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Edwin @ MQMusicFest

29-Aug-2007 02:28 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Edwin
The Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Edwin
Mudmen, Crash Kelly,
Revolver, Automan.ca
August 19, 2007
Full Photo Set (24 photos)

Edwin played as the closer to the more-than-12 hour MQMusicFest which was hosted by Metal Queen Management and held at the Phoenix. It was a lineup of 15 bands, some with hair big enough to put Cher of the 80's to shame. It started around lunchtime and ran over schedule a bit with Edwin leaving the stage sometime after 1:30 AM. I arrived in time to catch a few of the bands in the evening and to see Edwin, a musician who brought lots of great music to my ears through the 90's and into the 2000's. But first, a little story about stealing music, before MP3s...

Edwin
Edwin
Edwin

Vocalist Edwin fronted the band I Mother Earth back in the early 90's, and when they released their first album Dig in 1993 it was around the time when I used to take near-daily trips to Sam The Record Man and HMV on Yonge St. near Dundas. One evening I noticed that the HMV had a display promoting four Canadian bands, none of which I had heard of before. The promotion was that if you bought a CD, took it home, listened to it and didn't like it, you could return it for a full refund. I thought the cover of Dig was fairly cool, so with nothing to lose, I added it to my pile of CD purchases for that day. Once I got it home, I promptly copied it to tape, and then returned it the next day. What can I say? I stole the music. But, ultimately, it worked in their favour by turning me into a CD purchasing fan of I Mother Earth and then Edwin when he went solo.

Edwin
Edwin
Edwin

By the time Edwin took the stage at around 12:30 AM, it had been a long day for many people there and it was a "school-night", so I wasn't too surprised to see the crowd thin. Even so, Edwin and the band played like the Phoenix was at capacity. He played a few songs off his latest album Better Days (released in 2006) as well as more than a few from his brilliant first solo album Another Spin Around The Sun including Hang Ten, my personal favourite from that album. There were also a few I Mother Earth songs on the set list, and he even closed the night by playing Another Sunday off the album Scenery And Fish.

Info: Edwin | Connect: MySpace

Mudmen

The Mudmen are truly unique. They are very possibly the only Toronto-based bagpipe-metal band that sing about drinking and fighting. Yeah? The biker boots on the bagpipe players were made for kicking, but they mostly stuck to stomping. In fact, it was the bass player who liked to kick – any beers placed on top of the speaker stack were subject to getting the big boot. It was strong, gritty set with the bagpipers playing unamplified and managing to compete with the volume.

Mudmen
Mudmen
Mudmen

Info: Mudmen | Connect: MySpace

Crash Kelly

Crash Kelly is lead by Sean Kelly (vocals, guitar, big hair) and plays music in the vein of 70's rock with a touch of glam. Playing with Crash Kelly was guitarist Gene Scarpelli, son of Gino Scarpelli, the guitarist from the Canadian 70's rock band Goddo. So it wasn't a huge surprised to see Gino Scarpelli join his son on stage and rock out with the band. Seeing them side-by-side really emphasized the father-son relationship.

Crash Kelly
Crash Kelly
Crash Kelly

Info: Crash Kelly | Connect: MySpace

Revolver

Revolver is a metal-rock band lead by singer-songwriter Nick Walsh (vocals, guitar) previously of Silk Toxik, and flanked by guitarist Tyson Emanuel (guitar) and Laurie-Anne Green (bass), along with Wolfgang Verbeke (guitar) and Ryan Abramowitz (drums). They've got a sound like some of the 90's alt-metal bands, like Soundgarden, mixed with some nuances of 80's hair metal. Walsh has a strong stage presence and is comfortable talking with the crowd.

Revolver
Revolver
Revolver

Info: Revolver | Connect: MySpace

Automan.ca

Oversized felt stuffed hats, big hair, and songs like Porno Queen, there was something here that reminded me a bit of Alice Cooper back in the day, but with a sound like AC/DC laced with 70's American rock.

Automan.ca
Automan.ca
Automan.ca

Info: Automan.ca | Connect: MySpace

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