The Great Hall on Friday night during Canadian Music Week featured a variety of music from a trio of bands, starting with the energetic, foot-stomping folk rock of Good for Grapes from Surrey, B.C. The band had the crowd on their toes throughout their whole set and the venue’s unusually amped-up bass helped give their sound that extra drive.
Slowing the pace down a notch, but still maintaining the energy, was Quilt who entranced the crowd with their euphoric psyched, full of soaring guitars. That amped-up bass in the venue, however, did not work for the low-key psych of Quilt. “I feel like I am swimming here [in bass],” said lead guitarist John Andrews to the sound tech in the midst of their set.
Nevertheless, it was easy to get lost in their music. Guitarist Shane Butler himself was completely in his own zone throughout the whole set – slowly dancing with his guitar hugged closed to him, swaying in semi-circles and then, during solos, dropping to his knees, letting the electricity surge through him.
Woods closed off the night. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band, who have grown to a point over the past nine years where they have their own label, called Woodist, released their seventh album, With Light and Love, earlier this year. The indie band’s melodies are driven by the distinct, high vocals of singer Jeremy Earl and their set ranged from soul-infused rock to some darker, hypnotic psychedelia.
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