by Justin Grady
Bend, Oregon USA — JPNSGRLS on their way back up from California played, and rocked, the Volcanic Theater Pub in Bend. The show started at 9:00pm (PT) and I got there around 8:30pm. I proceed to meet up with the bartenders and ordered Boneyard Beer to start. Turns out one of the bartenders was also a Canadian Indie fan and we talked for a while about Gord and the Tragically Hip. He directed me toward where the band van was.
I made my way out to the maroon band van which I recognized from JPNSGRLS’ last gig in Portland. I caught the drummer Graham Serl getting into the van and he recognized me right away, and then saw the long hair of bassist Christopher McClelland strolling along and came over and was amped to see me too. It felt great to feel so welcomed by the band! As the night went on Chris kept encouraging me to go along to their next stop in Eugene Oregon. Later on I got a chance to hang with guitarist Colton Lauro. Not until the end of the night did I get a chance to chat up Charlie Kerr, lead singer and lyricist. We negotiated and I bought an LP with the last Canadian 20 bill I had and a few US one dollar bills, deal.
From what Chris was telling me their tour of the United States west coast was pretty good, except that Sacramento “sucked” was at bad sports bar filled with footballers. The great highlight was San Diego where a contingent of 15 loyal fans came out and sang along and cheered to every song.
One of the opening bands at Volcanic prior to JPNSGRLS, Throw The Temple from Albuquerque, got the high energy going with pure old school rock and punk.
On comes JPNSGRLS playing the set from Divorce, their latest album.
Thursday night was Eugene, Oregon and only two shows left before their European/UK tour which starts in Prague.