The Muscadettes, Michael Rault, Dead Obies, Ponctuation @ M For Montreal Bruise Cruise 6/20/2015 #NXNE2015

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to attend the annual M for Montreal Bruise Cruise during NXNE (the funniest part is I would be bruised the next day but not from this show). While the turnout was smaller than years past, it was nice and intimate. There was enough room for people to roam around the boat and not stay in one spot in fear of not being able to see the show. Free icecream was also handed out to pass holders which was also a bonus.

In between sets CRi DJ’d some trippy dance tunes. The first band to go on was psychedelic rockers Ponctuation. There’s always been a rawness and fearless authenticism to French artists that I have always admired and it was no different with this band. Their sun-kissed tunes were perfect for the place they were playing.

Next I was blown away by party rappers Dead Obies. I hadn’t previously heard of them so I nearly died when they rapped aggressively in a mixture of both French and English. It’s hilarious but at the same time less light-hearted than Radio Radio, there’s attitude. I swear to god they were yelling “Taylor Swift” and “Ryan Gosling” as lyrics at the very end of their set.

Michael Rault followed (and it was hard to follow the Dead Obies) but impressed with his sludgey psych rock tunes. Our ride ended with the sun-kissed tunes of The Muscadettes which actually remind me a lot of NYC band Cults.

Though the artists weren’t as big as last year (which included Mac Demarco, PS I Love You, Calvin Love), I still head a great time and discovered a few artists I hadn’t previously seen, which is the whole point of going to a festival!