Vancouver, British Columbia
1967 ~ 1979


Dennis Blackman ~ Guitar
Jerry Brown ~ Drums
Mike Brown ~ Drums
Gary Devost ~ Guitar
Bob Jackson ~ Drums
Rick Laing ~ Bass, Backing Vocals
Bernie Mallet ~ Drums
Steve Perry ~ Guitar
Norm Sawyer ~ Bass
Colin Steeksma ~ Bass
Ian Steeksma ~ Guitar, Vocals
Simon Williams ~ Bass

In the late 60's and first year or two of 1970's, Twitch arose from the ashes of the last version of "The Cry For Justice", which included Ian Steeksma and Steve Perry.  Wanting to try something different, also to perhaps cash in on the growing trend for bands to put on a show, and using theatrical makeup, Ian Steeksma, Steven Perry, Rick Lang and Mike Brown eventually made up the first Twitch to begin touring the local clubs and schools in Vancouver.  In 1973, Rick left and the band was joined by Ian's younger brother Colin on bass.

Using Colin's and Steve's additional writing skills, the band evolved into a very theatrical performance utilizing many dark and near-Satanic themes; the show climaxed with the drummer Mike being shot on a huge cross.

Steve and Mike left the band, which left Ian and Colin to re-form.

The next incarnation of Twitch was to be based on a more good-time atmosphere as the prior dark side antics were eventually even getting to theband members, but also utilizing an original storyline of songs, a lot of the New Wave and Punk music coming out of New York, and still using theatrical makeup and choreography.

Twitch was a local rock group known for it's bizarre stage show, theatrics and theme inspired fast rock.  In one part of the show.the drummer, Mike Brown, was shot from a platform with a fake revolver and dove (fell) over the drum kit on a riser and landed writhing around in "pain" on the stage next to the rest of the band spewing fake blood.  When the "bullets" hit him, a pressurized blood bag hidden in his mouth exploded for effect.

Although that and the rest of the show was very successful even after seeing it several times including Grey cup weekend, the owners at the time were never able to erase or paint the "blood stains" off the wall until it was demolished..

Picture is on myspace and then found in the Twitch archives

Ian Steeksma, December 2006

Twitch - Photo Courtesy of Colin Steeksma
Twitch reformed recently for a one night show at CAMEO showcase.
Photo Courtesy of Colin Steeksma
The members that gelled together were Ian, Colin, Gary Devost and Jerry Brown.  The band toured extensively from 1974 to 1979 throughout western Canada, crossing paths with Long John Baldrey, Trooper, Sweeny Todd and others


Eventually the band broke up, after again playing the Commodore backing up Blondie and traveling to San Francisco and and Los Angeles to attempt to garner a record deal, and playing the local clubs.  In the 80's, the band reformed as Blind Date.

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Last Update:  16 October 2010
Credits: Colin Steeksma, Gene Cordoni, Gary DeVost, Richard Laing, Ian Steeksma
Band # 634