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a garage punk, power pop, rock n roll heaven of a weekender

Pointed Sticks photo by tiina liimu

The Fall Down/Get Down weekend promises to be three days of  “a beer fueled dumpster fire of power pop, rock n roll and garage punk” says organizer Tim Horner. Motivated by Gonerfest in Memphis, Hozac Blackout in Chicago and Garage Shock in Bellingham. “I've always loved a good weekender, one tethered to a label and a region .... the ones where you stumble on your new favourite band and your new best friend.” says Horner and adds “There's little like it anywhere else .... the event is a thanks to all the locals for buying our records and coming to our shows ...” The Bay Area's Budget Rock announced their “final weekender” last fall, so organizers: Horner, Vanessa Dandurand, Corey Poluk and Dale Davies allied to do something in Vancouver. This will be a special event for Vancouver's Pointed Sticks. “Our way of commemorating the send off of one of Vancouver's most important bands” exclaims Horner. The Pointed Sticks Christmas single is available for everyone who purchases a weekend wristband. 

Fall Down/Get Down Poster

Horner runs thru a snapshot of some of the lineup. A showcase of the La Ti Da roster plus legends, locals and new faces. 

-Nervous Talk: (East Van) brand new garage punk outfit featuring members of The Ballantynes, Moby Dicks, Trapdoors, and Shitty Neighbours.
-Evaporators: (Van) need I say more?
-Sex Church: (Van) local curmudgeon city rockers
-Fist City: (Lethbridge) punk rock workhorse
-Tiger High: (Memphis, TN) New band featuring a whole lot of Goner Records entourage: members of Reigning Sound, Jack Oblivion’s band, Knaughty Knights, and Compulsive Gamblers
-Death: (Detroit, MI) 70s protopunk legends! Not the Florida death metal legends!
-The React!: (East Van) new pop-psych outfit featuring a couple familiar mugs.
-The Maxines: (Olympia, WA) Texan garage through a K Records filter
-Powder: (California) OG 6ts Freakbeat legends!
-The Wild Ones: (Santa Cruz) Heartthrobby four piece…and our latest signing!
-Needles//Pins: (Van) trolls.
-Mean Jeans: (Portland, OR) Vancouver’s favorite adopted party punks.
-Greenback High: (Van) Power pop perfectionists featuring members of The Jolts and The Vicious Cycles
-Tranzmitors: (Van) the cities’ power pop elder statesmen
-Ballantynes: (Van) uppity hot shots (joking)
-Pointed Sticks: (Van) Final show for one of the cities’ most enduring and endearing groups.
-Warm Soda: (Oakland, CA) killer new band from the Bay Area born from the ashes of The Bare Wires.

Detroit's 1970's band Death and short introduction by documentary trailer!

Yes, the original three piece will be here live! By miracle of modern technology, Twitter united the event organisers with proto-punks, Death. The band made a game changing decision by standing their ground with their original 1970s album. Sacrificing a recording contract. “[The] three brothers who could've signed with Clive Davis at Columbia Records had they only agreed to change their name .... Death came on everyones' radar when their album, long forgotten save for the nerdiest of record collectors, was reissued by the good folks at Drag City in 2009" says Hormer and adds "can’t tell you how excited we all are to fly them in for this one-off appearance”

Tim Kerr exhibit: Your Town, Any Town... Your Name Here at ANTISOCIAL SKATE SHOP NOV.1

Artist, skater Tim Kerr will be exhibiting work at Antisocial Skate Shop. A producer /musician responsible for some of the most extraordinary albums of recent decades. “I first met Tim at a similar event that Gearhead Records threw in Austin, TX about a decade ago. The band he was [with] at the time, The Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee, played the single greatest set of music I have ever seen in 28 years of concert going,” recalls Horner and “we've stayed in touch throughout the years and I have been so inspired by the trajectory he has followed: from playing music with skate rock pioneers, The Big Boys to carving out a career as one of the most relevant artists in modern America. Bringing him up to Vancouver for a showing has been a personal goal of mine for years: so glad it can come to fruition...”

Fall Down/Get Down is Nov. 1 at Antisocial, Nov. 2 at Rickshaw Theatre, November 3 at Neptoon Records Astoria, Rickshaw Theatre and more announcements are listed here at the La Ti Da website.

- by More Betty