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Saturday, March 15 • 12:00am - 12:30am

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Everyone agrees it's tough to find a good band name nowadays, but Vancougar's moniker is spot-on - and not just on account of the city they call home. Much like the predatory feline their name references, Vancougar's music is equal parts grace and power (or rather, pop and rock 'n' roll), while the progress they've made over their four years as a band reveals impressive velocity and focus. Formed in the fall of 2003, singer/guitarist Eden Fineday, drummer CC Rose (who has paid her dues in noted Vancouver outfits The Pink Mountaintops and The Cinch), bassist Becca Stewart, and keyboardist Megan Johnson have wasted no time in making their presence known, both locally and nationally. Their full and unique sound, once described as "Elvis Costello meets the Shangri-La's," is influenced by groups ranging from Blondie to Guided by Voices to The Ronettes. Vancougar has opened for a stellar list of Vancouver talent (The Evaporators, The Tranzmitors, The Buttless Chaps) and touring acts (The Black Lips, Outrageous Cherry, The Gris Gris, Quintron & Miss Pussycat), and has also headlined sold-out local bills. Just a year after their first rehearsal, Vancougar won the coveted top spot over 26 other competing acts in Vancouver college radio station CiTR's annual battle of the bands, SHiNDiG 2004. This success led them into the renowned Hive Creative Labs (Pink Mountaintops, Destroyer, Frog Eyes) to record their first LP, Losin' It!, in the spring of 2005, which was released in Canada in 2006 by Vancouver's own Scratch Records; Scratch later released the album in the US in the spring of 2007. "Naughty" b/w "Temporary Teamwork," a single culled from the Losin' It! sessions, was released in November 2007 on Vancouver's Ugly Pop Records. With much critical acclaim, multiple national radio appearances on CBC's Radio 3 program, and considerable airplay on Canadian airwaves, Losin' It topped the college radio charts in Canada through the summer of 2006. Later that year, the band was featured in The Georgia Straight's annual "Best of Vancouver" issue. Two west coast tours of the US, and most recently, a successful US tour in June 2007 (with Wisconsin's The Goodnight Loving, who released CMJ Editor's Pick for 2006 Album of the Year) have spread the word of mouth throughout the continent. Ambitious and talented as they are, Vancougar is by no means content to sit still for long. Following their recent signing to the notable Mint Records (The New Pornographers, Neko Case, Cub), the band is currently putting the finishing touches on their upcoming full length. The LP, entitled Canadian Tuxedo, is slated for release in July 2008, and will be preceded by the release of the Mint single, "Obvious" b/w "Distance," on February 14, 2008. Vancougar intends to tour across North America and beyond in support of Canadian Tuxedo throughout 2008, including an appearance at the Austin, Texas festival South by Southwest in March. Plans are already being hatched to take Vancougar's deservedly celebrated live show to rock 'n' roll enthusiasts everywhere. What better time than now to get wise to Vancougar's unique brand of Attitude Pop?

Saturday March 15, 2008 12:00am - 12:30am
Club 115 115 San Jacinto St

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