Proto Punk Disco Glam Queer Pioneer "Laurice" with Tommy Grimes and Suicide Helpline.
Where: Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
109 7 Avenue S.W Calgary
When: Saturday June 3rd , 2017
Admission: $10.00 Advance Available at https://slothrecords.wordpress.com/ or https://www.myshowpass.com/proto-punk-glam-queer-pioneer-laurice-tommy-g...
Enter the amazing world of LAURICE, known primarily in North America for his dance and smooth jazz hits. Formerly Canada's Number One male dance vocalist for two years running, what is not generally known is that before he left the UK for greener pastures in North America in the mid-70's, LAURICE recorded a lot of incredible rock material that he wrote for various record companies as a session singer, songwriter and producer in London.
His most notable success, of course, was the underground 1973 pre-punk hit When Christine Comes Around/I'm Gonna Smash Your Face In that he recorded under the band name Grudge for the Black label, and has become an underground punk rock classic to this day. LAURICE has always said that he was doing punk before punk was really thought of, and current record sales of this classic bear this out.ventured into rock/blues territory with That's Nice, scream rock with Ain't Got Enough To Give and romantic rock with Shy Baby, all having a heavy updated retro 60's rock sound that only enhanced their popularity.
LAURICE was influenced by the works of rock leather icon Lou Reed with his Walk On The Wild Side and Vicious hits. So a move to Toronto, New York and Los Angeles in the mid 70's had this versatile artist challenging himself further with macho rock gems such as Rock Hard, highlighting very controversial material for the time in the form of He's My Guy, Born to Serve (S&M) and Wild Sugar, with highly sexualized lyrics and singing style. Lou Reed would have been proud. - http://www.lauricenow.com/
Tommy Grimes can be described in a variety of ways. The Edmonton artist comes across as interesting, eccentric, or in his own words, “sexy.” His latest album, King of the Jungle, definitely reflects this. Producer Robert Burkosky played a major influence on its style, says Grimes. Burkosky drew from different musical influences including [British post punk band] Scritti Politti, [American dance music artist] Bobby Orlando and [freestyle R&B husband and wife duo] Nu Shooz. Personally, Grimes finds vocal influence in other artists like The B-52’s, Blondie, and David Bowie. The disco approach and unique soundscape makes for a stand-alone album that’s highly unusual when placed in its 2017 context. It’s not just his disco sound that makes Grimes interesting, but also his wildly sexually live persona and bright neon outfits. - http://beatroute.ca/2017/04/10/32330/
'77 Punk/60s R&B/Garage
Suicide Helpline is a Glam Punk band from Canada. Influenced by The Clash, The Ramones, and whatever else your little sister likes for punk music. - https://suicidehelpline.bandcamp.com/