Saturday, 28 February 2015

Thisquietarmy - La Passe - February 28th 2015












Band : Thisquietarmy
Venue : La Passe
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : February 28th 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a


Comments : Eric is going to play a couple of shows in Asia where he can not bring a whole suitcase of pedals with him, so tonight was a kind of warmup set with a minimalist set up (a couple of pedals and a laptop). I found the result more ambiant than usual, but still very enjoyable despite the late hour. Towards the end of the set a girl started to do some impromptu interpretative dance on the music and it was quite embarassing to watch.

Drub - La Passe - February 28th 2015












Band : Drub
Venue : La Passe
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : February 28th 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a


Comments : Tonight was definitely my least favourite Drub show. The venue is definitely so much nicer than Brasserie Beaubien, but there was no real complementarity between Dave's electronics and Max's bass. Not a bad show at all but something seemed to be missing.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Swans - Le National - February 19th 2015












Band : Swans
Venue : Le National
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : February 19th 2015
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
Frankie M
A Little God In My Hands
The Cloud Of Unknowing
Just A Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)
I Forget
Bring the Sun / Black Hole Man


Comments : It was absolutely great to have the Swans back in Montreal 8 months after their last show here and the venue was more packed than the last time. The set was actually quite different and seemed even more intense. Swans remain one of my favourite bands to see live and tonight's concert was an amazing experience as usual.

Xylouris White - Le National - February 19th 2015












Band : Xylouris White
Venue : Le National
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : February 19th 2015
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a


Comments : Goats was one of my top 5 albums of 2014 and I wanted to see Xylouris White for quite a while, so having them opening for Swans on this tour was like the cherry on the cake. A really great show as expected. I stood right in front of Jim White and spent most of their 40 minutes set staring at his magic arms moving like tentacles. I hope to see them again soon !

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Thisquietarmy - Casa Del Popolo - February 11th 2015












Band : Thisquietarmy
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : February 11th 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a


Comments : I don't think I had seen Eric performing with a drummer before tonight, so I was quite looking forward to this improvised set. Max Cayer (from Nous Étions and Drub) added a nice balance to Eric's guitar. Eric was also plugged into one of the big amps from one of the other bands performing tonight. The sound of the amp did not really work well with Eric's sonorities and the sound coming out of the PA was much better. It was also one of the very few thisquietarmy concerts I have seen with no video projections. Tonight was probably not the best TQA show I have seen but quite an interesting and unique experience.