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Sausage Fest

22-Aug-2008 09:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Die Mannequin
Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Sausage Fest
The Flatliners, Die Mannequin
The Saint Alvia Cartel, The Salads
August 15, 2008
Full Photo Set (35 photos)

To celebrate 8 years on 102.1, Dean Blundell and the morning crew decided to throw a party featuring four great Canadian punk bands: The Flatliners, Die Mannequin, The Saint Alvia Cartel, and The Salads. It went exactly as advertised with plenty of sausage, both on and off the BBQ. When I arrived, the crowd was outside enjoying beers and sausages in the sun, but it wasn't long before the skies turned dark and the rain came pouring down. Fortunately, the Sound Academy was well prepared and was able to easily move everyone inside a little earlier than planned, to the area where the bands were scheduled to play. Each band was interviewed by Martin Streek for air on 102.1 and two songs from each set went live-to-air (see the full set of photos for some interview pictures).

The Flatliners

The Flatliners headlined the show, which was probably both a good idea and bad idea all at the same time. A good idea because they pretty much killed it, but a bad idea because I'm guessing it may have been better for the guys to play with slightly less vodka in their systems. But hey, it was late Friday night, and I think the majority of fans at the sound academy were in a similar state of mind. What I like about The Flatliners is one of the same attributes that first drew me to the illScarlett live shows: The music comes out quite a bit bigger and heavier on stage than it does in their recordings.

The Flatliners
The Flatliners
The Flatliners

The Flatliners
The Flatliners
The Flatliners

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Die Mannequin

This was the first time I've seen Die Mannequin perform on a big stage where there are barriers between the band and the crowd. What it meant was that there were more obstacles for Care Failure (vocals, guitar) to cause mayhem within the crowd like she normally likes to do. The first obstacle was the security guard standing in front of centre-stage, so she just incorporated him by using his shoulder as a prop for her foot. And as time went on, she managed to climb over the barriers, which made for a bit of a crazy scene. Die Mannequin always puts on a great show that often gets a little messy, as intended, and is always wild.

Die Mannequin
Die Mannequin
Die Mannequin

Die Mannequin
Die Mannequin
Die Mannequin

Die Mannequin
Die Mannequin
Die Mannequin

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The Saint Alvia Cartel

I remember first hearing about The Saint Alvia Cartel on the CBC Radio 3 Podcast, and really liked the mood of the music. Plus Grant Lawrence did an excellent job introducing the band and their music. They clearly have punk roots and influences, but for the most part their music comes out smoother than most punk, and that mood I hear in the music is also pervasive throughout their live show. The mood? With punk roots, perhaps you're thinking it makes me feel rebellious, but in fact, it just reminds me of cold beer on a hot summer night. Which was pretty close to the actual situation, if you exclude the rain.

The Saint Alvia Cartel
The Saint Alvia Cartel
The Saint Alvia Cartel

The Saint Alvia Cartel
The Saint Alvia Cartel
The Saint Alvia Cartel

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The Salads

The Salads
The Salads
The Salads
The Salads

Info: The Salads | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

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