Friday, October 23, 2009

Death and girls

My music-watching got off to an early start yesterday: You Say Party! We Say Die! dropped into Sounds Unlikely for an in-store performance - their first ever, they said - and played an acoustic set (not even a microphone). They were en route to Joliette, Quebec, and have a bunch of Eastern, Quebec and Ontario dates before they swing through Ottawa for a show at Babylon with "real instruments" on November 14. "It's much easier being loud," bassist Derek Adams observed.

You Say Party! We Say Die! at Sounds Unlikely
You Say Party! We Say Die! at Sounds Unlikely, October 22, 2009

Then I snuck off home through the rain and bided my time for the evening watching Thai martial arts films and South Korean crime dramas before setting off for Zaphod Beeblebrox. Sadie Hell started things off (no sign of the John Punch Band). Ben brought some knitted stuff to serve as a backdrop, and a lamp. He didn't bring any bandmates - they're either in Halifax or ensconced in other projects.

Sadie Hell at Zaphod Beeblebrox
Sadie Hell at Zaphod Beeblebrox, October 22, 2009

Modernboys and Moderngirls don't seem to be having much luck attracting an Ottawa audience ... they'll do a lot better when they share a stage with The Balconies in November (at Irene's, if I remember things correctly) I imagine. Despite the small crowd things ended up very lively off stage with people dancing around by the last handful of tunes.

Modernboys Moderngirls at Zaphod Beeblebrox
Modernboys Moderngirls at Zaphod Beeblebrox, October 22, 2009

In short, it was a fine day, provided you don't think about the weather.

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