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16-Jul-2008 12:10 AM
Contributed by: pete
Since I knew I wasn't going to make it to the actual Edgefest, I decided to take a trip to the fairly inconvenient Sound Academy for the Edgefest Eve party, featuring The Flatliners, Hostage Life, Alpha Galates, Creature, and Arkells - five bands that were all scheduled to take the stage the next day at Edgefest. Martin Streek was doing his evening radio show from the Sound Academy, and for each band there was some setup, an on-air interview followed immediately by two songs live-to-air, then a couple of more songs for the crowd. Actually, the "crowd" was reasonably small for such a large venue, so the performances were done with the fans right up on stage with the bands. Very casual and friendly.
I haven't seen The Flatliners since December 2006 when they opened for illScarlett along with Hostage Life. Over the past year and a half it seems they're progressing well, and for Edgefest Eve they pulled off four fairly high energy songs, all the while joking around with Hostage Life's new bass player Shamus Mathers. In fact, Mathers joined in on the interview with Martin Streak along with Chris Cresswell (vocals, guitar).
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Colin Lichti (vocals) performed a pretty hilarious interview with Martin Streek before launching into their performance at the usual level of spit-filled energy, although probably under the influence of a few less beers than I've seen them in the past.
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Alpha Galates was the exception of the night in the sense that they performed just one unplugged song live-to-air, and no other songs. Having not heard any of their music before, the difference between their unplugged performance and the recorded material I heard while editing these photos was surprising.
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Creature, led by the extremely bouncy and hilariously named, Cowbella (vocals, keyboards), pumps out electronic power-pop designed to get the crowd bouncing along.
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I can't get enough of watching the Arkells perform Oh, The Boss Is Coming! and Tragic Flaw, and they satisfied my need by performing those two songs right off the top for all who were listening to 102.1 to hear. They create such a perfect sound of straight-ahead homey rock for me, emphasized by the song No Champagne Socialist. This is another band that you should be prepared to see lots about on my website... the songs from their Deadlines EP are in all my playlists, and getting so overplayed that I'll be itching for a full-length album before long.
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