The Vacant Lots, Bison and le vaisseau d’or at Foam Brewers March 23, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Foam Brewers. I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled. Montreal band le vaisseau d’or.began the night with tuning that tuned into warm flowing music. The pace settled into an instrumental that reminded me of Roger Waters. They followed with a country rock based dreamy pop song about blessings that felt a bit like Blue Rodeo. While the whole show had hints of other bands, their sound was their own. They sang a song about being In My Life and a plodding drone about wanting you to love. A song about whatever had sweet backing vocals and a song about something gospel had a hint of The Church. They stayed with the early Church sound for a song about monkeys and closed with a song asking why does it have to be so. The show was slow and gentle yet had a nice drive. They were wonderful.

 

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le vaisseau d’or pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Bison took the stage and rocked hard. The music had a surging pulse and a punk sound. The packed room danced hard with great joy. They sang about how you have everything and about watching what you say. They played a song that started slow and picked up with a sledgehammer bass and had a lot of oooos. They played a song with a ska feel and one with a heavy riff about a lost cause. A song about dirty bars had everyone dancing a little harder. They ended the set with a song with a moody intro that reminded me of Signals era Rush and may have been about not wanting to know unless you tell me. I had been curious about Bison for a while and was so happy to finally check them out. Id go see them again in a heartbeat.

 

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Bison pic by Tim Lewis

It had been ages since I’d seen THE VACANT LOTS and I was super-psyched for the show. Three things jumped at me immediately, Jared Artaud was playing a different guitar than usual, Brian was playing a real drum kit instead of the electronic ones (though he had a keys and samples set up too) and there was no video background. They settled in by waiting for departure then became Never Satisfied. They sang a heavy drone rocker about a place of anger and a place of peace. Brian had a cool keys opener for Mad Mary Jones and the band rocked it hard. They eased up a little on Paint This Town and played a gorgeous version of the song. Jared put down the guitar and picked up a knife and stood menacingly at the front of the stage and sang about all that’s left. They went back to the heavy rock and surged for a couple of songs. They closed the night with another heavy rocker. As it devolved into the ending Jared picked up the knife and began hitting the strings and bridge. The music shreded furiously as the guitar was cut to pieces. The sound coalesced into a wailing moan before being shut down. The Lots always put on a great show but seldom with such fury. I can’t wait to see them again.

I did not stay long then slipped out the door and took the long uphill walk home.

 

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

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Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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