One of the few big shows of the festival was Yo La Tengo playing the Flames Central. As a true enthusiast of Canadian music, I only stuck around for the openers. (also, I was too exhausted to stick around for the headliner)
Things don’t always have to make sense for it to be fun, right? In that case, Quaker Parents were a blast. Mark Grundy, the human from Halifax behind the moniker, had no inhibitions to hide his quirkiness. And his demeanour complemented the oddness of the music. Abrupt time changes, weird lyrics and a saxophone all added up to this hodgepodge that was downright entertaining. A nearby concertgoer summed it best, ‘’whatever IT was, it was fun!’.
It’s unfortunate when guitars drown out voices. The Calgarian group Lab Coast succumbed to that misfortune. Instead of dreamy bedroom pop numbers such as ‘As Usual’ from Walking on Ayr, all the crowd heard was a whole lot of strumming and David Laing’s mumbling vocals. That’s frustrating for fans like me who loved their last release, and expected their refreshing tunes to come to life. Instead, it resulted in being a set of mediocore songs that became background music to chatters from the crowd. Oh, they deserved better!