By: Sun N.
Photo credit: bbc.co.uk
Oasis has been quite the topic of interest within the past couple of days, given that their single “Don’t Look Back Anger” became an anthem for the victims of last week’s appalling attack at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert. There have been several cases of crowds singing the song. For instance, a group of mourning individuals began to sing after dedicating a minute of silence for the lives that have been lost. As well, Liam Fray of the Courteeners managed to get all 50,000 of his concert attendees to sing the song with him since that was the first gig in Manchester proceeding the attack. Moreover, Liam Gallagher decided to embark on a four-date UK tour starting with a benefit concert in Manchester, where the proceeds would also go directly to the families of the victims.
photo credit: @liamgallagher on Twitter
Gallagher also released the first single off his solo album As you Were, entitled “Wall of Glass” on Wednesday. Judging by the footage from Tuesday’s gig, it is quite evident that he’s still got it. He even held onto his signature stance from both Oasis and Beady Eye. The song delivered the rock and roll vibe from Gallagher’s previous projects as well, which has many fans excited for the release of his first solo album. When asked about the single in an interview for BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday, he stated that the song was just a rock and roll song with a bit of a gloss to it. He also indicates that it is rather groovy when compared to his old Oasis songs.
By: Sun N.
Mac DeMarco’s fifth LP, This Old Dog, was undoubtedly of the most anticipated albums in indie rock this year. Not only did the multi instrumentalist decide to tour the album immediately, but also decided to go on an extensive tour around both Europe and North America, which kicked off in May up and will go on until the fall. Several bands including The Garden and Tonstartssbandht will join DeMarco on tour until his joint tour with the Flaming Lips across America this fall before going back to Europe once again. It seems like quite the busy schedule for someone who’s a “Slacker” although DeMarco is known for touring extensively even without releasing anything within that time period.
Mac DeMarco performing “This Old Dog”
On Wednesday May 11th, DeMarco finally returned to Montreal to play two sold out, back-to-back shows at the Metropolis. It was the first time in nearly three times that he played a show here, hence why there was another date added. I got to meet DeMarco before soundcheck and ask him a few questions regarding the process of working on the album. He states that he began working on this body of work later last year and finished it around Christmas time, which seems rather quick for quite a raw album. It appears that the album deals with a lot more of his personal problems, allowing for many of his auditors to relate. He also opted out from pitching his voice which was a pleasant change, given that his soft voice and the use of synthesizers in more of the songs compliment each other well. In fact, “Moonlight on the River” which is my favourite track culminates with a long psychedelic outro that sounds so heavenly live. Songs from Rock and Roll Nightclub were also removed from his set lists for that same reason.
By: Sun N.
Catfish and the Bottlemen finally returned to Montreal to play the second show of their North American Spring tour on Wednesday Night. It has been nearly two years since the band’s debut here at Osheaga. Given that I often find myself travelling for their gigs, it felt quite refreshing to have them play a show in my hometown, since I’ve been waiting for ages for this to happen.
The band performing “Tyrants.”
The first time I saw Catfish was in a tiny bar with a capacity that only held 100 people somewhere in Toronto alongside a few of my friends. Overtime I witnessed them play some of the biggest festivals including Glastonbury back in 2015 and Austin City Limits within the same year. Seeing them evolve over the years has truly been blissful, as the band has been relentlessly touring since the beginning of their careers. It’s nice to finally see a hard-working band get the recognition they deserve, especially among such a wide audience.
By: Sun N.
What better way to start off the long weekend than to witness PJ Harvey rock the night away in Montreal for the first time in decades?
On Friday April 14th, PJ Harvey finally made a return to Montreal after a long and much-anticipated visit. Harvey has not performed here since the Spring of 1995, nearly twenty-two years ago! The English singer played two sold out, back-to-back shows on the North American leg of her tour, promoting her ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project which was released last April. Fans were treated with the ultimate experience, given that there was no opener, allowing for a generous set to be played.
PJ Harvey performing “The Ministry of Defence”