Stealing The Beat: Part I

14 Apr

This three-part series takes a deep look into one of my most treasured belongings: my drumstick collection.

 

When I was in highschool I was super into music. Like, concerts all the time, all the shitty local bands – this was my bag. After a few shows I started telling bands I had a drumstick collection so I could take home some memorabilia. It wasn’t exactly a lie – it was entirely a lie. However, after the first couple suckers actually fell for this, I did have a collection. And it was awesome.

1. Red Rocket – 2003

This might have been the first bad boy to enter my “collection.” Red Rocket was a band from Uxbridge or one of those places. They were hot. My friend Krystal introduced me to them and I immediately dug them. I just Googled them and unless they relocated to West London, I’m pretty sure they don’t exist anymore.

2. Protest the Hero – 03/15/04

Protest the Hero came to play the Peterborough Trasheteria back in 2004. I find it funny that they still exist and I totally forget that I once saw them play. My neighbour, Kent, who was super into music and I tried to avoid walking to school with because it was awkward, introduced me to them. I remember they were like 15 but in this band. I think we might have even hung out with them at Tim Horton’s (the only place 15 year olds can go after hours) after their show. PS – Just Googled them and they were actually 14.

3.  Stinky Pinkies – Players, 2006

Before I delve into the Pinkies, I’d like to point out that I know none of these dating systems on the sticks are similar – one of my only true regrets in life. Carrying on. the Stinky Pinkies were the Queen’s Players band of the first show I ever did. They always have a different name – you’ll see many of them here – and it’s always ridiculous. Some members of the Pinkies are still doing music now – you can check out Tim O’Reilly’s band Free Whiskey anytime they come to Toronto and remind him of when he once was a Stinky Pinky and played the trumpet while having the worst poison ivy I’ve ever seen.

4. Whale Tooth – 04/09/11

Whale Tooth is my second newest stick. I got it Saturday night at the Mother Mother show at the Red Dog Tavern. The guy was really decent about it and I appreciated it. I’m sure it will be worth a lot of money someday.

5. Guess Who Guessed What

This is the second Players drumstick in this installment, but I have no idea where it is in the order of shows, because I didn’t mark the date on it. Good one.

6. The Weakerthans – 03/30/09

I gotta say, Weakerthans might be one of my faves. I saw them in Kingston at the Ale House and they put on a hell of a show. I really liked that when you went to see them live, the main singers voice, which is very distinctive, was exactly the same as it sounds on their CD’s.

7. The Premiums – 11/28/03

I had to actually stop here for a second and think of The Premiums even still existed. I Googled them and got this, so I’m going to go with a hearty No. It’s too bad – they were actually really good. They opened for Hot Hot Heat with The Unicorns, again, at the Trasheteria. They’re a super fun band so I suggest you find a way to listen to their only CD they ever made, back in 2003, eight years ago.

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  1. Stealing The Beat: Part II « hishersandtheirs - April 20, 2011

    […] that same show blogged in the previous edition of Stealing the Beat, Hot Hot Heat played in Peterborough back in 2005. They were so much smaller […]

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