​Branch Ricky The Ship, St. John's NL, May 5

​Branch Ricky The Ship, St. John's NL, May 5
Photo: Noah Bender
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"Who's on weed tonight?" a foam-and-mesh hat-clad guitarist in Branch Ricky asked twice before the band played what ostensibly sounded like their theme song. A little frat with musical chops, Branch Ricky are most keen to have fun. 
 
Local favourites, they play a feel-good kind of Southern-fried rock with a healthy mix of danceable funk and pop thrown in for good measure. There was some meta, self-aware, pop culture stuff conveyed lyrically, but the singing occasionally came across as an absurd afterthought. 
 
Branch Ricky came to party, and their songs are constructed to build towards a collective release. They're full of outside and inside jokes designed to get the band grinning first and foremost.