by Tiana Feng
Night 3 of Wavelength 14 took place in a less traditional venue, the Polish Combattants Hall on Beverley Street. The banquet hall was a larger space them some of the venues but it was required because later in the night we were graced with the presence of Colin Stetson.
Old-school boom-box radios were spread out on the floor and a table was full of miscellaneous when we walked in the hall in preparation for Montreal’s Gambletron. That’s when I remembered the night was also presented by Weird Canada, the best destination for stranger music from the North. Gambletron was a little too out there for me but I can only imagine what people there to see Colin Stetson thought of the openers.
Stoner rockers Biblical performed an energetic set of guitar-heavy rock. I thought some of the songs stretched farther than they should have. I swear to god the last song went on for like 10 minutes.
US Girls performed a short set of cover songs with the “theme of love”. Every time I’ve seen Meghan Remy she’s involved other musicians in the set and this time it included Biblical’s drummer, Simone from Ell v Gore and Tim of Slim Twig (whom Remy has collaborated with previously). It was the day after Valentine’s Day but U.S. girls teased you enough enough to fall in love and then leave you too soon yearning for more.
I have never seen Colin Stetson live before and I didn’t realize it until Saturday night that all the sounds on his records were produced by the saxophone. There’s no backing track of beats, but just Stetson tapping the low notes on a Bari sax in rhythm. There is no female singer accompanying him, just Stetson singing in to his sax. To see this unfold live was simultaneously the strangest, fascinating and most wonderful thing I have seen in a long time. I can’t even explain how I felt during this performance except with the following punctuation face: “o_O”.