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Hypnotic pop with Dojo Workhorse

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Hypnotism was the order of the night for a laid back show at the Slice, June 10 with Raleigh and Dojo Workhorse for about 25 people.Dojo Workhorse. Photo by Richard Amery
 Calgary trio Raleigh put on an entertaining, mellow and hypnotic show. It featured haunting cello and vocals, guitar textures and drums featuring a variety of toms and shimmering cymbals, setting the mellow atmosphere.

 The trio created a wide variety of textures with only three instruments and some looping effects. There were also a few appealing vocal harmonies adding to the ambience.

They set the stage for much more of the same with Dojo Workhorse, except with a lot more instruments and musicians creating the textures and more of an infusion of catchy pop. There were familiar faces on stage as  Dojo Workhorse included members of several other popular Calgary bands including Raleigh and the Dudes.

They sounded like a more roots based version of the Arcade Fire as they wove a tapestry of sound with a variety of instruments  including cello, lap steel, guitar, bass, keyboard and drums.

But each of the musicians performed like a good jazz band, sitting back and letting the others take solos, adding their parts when needed.
While they set a hypnotic vibe, the vocals were pure Stax era soul and R and B with a touch of pop.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 June 2011 11:04 )  
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