Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Festival Season: The Kids are Alright - NXNE Wrap-Up

I can't even begin to count how many live shows i've seen in the past 10 days. Between the annual national campus events conference in Ottawa, COCA, and NXNE, my ear drums have taken a total shizz kickin', alongside my liver.

Now that I have a chance for both organs to rest periodically, I figured I would share with you the one key learning from my adventures: the future of the Canadian indie music scene is a bright one.

Evidence 1 - Obviously I could go on for weeks on how fantastic Aurora teens Ruby Coast are, but anyone who has crossed my path or read this blog in the past two months is already familiar. So instead, I will say only this - four RC shows in seven days, and I still cannot get these wonderfully crafted pop songs out of my head. Two in Ottawa (including a rad set in a living room), one in Montreal, and finally their NXNE showcase at the Drake, and every single one keeps getting better. Their next one is June 22nd at Sneaky Dee's as part of Wavelength, and you absolutely know who'll be front row.

Evidence 2 - Admittedly, I'm totally late on the praise for Toronto quirky indie pop quartet Spiral Beach, who hit the scene in 2005 with their debut EP which garnered a significant amount of attention. I'd never seen them until their NXNE showcase at the Horseshoe on Saturday night, I think it partly due to the fact that, at age 25, I thought I was somehow too old to really enjoy their youthful antics and bubblegum approach to surf rock. But after their incredible performance Saturday, I've trashed all preconceived notions of these young men and women, and decided to focus strictly on the fact that they create unorthodoxically catchy rhythms projected through endlessly infectious stage antics. And, with each member of the band listing influences such as Gogol Bordello, Syd Barrett, Frank Zappa, I'm confident that they're going to be interesting to watch for years to come.

Oh, and the Death Set fucking ruled. Again. But they're not really kids (though Johnny Sierra is pretty small and nimble), so they don't fit the theme.

the Death Set - Had a Bird

- bbbykmbrly.

1 comment:

historyjen said...

Cool, yeah Ruby Coast = awesome. Spiral Beach = must see live! (Friday at WhipperSnapper.) The Death Set = ok, never heard of them

See my NXNE wrap ups (as much as I've done so far) here:
Friday aft---http://historyjen.blogspot.com/2008/06/nxneing-friday-afternoon.html
Friday eve---http://historyjen.blogspot.com/2008/06/nxneing-friday-night.html