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The Seas humble alt rockers

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Approximately 25 people braved a blustery, chilly night of blowing ice and snow to get rocked with the Mormon Girls and Toronto band the Seas.The Seas frontman Chris Hughes. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Mormon Girls , who are neither Mormons, nor girls, but who are comprised of several prominent members of the Lethbridge alt rock scene, started at 10:10 p.m., playing songs from their debut cassette “ The Farm Sessions.”

Mick Hayward sang most of the lead vocals and played  lead guitar as Tyson Wiebe held down the bottom end as Jon Vornbrock thrashed away at the drums while guitarist Dave Banman stood in the shadows adding rhythm.

 They played a tight set of songs about “bears” which sounded like a blend of local bands the Void and Planet Telex, which features most of the members. They also added a couple of new songs including one on an upcoming  compilation of local bands to be released in April by Lethbridge record label “Norwegian Blue Records.”

 They ended their brief set with a cacophony of guitar based noise, before making way for the Seas, who are crossing Canada.
 The Seas took alt rock to a whole other level as they should have as they include band members from Moneen, Seas and Sounds, Choke and  Ghosts of Modern Man.

 They played a diverse frenetic, supremely tight set of alternative rock based on a triple guitar attack that  touched on a cornucopia of styles from emo, screamo, metal and hard core punk.

Frontman Chris Hughes thrashed around, shaking his dreadlocked head and throttling his guitar as guitarists Mike Bolt and Adrian Mottram locked in with rhythm section Erik Hughes and Peter Krpan.
 Mottram added background vocals and guitar textures, while Mike Bolt added his own sounds. Yet Hughes also showed he could sing pretty well especially on one song, which he began a cappella before the band crashed in with him.
 The result was guaranteed to make any band who thinks they are any good, to re-evaluate and practice more. It was solid, rock solid.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:18 )  
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