Corner Boys, Dead Ghosts, Sore Points at SBC

Corner Boys - Photo by Mike Jurek

Corner Boys - Photo by Mike Jurek

Friday night, June 1st and the Corner Boys long awaited 12” offering is finally upon us. Ten tracks of bratty punk by way of quick paced power-pop. No dud among the bunch so I was anticipating this show since it was announced.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get to the show in time to see Sore Points but I’m sure they were excellent. I’ve yet to see them play bad. The turnout was pretty strong for the competition. There were shows all over town including some big-name free entries so it was nice to see people make the move to the DTES for this show. Dead Ghosts were great. I’ve been seeing this band for what must be close to a decade now and not every era of the band has been to my taste. Funnily enough with the ever contentious Burger Records involved, they’re at their very best. Combining 60’s garage rock riffs with the punk-by-roots sounds of bands like Gun Club or Flesheaters has them doing away with some of the more contemporary influences and creating something a bit more of their own. The last two LP’s were good and seeing some of those songs live is nice. I’m really glad that band is in Vancouver. Likely the best Dead Ghosts show I’ve seen. Corner Boys came out swinging. Blasting thru each song in immediate succession back to back to back. When people attribute absolute energy to live shows you get something special. Ramones did it. Black Flag did it. When the quality of the songs hits with speed and precision it is memorable and this was Corner Boys showing up to like it was their show. They played the full LP front to back with a couple bonus songs at the end that I can’t quite remember. The whole band was tight. Seriously polished. The only thing curious about the show was bass player, Joel not taking up lead vocals for the song “Lies and Excuses'“ By this point in the night I was beyond incoherent. I know it was fun. I know that’s all I really want out of my weekends. Grab that LP. It really is a great power-pop offering. And a quick message for you chumps that are always lamenting the fact that they have a singing drummer. As if fashion forward thinking is something Vancouver has always been known for. He’s likely a better singer and drummer than what you’ve in your band. Get a grip!
- Josh

I hate reviewing live shows especially if I’m in the bottle a bit. I feel it’s cheap. Sorry to everyone. I had a great time.