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14
Jul

Dave Carroll (United Breaks Guitars)

Dave Carroll's Perfect BlueNo I heard through Twitter that Dave Carroll was going to be in Riverview (with Bassist Mike Hiltz and guitarist/back up vocals Chris Pauley) and I got pretty darn excited. Like most of you [I assume], I thought “United Breaks Guitars*?! Woo!” and figured it’d be pretty darn cool to hear that song live.

I also thought I could deal with two hours of live country music if I got to hear United breaks guitars, but I’d be really sad if I didn’t. For the record? I am not a country girl.

I will happily clear this up right off the bat; his music is a well rounded, healthy mix of folk, soft rock a hint of country. A sprinkle of jazz for good measure, too. I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of twang and ‘she stole my heart, my truck and my dog’ lifeless type lyrics.

The play list included songs for every type. Humorous lyrics that had you grinning from ear to ear in his song The death of ol’ Papi, where his poor dad unknowingly eats rotten chicken left in the fridge accidentally for 6 weeks and dies (The chicken is based on true events… but his dad’s ok!). Or even Give me a reason where he sings to his girlfriend about how he’ll be the first to bail if she gives him just one reason to run, and he’s just waiting by the door for it. Not all songs were meant to be funny, though, A woman like you is a love song to his wife so sweet that Disney princesses are glaring at their Prince Charmings saying “All you did for me was slay a stupid dragon.”, equally as touching was Even more tomorrow, a song for his son about how he will always be there with him and will love him “more today, and even more tomorrow”. My husband will curse him for giving my biological clock a good winding with that one!

Lyrics were as impressive in songs like Easy come, Easy go or The place that I call home. Another favourite of mine was the song Now, about living in the moment and not looking too far ahead or sticking too far behind. “Now’s never been, and now never ends. All of your answers are waiting for you here” (my apologies if I’ve misquoted).

Every single piece had me tapping my foot or refraining from dancing like a fool on my chair… or at least trying. In all honesty, the only song that didn’t do it for me wasn’t even his. It was Bruce Sprinsteen’s “I’m on Fire”. I always thought that song was creepy… but he sung it very nicely, nonetheless.

I talked to Dave and shook his hand, got a picture with him. Now all that’s left if to do copy the songs from his Perfect Blue CD (which I bought) to my iPod. I hope I find his other CD soon, too, ’cause I’ll be buying that one in a heartbeat!

Dave and I

Dave and I

*If you haven’t heard of United Breaks Guitars, you can find the story and the videos here. Sadly, it is based on a true story.

19
Apr

Monday Morning– Said the Whale, Islands Dissapear + Show

I had been out a couple times on the weekend already, so I really had no intention to leave my apartment once I had gotten back from work. When I found a message waiting for me from my friend about a Said the Whale show at the Capital, I looked them up and convinced myself to go. I’m so glad I did.

The five piece from Vancouver, BC knew exactly how to put on a good show. I only knew the songs I had quickly looked up on their Myspace before leaving, but when they came on I had no choice but to feel the excitement. And the songs that I didn’t recognize I hoped and prayed were on the album. And they were such amazing crowd pleasers without even trying, making it look effortless to get the entire crowd included to finish a song with a slow chant, or to dance like no ones watching.

Said the Whale has some of the most original music I’ve heard in a long time. Take some rock, some folk, a dash of a sea shanty, shake with a xylophone, and top it with a ukulele, serve over fresh lyrics and enjoy. The upbeat tempo of Out on the Shield, and Camilo mash so perfectly with the slower melodies of A Cold Night Close to the End, and Holly, Ontario to make an album that’s so entertaining, it’s hard to not store it over at the beginning again, and again, and again (which I did as soon as I got home).

If you’re near any of these places on these dates you should most definitely be there.

28 Apr 2010 West End Cultural Center Winnipeg, Manitoba
29 Apr 2010 Amigo’s Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
30 Apr 2010 Starlite Edmonton, Alberta
1 May 2010 Royal Canadian Legion Calgary, Alberta
2 May 2010 Habitat Kelowna, British Columbia
4 May 2010 Sugar Nightclub Victoria, British Columbia
5 May 2010 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, British Columbia

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02
Mar

East Coast Loud

I headed out Friday night to the East Coast Loud tour. Six of the East Coasts loudest and most brutal bands doing a quick Maritime Tour making their way to Cape Breton for this years East Coast Music Awards. All six bands on the tour are nominated for awards this year under the Loud category, now in it’s second year thanks in large part to Josh Hogan, founder of Diminished Fifth Records, based out of Halifax/Dartmouth Nova Scotia.

