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Jungle night brings out a wild crowd for Said the Whale

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It was jungle night at Henotic, Nov. 7, as a sold out room full of costumed jungle critters, explorers and Said the Whale put on an impressive show at Henotic, Nov. 7. Photo By Richard Ameryother odd characters took in three bands performing including Montreal rap/hip hop group Velvet Trench Vibes who had the jungle a jumping in the GCBC Lounge to rap backed by live bass, keyboards and  drums.
 Vancouver indie pop band Said the Whale were the main attraction on  the main floor though as they worked through much of their CDs. They also invited opening act Hannah Georgas on stage to sing back up for a song. Throughout theyJungle people at Henotic. Photo by Richard Amery had everybody  jumping and swarming about the dance floor. Said the Whale played tight with a lot of energy and a crisp and clear mix  so the audience could hear every note of guitar, piano and  beautiful vocal harmony being performed. Their music was catchy and energetic and pure unadulterated fun.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 May 2010 11:47 )

Incura unplugged— almost

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Incura and Jesse and the Dandelions finished three straight days of gigs all over the city, Nov. 7 at the Slice.
 Jesse and the Dandelions have just released their debut EP. While I only caught their last song, an energetic pop rock number, they were called back for an encore of “Blister in the Sun.”.Incura vocalist Kyle Gruninger. Photo By Richard Amery
Incura was the main event of the night  which had an almost full house cheering for an “unplugged” set. They weren’t unplugged, just turned down slightly, but which really worked for the Lethbridge born band who are now  based out of Vancouver.
The piano played a more prevalent part of the band’s dark, almost gothic sound and you could actually hear what  singer Kyle Gruninger was singing. There appeared to be some interesting guitar work  happening but I couldn’t hear a note,  because it was drowned out by powerful bass and drums.
But Gruninger has an impressive melodic tenor voice and stage presence to boot which was apparent in the show.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor


DeSouza glad to be back

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It’s good to be back for Lethbridge born musician Marq DeSouza  who played an intimate gig in the GCBC Lounge, Monday, Nov. 9. A light but loud crowd enjoyed it as DeSouza began with a nice set of Marq DeSouza and Shane Love entertained. Photo By Richard Ameryacoustic  music  of more country flavoured, Elliot Brood styled original which included quite a few  numbers from his newly re-released debut solo CD, “Temporary Redemption” including “Don’t Go Shooting Horses.” as well as new tracks like “Bar for the Broken Hearted” and “Solitaire Bound,” from his new CD “... And All His Boyish Charms.” The title is an apt description for the affable performer, who pretty much individually  thanked all of the dozen or so  in the audience for showing up to support him.
 He brought his friend Shane Love on stage to take up bass  for a more country flavoured set, then  drums for a more rock and blues flavoured set, which showed how diverse of a songwriter DeSouza is.
He brought another friend, Jeff Stuckey, on stage  to play a guitar solo for  the blues flavoured “Bulletproof.” Then he got  Love to sing one of the highlights  from the new CD, “Who’s Better Than Us,” not to mention do a freestyle rap on it which was a pretty cool  way to end an all too brief hour long set. But the crowd called him back for an encore, which brought the evening to a pleasant close.
—By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor

Language Arts show the art of melding influences

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Vancouver quartet Language Arts will show they are not only about the art of language, but the art of Language Arts play the Slice Nov. 12.melding a whole mess of influences during their debut Lethbridge performance at the Slice, Nov. 12.
“All four of us have different influences which are strengths  when we put them all together,” said Kristen Cudmore, Language Arts’ singer and guitarist who began playing classical guitar when she was 12.
“I heard my uncle playing guitar, a younger uncle who is more like a cousin. So my goal was to play better than him.That’s the 12 year-old mentality. So my mom got me into classical guitar lessons,” continued the Nova Scotia born Cudmore who met  band mate drummer/arranger  Gregor Phillips , Hilary Grist and keyboardist Aaron McKinney who fill out the band’s sound.“We’ll have as many as six people in the band. In Lethbridge there will be four of us. There’s definitely  crossover. Part of it is influenced by everyday events. Lyrically I’ll write about everything from people in high school and wondering what they’re doing now to unicorns, ” she said.

Omega Croma a testament to hard work and heavy music

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Vancouver progressive metal band Omega Crom’s new CD “Blood Steel and Fire” is a testament to  hard work and to never giving up.
“I started recording this in 2009 and didn’t finish it until 2009,” said Omega Crom singer/guitarist Johnny Ketlo who not only had to deal with arranging pretty complex guitar solos, rhythms and tempo changes, but also had to cope with an ever-changing band line up including the departure of singer Stu Block.
“ I was almost ready to give it all up but some complete strangers at a Slayer concert came up and said you’ve got to keep that Omega Crom  shit going,” he continued. The band plays Scores North, Nov. 14. The current line up includes lead/rhythm guitarist Wayne Holden, bassist Ian Wilcke and drummer Dan LaPierre.
“Getting producer Rob Shallcross really helped out. He said you could either train someone else to sing like Stu did or learn to do it yourself. And Stu is into a lot of System of the Down and screamo. And it comes naturally to him. If it doesn’t  come naturally like that then you really have to work hard at it,” he continued adding he studied classical music in university and was in a choir for four years so he had a good idea of how to arrange music.Omega Crom
“So I studied a lot of Rob Halford and Iron Maiden and a lot of really cool singers and worked hard at it. I’m still learning how to do it and I’m still working at it,” he said adding learning to sing piercingly high notes while playing  complex leads simultaneously came surprisingly easy.
“I played a lot of Megadeth when I was a kid, so that comes pretty naturally and we practice a lot so it comes as a  second nature to us,” he said, adding translating  the CD to a live setting is essential.
“I don’t like it when bands don’t play what’s on the CD,” he said adding Omega Crom’s set will include music from the CD, a Judas Priest cover and some brand new  music from a CD to be recorded, hopefully in the Spring after they have toured extensively on this one.
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