I’ve been to Vancouver, B.C. about a dozen times over the years (maybe more). People not from the Pacific Northwest may look at the close proximity of Seattle, WA and think “There can’t be that much of a difference.”. They’d be wrong. Dead wrong. Once you cross over the Canadian border, you are left with the distinct feeling of being in a foreign land (I jest, ever so slightly). Gone are US Dollars, replaced with coins called “Loonies” and “Toonies”. There is a suave European flavor in the city that sets Vancouver apart from its other Pacific Northwest cities (other than Victoria, also in B.C.). The band Vancouver isn’t from Canada (though they’ve had this record pressed there). They are, however, a bit different.
The late 70’s / early 80’s post-punk scene is probably my favorite period of music. The music made immediately in the aftermath of punk reveled in experimentation, DIY recording techniques, and endless creativity. My top 10 albums would include at least 5 albums from this time period (though to be honest, my top 10 changes quite often). Bands that create this brand of music in 2012 usually fall within two categories – those that mine the original era for inspiration and sound like they are actually from 1979 and those that update the sound for the modern-day, sometimes losing the darkness that is the appeal (for me, anyway). Wonky Doll and the Echo are a modern post-punk band from Greece that fall into the 1st category.