Pete Nema Indie Music Reviews     Toronto Concert Photographer
Directory  :  Contact  :  Links  :  Site Index  
    Welcome to PETE NEMA 27-Apr-2017 08:33 PM    

Edgefest Eve

16-Jul-2008 12:10 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Flatliners
Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Edgefest Eve
The Flatliners, Hostage Life
Alpha Galates, Creature
Arkells
July 11, 2008
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

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.

The Flatliners

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).

The Flatliners
The Flatliners
The Flatliners

Info: The Flatliners | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

Hostage Life

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.

Hostage Life
Hostage Life
Hostage Life

Info: Hostage Life | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

Alpha Galates

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.

Alpha Galates
Alpha Galates
Alpha Galates

Info: Alpha Galates | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

Creature

Creature, led by the extremely bouncy and hilariously named, Cowbella (vocals, keyboards), pumps out electronic power-pop designed to get the crowd bouncing along.

Creature
Creature
Creature

Info: Creature | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

Arkells

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.

Arkells
Arkells
Arkells

Info & Connect: Arkells on MySpace, Facebook

Trackback

Trackback URL for this entry: http://archive.petenema.com/trackback.php/edgefest_eve-08
No trackback comments for this entry.
Edgefest Eve | 1 comments | Create New Account
The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Edgefest Eve
Authored by: Anonymous on 20-Oct-2010 09:37 PM
as always, lilevy pictures, Pete.
looking forward to new posts

Vini
ferro de passar roupa