Meet the BB Guns
Surfin’ through the musical landscape of hard and soft, the BBs take you on a rip rollin’ journey full of hazy fun. The image and name remind you of something you once loved and something you are about to love all in one breath. It's a little punk, a little girly and all tough cookies. Laser gun guitar tones, jingle jangle melodies and a pulsing, heart pounding, move your hips rhythm, is what this pack is about.
The BB Guns are:
Alana Marta Dee (guitar, vocals) Charlotte Marie (keys, vocals)
Clint Rogerson (bass)
Dan Arget (drums)
Laura Hermiston (guitar, vocals)
Wednesday, March 21, 2014
I think we were hibernating.
And there it is, the light at the end of the tunnel; the sun in the sky for that matter, and a few special things we have been working on. A new EP, a sparkly new video, a compilation release, and an upcoming tour. Months of writing new material, exploring new creative endeavours, playing shows and here we are. Or maybe we just drank it all away. Well, either way, a bunch of great stuff is happening and it must have happened somehow.
Lets start from the beginning. After the summer we took some time off to write new material and focus on some other creative outlets (as well as enjoy the nice weather, before we got... well you know the season we've been having...)
We made a music video in November with Cabot McNealy for a new song called Bang from our second EP coming out in late spring. Friends came, drank champagne, ate pizza, dressed up, danced and helped us make a really fun piece of film. Watch out for the video in the upcoming month. Here's sneak peek..
We opened for a great 60s soul singer Gino Washington on Jan 11, and it was a great way to start the year. The room was full, the crowd was incredible and everyone danced. I'd be hard pressed to think of a more exciting night as a performer and an audience member. Gino was a true entertainer from the good old days.
A few days after the gig, Alana went off to travel across the US in a '95 lincoln limo making an independant Canadian feature called minor; along side the very gorgeous and talented (actor and singer/songwriter) Elissa Meilke. Set for release in late 2014.
Laura started a vintage store on etsy that you can visit and check out some beautiful vintage clothes on some of our very pretty lady friends. It's called Arrow Road Vintage. Laura's also been working with her side project TWIST- writing, touring, making videos. Matt Buckberrough from Invasions now joins her on guitar. They make quite a cute duo.
Another fun gig at the Horseshoe a couple weeks a go opening for Nick Waterhouse...
Finally bringing us to this. present. moment. We're just making the final touches to a new set of songs this week, to be debuting at this fantastic event happening on Saturday:
Optical Sounds presents Psych Pop 2- A compilation of the best psych POP in and (sort of) around Toronto. The show will have sets by eight bands from the comp: The BB Guns, Tess Parks, B17, Mimico, Prince Ness, The Disrealis, The Auras, and the Sun Stone Revolvers, including DJ sets by DJ Cunt, DJ Spin Lizzy and DJ Carlyn Bezic. Its $10 and you can download the compilation completely for free from Optical Sounds. Joining us on tambourine and flute on stage is our long time best buddy Kristina Koski, who is better known for her place in Planet Creature, Saffron Sect and Blonde Elvis. We feel lucky to have her, even if it is just for a night. To top it all off, the show is taking place at the beautiful Great Hall on Queen West. The facebook event page will tell you more 'cause I am too tired to type any -uh- more.
Thanks for reading and we will see you soon.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
First off, you can now check out all our videos from YouTube in one place- on our VIDEOS page on this site.
Now for the fun stuff...
This past week was a blast. Our gig at Lee's Palace for NXNE on Saturday night went off with out a hitch and the feedback we've been receiving has been most flattering (if you'd like to read some, visit our Facebook page for the time being, since it'll take me a little while to compile everything and update our PRESS page.). On another note, we got to catch some fantastic gigs during NX, including our buddies, Beliefs, at Handlebar on Thursday, and Ostrich Tuning at the White House earlier that night.
Our gig with Jacuzzi Boys and Man or Astro Man? on Monday at Lee's was a ton of fun, as well as highly entertaining for us to watch. You can check out some photos from that night here: http://aestheticmagazinetoronto.com/2013/06/18/photos-man-or-astroman-jacuzzi-boys-bb-guns-lees-palace/ We had the supreme pleasure to party with the wonderful lads after as well. Perfect end to an exciting, music filed week.
Next up we'll be performing at the Doll Factory by Damzels' Annual Summer Kick-Off Backlot Bonanza this Saturday afternoon. Toronto surf group, the Blue Demons will be preforming too, and the MC is the Canadian Wolfman. I've seen him host a Burlesque show before- its quite a thing to see.... AND there will be dancing girls! Like the Face book page says: BABES! BEER! BOOZE! BANDS! BBQ!. It'll be rain or shine since they've got tents set up in the backlot. Come join us!
Following that we will be piling into the van and heading to Lakefield, just north of Peterborough for an outdoor festival called the Stone House Music Fest. We're on at 9pm. Here comes the BB Guns.
Monday, May 27, 2013
BB Guns are happy to announce a stunning line up of gigs over the next couple months in support of our newly released EP, Baby I Hate You.
On June 7th, we will be playing in Hamilton at the party, The Effect of Noise on Man at the Baltimore House with AdvertEyes, Thomas Cade, and Bowjia.
On June 8th we will be playing the Dundas West Street festival on the Beer Store parking lot at Dundas and Ossington.
BB Guns are thrilled to be opening for Man or Astro-Man? and Jacuzzi Boys on Monday, June 17th at Lee's Palace for NXNE.
THE FOLLOWING WEEK:
We will be headlining an outdoor music festival just outside of Peterborough, Onatrio called The Stonehouse Music Fest on June 22nd. https://www.facebook.com/events/597303393621678/?fref=ts
We will be playing with the Yardlets at L'Esco on Friday, July 12th in Montreal, Quebec.
Also, this weekend the BB Guns and a healthy collection of fellow musicians and friends will be taking part in shooting the next music video off of the EP. So stay tuned for all the behind the scenes photos...
It's all happening...
xoxox. the BBs.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
BABY, I HATE YOU EP RELEASED TODAY!!!!!!!!!!
The BB Guns are sooooo happy to release our first EP today, Baby, I Hate You, on Marineville Records. Produced and mixed by Brian Borcherdt (of Holy Fuck and Dusted), engineered and mixed by David Hermiston.
We have had such a blast creating the BB Guns, being a band, PLAYING LIVE (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), and of course partying with so many lovely people over the past couple of years. Here is the culmination of all that hard work. Thank you to everyone that has helped us, supported us or even hated us. We love you all!
Buy the vinyl at Marineville:
Buy the digital record on Bandcamp:
And don't forget to check out the video for the single Pennie Lane, featuring our very best friend, Zoe, and produced by the beautiful Olenka Szymonski.
Catch the BB Guns live June 17, 2013 at Lee's Palace with the Jacuzzi Boys!
BBs LOVE YOU! oxoxoxoxo
Monday, April 15, 2013
The BB Guns are opening for LA's Bleached and Brooklyn's Hunters on Thursday, April 25th at the Silver Dollar Room, along with Toronto's Brews Willis . Check out the facebook event here.
Read more on Bleached here:http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/01/bleached_releas_1.html
And Hunters here:
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Welcome to the *brand new* online home of the BB Guns. Stay tuned for more posts over the next little while as we bring this site up to date. Upcoming shows, videos, and lots of other fun goodies. We'd also love feedback concerning what you would like to see here.
Take care and thanks for visiting.
xo. Love from the BBs.