Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Two plus four

Last night's weather must have kept a lot of people indoors; the turnout to last night's free showcase at Zaphod's was pretty skimpy - a real friends and family affair (but without the family). It was a mixed bag, style wise - two folky solo acts and one rocking quartet.

Denis Michel Hache broke the ice. I kept wondering if he was the same guy Andrew Vincent wrote a tune about, but as Davey Quesnelle later pointed out, that's a Gary, not a Denis. He comes from New Brunswick and played a solid set of acoustic folk.

Denis Michel Hache at Zaphod Beeblebrox

Davey played some songs from his new tape as well as stuff from his older albums. For one guy with a guitar he can make a fair amount of noise. He makes me think of a one-man lo-fi Anthony and The Johnsons, for some reason.

Male Nurse at Zaphod Beeblebrox

The Retreat finished things off with some fairly bombastic rock music. They say they like 60s outfits like Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Guess Who and grunge bands like Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots, and I can definitely hear all of that.

The Retreat at Zaphod Beeblebrox

Not a bad time at all.

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