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Show Review - Raggedy Angry - Brane - Madman Orchestra - Catallist
by Marc
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 9:30 am on Sunday October 19 2008 x
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x Marc Yes, even guys in their mid-40s go to shows once every 5 years or so. Last night, I had occasion to visit The Reverb's Saturday Night Battle of the Bands and caught the last 1/2 of the set:

Raggedy Angry
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These guys were playing when I showed up. The guitar player looked like Richie Stotts of the Plasmatics, and the singer was born in the wake of the good ship Iggy Pop, Lux Interior, M. Manson etc.

Wow. It's not fair to RA, but the cultural shock hit me first so it affected my perception of their show. I looked around the room and saw what looked like parents, and pre-teens (it was all-ages as it turned out) and I realized that Queen St. heroin chic, The Stooges, and 40 years of punk rock had now fermented into a Saturday night sleep over party.

But, that shouldn't have been a surprise. Elvis was Satan when he showed up, and now he's a 20th century update on Jesus.

Raggedy Angry showed ability, although a little more practice might smooth out their rhythm but to be fair the sound system fairly sucked too.

I'm reminded of the fact that all the bands that were 25 years old and on the scene in San Fran around 1967 were at the right place and right time to launch a new cultural phenomenon with their music.

And that all of these guys were in doo-wop or rock n roll groups when they were 18.

So maybe this gothy-punky-sleepover-party music is their training for doing something really innovative and original later on down the road.

Kudos to the costumes too.
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Edited by Marc on October 19 2008 at 3:38 pm
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 4:34 pm on Sunday October 19 2008 x
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x Marc Brane
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These guys were born in the wake of the ships SS Metallica SS Pantera etc. Hooray.

Unfortunately, I hate that kind of music (generally) although there's more than a little Metallica I can sink my teeth into.

I couldn't figure out whether they sounded 'light' because the sound was a little quiet and a little shitty, or whether they were just that way.

Anyway, they sounded tight enough and should keep playing together in preparation for the 'next big thing' of ... say ... 2014.

Also, they had the best merchandising display of any high school band ever. Good graphic art, good fonts. Best thing about this band might be the fonts.
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 4:37 pm on Sunday October 19 2008 x
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x Marc Catallist
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Ever wonder if a band has misspelled their name UNintentionally ?

The first song from this group got me very excited because it was a fusion of the aforementioned monster hard rock sound of the late 80s/early 90s with some relatively melodic singing/shouting/noises.

I hadn't heard that before, so it made me sit up and take notice.

Unfortunately the rest of the set was more straight ahead, but these guys are (again) young and they can play so watch for them in the future, especially if they start forging a sound of their own.

This was their first show and they sounded a f*** of a lot better than I did at my first show.
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 4:43 pm on Sunday October 19 2008 x
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x Marc Madman Orchestra
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Although I'll admit these guys are friends of mine, they were clearly the only real band of the night. They had a major following in eastern Canada and are now regrouping in Toronto.

The sound troubles affected these guys more than others (except possibly Common Color) as you couldn't hear the rhymes above the lyrics.

But there were a few moments in this short set where you could see some great potential here. The music was solid, the topology of the song settings was rich in possibility. I'd love to see a full stage show something like Kid Creole and the Coconuts used to do.

When MMO got really hot, you felt that there was potential with a full band and proper sound for them to blow the roof off the place.

As it was, the night was a great teaser for hopefully more to come.
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 4:49 pm on Sunday October 19 2008 x
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x Marc Common Color / Common Colour
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Apparently spelling this band name incorrectly is a cardinal sin.

Their fans in the audience had signs with the name spelled out, and there was some discussion about it however it could have been made clearer. Next time, bolder colours on the signs guys.

Also, what do you say about a band who's influenced by Dinosaur Jr. who doesn't look like they were born before 'Bug' came out ?

Not sure.

I loved the guitar, and the hard work and the song arrangements but they need a singer with a strong voice, or to write their songs around a more laconic vocal styling as J. of DJr. did. Otherwise, do what everybody else does and get a hot girl singer.

These guys were kind of the sad sacks of the night as somebody (presumably someone from the banking scandal in the US) clearly sabotaged their bass and a 3 piece was faced with either continuing as a 2 piece, or stumbling around stage without imminent help from the Reverb staff.

They chose the latter option, and eventually handed a mismatched funk-ola bass they continued like the slacker soldiers they are.

The 'bad luck leprechaun' award goes to CC.

Hint: Horns are good luck guys - let's see some trombones next time.
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x Unread post xxjeffwith1f   - at 8:20 pm on Monday October 27 2008 x
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