Good-time punk rock in the vein of FIDLAR, Dune Rats are over from Australia. Locals War Baby are also on the bill, in case you can’t see them headline the Cobalt on April 21.