A conversation between two small town boys that started 20 years ago is going to be celebrated with even more talking.
Longtime friends Branden Grieder and Elliot Drew often pass the time discussing, arguing and debating the goings on of the world.
Last year they started doing something a little different, they invited a microphone to the party and shared the conversation with the world on iTunes as the podcast Small Town Bringdown.
“It started really simple with an iPhone and a couple of beers”,says Grieder, host and creator of Lunchbox Fabrications, the podcasts parent company.
“We were talking anyway this just kinda formalized it and forced us to try and make each other laugh”
Now, a year later, the podcast is based in a fully equipped studio and is gaining momentum and listeners from all over the world.
“We have regular listeners in Japan, Australia and a lot from the eastern US but Canada is still our biggest supporter,” Drew said.“It’s pretty cool that people tune in each week to share a couple laughs with us and really cool that people find our point of view interesting.”
Both hosts agree: Small Town Bringdown is all about, looking at things from the down to earth small town point of view, but be cautioned this show is for mature audiences only.
“We talk about everything and we don’t hold back,” Grieder said. “Sometimes we’re serious, sometimes we’re funny but we are often explicit.”
A one year anniversary is rare for a podcast so the pair decided to make this one a special treat for them and their listeners by recording the show live in front of an audience.
They have asked local musician Lance LaPointe, who also performs the show’s theme song, to join them. They also plan to screen a short movie that Grieder has been working on for the past few months.
“This is a celebration but also the kick off for a lot of other things we have been working on over the past year,” he said. “We hope that people come out join us and share some of that Port Alberni spirit with our listeners.”
Small Town Bringdown –Talk S@#! Live takes place Nov. 24 at Char’s Landing on Argyle St. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each available at Ozzies Cycle or $15 at the door.
For more info check smalltownbringdown.com or find the podcast on Facebook or Twitter.