By Glenn Alderson
VANCOUVER – The question of whether or not to wear pants in your daily life is very rarely a question but some things in life are just better without. Take for instance Matthew Rambone, co-founder of the inaugural Vancouver music festival Glam Fest and frontperson for Vancouver’s freaky-deeky garage glam outfit Rambone & The Wet Reality.
“I made the rule for myself a year or two ago that I couldn’t wear pants while performing anymore. It has to be spandex, tight, see-through and preferably shiny,” Rambone tells BeatRoute. “I have a couple tunics and moo moos that are also pretty chill.”
Itching to get more eyes on his moo moos, Rambone has collaborated with Glam Fest co-founder Sabiá Hurley (Music Waste) to curate an evening of local talent with an emphasis on all things flamboyant.
This is the first year for GLAMFEST and they’re already rocking a stacked lineup of local talent that bends and blurs the glam genre to be an all-encompassing umbrella of freaky fun.
“I wanted to ask bands that made some sort of effort to dress up for their performances. I like it when bands are a little extra,” says Rambone.
There are more than 20 bands who will be delivering the most extra versions of themselves, including Eric Campbell & The Dirt, Devours, Teak Physique, Alien Boys and, of course, Rambone & The Wet Reality.
The Wet Reality has been modestly making noise around Vancouver for more than five years now and, according to Rambone, the band is close to finishing their second album.
“A couple of vocal overdubs and some keyboard tracks, then just mixing and mastering. I filmed some music videos but had to sit on them for the album to be recorded to finish them,” he says.
Glam Fest 2018 is offering Vancouver music fans a chance to get equally wet and wild this month with an exceptional cross section of local talent. It’s going to be a full day, starting early at 3 p.m. so make sure to get their early if you don’t want to miss out on the action.
“Everyone has that crazy outfit in their closet that they never get to wear,” Rambone says. “This is their chance to shine!”
Glam Fest 2018 takes place on Oct. 13 at Red Gate Arts Society.