Chasing my tail again of late so just a few quick comments on some gigs in June.
Phantom First Friday- ALT
Heritage Centre– Had heard good things about them and they do have a some catchy tunes. Not as cohesive as I thought they would be but some promise there.
8 Ball– Damn where have these guys been? According to their site they were around in the early 2000’s but then quiet for 5 years. Some really catchy numbers and one to look out for in the future.
Messiah J & The Expert– Have seen these guys quite a few times and they always deliver. Between Messiah J’s vocals and The Experts keyboard/synth playing these guys are excellent- some very good tunes from their last album which are a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Dark Room Notes- Sugar Club
Danielle Harrison – Only 3 tunes with her on a guitar but a good voice with a catch and power. First tune was best and some backing instruments or looping would help fill in some of the gaps.
The Rag Dolls– Had some good moments but they wandered a bit and needed some focus- the one holding them together was the excellent drummer. Leads vocals weren’t strong enough over the drums though and a bit showy at times but there is some potential there.
Dark Room Notes– First time to catch them since their album release and they are as good as ever- although I seemed to notice a bit of malaise on some of the tunes. The favourites were there with Lets Light Fires, Shake Shake My Ceiling and Treetops- no encore with Camera’s broken finger so no Love Like Nicotine on this occasion.
And So I Watch You From Afar- Lower Deck
First time at the Lower Deck and have to say its a bit of a weird layout for a venue!
SquAreHeAd– A three piece with some good tunes and great beats. Sometimes though the lead seemed concerned with having more power in the vocals than being in tune- the ones where he was were quite good though and another group to keep on the radar.
Sarsparilla– Just the one guy on electronics- nothing new really but some catchy numbers.
And So I Watch You From Afar– First time to hear the much touted ASIWYFA and they do live up to the all the talk. Great instrumental post rock tunes with a bite and my god do they put on a performance- first time in a long time I have seen a band jumping on tables and even the railings. Crowd definitely into them and unfortunately with my ears and the funny shape I couldnt be closer to the mosh!