Bands as Bands celebrate ’90s Canadian music


I only caught the end of Bands as bands 2:Can Con addition at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 14. I was looking forward to hearing MTBC covering Limblifter and Age of Electric, but missed  them and a ‘secret’ band also on the bill.Ryland Moranz, Mickey Heyward, Tyson Wiebe and Joel Stretch play their favourite Weakerthans’ songs. Photo by Richard Amery
 instead  I caught a band including guitarists Ryland Moranz and the Utilities’ Joel Stretch, bassist Tyson Wiebe and drummer  Mickey hayward, which made me nostalgic for late ’90s Winnipeg pop rock band the Weakerthans.

Wiebe chuckled “We’re playing these songs better than the Weakerthans are now,” laughing he didn’t think the band was actually together anymore.

 They definitely did a solid job of a variety of Weakerthans’ songs though I didn’t catch my favourite “I Hate Winnipeg.”

They played several other familiars ones including their ode to curling.

 I don’t know how many rehearsals they had for this show, but they sounded like they had been playing  Weakerthans songs forever, which they probably had as Moranz, Wiebe and Stretch each got to sing their favourites.

 All three a have similar tenor voices, so the transition between songs and lead vocalists was pretty much seamless.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 April 2018 10:07 )