BA Johston’s music is self-described as nerd rock, dork lullabyes, and loser anthems. Make no mistake though, he isn’t styled after the trendy geek-chic of Joel Plaskett, or other fashionably-nerdy pretty faces. BA’s whole schtick is about being a gloriously fat, slovenly loser who lives in his mom’s basement, eating ramen noodles. Whether the concept is true to life or tongue in cheek, he’s still the best thing to come out of Hamilton.
The triumphantly sweaty, shirtless, beer spitting performances that make BA Johnston so memorable might make fans think twice about engaging in the usual Cape Breton tradition of standing 12 inches from the stage–or perhaps to stand close by anyway for the memorable BA signature spray. It’s performance art minus art-school pretensions.
BA will be joined by The Burning Hell, which, depending on what performance you catch, will have either a single member on stage, or all fourteen complete with cello, accordion, clarinet, synths, saxophones, mandolin, violins, or whatever their numerous guest performers bring to the table. Hailing from Peterborough, Ontario, The Burning Hell is fronted by songwriter Mathias Kom on guitar, electric ukulele, and vocals. Their indie-folk sound is cutely melodramatic with playfully morbid lyrics.
The show will be held at Governor’s Pub, Tuesday, September 14. Admission is $6 and showtime will be 9:30pm. For more info on CBU’s independent campus radio station and to listen to their streamed shows, visit caperradio.com