Bif Naked at The CommodorePhotos by Jessica Bardosh
Every year local radio station 99.3 The Fox puts on a little contest for all those indie hopefuls and every year they bring out some of the best local talent to The Commodore for one big ass party. Seeing all these people packed in this big, yet intimate venue is something to marvel at and really shows that even though the economy is falling into a downward spiral, people still come out and support music. Even some touring bands don’t draw such a big and rowdy crowd, so when I see all these local Vancouver-ites coming out to support our music scene it truly brought a smile to my face. One time winner of this illustrious competition known as SEEDS is the lovely and talented Bif Naked, who just so happened to headline this historic night.
She put on a memorable performance that was both entertaining and powerful, but before she even stepped on stage, radio personalities Danger and Todd Hancock of CFOX handed out the platinum award to one of those talented three bands that opened up the night. The three finalists were Black Betty, Venice Queen, and Goodbye Beatdown. After each band played a short 20 minute set, one band was crowned with the platinum award that included a deal with Coalition Entertainment, a demo recording deal with Maple Music, along with other fabulous prizes. Goodbye Beatdown, with their reggae rock, walked away with this illustrious prize, and for a local band to win such an award is monumental to kick start their career.
Surprisingly Matt Good made a special appearance and gave a little speech about how this competition launched his career, but he didn’t waste much time and finally introduced that rock and roll goddess everyone was dying to see. With the thunderous applause radiating from the audience, Bif finally came out on stage and displayed why cancer had nothing on her. She started her set with the song “Leader,” where she blistered the crowd with not just her music, but with her “I don’t give a shit” attitude as well. She got every rowdy hooligan jumping and screaming along to all her songs and made that Commodore floor shake like an earthquake. Accompanied by Jason Darr on guitar, Jacen Ekstorm on bass, and Flavio Cirillo (formerly from Art of Dying) on drums, this four-piece fronted by Bif Naked was hard hitting, energetic, and purely entertaining to watch.
She is a star in her own right, and her voice did all the talking (or singing in this case), as she showed us all why she’s been a mainstay in our music community. Bif used every part of that stage, as she paced back and forth during her set, and there was never a dull moment. If cancer couldn’t stop her, nothing will.