The Queers & The Dwarves

Last night the Dwarves came to Toronto.
The Dwarves AND The Queers. 
On the same stage. 
And they brought The Atom Age, who I've had a huge hard-no for since I interviewed them a few years ago. 

The BEST Toronto band opened for them too, Brutal Youth, but unfortunately I did not make it down there in time to see them. If I didn't have a bum foot I would kick myself. Hard. Unfortunately right now I move at about half the speed I used to and as fast as I tried to get home from work, eat, poop, whatever, by the time I hopped in a cab and got down to the Horseshoe they had JUST left the stage. Despite having seen them a handful of times in the last bunch of months and countless opportunities to see them again, I'm still super fucking bummed to miss one show. When I say they're the BEST band in Toronto, I mean they're like the Jackie Chan of martial arts films, death-defying stunts and all. 


If I were to rewrite Frankenstein and his monster into a wonky music-related, me-focused, silly story for the sake of a review, It's Alive Records would perfectly play the part of Victor, working his mad science shit on my bored-to-death-as-of-late ears by hooking me up to their latest releases that, with one listen, bring me back to life... but instead of searching for a cure to my isolating loneliness through murder, I'm on a mad hunt for more It's Alive releases, with a new found hunger for how each pop punk album on their roster makes me feel more and more... alive?!

I LIKE PINK WINE (the band and the pretty alcoholic beverage)

Pink Wine (the band)'s new self-titled full length sounds like a delicious pink cock-tail (heh) that combines 1oz of mid-late 70's punky power-pop bands like band The Only Ones or The Nerves with about 3oz of garage punk/bubblegum power pop weird dude Nobunny.
I also keep getting a hint here and a taste there of .... and don't hate me for this .... Hot Hot Heat. This might just be me, or the kind-of-but-not-even-really similar vocal styles, or I'm just drunk from listening to it already. Who knows.
The resulting sound is light, fruity, fun and boozy (obviously!) but at the same time there's also rock'n'roll elements that add to the simplicity of the typical garage punk/power pop formula, like in the track "Can't Get Out" and "Spit On The Ground", which I 'can't get' enough of. Get it? Get out.