Concert Review: Joshua Bartholomew, The Painted Birds, Public
|08-Oct-2008 09:00 pm||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Tattoo Rock Parlour are turning out to be great nights just because that venue has been booking lots of decent local talent. They seem to be broadening the scope over the past few months by booking more out-of-town acts, including People In Planes (Wales) and Skybombers (Australia) on the same night. For last Thursday, The Painted Birds from Vancouver got the 11pm slot, and were surrounded by two local acts that I've seen before and wanted to see again: Joshua Bartholomew and Public.
Joshua BartholomewAlthough I've seen Joshua Bartholomew (vocals, guitar) on stage a few times, this was only the second time I've been able to stick around for a full set. And what I learned is that he is very consistent. This show exhibited all the same attributes of the previous show I saw at the Supermarket, including a friendly atmosphere created by having both many friends and even family in the audience. Bartholomew is wicked on the guitar, dexterous on the vocals, and a decent performer. Backed by Tobias Smith on drums (who also plays for The Framework) and Ben Spivak on bass, Bartholomew's smooth, soulful vocals and sweet guitar licks are good listening. To get a feel for his style of music, I stil recommend the song Little Bit Long Way, which can be found on his MySpace page.
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The Painted BirdsThe Painted Birds are from Vancouver, and are amidst a tour across Canada now. Dominique Fricot (vocals, guitar) leads the band, in both his position on stage and his height. At points, his vocals have a popular 90's grunge sound to them, as do bits of the music here and there. The eye-catching member of the band is Josh McNorton (guitar, vocals) who works himself up into a storm of guitar during a few of the songs.
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PublicPublic was eager to get on stage, and blasted into their set starting with one of their strongest songs, Walk Away, in an effort to keep people out late on a school-night (er, weeknight). It looked like it worked because the crowd that was there when the set started seemed to be the same group of people as when they finished. When I saw Public back in August, I remember thinking that the order of their set list seemed a little awkward, something that I didn't notice this time around. Instead, I was just left with the positive aspects from the last concert, including an even more physically emotive Chris Stopa (vocals).
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