Shore Leave - The Town Pants
When you're a good time band, it has to be hard to get serious feedback. But, there are some very sober reasons The Town Pants are, for instance, one of the few local bands that can repeatedly sell out Vancouver's most prestigious venue, The Commodore Ballroom. They're a brilliant get loaded and sing along-type of outfit, and that demands meeting some very stringent song writing standards. Obviously, the melodies have to be instantly accessible and the lyrics ultimately memorable (even you forget them the next morning). Whether you're singing about the state of the world or the draft on tap, the same rules apply. The Pants strike a fine balance between writing de rigueur and party-on Celtic pub rock energy, exemplified by the tracks on their latest, Shore Leave, a fitting tribute to a port town like Vancouver. And, the songs aren't all about hops and barley. There's plenty of meat and potatoes. Trains Not Taken is an Aaron Chapman-penned tune based on the Joe R. Lansdale short story of the same name. Rainville is a soggy toast to the temperate rain forest we call home, and Angel is a heavenly few minutes of unrequited love from Duane Keogh. Brother Dave Keogh's Death Feels Like Me Today? Oh yeah ... that one's definitely about drinking. Guests include Dave Osborne from 54-40 playing some cool B3 and Spirit Of The West's Geoffrey Kelly on hyper-bodhran and flutes. Shore Leave is a guaranteed good time for imbibers or otherwise.