Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Parkas @ Pepper Jack Cafe (Hamilton) Apr. 16. 2009

Its kind of bizarre how little I remember about seeing the Parkas last night. Could be because I'm completely exhausted right now or b/c I'm a little drunk, its impossible to say, really. But, what I do remember is this:
  • Being convinced to make the drive to see my classmate Mike Brown (pictured far right) and listening to their new(est) record Put Your Head in the Lions Mouth on the way down.
  • Having no idea how long it would take to get to Hamilton.
  • And consequently asking my buddy Mr. G. if he thought we'd missed our exit yet for approx. half the drive.
  • Hearing our friend Mel tell us about the new Childcare facility she's going to open (since its likely that there are going to be 0 teaching jobs in Toronto) called Babyland DaycareFace. Wanna send your kids? Let me know, I'll hook you up.
  • Being really impressed with the Pepper Jack Cafe as a venue. Really cool space. Sad to hear (apparently) that its closing at the end of the month.
  • Being unimpressed with the bands (who shall remain nameless) who opened.
  • Being really, really, surprised with how tight the Parkas - who I had seen once before in London 6/7 years ago - were considering they don't play much together anymore.
  • Being excited to hear that they are going to record something this summer before Mike takes off to teach in Northern Alberta (yes, you do have to go that far to find work as a teacher).
  • Then, after being blown away, being really fired up to see the documentary that was made about the band A Life of Crime (trailer below).
As a side note, it looks like the band is, at the very least, taking a hiatus due to Mike's departure so they have been virtually giving away left over merch - CDs, DVDs, t-shirts (maybe) - so, you may be able to make them an offer they can't refuse and grab some Parkas swag.

A few more photos:

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