Instead of a traditional preview I captured a vision that came to my mind while I was listening to Hot Chevette and Sakatoon, two songs by Wafer Thin Mints from their album The Finest Car They Ever Built in 1983 .
I just bought a car, a hot Chevette from 83. Color: dirty, one mirror missing, only one head light working, antlers in the front, but the engine runs and the tape deck works. I have a suitcase full of tapes. If I would not have seen the guy just leaving who owned the car for the last twenty years I wouldn’t be surprised to find his corpse somewhere in between that mess: half empty bottles of wine, whiskey and vodka, half smoked joints, an endless number of cigarette butts everywhere. And among all that: his road trip book, pictures, maps, stories of his adventures. Suddenly I have that melody in my ear. A slightly melancholic country rock tune. I should go somewhere. There is a reason why I bought this car in the first place. But: Where should I go? ‘Hamilton blows and everybody knows, Montreal is highly overrated.’ Still having the news lady in my ear giving following advice: ‘So be prepared to risk your life, if you drive to Yellowknife.’ All of the sudden I know: ‘Everything will be alright when I get to Saskatoon.’
If that thought confused you and you have no idea what I am talking about check out the Black Dog (10425 Whyte Ave Edmonton) on Saturday afternoon at 4pm. You will get to see Wafer Thin Mints: a roots inspired, with a hint of country, crossed with a little bit of pop, somewhat bluesy kind of band. Some people would simply call it Pub Rock.
Listening to them you might feel it too: The urge to drive an old car. The urge to go on a road trip. The urge to hang out in a Pub and listen to some folky tunes.
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