Nowadays--in the music world at least--B.C. is known for the likes of Nickelback, Michael Bublé, and Carly Rae Jepsen. Fuck that noise. If you ask me, B.C.-and Vancouver in particular--should always be best known as the home of Odds.
Probably the most underrated pop band in Canadian history, Odds put out a string of albums in the '90s that were equal in quality to anything released on this crazy old planet. They were so awesome that the one-and-only Warren Zevon hand-picked them to be his touring band, for cryin' out loud!
The current Odds lineup--singer-guitarist Craig Northey, bassist Doug Elliott, drummer Pat Steward, and lead-guitarist Murray Atkinson--is still going strong. Maybe you've seen them perform as the Vancouver Canucks' "house band", trading licks with Don Cherry and the Tragically Hip's Rob Baker on Hockey Night in Canada before the puck drops. Or maybe you picked up their latest album, Cheerleader, partly because it includes that snappy number heard at the end of every Corner Gas episode, "My Happy Place".
Well, now you can check out another side of Odds, because this Saturday (July 7) at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre the quartet is branching off into storytime theatre with "A Good Weird Story", sharing experiences of the last 20 years or so.
"I guess you'd call it a play," says Northey in a press release. "It's a narrative, maybe a storyteller's concept about our strange history. We weave ideas and war stories between the songs. There are visuals to accompany the show, including a large screen with gorgeous colours and dynamic clips. It all works together to take people on a different ride than that of a regular concert."
Hey, speaking of Odds' strange history, maybe Northey will explain why their best song, "Nothing Beautiful", only made it to #73 on the Canadian charts when it was released back in '97. Now that's what I'd call a good weird story.
For all you early risers, Odds will host the Bro Jake Show on Rock101 tomorrow at 7 am, then Northey will appear on Breakfast Television on CityTV at 8:45.
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