Sounds from underground: The Remedials
Gabe Gill sings and plays guitar for the Remedials, whose MySpace page proudly announces “Kickin’ It Old School Since ’04!”. As advertised, the triple-caffeinated punk-pop trio—which also includes drummer Lionel Cloutier and bassist Dan Gillis—does indeed seem like a throwback, with the crazily catchy songs on its latest album, Strike Three, perfect for a mix tape featuring the Ramones, Buzzcocks, and Descendents. If you really want to impress Gill though, cue up AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” on the jukebox the next time he walks through the door at the Cambie.
Best local release besides yours:
“The Hextalls’ Get Smashed. The tag line for the album is ”˜17 songs about love and video games’. That’s totally a record I can get behind. Catchy pop-punk with brilliant and clever lyrics to sing along to? I’m there! Recorded by Jesse Gander, who did our album, at the Hive. You have an amazing-sounding album which will make you tap your feet and smile. What more could you want from a punk-rock record?”
The year’s best gig:
“Definitely, Teenage Bottlerocket, November 15 at the Red Room. They were my favourite band at the time, so to see them, be right at the front, and then after the show go drinking with them at the Lamplighter was phenomenal. It was a great end to the show and the night.”
With apologies to Ke$ha, who would turn you on if they took it off?
“Well, there’s two. It would be Kathy [Camaro] from the Riff Randells, or Krista [Loewen], formerly from You Say Party! We Say Die! They are gorgeous and talented.”
Michael Buble donated the profits from tonight’s show to you. Where’s the party?
“It would be awesome to go into the Cambie [300 Cambie Street] and then go, ”˜Drinks are on me, bitches!’ I think the place would just erupt and go nuts.”
What classic album needs a 180-gram-vinyl rerelease?
“AC/DC, Back in Black. It was going to be the first record that I ever bought, but Screeching Weasel’s My Brain Hurts won out.”
Your Lotto Max numbers came up. Where are you opening a venue
“I would definitely want to re-open the Mesa Luna [1926 West Broadway], because the view from the patio there is phenomenal. It’s an amazing venue and I saw a lot of cool bands there. But the elevator that you use to get into there has to change.”