C'mon play, in their own words, "real rock music—you know: dirty, loud, fast. All the stuff your parents warned you about—and it touches you in places that indie rock just can't because it's too busy trying to decide if it's cool or not." If you feel like getting touched in places that get neglected, Gus' Pub on October 13 is the place to be. With the help of The Motorleague and Cuban Assassins, C'mon (comprised of Katie Lynn Campbell, Dean Dallas Bentley and Ian Blurton) will attempt to match the intensity of their ideal concert experience, which they cite would be "opening for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The MC5 and Miles Davis at The Fillmore West around '69. The rider would include champagne, Owsley acid, a nice wedding cake and Sly Stone hanging out in our dressing room. It would also include all of the Cuban Assassins and the Motorleague except for Don." Damn, Don, ya burnt.
On October 14, also at Gus', you have a rare chance to catch something wonderful in its early stages. The Luyas, featuring Jessie Stein (ex-SS Cardiacs, Miracle Fortress), Stefan Schneider (Bell Orchestre), Pietro Amato (Torngat, Bell Orchestre, ex-Arcade Fire) have an impressive pedigree, and an impressive knack for instrumentation. "The Luyas is a three piece with varied instrumentation including treated french horn, guitar, drums, pianet, bells and voice," Stein explains. "The songs are structured traditionally but arranged untraditionally. The songs are washes of weird sadness and attempted understanding, and denial." Stein also recently started Pome Records, set to nationally distribute their recordings in January, but for now, she's starting slowly and building momentum. "I have a lot of respect for the ideology of the punk rock approach where you work hard using community as infrastructure to promote music and ideas," Stein says. "Halifax's Divorce Records is a good example of some honest dudes making records and getting them to the people who care." The Luyas play with Museum Pieces and The Just Barelys.
Pop gets rolling
This week marks the beginning of the Halifax Pop Explosion, October 16 to 20, and an action-packed five days. There's still time to get advance tickets for some shows at the HPX box office, located in the Belleisle Room 2 at the Lord Nelson Hotel (online at ticketpro.ca, phone at 1-866-311-9090.)
The Tuesday and Wednesday Tegan and Sara shows at Saint Matthew's Church are sold out, but cross your fingers and hope for scalpers. Should that not work out, The Besnard Lakes, Laura Peek and The Winning Hearts and i see rowboats at the Marquee on Wednesday will satisfy a desire for melodic songs. Pop fans should attend the Pigeon Row showcase at the Attic on Tuesday, featuring The Bicycles, Blue Heeler (with Julie Doiron), The Superfantastics and Husband and Knife. The Divorce showcase at the Seahorse with AIDS Wolf, Old Time Relijun, Be Bad, Torso and Vennt (also the release for their new CD, which I predict will blow people's minds) features a well-mixed evening of loud, crazy music. The Halflife Records showcase at the Seahorse has the usual Lifted Wednesday with DJ IV, amped up with special guests Jordan Croucher, J-Bru, Chad Hatcher and Mic Boyd. For more info, check out the HPX guide.
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