I was never a big metal guy until Josh started throwing all this music at me. While I’m still not an expert, I’ve become a bit more well versed than before, and this night was going to help me get into it that much more. I’m going to apologize in advance to Shelter With Thieves. I’ve heard wonderful things about you guys, but 1:30 am is a late start time, and my days start early. I’ll check you all out next time you’re in town, I promise. Your guy looks cute in a toque.

I got to the Manhattan about halfway through the first set. Halifax’s Big Game Hunt were bringing their Down style stoner metal to us. Their guitar player was rocking a 12 string Les Paul style rig that sounded as awesome as it looked. It was fantastic to hear a few tunes from Goliath played live and loud. Their stage presence was a bit lacking, but the sound just about made up for it. And I’m still not sure how that drummer plays with his kit so LOW!

Uncooperative Death took the stage next. I wasn’t very impressed with their album. I missed about half the set talking with Jonah of The Motorleague & Something Delicious, and Ross from The Swiftkicks. What I did catch was alright. They’re talented musicians, no doubt, but the songs don’t seem to have much cohesion, or coherence for that matter. I hope they’ll be able to choose one of their many influences and go with that for a while. It’s a bit much, coming from all angles and at some times it sounds a bit sloppy.

The Motorleague took third spot. I don’t know what I can say about these guys that I haven’t said before. They’re fantastic. They’re getting tighter. The new songs are excellent. They just got back from Toronto where they were recording the follow up to Black Noise. If you haven’t seen The Motes, do yourself a favor and check them out next time they roll through your area.

We, the Undersigned hit clean up for this show. I’ve been gushing about their record, Bleed the Constants for a while now. It made my top 10 for the year, easily. These guys are in the same boat as Uncooperative Death in that they have a lot of influences, and they all bleed through in their songs, but where UD lacks, WtU makes up the difference. While cohesive isn’t a word I’d use, coherent is. Their songs made sense. They were no doubt the tightest band of the night that I got to see. Their stage presence was ridiculous, and their frontman is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.

Black Moor was up after WtU, and during a semi-final Olympic Hockey game where Canada nearly lost it to the Slovaks. Despite the crowd spending half their time watching the big TV screen next to them, Black Moor put on a great show. They’re a great throwback band. They have fantastic influences worn on their sleeves, but manage to pay some great respect to it. Without a doubt one of the best all around metal bands coming through right now. That being said, their frontman should stop talking between songs. Silence is golden, young man.

All in all the East Coast Loud tour Moncton stop was fantastic. I’m sure Shelter With Thieves ripped it up, and the other 5 bands, while they weren’t all my thing, definitely gave it their all. Give some of these local guys a chance when they hit up your area.

Big Game Hunt
Uncooperative Death
The Motorleague
We, the Undersigned
Black Moor
Shelter With Thieves

25
Jan

Monotonix

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First of all, I’m too old for this shit. That being said, this was a fun show. Whether you take issue with rude/crass behaviour, or whether you take issue with hairy guys in really short Lacoste shorts, Monotonix put on an entertaining set that if you consider yourself a fan of music as a performance art you should really make every effort to see.

This night had a feeling about it from the get-go. Speaking with Uncle Dave, the doorman for the event, and a longtime member of the Moncton night-life scene, he said “This shit is going to get crazy” long before any of the nights three bands took the stage.

First up to start the night was a band whose live performance I’d been sleeping on for a long time. Something Delicious whose record No Fun Intended I reviewed a while back opened up the set with a robot singing, a hospital patient playing trumpet, a hockey player on bass, and an unfortunate closet mishap playing the drums. Their record translates well live, and they’re pretty much the tightest thing since the Tour de France wardrobe department.

