zombie roof

I’ve always liked Zombie Roof, but I’m always surprised that, after 30 years, to learn the Squamish-based trio still exists. Until Somewhere in America, I had no contact with the band for about 20 years. As the liner note inside Somewhere In America makes...

The Authentics

THE AUTHENTICS The Authentics EP is and isn’t what you might expect. You might be expecting a bunch of veterans of 70s hit bands from Vancouver – such as Sweeney Todd – which is how they were presented. They were there, had a few years of fame and...

graeme emmott on his own

I’m not certain of how we met, but I think it happened this way. “Are you Tom Harrison?” he asked. As I had retired from The Province in February 2017 and was thinking I was all but invisible, I wasn’t expecting to be recognized. I told him he...

Matlen Starsley Band: Rollin’ Again

Although I’ve played this album several times, I haven’t been able to shake my first impression. As it played, I kept hearing the Atlanta Rhythm Section, that kind of easy-rolling groove of so much southern rock as typified by ARS. The vocals, by Dennis...

steve jensen/lower back pin

Calling Lower Back Pain’s first album “no frills” doesn’t just describe the packaging but the music as well. The album, Picnic On The Moon. doesn’t list who is in the band, where it was recorded and who produced, if anyone. From listening...

rock of ages revisited

Rock Of Ages is and isn’t what it seems. It’s of a time, so it isn’t ageless. It’s of a place, so it isn’t transcendent. Yet it is filled with songs that, 40 years later, are still well-loved and remembered; therefore ageless. Rock Of...