Wetaskiwin swing band has new presence on YouTube

One of Wetaskiwin’s premier homegrown live acts has boosted its online presence recently with a new video.

Punch Drunk Cabaret

One of Wetaskiwin’s premier homegrown live acts has boosted its online presence recently with a new video.

Punch Drunk Cabaret, with their brand of rockabilly swing that defies description, decided they needed a raw, live clip that showcased the trio’s stage presence and energy. The band features vocalist/guitarist Randy Bailer, bassist Terry “Sawbones” Grant and percussionist Capt. Sean E. Watt.

Bailer said the whole thing came about after dealing with agents and other industry people. The band’s conceptual videos were well received, but some also wanted to see what the band was like in their native habitat. Bailer noted PDC is known for its live show, but didn’t actually have any recording that illustrated this. It was time to get something down on video.

“We needed to do that,” said Bailer by phone March 2.

As talk of a live video progressed, the topic of what song to do also came up. Bailer said there is always demand for covers and PDC is okay with that. “Then we just radically rearrange them or re-imagine them,” he said.

PDC was already known to do a cover of the famous 80’s New Wave anthem “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurythmics mashed up a bit with The Love Cats by The Cure, and have been known to close their shows with it. “We’ve kind of made it our own,” said Bailer. The audience loved the swing-flavour of it, so the song was chosen.

The video was shot live at The Bailey Theatre in Camrose on Jan. 28, so it’s a fresh, recent dose of the band. It’s up on YouTube now; Bailer said YouTube is still the place to go for social media video.

Bailer said the band was happy with the way the video turned out as it illustrates the interactive energy of PDC. “We really do consider the audience to be a member of the band,” he said. “That’s really what we wanted to capture.”

To watch PDC live at The Bailey, Google search this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBmaO2-1SAg

To see the band live in Wetaskiwin’s Manluk Theatre last October, click this link: http://blackpress.tv/video.php?id=18652

To see The Eurythmics’ official video for “Sweet Dreams,” Google search this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeMFqkcPYcg


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