Busting out of the music wasteland: Baptists
Pious band name be damned, the award for the most evil act in town goes to doom-punk combo Baptists: singer Andrew Drury, guitarist Danny Marshall, bassist Sean Hawryluk and drummer Nick Yacyshyn. Without dropping too much personal info, let’s just point out that when the Straight rang up Drury, his phone number included the sequentially sinister “666”. But as frightening as the apocalyptic terror-thrash blasts on Baptists’ self-titled seven-inch might be, there’s something way more disconcerting about picturing the screamer gleefully singing along to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” while scrubbin’ up in the shower.
Best local release other than yours:
“The Duffy and the Doubters record [Scriptural Supplies]. It’s just super catchy. I’ve never sung along to something as much as that record; I sing in the shower or when I’m driving or when I’m with my girlfriend. It’s like a happier, poppier Ladyhawk, basically…but a bit punker, too.”
The year’s best gig:
“It was when I saw Griever from San Diego [at the Media Club on August 9]. It happened to be a show that we played, but that wasn’t what made it sweet. I was almost brought to tears. I’ve known those guys for years; they were in a band called Lewd Acts which was completely different. They were a scrappy hardcore band, but Griever is harder to explain. They sound like a mix between Harvey Milk, Young Widows, and Jawbreaker.”
We’re road-tripping. Who’s on the stereo?
“The Beatles: Revolver, Abbey Road, or the White Album [The Beatles]. My mom was a giant Beatles freak. I’ve had a lot of Beatles sing-alongs.”
The Straight’s paying, so where’s dinner?
“Vegan Pizza House [2119 Kingsway]. It’s super cheap, so I go there all the time. Their vegan chicken donair is the best thing in Vancouver.”
Vancouver needs a sex-tape scandal. Who’s your co-star?
“I know everyone is going to say all of Joyce Collingwood, so I’ll say Burning Ghats’ Chad Jones. He just oozes style. His face, you just can’t resist it. He’s got nice, long, luscious hair and there’s not a fake bone in his body. He’s taken, though—he’s getting married in January.”
Jimmy Pattison’s fronting the money. Where are we opening a venue?
“The Fox Theatre [2321 Main Street]. I’ve never been inside but I saw pictures from a show the Green Hour Band played there a while back. It just looks awesome in there—old and classy—and it’s at a prime location. It could seat a lot of people. It’d be perfect.”