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East Van band veteran Rob Cameron (Bestie and Eek!) chatted me up about his latest project, Leisure Club. His band has released a new single, “22” (see the video below) and are still hunting after that perfect pop song while recording a record.
“Leisure Club is the soundtrack to a day at the beach, cold beers battling the sun; a house party hazy with visions of friendly faces and memories in the making; wandering from park to park until the sun sets before hopping the fence to the outdoor pool.”
Vancouver’s BESTiE have released a brand new video for their single “BAE”, which features synchronized swimming, cycling and more.
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Brand new single from BESTiE, “Bubble Bath”.
I chatted a bit with Michelle about her third annual String Fling event. Hi Michelle. You are a member of a string quartet (called Four on the Floor) and you’re putting on your 3rd Annual String Fling event. Let’s start with the basics. What is a string quartet and what is String Fling?
A string quartet is a group of 4 string players typically two violins, viola and cello. Four on the Floor is a unique group of members from all different backgrounds of music that I brought together to collaborate with musicians of all different genres in recording and live performance. FOTF members are able to read charts, but also improvise and learn parts by ear.
String Fling is a show of basically that: a group of contemporary musicians you would never see together in a show, backed by Four on the Floor. We take their songs and make beautiful string arrangements and have them perform on top of them with vocals and guitar/piano, but sometimes without no instrument at all and strings only. String Fling is a very special, magical experience. Last year we sold out, and The Province put us in their Top 10 concerts of 2014. In the quartet, we have Stephanie Chatman (violin), Emily Bach (violin), Elliot Vaughan (viola) and myself, Michelle Faehrmann, on cello. Hannah Epperson (violin) also rotates into the quartet, and this year we’re doing a set with her songs.
During this event you are teaming up with many local indie rock musicians. Who are you teaming up with this year and how did you find them?
The incredible line up we’re so lucky to have is Jim Byrnes, Ryan Guldemond, Dominique Fricot, Hannah Epperson, Dan Moxon (Bend Sinister), Parker Bossley (Fur Trade, Gay Nineties, bassist in Mounties), Dustin Bentall and Tonye Aganaba. We have either worked with these musicians before, or just know them through working within the music industry. We also have Sean Bayntun from Facts has our house pianist, and Daniel Ruiz from Bestie as our house percussionist.
What are the event details?
String Fling is happening January 28th and 29th at The Biltmore Cabaret. It is a very unique show, and not your typical show you would see at the Biltmore. We are setting the room and stage to feel like a living room, and it will be a seated event. Seating is limited, so get there early. Tickets are $20 in advance at hipcity.ca/tickets, Red Cat or Zulu. Doors are at 7pm, Show is at 8pm. Both nights will be the same, except Dan Moxon is performing on January 28th only, and Parker Bossley is performing on January 29th only.
How about you introduce your favorite clip from last year’s event?
There were so many special moments from last year; It’s so hard to pick just one! However, a definite highlight was Tonye Aganaba performing Rihanna‘s “Diamonds.” Last year we had another top notch line up, Tonye was the underdog and she blew everyone away. We’re so excited to have her back again this year.
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
Oh and you should totally check out the brand new video for Sriracha also.
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Lotsa things happening at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver this Friday, it’s gonna be gooooood.
The early show is the BESTiE album release party w/ guests SUNSHINE, N E E D S, DERRIVAL, and CAN I LIVE DJs. Doors at 8, curfew 11. For more details, and to get tickets, check the event page HERE.
For more details, click on the event page HERE.
For discounted guestlist please email: winnie.cooper.guestlist @ gmail.com by 5pm on Friday May 30.
Join the Happy Ending Fridays page HERE.