Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Live:: Bloodsport, Hospital Grade, Just Barelys & Memories Attack

As the Ack mentioned the other day, we hit the Seahorse Friday night for an evening of musical entertainment provided by Bloodsport, Hospital Grade, The Just Barelys, and The Memories Attack. These are all bands we (or I, I'll speak for the Ack here as he's in Vancouver for the week and likely too busy to even read this) were kind of only "myspace familiar" with (except for Hospital Grade, who I reviewed last week), and so we weren't sure what kind of show we'd get. What we got was one of the better shows we've attended since the Ack made his return to Halifax. All four bands delivered, and this time, if you happened to be within earshot of us, you wouldn't have overheard two old grumpy dudes complaining about how late it was and will the next band hurry up and play already.

I'm not going to go into great detail here, but perhaps a brief word about each band. Although the Ack and I are familiar with frontman Matt Charlton's work in various other areas, this was the first we'd heard from his band Bloodsport. They were a pleasant surprise, opening the evening with some catchy rock songs that grabbed our attention. The band also featured the antics of Petra's favorite CBC correspondent Tara Thorne on bass. Saint John's Hospital Grade were up next, and they kept the quality coming while kicking things up a notch. The songs from Secrets & Sawdust sounded very solid, and I thought the guitar work from frontman Jason Ogden and the fellas was especially good. These guys are vets, and I figured they're probably be pretty tight live, I'd say I was right.

I've heard The Just Barelys name plenty over the last couple years, but hadn't heard much from them. I had an impression that they were kind of light and poppy, which they may be on record, but they were pretty darn fantastic live. Looking forward to hearing more from them. The Memories Attack made it back to back 2-pieces to close the show, and they were also quite impressive. They were nice and loud, and are another band we'll be putting on the hill's watch list.

Great evening all in all, here's some pics and songs from the proceedings. I'm working on ID-ing the songs from the Just Barelys and the Memories Attack, but for now they are guesses.



Bloodsport

Hospital Grade

Hospital Grade

The Just Barelys

The Just Barelys

The Memories Attack

The Memories Attack

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