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Rocket From Russia FEST is a 3 day celebration of our great local Vancouver scene. The festival will take place on August 16th, 17th and 18th at Astoria Hastings! The line up features 18 great local bands. And its gonna be a GREAT 3 day party.
I am also releasing “Punkover vol. 2” compilation which will feature songs by all the bands playing the Festival. Many bands contributing exclusive hits which will be heard first on that comp.
Also we will release a Rocket From Russia FEST Zine. Every band gets a page and total creative freedom for a piece for the magazine. It could be an article, comic, comedy or an art piece. Bands get an opportunity to showcase their art. And it will be a cool opportunity to capture our Vancouver scene in a print form.
Here’s the menu:
Thursday, August 16th
• JESSE LEBOURDAIS
• jock tears
Friday, August 17th:
• The Hextalls
• Russian Tim and Pavel Bures
(first show in 5 years)
• Pet Blessings
• Dead End Drive-In
Saturday, August 18th:
• YOU BIG IDIOT
• The Greatest Sons
• Stranded Hikers Punk Rock
Tickets are available at https://showpass.com/rockt-from-russia-fest-2018
• 3 day pass — $35
• 1 night individual show — $15
• Rocket From Russia Fest Zine — $10
• Punkouver vol. 2 CD Compilation — $10
• Combo: 3 day pass + CD + RFR Fest Zine + FEST shirt) — $80
• Combo: 3 day pass + CD + RFR Fest Zine) — $55
• Combo: 3 day pass + RFR Fest Zine) — $45
769 E Hastings St
All design by genius Steve Kitchen
Rocket From Russia FEST 2018 Spotify playlist:
Fest Menu (deluxe edition):
(20th anniversary show)
One of my favourite local bands which doesn't play shows very often. According to the list of my attended shows last time I saw them was on August 3, 2012 with Dear Landlord and The Murderburgers @ Media Club. That can't be their last local show. If it is, then a simple math tells me that it will be their first local show in 6 years, so you literally can't miss their set at the Rocket From Russia FEST unless you have confidence that you'll see them again in 2024. Second best ever Canadian pop punk band of all time (after Chixdiggit of course).
Another of my favourites (I should stop using this line, because all the bands which are playing the fest are all my «favourites». This is the main reason I invited them to play, because they are «favourites». Back to N//P). Needles//Pins always defined Vancouver local scene for me. I discovered them shortly after I moved to Vancouver and followed them for the past 8 years. I discovered many great bands through going to their shows, I met lots of great people through their shows (Kevin
looking at you bud) and fully witnessed the development of one of the greatest bands in town. Jesse Gander
plays keys with them now too and his warm organ sound adds interesting new angle to their new songs and old hits. «Good Night, Tomorrow» came out last year in Mint Records
YOU BIG IDIOT
Hands down the most fun band to see live in Vancouver. I’m sure that the most attendees of the FEST know who they are, but if you have been living in White Rock for the past few years then I’ll tell you why they are the most fun band to see live in Vancouver. Every show they have a new “theme” and they fully make a theatrical performance out of it – costumes, stage banter, comedy, special songs, etc. They put a lot of work on their live show and its super fun. Their new album is called “Mega Donair” and it came out earlier this year.
(first show in 5 years)
We all know and love Jesse LeBourdais
. But before Jesse started playing solo with his band Long Winter he played in his great punk band called Cambridge. When I moved to Vancouver I used to go see them play all the time. They were super great. They never really broke up, but with Jesse being busy with his solo stuff they haven’t played a show in 5 years. I shared my idea of them playing a set at the RFR Fest and week later I got confirmation from Jesse that they are in. I’m super stoked to see them play and I’m sure lots of people would love to see them again and relive those sweaty Pub340 nights from 10 years ago. If you haven’t heard them check out their latest release “This Is Not A Victory”. If you don’t think that the first song “Kubark” isn’t amazing then tell that to my face and I will disagree with you.
The Greatest Sons
Another band which I absolutely love – musically and on personal level. If I had to pick one band to send the Fest in Gainesville to represent our Vancouver scene I would send The Greatest Sons. We are friends not only at shows, but also in real life, they always have been supporting anything what I do in the punk scene including playing the RFR FEST Fundraising shows. They are truly greatest. Check out their super hit “22nd Street” to agree with my statement.