Pervert was up next. These guys amaze me. They’re pro. 100%. They know their roles in the band, and it shows onstage. They’re each entertaining to watch in their own way, and it comes across really well. Probably one of my favourite bands to come out in town in a long while.
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Which brings us to the Israeli Gears known as Monotonix. Fucking. Ridiculous. Rumour has it they were at the bar earlier in the day signing waiver forms, and finding out where they could and could not go during the show. Which is normally not a big deal. Until you take into account they brought their whole stage set up, minus the guitar amp, with them. I’ve been to a lot of shows at the Manhattan over the years. I’ve only ever seen two other artists hop up on the island in the middle. One was a chick from some shitty rock-a-billy band, and the other was Mark Bragg. That night, I saw a kick drum, and two guys on that island. Then, I saw a full band sitting on a bar. On the bar. With all their gear.Monotonix on the bar
And just when I thought I was safe, and out of the way, they made their way back to the front of the bar and I was surrounded. People everywhere. Sitting, standing, yelling, screaming, spitting, smiling. It was quite a site. Pure chaos to the naked eye, but in the middle of it all, a hairy man of small stature controlling the whole mess. The only thing between him and the mob, the smallest Lacoste soccer shorts I’ve ever seen.

More pics on the flickr!
Review: Joe Doucet
Photos: Matt Carter

08
Nov

The Motes, Trigger Effect and Priestess

I went to a show, last night at the Manhattan in Moncton. Three bands took the stage, Moncton’s The Motorleague and Montreal’s Trigger Effect and Priestess. Honestly, my left ear is STILL ringing, you’d think I’d learn and bring earplugs, eh? Nope!

So, I’ve been a pretty big Motorleague fan since the first time I heard them, and this time was no different. Well, I suppose it was… The last show I saw was one of the best I’ve been to, but this one was better! Bigger venue means bigger sound, baby! I’ve never seen anyone get the crowd riled up quite like they did, until they were satisfied that we were loud and rowdy enough to be worthy of another song; “It’s about time you fuckers wake the fuck up!” The ‘speeches’ between songs consisted of reminding us how awesome all the bands were and screaming sarcastic comments at us (which we love over here, by the way) to get us screaming back at them. My review on them is essentially the same as their last review, but yeah. Better.

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Montreal’s Trigger Effect was quite the set as well. They were a very energetic bunch, to say the least. The singer ran around the stage screaming and spitting and accepting pizza offered from the crowd (which he later said was quite delicious)… How many bands get pizza from their fans while still on stage in the middle of a song? I want to know. In any case, the crowd loved them and they loved the crowd. The singer even reached into the crowd and gave high fives and let a few fans dress him with a banner between spittings; of which I wasn’t really a fan. I found it quite disgusting and over-the-top, not to mention it was WAY too often and too much, but hey… the other band mates didn’t seem to mind the occasional shower, so, spray on, I suppose.

“Enough about them, what about their music” you surely just asked me. It was good. I’m not exactly a screaming aficionado, and this is all it was. I think he sang for a few seconds for two slower parts of the set, but that, unfortunately, was all. The music was great and so was the energy from the band and the crowd alike, but at some point the vocals just started drilling into my brain quite painfully. I’m pretty sure that’s the reason my ear is still buzzing ever so painfully. It was traumatized, I tell you! They were fun to watch and played really well, but I’m sure other people enjoyed them much more than I did.

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Montreal’s second band, Priestess, the stars of the show was up last with quite the set list at that! (Do they sound familiar? They should!) As soon as I saw the lead guitarist’s double neck [Gibson, I believe?], I knew I was in for a good show! Along with fantastic sound and vocals, they had quite the light show going on in the background. Awesoooooome! I’m sure the mosh pit didn’t notice the lovely background scenery, but they were busy getting their cocks/box rocked off.

Even though I saw the drummer only had two arms before he started playing, I’m convinced he kept a few spare ones behind the scene along with the lead guitarist’s extra fingers. He was delightfully hard to follow in the blur that was he. The last time I was this impressed with a drummer was when I was 8, watching Animal on The Muppets Show with my dad. It was also refreshing to have the vocals sound like vocals and not a banshee. I really don’t know what else to say about these guys… but let me suggest that if ever you have a chance to see them? Go!

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Thank me later.

All in all, it was an awesome show with some pretty damn solid bands. I already have Motorleague on my iPod, Trigger Effect won’t make it, and I must find Priestess’ new album to get on there as well!

04
Oct

Monday Mornings– The Good Lovelies.

GL_AlbumArt_09_WEBSo have you ever heard a group play, and the music makes you want to tap your toes, and stomp your heels at the same time, so you end up just lifting your whole foot and slamming it down over and over?

