Valentines Day Pop Punk Cover Show, Feb. 14 at Make.Shift

Valentine’s day: a holiday whose origins are unknown to most, is resented by singles, and criticized by anti-consumerists, but it is nevertheless a good excuse to put on a pop-punk show at Make.Shift.

Though this was only the 4th annual Valentine’s Day pop-punk covers show, it has already established itself as a Bellingham tradition. After receiving a fair amount of hype around town, the nine bands playing that night drew a crowd that filled Make.Shift to capacity.

Each group chose a pop-punk band to cover (anything except the bands that were covered last year) and played 20 minute sets. The term “pop-punk” was used very loosely, but that’s not such a bad thing considering it allowed for some Bruce Springsteen, Pixies, and Weezer covers.   Other bands that were covered include Green Day, New Found Glory, Hole, No Doubt, MXPX, Rancid, and Black Flag.

This was a unique opportunity to hear some of our favorite songs performed live by local musicians.  The highlights of the night were Weezer (performed by Specters and friends), Pixies (members of Pan Pan, Keaton Collective, and The DTs) and No Doubt (Eagle Teeth, The  Full Clips).  The style and sound of the Weezer set was nailed perfectly and featured songs off of The Blue Album and Pinkerton that got everyone singing along.  The musicians covering Pixies matched the vocals Frank Black and Kim Deal quite impressively when singing  classics such as Wave of Mutilation, Hey, and Where is My Mind.

Possibly the most anticipated spectacle of the night was the set of No Doubt covers.  I really can’t say I have ever met someone who doesn’t love No Doubt and I don’t think there was anyone at the show who didn’t know every word to the songs they played.  What really made this a remarkable performance was the brass section—adding another dimension of sound and liveliness.

This was definitely a night worth remembering, and it’s not too soon to start looking forward to next year’s pop-punk show either.  The event was successful at providing all-ages fun, an inclusive environment, and rad music.