Russian Tim and Pavel Bures
That’s my fest and of course my band will play. As usual we will play some Russian punk rock and will have the maximum amount of fun on stage. Our best songs is called «SuperHIT» and if you can sing along to that song than your Russian is better then my English.
and The Long Winter
After Cambride stopped being an active band Jesse started playing solo and have been doing that for almost a decade. He started from playing old bluegrass songs and acoustic originals. In that decade his sound significantly evolved on the record and live. But in my opinion Jesse just recently found his best live sound to date when he picked up an electric guitar and added on stage Dave
Dave playing drums and Luc
on bass. Those acoustic songs found new exciting life in this new electric sound and its really great. Jesse’s new album “Grief Intensity Friendship” came out last year and it has that great mix of acoustic song with some really great electric banger. I personally love “Flames”
Aanthems are a band which consists of two brothers — one plays bass and the other plays drums. Exactly! That was my first thought than Pat
(former The Greatest Sons
drummer) told me about them. I started thinking of all bands who play bass and drums or guitar and drums and everytime I see that kind of band live I always have an internal question “Why don’t you add the missing instruments? It’ll help”. That’s absolutely not the case with Aanthems. Ryan is a proper sound nerd and he extracts such a massive powerful sound from his bass guitar and the collection of amps he uses on stage that there is nothing missing. Songs are great, full of weird timing and great melodies. My favourite song is “Mikey, Mikey”, maybe that’s not the song which really represents their cool weirdness, maybe check out «You Are The Devil» too, that’s my second favourite song by Aanthems.
Sightlines was always a band which I was interested in and listened to, but they absolutely blew me away when I saw them 2 years ago with SBDC and Pinner at Antisocial. My friend Kevin compared them to Jawbreaker, but after that Antisocial set I was firmly stating that Sightlines are better than Jawbreaker. I’ve never seen Jawbreaker live and can’t really make an informed decision, but that Antisoical set give me enough information to be sure that Sightines are better. Their new Love Ethic EP just came out last month on band’s own Alarum Records and its great. Also my favourite song of theirs is called “Hospital”.
I like ATD because their great songs are supported by great Ben’s charisma on stage and all the ridiculous stuff which Marco comes up with while not playing drums in The Dreadnoughts
. They are very entertaining to watch! ATD stands for “A Total Disappointment” and when you’ll pick up a copy of Rocket From Russia FEST Zine you will understand why this was an important piece of information. My favourtie song by them is called «1000 Cuts» from their Waist + Tragedy EP.
Dead End Drive-In
I only have seen one punk band which was able to pull off and justify having 3 guitarists and that was Diarrhea Planet. Dead End Drive-In is the second band. Also they one of a few bands that makes me listed to 4+ minute songs and actually enjoy them. Listen to «Carrie» and see if you can make it to the end. I do it easily.
If I had to pick two most charismatic singers in Vancouver I would say its Emily from Pet Blessings
and Lauren Ray
from jock tears
. When I grow up I want to be as charismatic as them. Emily is a riot on stage. Not Ryan Dyck kind of riot, a very emotionally charismatic one. Emily is full of charisma and energy on stage, supported by very good musicians. First time I've seen them Emily broke a mic sntand and the second time I saw the the tambourine was destroyed. Local bookies are taking bets on what kind of equipement will be destroyed at the Rocket From Russia FEST by Emily.
prefers CFL to NFL and MLS to European Football. Their songs are better than their drummer’s sports choices. Their debut album came out last year and the biggest hit is called “Jack Hill”.
Indications are fairly new band, but they already played a few Rocket From Russia shows. I never seen so many guitar pedals in one place. My favourite song be theirs is called «Frame Error» from the «The Joy of Being Permanently Vacant» EP which came out last year.
from Pavel Bures started a new rock band RONG. All members of the band are amazing musicians. Every time I watch them play I am amazed by the collective talent and music skill they share. Its really mind-blowing. RONG are PROFESSIONALS of Top Quality.
Stranded Hikers Punk Rock
Stranded Hikers are Julia and Sergei from Pavel Bures and Paul from Contra Code
. When we started Pael Bures the whole deal was that we’re not gonna write any songs because there is already enough great Russian pop song we can cover. So Stranded Hikers is the band where Julia and Sergei write their own songs with the help of Paul. They have a few demos but their main SupetHIT is called “Home”
Speaking of going to Needles//Pins shows and discovering new bands. Alimony was announced one of the bands playing “Good Night, Tomorrow” LP Release Show at The Astoria. I listened to their demo on bandcamp and was blown away. Its so GREAT! Songs are catchy, great melodies. My favourite one is «Atropos of Nothing».