Rip it up

Roche Uhntraal gets schooled at Music Nova Scotia Week.



This Saturday, November 10, experience the best fall warm-up scenario known to humans: a heated bar, punk music and dancing (optional). The Riptides (Ottawa), The Guts (New Hampshire), The Hemingways and The Varsity Weirdos (Moncton) play at Gus' Pub (10:30pm, $6). Described as "no-frills leather jacket, high-top, three-chord punk rock from guys that your girlfriend wants to make out with," and "an energetic punk rock set by four guys who like The Ramones," The Riptides are not only stoked to be playing this gig, they're also nice guys.

"We haven't been out to the East Coast in about eight years. We've toured from coast to coast and Halifax is by far the most beautiful city in Canada," says vocalist Andy Vandal. "We headed out on the 1999 East Infection tour with our good friends The Vapids from Hamilton and had a total blast."

Touring with friends again, The Riptides will no doubt top the hilarity of their last East Coast foray. "We've been friends with The Guts for as long as we've been a band," says Vandal. "We met The Varsity Weirdos when we were down in Baltimore this past summer playing pop-punk festival Insubordination. It was a great time. All three of our bands hung out and drank in the parking lot, and things just stemmed from that." The Riptides' songs have a decided surf element and a sense of humour, apparent in such songs as "Mall Punks Fuck Off" or "I'm in Love with a Jehovah's Witness."

They're the type of guys you want to have at a party, but only if you don't mind having the place trashed. On their last visit to the East Coast, Vandal says, "we had a Screecher," a night of nothing but back-to-back Screech shots, "and somehow ended up in a tent down by some river somewhere off of Highway 102 with The Vapids, lighting fireworks and eventually punching each other in the face. Great times, eh?" If that's your thing, then yes.

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