We took a couple months off playing shows so you may have been wondering where we’ve been, obviously you’ve been refreshing this website daily if not hourly hoping for any kind of an update. Well today, you are in luck!
First off, we do have a show coming up.We’ll once again be joining The Planet Smashers when they stop by Calgary, make sure you come early to check us out. Nov. 7 at Dickens!
Unfortunately this is going to be our pal Nathan Obreiter’s last show with us. He’s going to be a father, and has decided he needs to focus on that for the time being, so we wish him the best and while we will miss him, we are excited for him to start a new chapter in his life.
As much as I am sad to see Nate go this does present the wonderful opportunity of having only six people in the band. Think of all the room on stage, think of how much easier it will be to book shows and plan jams. I love the full sound that we have but I will say that with every additional member we have, the logistics of the band get exponentially harder.
The reason we haven’t played any shows for a few months is because we have been focusing on writing some new songs with the ultimate goal of recording said new songs into a format where you can listen to them where ever you so desire. So far we’ve got three brand new songs, and we’ve worked out a new cover that we are very excited to debut as well. I’m hoping that we can add at least one or two more to that number in the next few months and then hit the studio sometime in 2015.
We’re going to stick to the oldies for the Planet Smashers show but we’re looking to book a show or two in December or January to debut all our new material.
Lots of exciting stuff coming up for us. Hope to see you all soon.
Come check us out along the way:
July 19 Kelowna Market, Kelowna – 10 am
July 19, The Hub, Vernon, with Barefoot Caravan and Chipko Jones
July 21, Music in the Park – Kamloops – Outdoor show!
July 22, Fernando’s Pub, Kelowna, with My Kind of Karma
July 25, Railway Club, Vancouver, with Brass Action, and the Bone Daddies
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A couple Calgary shows coming up with some great ska bands ska bands from across the country. July 2 at Dickens, we’ll be playing with The Skinny from Montreal as well as reggae act Tasman Jude from Grande Prairie.
August 1, our friends the Bone Daddies from BC will be joining us at Vern’s for a night of ska.
We’ll also be heading out west ourselves at the end of July to spread a little ska and see how many hours we can spend together in a handi-bus before we start to hate each other and break up the band. Catch us in Kamloops on July 21, at the Music in the Park, on July 22 in Kelowna at Fernando’s pub, or on July 25 in Vancouver at the Railway club. More shows and more details will hopefully be announced in the near future.
Also the Calgary Beer Core just released a compilation album which features 32 amazing Calgary bands, including yours truly. Pick one up from us the next time you see us or at any Calgary Beer Core show. The CBC (that’s Calgary Beer Core not the broadcasting corp.) did a spot promoting the comp on the Calgary Herald’s Bandwagonish podcast, which features us. Check it out: http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2014/06/27/mike-bells-podcast-on-the-local-music-scene-bandwagonish-featuring-jim-martin-from-the-calgary-beer-core/
Come join us on April 9 for a FREE show at the Ship & Anchor with Montreal ska and reggae act The Skinny, http://www.skinnyreggae.com/. It’s never a bad time at the Ship especially when there is some ska to groove to.
We are incredibly stoked to be opening for Canadian ska legends, The Planet Smashers, April 11 at Dickens! This bill is packed with awesome ska including our good friends Rude City Riot and Hats and Black Ties! Advance tickets are on sale for $18, http://ticketf.ly/LOeGPK
It’s been a long time since The Planet Smashers have come to town and hopefully they’ll come again soon but even if they were here every year you would be an utter fool to miss this one.
We’re spending January working on some new tunes, so make sure to come check us out at Dickens on February 22. We’re excited to be joined by Dope Soda, who are making their way east from Victoria. I’ve managed to catch them a couple times at Victoria’s ska festival and they have really unique and cool sound that I highly recommend you check out. Also joing us are our dear friends and local ska artisans Hats & Black Ties and Delerium, so if you’re a fan of the ska genre, then this is most definitely a show you do not want to miss.
Come help us celebrate our centennial show! Yes, it’s Class Action 100th show and yes apparently we do keep track of these things. Joined by our good friends The Special Edisons and Robot Workers, we’ll be rockin’ the D on Friday Dec. 27, 2013. We are stoked and hoped to have some exciting things to make number 100 special. See you then!
Class Action is returning to Canmore in what seems like years, probably because it has actually been four or five years, what are we doing with ourselves. Anyways, we’re excited to be back and playing the glorious Canmore Hotel. Come join us for a couple sets with our new lineup. We’ll be throwing pretty much everything we got at this one.
Ladies and gentlemen it is about freaking time for an update. 2013 has been an interesting year for Class Action, we saw the departure of some good friends, Tom and Scott (both drums) and Chad (guitar and vocals) as well as the return of a dear friend on trombone (Nate). Obviously we found someone else to sit behind us and wail on things in long time friend of the band Tracey. So for the past couple months we have kept quiet, except to my neighbours, transitioning into this new version of Class Action. For the first time ever, our horn section is larger than our rhythm section, which frankly as a member of the rhythm section scares the hell out of me, I am certain they are planning some kind of coup. Honestly though, I can say that I am more excited about the direction and future of this band than I have been in a long time. We have some really exciting things on the horizon that we will announce soon. In the meantime checkout last week’s episode of 23 minutes of ska, www.23ska.com