It has been said that it takes a special type of mental unbalance to truly understand the music of Frank Zappa. If that’s true, it must take an even more special brand of insanity to undertake the task of a Zappa tribute, but that’s exactly what the boys from Camel Toast Electric have done.
Comprised of Selkirk College alumni James “Toast” Jost (guitar, vocals), Andrew “Trex” McBain (drums), Micah Snow (guitar, vocals), Kevin Welch (guitar, vocals), Spencer Daley (bass), and Adrien Lapierre (synth guitar), these boys have been trained to bring the best of their ability and more to the table, and they will be performing at the Snoring Sasqautch on April 25.
Zappa was more of a composer than a songwriter and the boys handle the complexity of his music in a way that would put a big grin on old Frank’s face — and we don’t mean Sinatra.
This show marks the return of Creston native, Prince Charles Secondary School graduate and alumni of Rick and Jan Potyok’s House of Rock Micah Snow to the hometown stage. After honing his craft in Selkirk’s contemporary music and technology program he and the band are inviting everybody down for a night of great music and some fabulous playing.
You can find Camel Toast Electric wherever the music is slamming, bringing their own take on the underappreciated masterworks of Frank Zappa to fresh audiences.
Kicking off the night is Cosmic Palace, a four-piece psychedelic rock extravaganza formed in Nelson. The project started as a conjoined musical love between Louis Butterfield (vocals), Brandon Melanson (guitar), Andrew MacBain (drums) and Quillan Hanley (bass).
They are inspired by the rock ’n’ roll gods of past and present, such as Queen and the Mars Volta. Cosmic Palace uses strong guitar riffs laced with powerful vocals and intricate rhythms to form a sound that is both awe-inspiring and stimulating.
With an array of guitar pedals, slap bass and vocal effects, the band consistently delivers a fun, over-the-top, in-the-pocket, excellent rock ’n’ roll show with spectacular stage presence. They all are graduates of Selkirk College’s contemporary music and technology program, and are now touring across B.C.
From the first note of the evening to the last chord of the night it is going to a rich exciting night of great music. It’s something you just gotta experience for yourself.
Tickets are $10 in advance at Black Bear Books and Kingfisher Used Books, and $13 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 8.