STALLION HAPPY SURPRISE
by Brian Mcleod
Vancouver Sun - 1971
once in a while you go to a dance that nobody else goes to,
featuring a band that hardly anybody else has heard of. And
usually, an occasion of this type is an exercise in total boredom.
But if you've been good all week, and the good fairy decides
to give you a weekend surprise, you might happen to stumble
into such an obscure gathering and find that, lo and behold,
the featured group, despite their relative anonymity, are better
than many another famous group currently appearing in large
money concerts throughout the land. Stallion Thumrock is such
dance appearance, at the Pender Auditorium Saturday night drew
all of seventy-five people. But I would be willing to bet that
they were seventy-five of the happiest people in Vancouver on
that particular evening.
Because of the music. After all, Its pretty hard to dig an unknown
group for anything other than their music because they haven't
got an "image" or a "sound" or any of the
other show biz type garbage. All they have is what they can
put down in sound on the spot, in the way of talent and stage
presence. In other words, what counts is if they can make you
feel good. Stallion Thumrock can.
are a very tight band of guitars and drums. They write imaginatively.
They sing well as individuals and together. They can even spell
harmony correctly. And most important they are totally natural.
are the audience plus music. And that's exactly as it should
be if you're a band who purports to play for the people. Maybe
if I'm good for another week, I'll get to see them again.
Garry Bell, Dick Whetstone, Basil Watson, Brett Wade
Stallion Thumrock Photographed at Pender