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The 2007 CASBY Awards
27-Oct-2007 09:57 am
Contributed by: pete
This year's CASBY Awards were hosted by none other than Alan Cross, program director for 102.1 The Edge, but even more importantly the host of the excellent radio show The Ongoing History Of New Music - a program that I have been listening to for many years. When musicians speak about their influences, they often list other musicians, so for whatever it is I do here (and I'm still not sure), I think it's fair to say that Alan Cross has been one of my major influences. Also present were most of the on-air staff, such as Barry Taylor, Josie Dye (my two favourites), Dave Bookman (hero), and Dean Blundell (uh... host of the 2006 CASBY Awards). Absent was Martin Streek who was apparently in surgery for his appendix. Ouch. The whole thing was unbelievably well run, especially considering the number of bands that performed in such a short period of time, but even on top of that it just went smoother than last year. But... but... who won the awards?
The big winner at this awards ceremony was Attack In Black, taking home two awards for Favourite New Artist and Favourite New Indie Release. Taking home the Favourite New Single award was Alexisonfire for Boiled Frogs. And lastly, Finger Eleven won the award for Favourite New Album. Spaced throughout the evening were performances by illScarlett, Raine Maida, Operation MD, Matt Good, Attack In Black, The Saint Alvia Cartel, and Finger Eleven.
Looking a little more groomed than normal, and definitely taking advantage of the large stage, the boys of illScarlett opened the party. I've been seeing this band perform fairly regularly over the past year, and they're getting better each time. They came out and plowed through Nothing Special and Life Of A Soldier. One on-stage change was the addition of a keyboard. I hear rumours that illScarlett will be playing a show in December, so keep your ears open for a concert announcement.
Info & Connect: illScarlett on MySpace
Keeping a quick pace, Raine Maida (from Our Lady Peace) played immediately after illScarlett on a smaller stage to the right of the main stage. His two-song set included his new song, Yellow Brick Road, and I have to say I like it, although I am a little concerned about the reference to The Wizard Of Oz.
Info: Raine Maida | Connect: MySpace
The Operation MD
Dressed in white pseudo-hospital smocks, The Operation MD had their instruments handed to them by a couple of, umm... professional nurses. Until recently, I wasn't aware that The Operation MD was a side-project of Cone McCaslin (bass) from Sum 41. Gimmicky, but actually pretty decent on stage.
Info: The Operation MD | Connect: MySpace
It would be a stretch to say I'm a fan of the music by Matthew Good, but one of the benefits of the CASBY Awards format is that the bands typically play just two songs. So Matt Good came out and strummed his way through one of his older songs and the current hit. For me, his music is just kinda... meh. But obviously the man has talent, and it does show on stage.
As you can probably tell, that last photo isn't of Matthew Good - that's Josie Dye announcing one of the awards. Just thought you might like to see this so you can picture her while listening to her during Guess The Edge Artist or for The All-Request Nooner (or just randomly between 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM).
Info: Matthew Good | Connect: MySpace
Attack In Black
It was great to see Attack In Black again now that I'm more familiar with their music. Dan Romano's vocals may take a little getting used to, but once you do, there's all these little bridges and guitar parts in the compositions that tweak my brain just the right way. And although people love the sing-along naa-na-na-naaa part to Young Leaves, it's the opening guitar and changes in the song that make it for me, an attribute that can be heard throughout the album. Even though I would've liked to have seen Young Galaxy take home one of those awards, I think the awards given to Attack In Black were well deserved. You can expect to see more photos of Attack In Black from me simply because I'm looking forward to seeing them perform again. And that is what makes a good band.
Info: Attack In Black | Connect: MySpace
The Saint Alvia Cartel
Yup, I picked up the debut album from The Saint Alvia Cartel because I like Don't Wanna Wait Forever. For some reason, that particular song reminds me of the summer days I spent listening to Smash Mouth in the late 90's, even though the rest of the album is much more punk.
Info & Connect: The Saint Alvia Cartel on MySpace
When it comes to liking Finger Eleven, I know I'm in a minority among the indie crowd. I've heard multiple people slag Finger Eleven for various reasons, but I like their stuff. So you're probably not going to believe me when I say they were really excellent on stage. We're talking crazy energy. Scott Anderson (vocals) runs through a number of face-crunching expressions, and he's flanked by guitar players on either side that use up the stage space jumping and throwing their guitars around. They finished the set with Paralyzer, a song that has received good rotation on U.S. radio stations, but didn't just play it out. Instead, near the end of the song they dipped down into a medley of covers that included Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand and Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 by Pink Floyd.
Info: Finger Eleven | Connect: MySpace