This past Friday was hot. With the fires from Alaska hazing
the horizon it seemed proper, that I would head down to the
Royal Canadian Legion local, and witness an awesome and powerful
flash of music energy to rival the very sun itself.
Triple J's Music Cafe was presenting "Just Can't Get Enough
Metal In Your Ear?" billed as “a mind-blowing metal
experience” with five acts each playing a unique edge
Metal: black (hot), silver (reflects hot), jumping and thrashing,
heads banging up and down (hot and double hot).
At the gig, stagehands were busying themselves with finishing
touches. Looking up to the stage I saw Marshall amplification,
a standard sonic tool, sitting astride a mighty drum kit. Someone
had pinned the stage skirting down with rows of fist size rocks,
giving the stage a Flintstones look. The ceiling fans were rotating:
a good sign
Fullers Earth began the evening’s events with a set of
originals. Their music is more rock than metal, with two singers;
dual guitarists and a solid bass end including a frantic drummer
to keep them all together. The lead guitarist that must have
grown up listening to Californian acid rock witnessed by the
noodling he was drawing up from his instrument. During their
set I saw the first air guitar of the evening, always a good
After a brief interval, Death In Venice launched into their
set. This band headed by guitarist wunderkind Johnny Rodgers
seemed to me a bit out of place in the line-up.
The music this band makes is rock to be certain, but is definitely
more progressive and thematically driven. Rock and punk as well
as blues and surf make up the backbone of the tunes but at any
moment they may pull a 90-degree turn into a waltz or offbeat
tempo. This is a band to watch for.
Friend Called Five play a hybrid flavour of punk that had an
appreciative audience flailing about throughout their set. These
guys thrash their guitars. With occasional ska breaks and amazing
stage manoeuvres, Friend Called Five brought the internal temperature
of the Legion up more than a few degrees.
Drifting is still looking for a drummer and bass player. The
programmed drum and bass lines with dual guitars and Jeremy
Jones prodigious pipes gives this band an industrial edge, for
better or worse. I think better.
As the headliners, Nemesis, mounted the stage and stripped off
their shirts, the crowd went wild. The entire audience crowded
around the front of the stage and began to dance.
Nemesis has been playing at The Capitol this summer. The almost
nightly gigs have given this band an extremely tight act, and
by god they are a loud fury of sound playing originals and extreme
covers. Look forward to a CD from these guys soon.
Overall the evening’s festivities went smoothly. The kids
were great; they kept their cool in the heat of the night, out
for a good time, to meet friends and dance.