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They Shoot Horses Don't They?

30-Jul-2007 04:05 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
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Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, Ontario They Shoot Horses
Don't They?
Shapes and Sizes, Arrows
July 21, 2007
Photos by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (17 photos)

I learned about They Shoot Horses Don't They? from the CBC Radio 3 Podcast with Grant Lawrence. They have a quirky song called A Place Called LA, which clearly places them in the experimental indie rock category. It has an interesting structure and a catchy underlying melody, and it is responsible for making me want to get out and see them. The show ended up being a little more experimental that I had hoped, but there is no denying that they are an interesting band. Even before playing, the band displayed uniqueness by having a group huddle on stage, at which point I counted two pairs of bare feet.

They Shoot Horses Don't They?
They Shoot Horses Don't They?
They Shoot Horses Don't They?

The band includes a saxophone, which is fairly normal, but it also a includes a trombone and a tuba with chains attached to add percussion when smacked against the instrument. More than once the sax player, Ryan, sat down to smash or bang various objects that they had splayed across the floor. As Nut Brown (lead vocals, guitar) put it "We realize our music isn't for everyone", which demonstrated appropriate self-awareness it is obvious their music is not mainstream. It is unconventional, appealing mostly to those who are constantly searching for something unique.

They Shoot Horses Don't They?
They Shoot Horses Don't They?
They Shoot Horses Don't They?

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Shapes And Sizes

Shapes And Sizes
Shapes And Sizes
Shapes And Sizes

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Arrows

Opening the night was Arrows, a two piece band with the same configuration as The White Stripes.

Arrows
Arrows
Arrows

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