Gig/Concert: The Famines with Fox Opera and Seizure Salad
Venue: Broken City, Calgary
Date: 27 May, 2009
Headliners: The Famines
In one word: Throbbing
For ‘Part Deux’ of my splash dive into Calgary’s music scene, I found myself at Broken City, a venue which is right at the jugular of all things happening here. The place has a pulse. Tonight it was a throbbing one supplied by a trio of bands who on delivered some sweaty, frequently incoherent, and downright dirty rock music.
Now, first things first. On the bill for this show, were a particular band that I either must have missed at the start of the night, or otherwise they were just AWOL. So, ahem, either way: I missed Puberty.
Kicking things off then were the fantastically named Seizure Salad. A couple of local dudes, who introduced their set with a bunch of excuses about having had no practice and some broken gear. Excuses were not needed, and chances are you probably wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference anyway, whether the band had practiced or not.
Seizure Salad thrashed their way through a set that put smiles on faces. They were a lot of fun to watch. The highlight of their set was when they tenderized proceedings with a song about how much they love their mom/mum. It was shit. It was awesome. It was awesome shit.
“At certain moments Fox Opera eclipsed in far-out trippy moments of musical mystery and hazy wonderment.“
The good times kept rolling, or rather swerving into oncoming traffic, with boy-boy-girl group Fox Opera. There is quite a variety of flavours to Fox Opera’s uncouth rock sound. The vocal legwork is shared between the trio; guitarist Caitlin Copeland, who was almost faceless, obscured by her hair, bearded bassist Keith Rodger who added his part to the eclectic mix-up, with the very capable drummer Noah Rabinovitch in the driving stool of it all. At certain moments Fox Opera eclipsed in far-out trippy moments of musical mystery and hazy wonderment. Pretty cool.
And then came the Famines, a two-piece band from Edmonton. Together Raymond E. Biesinger (guitar/vox) and Garrett Heath Kruger (drums) generate some of the best noise you could hope for from two bodies. I was totally into it, as I’m sure most others were too. The Famines write the Dummies book “How To Make DIY Punk Rock With Just Two People.”
Kruger and Biesinger moved around the small floor area, falling to the ground or into the audience, but not in a violent way, just a ‘getting lost in the performance’ kind of deal. At one point he knocked over his microphone and stand, and I had the honour of being the nearest helping hand to pick up the pieces and plug the mic back in.
The set past by all too soon, and in a blur. I’ve no idea about what songs were played as I was hearing all this music for the first time, but from their MySpace I recognized “Gimme Some Numbers” at least. The Famines are definitely a band worth checking out. Great gig.
© Brian Banks