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Concordia Orientation 2005 Concert, Day 0

  • 18th Sep, 2005 at 7:13 PM

Through elliptic_curve, I discovered that Concordia was holding a free concert on Wednesday. What she didn't mention was that it was actually two concerts. This was part of the Concordia Orientation for their new first year students, but since it was held in the street, anyone could walk in.

The first day, I showed up at about 17:00. The students milling about were packing up gas grills and condiments, so it looked like I arrived at the end of some barbecque extraveganza. They were still selling bad beer, and would continue throughout the night.

I walked up to the stage and noticed how phenominally loud it was. I also noticed that the bass was equalized properly by the sound technicians at this concert, and didn't drown out the treble. Unfortunately, it was very loud, so I spent a big part of the concert going deaf.

The Mission District
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Starving Hungry
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The first band to show up was The Mission District, which had a surprising number of fans. Although the crowd was thin, it was packed full of well-dressed indie-kids, who were obviously rooting for a local indie-rock band. They cheered really hard for the opening band. I noted that they had a good drummer, with pretty standard rock lyrics, and used quite a bit of feedback. Someone noticed me taking photographs of them, and shoved a pamphlet in my hand for their next show. Maybe I will go see that.

Starving Hungry played next; they're also a rock band, but with a heavy Rolling Stones influence. The lead singer is a pretty good showman: he dressed up well and danced across the stage whlie playing his guitar.

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Les Breastfeeders
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Caféine is a francophone punk rock band, I think. They did a lot of love songs, I think, which involved a lot of screaming about lost love.

Les Breastfeeders was the first band I saw who had a female member. But she was not the one of note. On stage, there was a feral French Canadian man wearing tight pants and a fur cloak. He struck a tambourine at appropriate times, I think, but he would annoy his fellow bandmates by jumping in front of them, jumping behind them, and jumping on them. He would run out front and throw his tambourine into the air at the end of each song. The bassist eventually got sick of this, caught the flying tambourine and kicked it off the stage. Undetered, Mr. Tambourine Man leaped off the stage, grabbed his instrument, and crawled out underneath it with his previous in hand. After the last song, he overdramatically destroyed the tambourine and threw the pieces into the crowd.

I can't tell if he was awesome or absolutely frightening. "Connu pour briser la glace dès le premier accord du groupe, Johnny Maldoror est sans doute le plus vulgaire et le plus dangeureux Breastfeeder."

Les Georges Leningrad
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Money Money
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Les Georges Leningrad is post-punk, which I have discovered is another term for really noisy. They did this on purpose, with electronic instruments fedback into the sound system. Coupled with this, their female lead occassionaly screamed randomly into the microphone. Interestingly, the crowd really filled up in the middle of this set, so they must be doing something right; although I can't discern what this could possibly be.

Money Money is a punk rock band that had a really devoted fan in the crowd. She had a Money Money T-shirt, and a Money Money pin, and sang along with each and every song. They had very simple lyrics that were mostly shouted instead of sung. Interestingly enough, they only had one album but were touring with Finger Eleven in Waterloo merely a week earlier. As part of Laurier's frosh week, I presume. Eventually, the lead singer jumped off the stage and sang as he walked through the crowd, greeting people as he went along. When he got to the fan-girl, he gave her a big hug, which caused her to absolutely glow.

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Finger Eleven
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The Constantines have a really good style: pop lyrics with rock backup. Julie had mentioned that I might not like this band, because it was similar to Xiu Xiu, but I found that their music wasn't as noisy. Granted, this might have been because I suffered a bit of hearing loss by this time. Their rock-derived chords in the background did thunder a bit too much for my taste, which drowned out the lyrics sometimes.

The guitarist in the white shirt is obviously the showoff of the group. He would play his instrument theatrically: leaning backwards a lot, doing little rockstar moves, and holding his guitar in front of his face to strum. He even held it like a mock penis, dancing around in infantile glory.

I have tickets for their Montréal show in early November.

Finger Eleven is also a rock band: a famous rock ban. The crowd had grown thick in front of the stage and pressed up against the security barriers. The band was playing so loud that you could hardly hear the lyrics, but this didn't matter since most people sang along with all of them. Well, except for the girls who would screech in adoration.

At around this time, two people started surfing the crowd. They were eventually deposited into the waiting arms of a security guard, who scowled at them and put them down at the side of the stage. After that, nobody really dared to do it. There were a few people dancing, but the crowd was so tight that this was nigh impossible.

The lead singer, Scott Anderson, was starting to say that instead of leaving and having the crowd scream for them to return, they would just skip the "wank-fest" and play anyway. This amazing display of honesty received screaming adoration, which put the biggest grins on the band's faces. They played some song that everyone but I knew the lyrics to, because the audience just sang the chorus. Then the band launched into a second encore, which had the amplification pulled at 23:00, but that didn't matter since the crowd was singing along happily.

Eventually, they left the stage and people started dispersing. That's when I bumped into Stephen, Adrian, and Philip, who had also attended the show. We went out on a little excursion to Wok Cafe where we tried to converse without shouting, but failed since we were all deaf.


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19th Sep, 2005 01:00 (UTC)


I love them. When anything good comes out of Guelph, you need to love it even more, like some rare orchid that needs MORE love than other, more hardy flowers.
19th Sep, 2005 02:29 (UTC)
I have yet to work out what "post punk" means. It seems to differ depending on the phase of the moon.

Also, if you go to a lot of shows, get a pair of these. They're cheaper than a hearing aid 20 years from now. Failing that, at least wear foam plugs - but they really mess with frequency response (too much bass.)
19th Sep, 2005 02:54 (UTC)
Those earplugs were also recommended by Kevin. I will look into them once my supply of construction-grade foam plugs runs out.
19th Sep, 2005 19:09 (UTC)
Foam plugs will prevent you from going deaf, so it's good you now have a pair.. they just don't sound very good (as I'm sure you've noticed.)
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