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jale in Kingston
- Subject: jale in Kingston
- From: Jeff Cassin <cassin\!/me.QueensU.ca>
- Date: Sun, 26 Feb 1995 02:03:34 -0500 (EST)
Decided to show up at 6:30, since the venue (The Toucan) has a listed
capacity of 79 persons and sold no advance tickets. Got to watch the
management kick out the under-agers.
Tension began to build when there were still no instruments to be seen on
stage at 8:00. Nor at 9:00. Nor at 10:00. The headliners finally showed
up at about 10:30. The opening act, Kingston locals Yellowbelly, took
the stage at 10:55. Discussion around my table included trying to put
our collective fingers on exactly what was wrong with this band.
Actually, I thought they were pretty good.
Around midnight, jale took the stage. By this point, the 79 capacity had
been surpassed by about 250. The pub was shoulder to shoulder people,
front to back.
The band opened with some new material and worked their way into some of
the old. Most of 'Dreamcake' was played, and the band finished their set
with Laura's 'Double Edged'. An enthusiastic crowd demanded an encore,
and jale responded with a new tune, 'Wait', and 'Not Happy'.
Alyson looked like she was having the time of her life, wearing this
perpetual grin. Apparently, she thought that it was hilarious that the
soundboard and sound tech were on the stage, right next to the drums!!
Two of my friends in attendance, bass players both, were just in awe of
Laura's fine instrument. The band also mentioned that it is quite a
wierd feeling playing in front of 2300 one night, and '79' the next.
I did request 'The Honeymoon Song' of Eve during her sound check, and she
immediately blushed and tried to decline. She said it would take about
20 beers to get her to sing it, so Haligonians take note. Afterwards,
she apologized to me for not playing it, but I think she was more
relieved than sorry. (Note to Joyce L.: I think she rues the day she
played it for you :)
The band immediately left to return to Toronto, where they will be
recording their new material and practising. Jennifer seemed really
excited about their new stuff. They plan on releasing a 5 song EP on
murder this April!! Their next Sub Pop release is fairly distant, however.
Anyway, I thought the show was excellent, and I am really looking forward
to that EP!!