The Crowd Control Sound and Art Fair rocked the afternoon at the North Street Church yesterday with a quick last-minute set from Tyvek, who were just as much fun playing for 15 minutes during the afternoon as they were Saturday night.
A strong roster of local acts filled the church Sunday night. Bloodhouse I hadn't seen before and keep getting confused with Bloodsport and that horror music cover band that played at Halloween a couple years ago, but nomenclature aside, they had some great loud songs and hopefully I'll catch them again soon.
Husband and Knife, KC Spidle of Dog Day's solo project, became a duo project last fall when he teamed up with Evan Cardwell, and I love hearing them play together. They released a new tape last month, which might be the perfect thing to get you through the last of the rainy spring weather.
Dog Day's set was a highlight for me since I'd missed their album release show. I really like the sound of their new record with John Agnello's mixing, bassist Nancy Urich's vocals taking a more prominent role,
and a more sort of new wave-y sound. Their song "Rome" (check it out on their Myspace) is a fantastic song with Joy Division-like basslines. Guitarist Seth Smith's illustration for the new album is pretty sharp, and he also screened his video for their single "Happiness" at Saturday's video screening, as well as converting the album cover into transparencies that were projected behind the band on stage at the church. They had an assistant playing with some photos and goo and coloured transparencies on the projector, creating a light show that was really beautiful with the music and in the venue.
Minivan Halen doesn't play bar shows, only casino shows
The afterparty at Gus', initially scheduled as a DJ night, ended up being another show with Newfoundland's Rumours, locals Minivan Halen, and a second appearance from Toronto's Metz. There were a lot of exhausted faces in the crowd, not excepting my own, and I stayed around just for long enough to see Minivan Halen play a set in Gus's VLT room. I can't say I recommend the VLT room as the best place for watching bands, but it was interesting as a one-time venue.
It's been great to see so many people coming out for so many different events this weekend, and everyone involved with organizing the festival deserves a huge congratulations for putting it on (and pulling it off so well). Not to deride the Pop Explosion, but I had more fun this weekend, and I think a growing contingent of music fans are looking forward to this festival more. Grand Trine's Tobias Rochman told me when I interviewed him last weekend that the same sort of art and experimental music festivals are emerging all over the place and maybe everyone everywhere just has the right idea at this point in time; Halifax certainly does. To quote Tiina Johns' (of The Stolen Minks) mom, as Tiina did during their show, on 'obey': "Good advice- but not always!"
Anyway, I'll be putting this blog back in Stephanie Johns' capable hands and disappearing from the public eye. Rock on.