Friday's your last chance to stock up on Shag Harbour's good vibes for awhile. The group comes to a temporary hiatus with a goodbye show and an upcoming tape at the end of the month.
After a year of synth-driven punk, the group takes a break as Cooper Lindsay moves to Montreal. But it's only so long, not goodbye. "We'll get together in the summer, I think," says Lindsay. "Just to have an excuse to hang with each other." Lindsay (synth), Emily Davidson (bass) and Cheryl Hann (drums) have been performing at all-ages and alternative venues for the past year. In fact, the lack of venues in the Halifax music scene provided some inspiration. "We have one song about a lack of community spaces in Halifax and how hard it can be to live here at times as a musician and as a middle to lower class person," says Lindsay. "It can feel like we're being pushed out. It's a bit of a struggle.
"All of our songs are mostly about feminist and queer themes," says Lindsay. "Both Emily and I started writing music together as we both came out and were empowered by our respective queer identities." It's a refreshing, needed perspective.
"I feel uncomfortable thinking about anyone being influenced by anything I've done, but I would love to see there be more female musicians in Halifax in general. I know there are a lot, but it's still a male-centric scene," says Lindsay. "I also like that there aren't any guitars in our band. I would love for people to be inspired to try making music without guitars.
"I don't want to suggest we're doing anything groundbreaking—just mixing it up a bit."
Shag Harbour w/Soft Spot, Tool Time, Wayne World, Blood Washed Band
Friday, February 20 at 7pm
Radstorm, 6050 Almon
all ages, $5/$3 before 7:30/18 or under free