Saturday, April 03, 2010

Good Friday

It was a lovely day to go out, and an equally nice night. Plenty of folks were walking the streets in their club wear, and a few of them, like myself made their way to Zaphod's for a night of vaguely shoe-gazing music on a bill put together by i(heart)music. The headliners were The Darcys, up from Toronto, with a couple of local bands opening up.

First, Those Gulls, who had something of a loud-quiet dynamic going on for the few songs I caught, supplemented with violin, along with a bit of a post-punk feel.

Those Gulls at Zaphod Beeblebrox
Those Gulls at Zaphod Beeblebrox, April 2, 2010

It seems like a dog's age since I last saw The City Above. I saw them on bills with Fucked Corpse and Daiquiri (they were definitely the odd man out on that one) and Acres (a better fit) at the begiining and end of 2007. They were once again without a bassist, and once again reminded me a lot of Failure. Something about Ross Henwood's deadpan phrasing is a ringer for Failure's Ken Andrews.

The City Above at Zaphod Beeblebrox
The City Above at Zaphod Beeblebrox, April 2, 2010

The Darcys like their shoegaze to buzz along under yearning vocals (they've garnered a Thom Yorke comparison, which I can sort of hear) and have a very energetic stage presence.

The Darcys at Zaphod Beeblebrox
The Darcys at Zaphod Beeblebrox, April 2, 2010

It was a fine and fuzzy evening.

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