Friday, April 11, 2008

Hey New Brunswick... good looking out

Did you think you had all the New Brunswick you could handle this week on herohill? Well, wrong again chump. We have one last killer post to help cement your week.

First and foremost? Sappy Fest.

And to finally….
Taking over the converted church ( St. James Hall), Julie Doiron treated fans to a super intimate show, and along for the ride were their touring buddies, Halifax's own two-piece, The Superfantastics. Sadly, I missed the opening act - Vancouver's The Wintermitts - but Nic and I settled in to a nice seat in time to see Matt and Stephanie setting up.

Like usual, the Superfantastics brand of two-minute pop hooks was well received, and they filled the gaps with some great crowd banter (including Matt's SNL jump through the curtain). They dub themselves the Alex P Keaton of indie rock, but their songs are getting heavier - bigger drum fills, crunchier riffs - with each release. I think my favorites were Vantastic and Back to the Future Part III, but almost every song they write sounds good in a live setting. If I had to pick fault, I wish they would have a few songs that pushed up over 3 or 4 minutes so it wasn't so start and stop, but hey, that's just one fan's opinion.

Julie Doiron took the stage and instantly her awkward, humorous stage presence controlled the crowd. She told stories, talked about her songs, the Mighty Boosh and treated us to a great set. The songs sounded fresh and new - like the jazzier take on Me and My Friend - and she played some of her french songs (by request) and a two new ones that make me think the new record is going to be another special one.

Then, like David Silver, they switched it up and Dick took the lead as they revealed their secret identity - Calm Down It's Monday (aka Blue Heeler). I've been listening to Sweetest May for a while on myspace, so it was great to hear it live. All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better birthday show.

Posted at 11:38 AM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 12:32 PM, Blogger naedoo did sayeth:

It appears the hill is (kind of) big news in NB:

Considering the welcome New Brunswick gave us, you've got some pretty big shoes to fill Alberta.


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