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______________________________Oh my god, I didn't record the first SHAMAN song, and I quickly apologized to the band after the set because those soaring vocals were so reminiscent of Mare that it gave me chills. Imagine a stoned out version of Isis or the aforementioned Mare (aka progressive/experimental post-metal) with some blaring screams and subdued crooning as well as a great heavy/soft dynamic depending on the song, these guys bring it all.
*For fans of: Isis, Frodus and Mare
TOQUE played a crazy mix of jazzy, raw hardcore/punk that I couldn't accurately place in terms of band comparisons. Noisier and less technical Hella with both members doing vocals, perhaps? Hella meets Daughters. Yeah, I'll go with that. P.S. the guitarist plays a flying V. Sick.
*For fans of: Hella, Daughters and Black Flag
This was my first time seeing HOUSING, and I gotta say I was really impressed. I'm very pumped to be discovering a lot of decent punk/emo/hardcore and even a touch of screamo (nods to Congratulations and Terry Green) outside of Toronto. This band is at the top for emo/shoegaze/indie rock for sure. I think I read that they got signed recently, but don't quote me. A single guitar, bass, keyboardist, drummer and accompanying vocals (from the guitarist) come together in a shockingly consistent and original way. Stop having exams and play more shows, HOUSING.
*For fans of: Sunny Day Real Estate, Mansions and I can't think of a third but, but they'd be emo-sounding and very good!
These 4 young fellas lit shit up again. Mixing a hybrid of skate, pop and a bit of metallic hardcore DINOSAUR SEX CHANGE is a band to be watched, considering they're all The band will finally be playing a ZBR related show that is all ages so that should give the mini-fest a much needed boost o'youth.
*For fans of: Gob, Osker and Nofx