York Redoubt

Last night, the herohill showcase went down at The Seahorse tavern here in Halifax, and of course we were on the scene. Like any night during the Halifax Pop Explosion, there is always competition for crowds, as at any time there are multiple excellent options, many within walking distance of each other. However, in my humble, the folks who stuck around for the entire evening were treated to a pretty excellent show. York Redoubt, The Got To Get Got, Valleys, and Bruce Peninsula all put in great sets.

Of course I had planned to have more photos, videos & the like, to put up with this post, but of course midway through York Redoubts’ set, my iPhone decided to crash, and I couldn’t figure out how to get it rebooted. Well that’s awesome, so we have one good photo, and a video below from YR that I took, and a Valleys one I found today. For our recap of the rest, you’ll just have to make do with my bulleted memories. Enjoy!

- The Seahorse was fairly empty upon arrival, but our fears of having our name attached to an empty showcase were quickly allayed as the room started filling during York Redoubt’s set (like this should bother us anyway, as we’ve slaved for years on this site, putting up posts on bands & songs we love that often get a reception that is the cyber-equivalent to an empty bar).

- We knew YR were some young fellas, but seeing them live made us realize they might not be able to drink legally. This makes one feel a tad old.

- Still not sure this actually happened, but it seems someone’s hair lit on fire next to us, it might have been TGTGG’s Eleanor King?

- YR’s set was very solid – they might be young, but they can all play, and their noise-leanings certainly didn’t feel forced or over the top.

- The crowd was small, yet appreciative, during YR’s set, but it had built up as they played and once they played their finale (a frenzied jam-out that ended with some guitar string ripping), the crowd was pretty hyped.

– Bryan said this earlier today, but TGTGG just killed it. It was our first time seeing them live, but it won’t be the last, that’s for sure.

- Fun fact: York Redoubt and TGTGG share guitarist Brad Lahead.

- Another fun fact, Bruce Peninsula drummer Leon Taheny came onstage to do a song with TGTGG, and there was indeed mention of donairs, as anyone who’d read our random question preview post with Mark Mullane would have expected.

- There’s a ton of musical experience in TGTGG, and that is exemplified by de-facto band leaders King and Mullane – they are just fun to watch.

- Huge turnout and really warm welcome for TGTGG – they played a new song that left the band and crowd pretty giddy about how good it sounded.

- Unfortunately, Valleys had some tech issues with the guitarists elaborate pedal board, so there was a delay that allowed some of the crowd to slip away.

- That was their loss though, as despite the bands rather morose visages, they put on a pretty hypnotizing set.

- Guitars were the talk of their set, as frontwoman Tillie Perks played a huge one, whilst the aforementioned lead played his with both a drumstick and something that was either a stappler or a laser pointer while sitting cross legged in a chair.

- Not sure how well Valleys are known in these parts just yet, but I think the won the crowd over for sure.

- I took a quick break from the Seahorse in hopes of catching a few minutes of D-Sisive up at the Coconut Grove. Unfortunately when I got there he had yet to go on, and was a DJ playing to an empty bar – there couldn’t have been more than like 10 people in there in total. Man, I hope it filled up later, otherwise Halifax owes D-Sisive an apology cause that’s a little lame.

- As expected, Bruce Peninsula were pretty great live. I’d never seen them live, but their mix of gospel-ish harmonies and indie sounds was a whole let of fun.

- I know they’re renowned for their size, but they were down to an 8 person touring crew that was still pretty impressive (4 ladies on the vocals, with dudes manning the drums, bass, and guitars).

- Not sure if she’s a regular member, but Tamara Lindeman of Entire Cities/The Weather Station played with BP.

- I’m not sure what her name is, but the young lady manning the mic to the left-most side of the stage was clearly feeling the vibes during BP’s set. If you were that, you know what I mean – she caught the spirit, and so kudos to her for having such a good time on stage.

Kudos to all the acts in fact, we enjoyed the show a great deal, hopefully everyone else did too. We’ll see you out and about over the next few days (well, we’ll see you, but you won’t see us, as apparently no one knows what we look like….muahahahaha, mysterious, just how we like it)

Video:: York Redoubt @ HPX 09

Video:: Valleys @ HPX 09