Getting back to my last post, looking for that certain old style sound. I’d checked out my events email for the first time in months, and noticed Good Lovelies playing at Crumbs. I’ve always sorta liked Crumbs, it’s a nice spot, and I used to go for the open mic nights all the time, so I checked out the groups myspace. As soon as the first song started in the media player, I knew I had to see this show, and meet these girls. I messaged them, and made plans to see the show, and do a review.

The whole show would have been suited for the coffee shop it was in, or a living room. Or kitchen since it’s the East Coast.

These ladies had a fantastic stage presence. Between every song one of them would start with something like “The other day…” or “Actually, one time…” and once the story started you could expect entertainment. I could have sat and just listened to them talk about their adventures while touring, but they also had music!

All three of these ladies have a wonderful voice, any of their songs would sound good if only one of them sang at once, this however is not the case, the girls harmonize in almost every song, and they do it so beautifully it sent shivers down my spine when they started. It’s very rare that you find such unique voices that mix so perfectly. They even had one song during the night sung acapela. Fantastic!

Aside from having gorgeous voices, these girls are also incredibly talented musically. I don’t think any of them held onto the same instrument for anymore than two songs in a row, before switching with one another, or grabbing another instrument from the back of the stage.

After the show, I met with the ladies. They were all very friendly, very energetic people, and graciously handed me their new, self titled album for review. And of course I got them all to sign it.

And there’s that sound. I found what I was looking for. The whole album has that old, country, folk sound. It has the sound of songs recorded in the ’30s and ’40s, I can almost picture the girls standing infront of a tincan microphone, making a vinyl record. Which I think would be a wonderful idea actually. Good Lovelies vinyl records would be perfect.

The songs are very well writen. Some of the songs almost have an old Gospel country sound, except without the messages about God. Songs like ‘Lie Down’, ‘Down Down Down’, and ‘I Want’, make me feel nostalgic for times my Father would remember growing up in. Times when girls wore skirts, laundry was hung out to dry, and everyone fell in love and rode a bicycle.

The Good Lovelies have recently recorded a Christmas album, and I am more excited for this than almost any other music right now. I can’t wait to hear what songs they’re singing on that, and of course, the more Good Lovelies I can listen to, the better!

All in all, I’m glad I checked that events e-mail, otherwise I would have missed out on such a lovely group as the Good Lovelies.

03
Oct

Musical Shares!

Heya, folks!

Eriisu here, with a review for Forward Music Group Contact East Showcase! A show that played in Moncton’s Paramount last night that included four maritime groups and a small but loyal and engaged crowd.

First one up; Moncton’s Paranerd. Paranerd’s stuff is… well… mind boggling. The sound started off like something you’d expect at a meditation center. You know that synthesized, soothing sound? Notes mixing and fusing into each other in a way only a genius can master. Before long, beat is added and feet are tapping. The “tune” (I don’t want to use the word “song”, since it wasn’t divided into segments of similar sounding melodies so much as it was constantly evolving and changing.) was mesmerizing and involving. You might not be able to sing along to Paranerd, but you’ll find yourself lost within it and enjoying the mind trip it’ll lead you on. Definitely something to be experienced! And it was mixed live. Awesome.

Second band and first to hit the stage was Fredericton’s Share. My husband has always told me in his fleeting moments of wisdom to “never judge a band by their live performance”, so as soon as I got home, I checked out their myspace page and helped myself to samples of studio recorded songs and I still remain unimpressed. Although I am completely enamored with the idea of a stand up bass (played wonderfully, I might add), and I do enjoy softer, slower melodies, I found their sound to lack depth. Each musician was individually great, and melodies were nice, but nothing reached out to me. Nothing really ‘wowed’ me. And though I can see having their music as a nice background while entertaining company, I found that the lower energy levels from the music affected the performance. I’m a girl that likes some energy in her shows!

Third band was Halifax’s Sleepless Nights. My original assessment of them was; “Great musicians cursed with so-so vocals and a bad sound check”, but after checking them out online, I’ll have to go with “Great musicians that just so happened to not have great sound at the show”. They were energetic onstage… although the guitarist warranted a few eyerolls for moves that weren’t as cool as he surely thought; I’m sorry, but musicians and magicians should not turn their back on the crowd (not to interact with the drummer, just to kneel down with his back to us? Come on!)… and there’s only so many times you can get down on your knees in an “intense musical breakdown” before it gets old. It got old real quick. I appreciated the effort and they were obviously having a good time on stage! All in all, I loved their music but the vocals took away from the performance. The instruments complimented and accentuated each other wonderfully. The beat was perfect. And the final piece with the guitarist grabbing two drumsticks and playing along with the drummer on his own floor tom? WAY COOL! I just wish the vocals were as good live as it is on their webpage.

Finally, the stars of the show; MONCTON’S THE MOTORLEAGUE, BITCHES! Ever since Ryan got their stuff to review, I’ve been singing Their “Hymn For The Newly Departed” (that will forever be “We Are Ghosts” in my head. Sorry, guys!) and I just couldn’t wait to see them live! I don’t even have my iPod yet, but when I do, they are the FIRST thing to be uploaded in there! This song is definitely in my top 5 favorites at the moment. But, I digress; this is about the live show, not the song I’m currently fan-girl-ing over. I did not expect them to be as heavy and loud as they were (I’m not a big fan of anything too heavy or plain ol’ scream-o), but I was not in the least bit disappointed! I found myself not foot-tapping or head-bobbing, but plain out dancing and jumping along to their songs. I loved it! I loved their energy, their music, their vocals, they were awesome! I tried to snap some pictures to throw in the review, here, but they wouldn’t stop MOVING! Fitting, though, that they’d sing “we are ghosts!” and have their pictures all come looking like colorful, non-corporeal blurs… The energy was non-stop from all four members of the band and one of the guitarists would even walk up over the stage, on a huge speaker and point people out if they weren’t active enough for their liking not to mention getting everyone to sing with them. Baaaaa ba ba baaaa ♪ Talk about getting the crowd into it! I would DEFINITELY go out of my way to go see them perform again! My ears are still ringing happiness.

20
Sep

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, 2009.

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10
May

Tonella Roy.

I’d never seen Holophonic Porno live, but I heard a few tracks on their album, Obsession, (which I plan on picking up soon) and I thought they were great. Everytime they played around here since I’d heard of them, I was too busy to go to the show, so when I heard Tonella Roy, the lead singer from Holophonic Porno, was playing at Crumbs, I was pretty excited to go.

I showed up a bit early to get a coffee and grab a seat. She ended up being a little late, but I was surprised she was playing so early in the evening anyway. When she got everything set up and everyone had ‘had time to have a fag’ and she started playing, the first thing I thought (aside from ‘wow she’s pretty’) was “Damnit, she’s going to talk/sing into the mic.” Almost nothing pisses me off more than a singer talking musically into a mic and trying to pass it off as singing. A minute into her first song I was taking from the ‘aww crap’ mood to ‘Holy Shit!’ skin-crawling-goose-bumps mood. The yell she let out in the chorus sent a shiver down my spin, and I was caught for the rest of the show.

I don’t know the names of her original songs, but every one of them was beautiful, and she sang them with passion. You could almost hear the tears, or anger, and laughter in her lyrics.

She had a few covers as well. Dredson Dolls Coin Operated Boy. She looked like such a sweetheart while singing this cute little pop song, it fit very well, and was a lot of fun to listen to. Everyday is Exactly the Same originally by Nine Inch Nails, and Hallelujah. I’m not sure who is the original artist, but I’ve heard it by Rufus Wainright.

If you are in the Toronto area, where she now lives, and have a chance to see her live, do yourself a favour and do it. If she comes back to Fredericton, I’ll definitley see her again. I’m hoping to get a copy of her album On Display which should hopefully be coming out sometime this summer, which I will likely write about at the time.

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Either way, later.

27
Oct

knife party

Knife Party – Just Like You, Only Better (2008)

I’m not a big punk rock guy. I appreciate the Sex Pistols, and I like the Ramones. There’s a couple of punk bands from around here that are in my rotation, but for the most part I stay away from it, and this is a known fact to most of my friends which is why when The Knife Party’s drummer Jedi Eric gave me their new record he said “You probably won’t like it”.

Well, I do.

The yelping unintelligible vocals from Little Danny Whore Moan were the low point of the record for me at first but became the stand out of this band. Shouting lines like “Shut up Shut up Shut Up, Shut the Fuck Up”, “We’re Just Like You, Only Better” and “River City Ransom” actually make his noise catchy.

I would tell you whom they sound like, but I really have no idea. But it’s smart, and it’s catchy and it’s quick and dirty. It has gang vocals which really only slipped up in one spot during “Clusterfuck”.

I really liked this record, and look forward to seeing this guys kill it live.

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