Six things I like about the Wicked Awesomes: 1) The exuberant over-confidence of their name. 2) They hail from freakin' Alberta, Aaay! 3) How their tracks on Myspace sound lo-fi, like they are being played on your grandma's record player through a single speaker, even though they are rolling on the Internets. 4) Their Jesus, Big Rig, wild wolf/full moon imagery that looks like it belongs on a T-shirt you'd pick up in an Albertan truck stop (the kind Bret from Flight of the Conchords deliciously sports). 5) They give me an excuse to overuse the stereotypical Canadian "Aaay", Aaay! 6) Their bouncing brand of punktastic jams that include the superbly-named "Heavy Metal Vomit Party" taken from the 80's classic The Breakfast Club, when that flame headed vixen La Mol' as prissy lil' Claire calls out Judd Nelson's poor ole John Bender on his poser BS. I know you know it: "Why don't you take Brian out to the parking lot to get high, or take Allison to one of your heavy metal vomit parties?" Wicked awesome, boys, wicked awesome.
Wed., Aug. 27, 9:30 p.m., 2008