The first Friday night of August in Halifax was an eventful one for the Halifax music scene. Over at Gus’ Pub, Cursed Arrows and a handful of other bands were playing.Kuato was releasing their Summer EP at 1313 Hollis. Dog Day were celebrating the release of their new album Deformer. We were able to catch a two of the shows and now are catching our breath gearing up for M Fest taking place Sunday featuringBroken Social Scene, Hey Rosetta!, Ted Leo, and more. Here are a few pics and comments on what went down Friday night.
Every time I see them, the words fun and quirky come to mind. With up to three vocalists sharing duties and spilling catchy lyrics, it is hard not to smile and clap along.
The band displayed extra chemistry as the four members took full advantage of the sounds their instruments can make. The post rockers played with energy while a video screen displayed various stock footage to add to the mood. They sound even better live than on tape.
Part of that whole Long Long Long related circle of Halifax bands, there was a whole lot of noise that showed promise. At some points there was just a little bit too much noise and not enough substance.
Chris Thompson (formerly of Eric’s Trip) was a secret guest added to the bill. Adrian Teacher from Apollo Ghosts accompanied him as well as another band member to make a three piece. A short but sweet set.
Sure the music was awesome. Quick and catchy little punk numbers from this Vancouver band. However what stood out the most was how happy they seemed to be playing. Ear to ear grins from the drummer, smiles and laughter from all the band members was nothing short of infectious.
After a few member changes, it was interesting to see the band perform as a simple drums, guitars, and vocals duo. The new songs translated well live, providing the audience with a soundtrack to jump around and mosh to.