Pretty Bad Records, an Ottawa based label dedicated exclusively to local bands on 45 rpm format records only, has recently released 7″ PBR005 – Ottawa’s newest garage rawk quartet, No Problem Situation, the label’s first release since 2013.
It’s seven minutes of pure punky, punchy garage rock with a twinge of psychedelia for good measure. Side A takes a kick at the can with lead track “I Don’t Like”‘s confident, matter-of-fact lyrics, saucy delivery, jaunty guitar riffs and toe tapping, steady drum beats, reminiscent of Gino & The Goons and it has you ready to flip the record over to Side B by the echo of the last note.
Short but sweet at a one minute and 35 seconds, “Autonomy”‘s reverb-tinged, angsty punk yelps, yet relaxed, twangy style guitar vibrations lead into the closer, “Greed For Green”. A direct and blunt reference to Western society’s everlasting longing for money and material junk, it’s thumping bass really gets your shoulders shaking along to the rhythm, leaving you wanting more tracks to dance, stomp, and sing along to. That’s rock and roll!
No Problem Situation has been jamming together since 2016, featuring Michael Delion on guitar and vocals, Jim Weiler on guitar, also sharing some vocal duties, Marc Dore on bass, and Richard Parks on drums.
They’ve appeared in numerous band incarnations together: Pretty Bad Records up-and-comers, Lone Pig and The Rhythm Sucklers, as well as G. Rogers and The Capital Dominion Radiators, The Forgetables, Turkey Baster, and Vapourizer to name drop a few past jam bands.
In just a few short months No Problem Situation highlights a successful week-long community radio blitz and their single release show May 5th at The Record Centre, playing a 30-minute set for vinyl record and live music lovers alike. They’ve laying down new material for a full length album and are making plans for shows in Montreal, Peterborough, Toronto, Kingston, and Ottawa by 2019.
September’s promising to be a cool rock and roll party; Pretty Bad Records Fall Fry-Up is being hosted at Irene’s Pub, over two nights September 28 and September 29. No Problem Situation, Ommie Jane, Saint Clare, Chris Landry & The Seasick Mommas will all grace the stage and more will be announced closer to the celebrations.
Pick up a vinyl copy of the 7″ at The Record Centre and for a few bonus tracks, including a cover of “Lust For Life” by San Francisco indie rock group Girls, visit their bandcamp page: