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On Tue, 30 Sep 1997, Victor Canales wrote:
> Is anyone gonna share their thoughts on HOM?
i think i've mellowed out with age. i enjoyed the more mellow acts for
the most part, and found myself catching specific shows instead of
sticking out whole evenings.
i'd say for me, the highlight of the festival was a tie between ron
sexsmith (who i had the privelidge to see solo last summer as well) and
julie doiron's performance.
ron just exhudes such incredible songwriting skills...and just how the
hell does he make that acoustic guitar wail like an electric for those
julie was amazing...the wooden stars were the perfect touch for her
music. the harmonies by all three vocalists was sheer magic! julie's come
a long way...
other highlights included a quick pop set by moonsocket, an elevator to
hell set with a few unreleased songs performed (and finally some of those
astronavigation tapes surfaced in tara's merch casse ;), thrush hermit's
pure rock performance (again, a few new killer tunes), plumtree's high
energy performance (including the impromptu cover of "i love rock and
roll" which they obviously hadn't done in awhile), pansy division who
cast a spell over the guys at the front of the stage (and still didn't
play the request they kept yelling for because they didn't remember the
song), cool blue halo who are set to do some more recording soon (their
new stuff is almost perfect power pop), richard davies who looked
obviously nervous but did a fine job, the wooden stars (whose set i missed
most of but caught about 3 songs...wow!), and the vees who made their
performance debut (more or less) under the new moniker. they have it
goin' on! mike b's vocals add a great dimension that was totally missing
the grifters and yo la tengo get honorable mentions. i knew nothing by
either band but enjoyed the shows. especially yo la's cover of "ant music"!
big disappointment for me was sloan. some of the new stuff sounds good,
some i didn't get into. they sounded *very* unrehearsed.
still trying to catch up on sleep and failing tests at school,
- From: Victor Canales <ah109\!/chebucto.ns.ca>