Lead singer of Jet City Fix sees similarities between scenes in Seattle and Vancouver
Who : Jet City Fix
What : Punk Night
Where : Boot Pub
Tickets : $5 at the door
Say what you will about Seattle, its definitely got a cool nickname. Due to the significant aerospace industry headquartered in the northwest metropolis Seattle goes by "Jet City," a moniker that proved irresistible when a new hard-rocking band was trolling for names in early 2002.
The band added the concept of having their songs be a musical "fix" their fans would come to crave like street level smack, and the Jet City Fix became official. Thats the story according to lead singer Shane Flauding, told while killing time with the rest of his bandmates in an Edmonton hotel room.
Edmonton is the first stop on the Seattle quintets tour of Western Canada with Vancouver rockers the Black Halos. Theyll go as far as Winnipeg, then come back this way to headline the Boot Pubs Punk Night this Sunday. It will be the Fixs first time playing Whistler. A live intro for the local crowd to what Flauding calls "a conglomeration of punk, and glam, and rock, and a little bit of emo," courtesy of himself and drummer Dana Sims with brothers Ty and Justin McDonald on guitar and bass. Rounding out the group is guitarist John Wokas, an addition to the band via a musician wanted ad answered while he was still living in New Orleans.
Obviously the kind of rock n roll chemistry that would inspire Wokas to make the move from one corner of America the beautiful to the complete geographic opposite has got to mean something. Touring and life on the road, especially the road through Saskatchewan can wear any band down. But Flauding says Jet City welcomes touring as a chance to get away from day jobs, and the rest of the everyday hassles of normal life.
"Were all best friends," he says, "so theres really no drama on the road."
Still, theres no place like home, and Jet City has found a second one just north of the 49 th , where the scene appears to be mirroring that of their hometown.
"We have a lot of friends in Vancouver," he says, naming specifically metal maniacs 3 Inches of Blood, and last weeks Punk Night openers Chinatown.
"I think the same kinds of things are going on. Theres the experimental bands, and theres the straightforward rock n roll bands that are kind of dominating right now. It seems like its the same in Seattle and Vancouver, and I feel at home in Vancouver, I like being up there."
Seattle, says Flauding, is currently supporting a healthy music scene.
"Theres lots of good places to play, and people come out almost every night to see a show," he says. It cant help but remind music lovers of the citys sound-defining heyday in the early 1990s, though Flauding claims the Jet City Fixs Seattle heritage shouldnt necessarily invoke a tie to the era.
"I dont think were looking to carry any legacy, were just out to have a good time," he says.
It should be just that for those who make it out to the Boot this Sunday.
"Expect high energy rock with all five members going full speed ahead," says Flauding. "We just love to do what were doing, so it just kind of happens for us. We get on stage and explode. Its an outlet for all the stuff going on in our lives."