We’ve joined forces with Ponderosa Festival, the three-day music and arts party (August 22 to 24) in Rock Creek, BC, to bring you interviews with some of the bands playing this year. Today we chat with Darcy Hancock, guitarist of local indie rock favourites Ladyhawk, about manatees, vampires, and what he’s feeling pretty giddy about with only one month left until showtime.
1. Where are you right now? What were you doing before this?
Today I am at work. I was on tour with High Ends recently. It’s new project started by Jeff from Yukon Blonde. Ryan is touring with Nick Krgovich right now. I think Sean is currently in Vancouver though he is hard to pin down these days with all the fun stuff he is a part of. Duffy is somewhere far up the sunshine coast brewing beer I think. We don’t often get to be in the same place.
2. Manatee or antelope? Why?
Manatee. Back when finding animal print t-shirts at your local VV was a thing in the early 2000′s I wore a manatee shirt all the time. The print was huge. It was really ugly. Thankfully you don’t see many people wearing terrible shirts like that anymore.
3. “The only thing I would EVER swap my instrument/talent for would be ____.” Why?
This is impossible to answer, as this far in life the only thing I’ve been truly happy doing is playing music. There have been times I have wished I was born a simple non-creative person who could just go to work and go home and never know a life of traveling poor, in strange towns, in strange clubs all over the world. It’s a blast yet insanely stressful and exhausting. I’ve talked to many musicians who dream the same thing. But when it comes down to it I don’t think many musicians would trade this weird life for anything.
4. Vampires have taken over the planet. What’s your advice for survival?
Give up. Become one.
5. Paper, rock, or scissors? Why?
Paper. Because it covers rock.
6. Who’s/what’s the most interesting person/personality you met on tour?
Jason Molina. He was a beautiful man. Full of great stories. True or not I loved listening to him talk. He left us with an amazing catalogue of songs.
7. What’s your board game of choice? Why?
I guess Balderdash is kinda fun. I would rather do something productive or physical, or just hang out and have a good conversation rather than play a board game though. Never found them to be a good use of my time.
8. What are you most excited for at Ponderosa this year?
I am stoked to get out of the city and be at a low key festival that is not yet too big and crazy. I was just at Pemberton Festival last weekend and it was too wild for me. Though I’m sure you all hope Ponderosa gets bigger every year. I’m happy to be playing it while it is still young.
Thanks for the chat, Darcy! See you in a month and in the meantime, here’s little tasty little morsel of what’s to come. We hope your Friday night doesn’t go like this.
posted by @laurelborrowman
Los Angeles indie band White Arrows have just came out with a new single “We Can’t Ever Die,” mixed with funky vibes, vibrant synths, and embracing lead vocals. Make sure to take a listen because this is one tune you can’t miss out on.
posted by @tristanorchard
Before I knew about being embarrassed about anything, I wrote one of my first music journalism pieces entitled “Kelowna’s fertile soil grows good music.” Years of wearing headgear and standing too close to the microwave probably warped my teenage brain and made me think that “fertile” and “lactating” were good adjectives to use when reviewing music. Anyways, I took a little trip back to ye old fertile soil last weekend for Kelohah, a neon-soaked summertime bro-down with some hoe-down music festival.
Because I am a 50-year-old divorcee from surrey, I thought renting a red mustang for the drive up was a great idea. If this car was a transformer, it would rear up on it’s cherry red fenders and morph riiiiight into a giant douche bag. It did, however, make for a pretty Aerosmith-y ride up, and taking in the incredible, panoramic wine country scenery is pretty cool.
DAY ONE: Got out of car to go to pick up festival wristbands. Then went to the dollar store, the old spaghetti factory (Turn down for what?! For bottomless bread that’s what!), swam in the outdoor hotel pool with a large gang of 11 year old boys, then went to sleep watching some movie with some guy in it. MUSIC FESTIVALS RULE!
