If you want to know what to expect from this Saturday's Graboids album release show, don't ask---just listen.
When the question is put to singer Adrian Bruhm and drummer Michel Ungurain, it's met with a long silence. When Bruhm eventually offers "Well, I might have a cape." Ungurain exclaims "Finally!" and they start laughing. It's that irreverence, that unmistakable energy you find when friends get together and do something they love, that you can expect this weekend.
And of course the cape, the wrestling mask and a ton of other antics that earned the Graboids Best Hijinks this year in The Coast's Best of Music poll. A veteran show-goer in Halifax, Bruhm's wild frontperson antics come from a desire to create for his audience the thing that stoked his love of local music in the first place. "I do what I do because of the bands I saw when I was younger. The Dean Malenkos, Dead Red and Blackout '77, the guys who were older than me and put on a good show," he says. "I see a lack of that these days."
Antics aside, the band has spent the better part of two years, since the release of its last EP, honing sounds and crafting the elements that make it stand out. This third album, Back to Perfection follows the Tremors-inspired naming scheme of the first two, as does the album art (designed by Bruhm).
At first unintentional, this cohesion is now something that the band aspires to, because "it makes you want to collect them, you want to find out what happens next." Even Ungurain, who doesn't own a record player, can't help but get excited about the vinyl release. "You go to a show, you pay five bucks," he says, "you get something you can hold onto."
With Dartmouth darlings The Scoop Outs rounding out the bill, along with The Holy Snappers and Moncton's Rock'n Rebels, the release show promises to deliver what Ungurain calls "goofy kid punk rock" with that classic Graboids formula: "We just put some thought into it, then add alcohol to that thought."
w/The Holy Snappers, The Rock’n Rebels, The Scoopouts
Saturday, April 20, 10pm, $6
Gus’ Pub, 2605 Agricola Street