“Novelty music for the humiliated… laughing gas for music geeks.” — The Nerve

New video: Sometimes All The People

Posted: October 14th, 2014 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

We missed our chance at our anniversary show a couple of years ago, when Rod Matheson set up to record us playing “Music Music Music” and had the shot ruined by overenthusiastic dancers enjoying themselves at the cost of posterity. But we had a standing arrangement to set up another video shoot of a live music performance in an unconventional situation, and after only two and a half years, we managed to make good on it! Finally, a good YouTube clip (we already have a popular one, now we need a good one) of our band looking and sounding more like it does today, a complete take of a song we actually know how to play, more or less.

Also, a bit of catchup: congratulations to Loren & Marisol whose wedding reception at 5 International we performed at in late April; hats off to the folks at the 6th annual Stainsbury Block Party we entertained Sept 7th while a real fire truck dazzled all, and greetings to all our old friends in Portland we partied with this Columbus Day weekend as well as the new ones from the Low Tide Drifters and Girls’ Rock Camp we made in Eugene at Plank Town! (And thanks to Rachael & Ben for setting us up there, again!)
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2014-09-28: Oktoberfest II: Bier Hierder

Posted: September 24th, 2014 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: , | No Comments »

Did you know that Oktoberfest actually begins in late September? We are sticklers for authenticity, as the photo below attests, so will not feel compromised at all when don our ‘Clinking Pints’ hats and show up to Bomber Brewing (1488 Adanac Street) on Sunday, September 28 to entertain the beery masses from 2-6PM. You can get advance tickets here, which guarantee you 2 beers, a commemorative stein, and food!

Creaking Planks at our first Oktoberfest

We may even revisit our classic rendition of Father Abraham’s traditional Oktoberfest tune, Smurfing Beer. You can learn the words for the sing along portion by watching the video below. Putting it on repeat works best!

Get the full rundown, and follow the HTML breadcrumbs to purchase your tickets here: http://www.beermebc.com/2014/09/03/bomber-brewing-hosts-east-vancouver-oktoberfest-celebrations/.

2014-09-17: Planks support teachers!

Posted: September 14th, 2014 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: , | No Comments »


It’s been some time since we performed at Bandidas Taqueria (2781 Commercial Drive). Let’s be fair, it’s a taqueria, not a performance venue. But due to regrettable recent events, we find ourselves aligned again: in support of the striking public school teachers, Bandidas is donating 100% of its Wednesday night proceeds (weekly, until the strike ends) to support Families Funding Teachers. They debuted this initiative this past week, did their briskest business in their history, and the charitable diners lined up outside the front door were entertained by Emma and Roland.

This Wednesday evening, it will be a small contingent of Creaking Planks out on the sidewalk helping the keep high the spirits of hungry teacher-supporting diners. Come for the social justice, stay for the music!


The @creakingplanks entertained the lineup outside Banditas tonight, as all their proceeds went to supporting BC teachers!

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2014-09-13: Squeezebox Rendezvous

Posted: August 17th, 2014 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Well, folks, that time of year is coming up again: September is when Geoff Berner’s offspring has a birthday, and so that’s the time of year when he is traditionally close at hand, and so that is the time of year when he is available locally to headline at the Accordion Noir Festival! We’ve been here since the beginning — and now it’s the 7th annual Accordion Noir Festival. In addition to appearances from local legends and festival favourites such as Geoff Berner, Barbara Adler and Jack Garton, this year marks the first AN Fest appearances of such visiting luminaries as Socalled and Miss Murgatroid — and the final AN Fest appearance of the Creaking Planks. Gasp! Shock! Say it ain’t so! Maybe coasting on a guarantee of future appearances just because the festival basically ran off our backs for several years was making us soft and lazy. Last year’s “choose your own adventure” song was a unique and curious presentation, but the programmers have spoken — and chosen us to headline this year’s festival’s Saturday night dance party with our inimitable “power set”. (And who knows, maybe in time we can be brought back for a command performance “by popular acclaim.” But it won’t be in 2015.)

But enough about us! Who else is on the bill?

Saturday, September 13th, starting at 8:00 pm
at the Russian Hall (600 Campbell, Vancouver)

Meet up at le coin d’Accordion and Noir where French and English music lovers translate toe-tapping beats from quatre bandes dynamique, into the best dance party of the festival!

Quebec’s Ol’ Crocodile brings their infamous “Folk Sale” (dirty) folk to the Squeezebox Rendezvous alongside Vancouver’s own genre-bending, bilingual six-piece, Wintermitts. The evening also marks the final festival performance of fan favourites The Creaking Planks, led by Accordion Noir Festival co-founder Rowan Lipkovits. This evening marks the first time that Accordion Noir Youth Incentives has sponsored a band to play at the festival. The Plodes, is a smart-punk four-piece led by young up-and-comer Reid Blakley.

Dr. Jack’s Jackpot of Cabaret Curios will be there to add to the mayhem.

$12.50 Advance Tickets Online Aug 1 – Sept 10
$15 Tickets at Door

Noirfest poster final 11 x 17, Aug 19t

2014-08-29: with Professor Gall at the Prophouse

Posted: August 4th, 2014 | Author: Blackbox Squeezebeard | Filed under: Show announcements and recaps | Tags: , | No Comments »

The Creaking Planks are performing at the Prophouse (1636 Venables Street) Friday Aug 29th in conjunction with a visit from a new friend from the land of old friends, Portland Oregon: Professor Gall comes to us through the Strangled Darlings, which is all the endorsement you need! In October we go to Portland, but once in a while we are given the opportunity to bring a bit of Portland up here: to the “other” Vancouver.


The jug band of the damned join forces with our Portlandian comrade-in-arms to present his “tincture of junkyard folk and steampunk jazz” at that cafe with more lamps per square foot than any other. We’ll be playing a low-key set in counterpart to our dance party power set at the Accordion Noir Festival the following month, so fear not — we’ll have different textures in effect! You should totally come to both shows.