Busting out of the music wasteland: Indian Wars
If you feel like partying, look no further than Indian Wars. The group’s debut full-length, Walk Around the Park, brims with rowdy, live-off-the-floor energy and the kind of freewheeling abandon that comes after too much alcohol and too little sleep. With a shit-disturbing sound that ranges from retro garage rock to fiery, honky-tonk-tinged country, it’s no wonder that the five-piece, which is led by singer-bassist Brad Felotick (and includes keyboardist Craig Pettman, guitarist Dave McMartin, drummer John McMartin, and guitarist Fraser With) has developed a reputation for playing raucous house parties.
Best local release other than yours:
“Timecopz’ split 7-inch with Fist City from Lethbridge is really good. It’s [“Shit City”] a good old-fashioned punk song, like an old Ramones song. Fast and to the point. They’re great live. They’re even better live than on recordings, that’s for sure.”
The year’s best gig:
“Pavement at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre [September 7, 2010]. I think it was the last show on their tour. I know that they played a lot of shows, but they seemed really happy to be there, and it came across in the way that they played. They played for almost two hours, I think.”
We’re road-tripping. Who’s on the stereo?
“Time Fades Away by Neil Young. It’s got some good fast songs for driving during the day, and it’s got the slower ones for driving at night, so you can listen to it whatever the time of day. It’s the only one that he never put onto a CD, because Danny Whitten, his guitar player, he died of a heroin overdose. I think that’s the story anyway. He doesn’t like the album because he wasn’t in a good place.”
The Straight’s paying, so where’s dinner?
“Brave Bull’s House of Steaks [1298 East Hastings Street]. They’ve got super cheap prime rib and they’ve got the best Singapore slings. I’ve been there a couple of times and it’s good.”
Vancouver needs a sex-tape scandal. Who’s your co-star?
“Big Cat. That’s Drew [Wilkinson] from Dead Ghosts. I can’t really explain it to you.”
Jimmy Pattison’s fronting the money. Where are we opening a venue?
“There’s a place in the farmlands out in Ladner. There’s a big barn that my buddy’s friend leases out. That would be a really great place. It’s just a really big barn and everyone works on their cars and motorcycles inside and there’s an art studio. People go out to Langley for all-ages hardcore shows, so hopefully they would go out to Ladner.”