The family that plays together…

Victoria musician Dan Politano

Busy Victoria retro band lineup includes father-son combo

It only makes sense that Dan Politano’s music has come full circle.

His earliest memory of music was being given a Meet the Beatles! cassette at age 6.

“They’re the ones that made me first want to start playing,” he says.

At 9, he received his first guitar (and Beatles chord book) as a Christmas gift and learned how to play. Now 31, Politano plays in a ’60s cover band, performing the music that made his idols household names that decade.

“We play all the good rock hits from the ’60s,” he says of Victoria-based Younger Than Yesterday. “The Beatles, and (Rolling) Stones, and The Monkees, and The Kinks, The Animals.”

Music is in Politano’s blood. His dad, Bryan, was the lead singer with B.C. nightclub staple Roxxlyde, as well as a number of other bands in the ’70s. Still active on the local music scene, Bryan is lead singer with Younger Than Yesterday, as well as That ’70s Band.

“I remember right before our first show, we were in the back room getting changed and he looks at me and says, ‘When we’re in the band, I’m not you’re dad, I’m just a band member,” Dan recalls.

Younger Than Yesterday has played dozens of shows in the past three years. The band will soon play its 100th gig, May 21 at Bartholomew’s Bar and Grille, in the Executive House Hotel.

Founding member Dan says it’s been a very quick trip from the days when he was scouring the Internet looking for fellow musicians to start a British invasion band.

“We quickly realized there are so many other good ’60s bands, good American bands, not just British,” he says. “That’s how we got to where we are today.”

The five-member band, which also includes Dean Gibbs, Russ Allert and Josh Weed, takes covering other artists’ material seriously.

Their repertoire includes more than 50 of the best songs of the decade, and the members all play the part to a tee (wearing mop-tops and the appropriate clothes).

“We have so much fun,” Dan says. “We really put on a good, fun show.”

Younger Than Yesterday is at the Army/Navy club in Sidney on Friday (April 22) at 7 p.m., and on Saturday they’ll be at My Bar and Grill on Gorge Road, starting at 8:30 p.m.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

‘Best in the country’: Formerly homeless man praises Victoria’s outreach services

Jay W. was living on the streets of downtown Victoria in 2018

Time-lapse video shows weekend work on McKenzie Interchange project

Construction crews place concrete underpass bridge beams

City of Victoria plans workshop to determine fate of Sir John A. Macdonald statue

Conversations will happen as part of a reconciliation dialogue series in May 2020

Years of ‘horrific, violent accidents’ at Thetis Lake prompt plea to public

View Royal fire chief asks for an end to alcohol consumption at busy park

Islanders have new cancer screening option with $6.5 M diagnostic suite in Victoria

The Gordon Heys Family PET/CT Suite was unveiled at the BC Cancer Centre-Victoria

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Police ask for help locating missing men last seen in South Surrey

Jeep that Richard Scurr and Ryan Provencher were in has been located unoccupied in Logan Lake: RCMP

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Most Read