Wednesday, March 11, 2009



Perhaps the greatest marriage of pure power pop and punk rock energy ever, Vancouver B.C.’s The Pointed Sticks are definitely one of my favorite bands. Although they existed for a relatively short time (1978 to 1981) they did manage to record quite a bit, and although their vinyl releases were hunted down to near extinction, in recent years everything (and more!) is available again through Sudden Death records. You can’t go wrong with anything they’ve ever done, but if you’ve never heard them before, the compilation Waiting For the Real Thing is a great place to start... and of course who could forget their performance in Dennis Hopper's cult classic Out of the Blue? If you haven't seen that, trust me it's worth checking out as well.

These guys have actually been playing again on and off since 2006, and are reportedly releasing an LP of new material in June. I normally run away from reunions of anyone from the “wheelchair and iron lung” set, but since it’s these guys, I’m actually keeping an ear out for it.

6 comments:

motorcycho said...

Saw the P.S. on one of their reunion show and they sound as good as ever!

Pointed Sticks said...

wheelchair and iron lung,thanks!!!but seriously,you're right,except in this case where you're wrong.We left a lot unsaid,and we're not going to blow our chance to say it...thanks for the kind words,album in June or early July

Michael LaVella said...

Holy crap! I never expected one of the bands I write about to actually respond to one of these posts! The "iron lung" gag is one I've been using for 15 or 20 years now, I just like the imagery, no offense intended of course. Really looking forward to the new record, thanks for finding this blog. Maybe I'll do a long overdue Sticks piece in Gearhead, let me know if you're interested...

Pointed Sticks said...

Would love to talk for an article..best way to get in touch is through our MySpace page,which also has some of the demos for the new record posted right now..

Pointed Sticks said...

Album is fin ally out,to order go to thepointedsticks.com vinyl version includes free download...and looks and sounds so much better!!

Pointed Sticks said...

The album is finally out and can be ordered from thepointedsticks.com the 12" vinyl version includes free download card,and looks and sounds so much nicer!!

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