Wednesday, April 22, 2009
"Don't fuck with the puck!"
Last night I had the privilege to be one of the 5 contest winners who got to tag along with THE WHITE WIRES to Montreal. The show was at an awesome warehouse space called FRIENDSHIP COVE. This place rules. Big multilevel warehouse which has cool art everywhere, a recording studio, a rooftop to hang out on, a HUGE living room and of course BANDS! The first band was DIRTY WEDDING. We caught their last few songs. They were upbeat catchy rock sorta like a less noisy version of the more upbeat JESUS & MARY CHAIN songs with a bit of a 60's thing thrown in. Honestly, it kind of sounded like the first STROKES record or something. I thought they took too much time between songs but that's my problem I guess. Next up were DEAD WIFE who played loud noisy abrasive punk rock. The shrieking vocals were REALLY loud. They did what they did well and the kids were into it but it wasn't really my thing. Next up were ULTRATHIN who feature the people who live at FRIENDSHIP COVE and put on the show. I seriously can't really remember much about their set which I guess says something about their band. Why do so many bands use tons of reverb on their vocals? Someone please tell me. WHITE WIRES were next and it's no secret that I love this band. You can refer to the previous post for reference. The people there seemed to be into them so that's great. New songs are tremendous. The show was perfectly capped off by the BOX ELDERS from OMAHA. They drove something ridiculous like 14 hours to make it to the show and they still set it off. They played all of the songs from the single and a bunch of new tracks that were great and sound like demented 60's pop songs that you'd find filed under the "oddities" section in a record store. The drummer works hard and often plays drums with one hand while he rips out keyboard lines with the other while he clenches a drumstick in his teeth. By this point the PUNK PACK had ravaged us and it was time to drive home. Ian and I shared a bag of t-shirts for a pillow. We make it home around 4 am.