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Durban Poison and friends tear it up

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 It was punk rock night at the Slice, March 30  with  a rooster of excellent bands.
 While I  only caught the end of openers  the Lad Mags, the Edmonton based band  were playing a solid set of somewhat laid back, female powered power pop, which featured some solid keyboard playing.Durban Poison playing energetic punk rock. Photo by Richard Amery
 While I was mostly there to see  Durban Poison, I was especially impressed with a spooktacular set  of spook rock/ garage rock from Calgary band the Slabs, featuring former Lethbridgian Martine Menard on bass. They followed a rocking set of surf/ garage rock from Fist City, who are a tough act to follow, but they embraced the challenge.

 They played a spooky set of original music equally inspired by Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, the Misfits, garage rock and assorted B.A. Johnston style weirdness.
 The charismatic  frontman  wore a skin mask and jumped all over the stage and into the excited audience.

The Slabs playing spooky rock. Photo by Richard Amery
 Menard stood on the steps of the stage, with the set list pinned to the back of her jean jacket, though they didn’t seem to need to look at it. They keyboardist stood in the shadows playing eerie organ riffs, while the lead singer and  guitarist leaped around the stage together. By the end of their set , they had most of the audience dancing on stage with them.

The crowd was well warmed up and clapping and cheering along by the time Victoria based Durban Poison took the stage.

 They played catchy classic  three chord punk rock with lots of energy and a whole whack of new songs. 

Frontwoman Matty Corvette, who is originally from High River shouted “It’s good to be back,” but didn’t say much  else as she and her solid band took the crowd back to the ’70s.
 They wound down a hyperactive set with “Maui” from their  CD “Lost In Space.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:05 )  
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