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HoM review in the COAST on-line
hi i thought some of you would like this i got it from the COAST on-line
page. it's mainly for the people who can't get the coast so enJOY.....byes
The HOMusic Experience
So many bands (36), venues (5) and hurricanes (one's
enough)-so little time (3 days)
by Stephanie Domet & Steve O'Grady
Did the Halifax on Music festival, with its new team of organizers,
successfully erase any
unpleasant memories of the Halifax Pop Explosion while building on the
strengths of that
three-year-old festival? The short answer is an unqualified yes. The long
answer involves a series
of short answers...
Friday September 13 (yikes!)
Café Olé, 20h30. Hip teens huddle together, smoking in the rain.
Inside, it's hot, humid
and sticky. When the Super Friendz hits the stage, the kids go wild.
The band is also
concerned and stops occasionally to ask if everyone's okay. And they
are. The kids are
Reflections Cabaret, 22h00. The house music is pounding, the disco
lights are flashing
above an empty dance floor, then it's time for Broken Girl-Julie
of Eric's Trip. Turning that venue into a hushed sanctuary for
nearly an hour with just a
guitar and a voice just above a whisper was no mean feat.
Next up is Duotang, a two-man band from Winnipeg. Bass, drums and
skinny ties. Lots
of photographers and video crews here to see these guys. Then jale
give it a go but are
unfortunate victims of poor sound. Apparently Duotang's two mics are
easier to deal with
than jale's four.
Birdland Cabaret, 0h30. Thrush Hermit power through a tight set
that's just a hair shy of
being completely over the top. In other words, they rocked. After
that, Mark Robinson's
Olympic Death Squad solo act didn't stand a chance. (Tentative name
for his next project:
Saturday, September 14 (Hurricane day)
Wormwood's Cinema, mid-afternoon. Tired of cruising the indie
market? Then check out
Lonnie James, the Super Friendz drummer extraordinaire gone solo.
Wearing a white
cowboy shirt and strumming and singing, his set is like the only
decent am radio station on
a long road trip: You don't know any of the songs, but they're
familiar and you're glad to
Café Olé, 18h00. Taking it one act at a time. First comes
Absolutely Nothing, featuring
the Gillis sisters from Plumtree, then the charismatic and tuneful
Trike. Then the truly
nutso The Chitz. How to have missed the ear plugs featured right up
there on the menu
with pop and chips?
Birdland Cabaret, 22h30, the hurricane is now in full force, but
the Scud Mountain Boys
are playing, so it's all right. The night only gets better-the
awesome Pushkings, then
Change of Heart's angry rock-and more sweaty. Birdland will be
absolutely bursting at the
seams for Sloan but first...
Reflections Cabaret, midnight. A quick dash back for a
disappointing set from
much-hyped duo Giant Sand...
Which is more than made up for by Sloan. They don't play
"Underwhelmed," and no one
cares. They do cover the Smiths' "What Difference Does It Make," and
it goes over well.
Outside again, Hurricane Hortense has been and gone, leaving tree
debris and huge
puddles in her wake.
Sunday, September 15 (last chance to dance)
Wormwood's Cinema, mid-afternoon. Today it's a Comic Jam with
by the uncomfortable local favourite Al Tuck. A good way to start
The Sanctuary, 18h30. Toronto's Danko Jones, Plumtree, Montréal's
Seattle's Mavis Piggott, Moncton's Elevator to Hell and Calgary's
Halifax's newest all-ages club and put the finishing touches on a
nearly perfect weekend.
This year won't be forgotten as easily as the first three.
© 1996 The Coast
ryan mathew fields
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