DAY TWO: Ok. This was a good day because I wasn’t so focused on carbs.
The Kelohah festival is gorgeous. It’s pretty much like walking into the Saved-by-the-Bell Palm Springs special. Lush rolling green hills, a small river winding through the grounds, board shorts and neon wayfarers as far as the eye can see. Two stages at opposite ends of the ground hosted 14 acts that day. One stage was perched on the shore of the lake, the other at the bottom of a sloping grass hill. Also highly valued were the beanbag chairs in the backstage outdoor area. One year, as a child entirely too old to believe in Santa, I wrote a pleading letter to the man in red to deliver me a bean bag chair for Christmas. Armed with a poor memory and sleep deprivation caused by playing with a fax machine all night (HOW DO THEY WORK?!) I rushed into the living room and was convinced that Santa had left his magic sack of presents behind. I rushed towards the bag, threw open the zipper and a zillion tiny Styrofoam beads poured out into the living room carpet. Turns out beanbag chairs look a lot like Santa’s sack of presents to an idiot child who spends her time thinking “The Last Unicorn” was a documentary. Anyway, the beanbag chairs, beach huts, food trucks, and tiki style beer gardens were super nice and well run. Unlike a certain festival years ago that almost killed me…. (IT WAS PEMBERTON, PEMBERTON WAS DEATH)…. there was ample toilet paper on the grounds and there was plenty of space to grab a snack from one of the many food trucks and hang out in the shade chugging a beer.
You could pick out the bands in attendance because their full-length pants, wool hats and beards made me worry they were actually going to die. There is no place in 36 degree weather for “cool.” We are all sweaty/sandy assed children in baggy swimsuits whining for popsicles in that kind of heat. Or maybe that was just me? I tend to project my insecurities on others….a concept you might not be able to understand because you are so stupid and fat.
The Sandbar stage was amazing. Talk about outdoor bathrooms with a view! A whole lake at your disposal! First up on Saturday was Rolla Oak, a Top 20 artist in the 2013 Peak Performance Project. Around the time Rolla Oak started playing (I tend to have a very short attention span) I noticed a large inflatable ball at the shoreline. I strolled over the burning hot lava sand and let a 13-year-old boy zip me inside it whilst he inflated it with a leaf blower.
Although there is nothing more relaxing than flailing around a lake in an enclosed plastic sphere filled with gas-air, there was the added factor that I was floating past huge groups of drunk people in the lake who really couldn’t resist yelling into/poking me through the plastic. Due to some balance issues and the fact that I was inside in a fucking ball, every time I tried to stand I would plummet into the sides, causing the ball to roll and me to perform a type of summersault that one would imagine a legless, armless, newborn deer torso to make. Here’s what Rob from BESTiE who wasn’t being an idiot in a ball thought of Rolla Oak: “they channel Dylan, Tom Petty and Rolla, It’s been done before but not nearly as good or genuine. Makes you want to relive a time when love was free and music was honest.”
After Rolla, I headed over to the Island Stage to watch Star Captains and Peak Performance runners up BESTiE. Star Captains are a 5-piece and their online bio says they’re on a “musical space quest” which sounds a bit like Galaxy Quest but with less Tim Allen. Lead singer NaRai Dawn has the kind of voice everyone thinks they might have when recently dumped, wasted on 151, and singing along to Celine Dion pop up video’s on youtube. NaRai’s vocal ability is crazy, and it’s pretty entertaining to watch. You can hear their stuff here.
BESTiE are comprised of my good friends (you can tell by the photo watermarks I stole their pictures) so anything I say about them as a band, good or bad, must be fictional to maintain my journalistic integrity. However, I did truly enjoy their entire set of Milli Vanilli covers punctuated by a strip show performed by your Mom. But don’t take my word for it, this online review reflects on how BESTiE is “hearty, meaty, and full of smokey flavour.” Buy their album here so they have money to bribe me to write a decent and well thought out review next time.
