These things happen, and professionals make the best of it. The Sonics proved they were pros on this night. They were delayed for hours because of a serious crash on the I-5 coming up to Canada, and then they were held up for a few hours more at the border crossing. They barely had time to check into their hotel and come to the VENUE Nightclub in time for their concert. No time for soundcheck, they just made sure everything was plugged in and working and off they went. Unfortunately they only had time to squeeze in a 45 minute set, but no one there complained. The classics from the early days (they formed in Tacoma, Washington in 1960) were still delivered in their wild intense style, and the new songs sound just as good. As expected, “Louie Louie”, “Strychnine”, “Psycho”, and “The Witch” were highlights.
Vancouver’s own Tranzmitors gave a blistering opening set. They cite The Buzzcocks and The Jam as influences, and that comes across in both their sound and their look. I love that late 70s/early 80s UK pop punk sound, and they nailed it. This was my first time seeing them, but it won’t be the last.