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!