After BESTiE, I took a brief hiatus to sit in the hotel parking lot pool and eat a bag of Cheetos to rest up for Local Natives, a group of the nicest and most talented dudes you’ll ever meet. Years ago, Winnie hosted these Silverlake indie rockers at Funky Winkerbeans, the spiffiest venue this side of the Salvation Army, for their first ever Vancouver show.
Since then, Local Natives have gotten just a little bit more famous, as they now headline events instead of playing bars where some guy will try to sell you Costco cheese strapped to the inside of his trench coat.
Oh man. They are awesome live. Super engaging and magical. I saw at least 4 couples start to make out during “Airplanes” and the security guard with a mullet had a pensive moment looking up at the twinkling night sky, that or he was staring at some girls boobs while she bounced on top of a guys shoulders. The Local Natives had the type of set where there’s a giant wind machine behind the band giving an ethereal windswept vibe to the entire stage, then you discover, much like the girl who hitchhiked with some dude and he went to her parents house to return something she left and it turned out she had be dead for 5 years…THERE WAS NO WIND MACHINE! So chalk the magic vibes on stage up to amazing chemistry between band members, solid songs with amazing gang vocals and making a solid connection with the audience. Lead singer Taylor Rice jumped into the crowd towards the end of the set and managed to lose to shoe to the surging throng (a very fashionable male version of a slingback, must be an LA thing), which was returned post show (Yay for friendly audiences!) This was a good thing because the Local Native’s members joined me for the after party at Habitat, a downtown Kelowna nightclub, and you really want to wear shoes there.
BESTiE played double duty that day performing at Habitat as well, and I don’t think I’ve seen that many girls dance on stage since the Much Music Video Dance Party arrived at my junior high. Seriously, I felt fucking old. With the cruel reality that I’m no longer limber enough to climb on a stage, and the knowledge that I can’t watch girls on stage without referencing Atwood’s “The Edible Women” to whatever poor soul is standing beside me. I left to get poutine that I can’t remember eating but found on my best friend’s shoes the next morning.
In summation, Kelohah, a place where walking into a fancy penthouse hotel room at 6pm and seeing two dudes you went to high school with naked wrestling in front of a fireplace while one of their Dad’s watches and cheers is entirely possible. (This happened on the Saturday).
XOXO – SUPERFRIES
Ladner’s finest, Tough Lovers have a brand new single we’re excited to premiere. Check out Mouthful Of Blood below.
posted by @tristanorchard
It’s that time of the year again, when copious amounts of booze and excess exposure to the sun make catching the feels a weekly activity. Fortunately for us, Alex (from Killing Time) has a new jam that will make your emotional hangovers bearable, and maybe even enjoyable. So send your current boo the purple heart emoji and remember that somewhere out there, Drake has it 10x worse.
Posted by @Clarkbs who currently has the feels
Oh and you should totally check out the brand new video for Sriracha also.
maybe posted by @clarkbs
Brand new deep house mix from one of my favorite Vancouver DJs Sam Demoe.
Perfect mix of mellow with thick chunky beats for daytime or 5am listening.
Finally found some time to put together some new music that I have been feeling lately. A little chill house mix to get you stoked for BASSCOAST & SHAMBHALA music festivals. I’m fortunate enough to have a set at each and I hope you will be vibing out with me in the trees.
I decided not to post a tracklisting for this mix, not as a deterrent for trainspotting, but more so that people take a break and listen to the mix in its entirety, not just scan the tracklisting. If you want to know a tune, comment and I will gladly share the track name. As always, support the artists that appear on this mix by buying their music and tickets to their shows..
ARTISTS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
FET ET MOI
KINGS OF THE UNIVERSE
TILL VON SEIN
TIGA VS AUDION
MAYA JANE COLES
DENSE & PIKA
Hope you enjoy, tell me what you think.
posted by @tristanorchard