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First Sled Island preview show features Montreal bands being loud and lying on the floor

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 For people who weren’t able to or didn’t want to go to Calgary for the Sled Island Music Festival, there were a The audience joins Technical Kidman on the floor. Photo by Richard Amerycouple of preview shows featuring some of the Sled island acts  around downtown presented by CKXU, The Electric Eye Music Festival and Sled Island.

The first show was Saturday night, June 20 at the Army Navy Club, featuring a cadre of Montreal alternative rock/ noise rock and  synth rock bands.

 I arrived in time for the end of Technical Kidman’s set of loud synth powered rock music.

They had two computers and drum set and spooky lyrics for the most part drowned out by the same.

One of the highlights was the up tempo “Too Insane.”

 What followed was quite insane during the  next song, a slower, more hypnotic number, their frontman did something different by wandering into the midst of the audience and lying on the floor while singing. Most of the audience joined him on the floor. And there wasn’t more after that.Big Brave grinding out feedback. Photo by Richard Amery

I only caught the end of Big Brave’s big, loud grinding, dissonant set of alternative rock powered by two guitars and drums which reminded me of Calgary's Dri Hiev except trimmed down to a lean, mean trio. One  guitarist was squeezing every ounce of feedback out of his wailing guitar.

Maicamia  playing the Army Navy Veterans Hall, June 20. Photo by Richard Amery
Montreal guitar and drums duo Maicamia sounded like a more psychedelic Meisha and the Spanks.

They played a slower groove orientated set marked by drums and programmed bass guitar with  haunting vocals in the forefront.

 I missed the opening set by local synth act Sean Warkentin aka An Ant and and Atom.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 July 2015 10:36 )  
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