Wednesday 04th, June 2014 / 15:58


This is the year Music Waste Festival turns 20! Despite being that weird age where most of us are hardly paying rent, Music Waste has truly grown into its own beast. This year, they’ve invited more than 70 bands to play at more than a dozen venues.

One of the most appealing parts of this festival is that passes have always been only $15 and one of the worst parts is that you can’t physically see every show. To help you out, some of our editors at BeatRoute put their heads together and made some choice picks. If we had to throw a perfect party, these are the guys who would be on our guest list. Happy Music Wasting!

Industrial Priest OvercoatsIndustrial Priest Overcoats

By combining vocal thrash with experimental post punk, Industrial Priest Overcoats channels sounds that mimics their name – a choral, robotic, preacher, hidden behind an older duster. Watching frontman Trevor McEachron flail to his wildly erratic tunes is also an unforgettable experience. (MPY)

IPO play June 7th at They Live Videos (4340 Main St.)

Dead Soft

Like their heroes in Dinosaur Jr, Dead Soft’s most notable ability is to play louder than anyone else. The trio produces a volume that has everyone in the hall reaching for a pair of earplugs, but not in a bad way. It’s a wonder they can even hear each other, much less anything, anymore. (MPY)

Dead Soft play June 6th at Pat’s Pub and Brewhouse (403 E Hastings St.)


They’ll be touring this summer, and likely to bowl over audiences at any stop. Frontwoman Ashlee Luk’s intense performance, mirrored and flipped by groovy bassist Brittany Westgarth, make for the rawest punk performance by anyone in the city. I once saw Ashlee Luk knock every drink off the bar table at a show with 20 people. What happens next? (MPY)

lié play June 6th at the SBC (109 E Hastings St.)


Are they indie? Are they hardcore? Post-punk? Who cares!? Woolworm defies categorization with their lush melodies, driving rhythms, and vocals that go from Billy Corgan-esque croons to blood-curdling screams without a moment’s notice. To boot, they have an intense live show that’s always guaranteed to get the crowd moving. Oh, and the lead singer wears thick-framed glasses and cardigans. Isn’t that cute? (JE)

Woolworm play June 7th at the Toast Collective (648 Kingsway)

SupermoonSupermoon (previously movieland)

Supermoon kind of sounds like a dream – except the dream is blurry and you can’t remember the all the details. Their sound is slightly nostalgic, pulling music cues from all over the past and blending it together with a tasteful mix of low-fi fuzz and then drenching it in reverb. The songs are charming, maddeningly catchy, and absolutely delightful. (JE)

Supermoon also play June 7th at the Toast Collective (648 Kingsway)


No Music Waste coverage would be complete without mentioning Vancouver punk mainstays B-Lines. While the band has become known for their absolute mental live shows, thanks to frontman Ryan Dyck’s antics, the real selling point of the band is their minute-long (give or take) songs and the band’s incredibly sharp wit. If you don’t leave this set covered in sweat and beer, you did it wrong. (JE)

B-Lines play June 5th at the SBC (109 E Hastings St.)


As Cool, former members of Apollo Ghosts get fonk-ay with help from journeyman dummer Shawn Mrazek, incorporating jangling post-punk and atmospheric guitar loops. They released their debut album, Paint, back in March, and they’ve since issued a digital EP called Best New Music and begun incorporating new material into their sets. Attendees should expect American Bandstand-style dance parties, crowd surfing, and maybe even a conga line. (AH)

Cool play June 7th at the Remington Gallery (108 E Hastings St.)

Tough Age

Last year, Tough Age made a splash in Vancouver by signing to the venerable Mint Records and releasing a self-titled debut album. The four-piece is a garage band in the traditional sense, with two guitars and a rhythm section bashing out punchy, crunchy, catchy ditties. That being said, the material covers a generous amount of stylistic terrain, from doo-wop to hazy dreaminess to 12-bar bluesiness to Guided by Voices-style pop immediacy. We can’t wait to see what other tricks Tough Age has up its sleeves. (AH)

Tough Age play June 6th at the Cobalt (917 Main St.)

For more information and a complete schedule, visit

By Mathieu Pierre Youdan, Joshua Erickson and Alex Hudson
Photos: Katayoon Yousefbigloo
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