Well Fed Ears At
The Green Room
If you were in
the mood for some atmospheric, psychedelic and hypnotic music, the
on Main near 25th Ave. in Vancouver, was the place to be
Tuesday night. An unusually full house fed its appreciative ears to
started off with the well-respected Jonathan Inc (www.johnathaninc.com)
off some well crafted, if moody, pop songs that reveal new pleasures
repeated listening. If you're up on the Indy scene, Jonathan has
with and is well respected by such Indy heavies as Kevin Kane
Wrath), Radiogram, Jack Harlan and Jon Wood (of the late Coal,
and now Little Wonder).
produced the debut album by Maplewood Lane. You may hear from
this band one day.
prepared with a rack of goodies that included some curious distortion
looping echo effects on his vocals to set the pace for what was to be a
trippy musical feast. Keyboardist and back up singer, Michelle Grunert
some sublime harmony and well-punctuated fills.
Next up was O
& V (www.ovweb.com) who play up
the psychedelic card a bit more. Their
singer, Cindy Tomlinson has a voice that's best described as a later
Grace Slick, and Nico from the Velvet Underground.
The band includes
up to six players, which can include the usual bass, guitar and drums.
they have more in store for you, bringing in not one but two cello
adding to the swirling psychedelic stew of such songs as "Across The
Waters" and "Have You ever Dreamed Of Moonlight."
When this huge
wash of strings and skins is finely meshed with Cindy's powerful
vocals, it can
be quite hypnotic.
band, A Northern Chorus (www.anorthernchorus.com), is a five-piece from
outskirts of Toronto.
They obviously have some local friends, including O & V and the
mentioned Radiogram, as members of both were among the crowd showing
I was very pleased
with their mostly guitar-driven and dynamic arrangements, which went
shimmering, low-key intros to full volume freak-outs. Their sound is
completely pin down. It does have psychedelic leanings with its huge
bowed, e-bowed and chiming guitars. The addition of viola and flute
some moving moments that had the crowd hushed as, they and myself, were
literally tripping on the music.
We were on
another planet, with no intention of operating heavy equipment.
Vocally, the band
does have a Radiohead influence, but that still doesn't quite hit the
If you haven't
seen any of these bands yet, do go see them when the time comes.
Your ears will be
is an advocate of local and independently made music.
He can be
heard Friday nights on Radio Bandcouver, 10pm-Midnight on 102.7 FM CFRO.
visit on line at www.bandcouver.com