On March 25th, 2014 I drove an hour to Kitchener/Waterloo to go see a pretty stacked show with a very good turnout for a Tuesday night:
++ (Two Crosses)
The Caution Children
Watch over 15 live songs from this concert on the Zegema Beach Records page, linked here.________________________________________________________________________
(++) TWO CROSSES played an intense and short set, due largely to the fact that one of the vocalist's completely lost their voice during the set. Regardless, it was intense, as well as much thicker and heavier than previous shows I've seen them play at.
THE CAUTION CHILDREN pretty much blew everyone away, including myself. I talked with all the members of the band and they are super chill. I spoke at length with Logan (who is the guitar player on the left in the pic/video) and he mentioned that he is also the guitarist/vocalist for Gillian Carter, who put out one of the best albums of 2013 (check my ranking here). That was a pretty awesome moment for me. THE CAUTION CHILDREN have more playful songs (than Gillian Carter) and focus more on massive movements not unlike City Of Caterpillar and Godspeed You Black Emperor, which I think is a pretty apt comparison if you throw in some Tera Melos to top it all off. If you have the chance to check these fellas out, you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to have them rock your face off.
________________________________________________________________________CONGRATULATIONS are the up and coming Canadian emo-rock/screamo band. These 4 dudes also play in Life In Vacuum and New Wings and reside in the Kitchener/Waterloo area of Ontario. If Desaparecidos, Bright Calm Blue, Indian Summer and Birthday Boyz were put into a blender, it might end up sounding like this. Seeing their live video of "Are You Frightened, Skinny Scary Skeleton" rocked my world a few months back, so hopefully I will be able to help CONGRATULATIONS put out their demo EP, but that's not set in stone. When this stuff is available people are going to shit themselves, as this band deserves some serious recognition already. Their material has a lot of variety and for a new band this stuff is fucking unreal. I believe CONGRATULATIONS will be doing a 1-month stint in parts of Canada and the US along with Life In Vacuum. Watch the entire set from March 25th here with all 6 songs.
NEW WINGS encapsulate what dreamy and epic keyboard driven rock music should sound like. I reviewed them in more detail and with more videos a few weeks back with Black Love and Watch For Wolves which was also an amazing show. Check that out here. This band defies comparisons, so fuck that shit.
Watch over 15 live songs from this concert on the Zegema Beach Records page, linked here.