It’s been a busy week here in Montreal, playing multiple shows & helping put together a totally packed, super kickass edition of Art’s Birthday – if you weren’t there, you missed out bigtime. Thanks to all the artists, cake-bakers, volunteers, and partiers who made the night a huge success.
There’s lots coming up over the next week, too – we here at CKUT are really looking forward to local songstress Maica Mia’s album launch on the 24th @ Sala, and also to bubblegum punk quintet Ruff Talons’ EP launch on Thursday. Both shows are gonna rule.
til next week,
ckut top 30 – january 21, 2014
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Those of you who missed Maica Mia and Ruff Talons doing CKUT-exclusive album sneak-peeks this week on Underground Sounds also missed the chance to snag a pair of tickets to The Luyas’ show this Thursday, January 23 at Divan Orange with Brazos. Write library[at]ckut.ca with the name of your favourite Maica Mia or Ruff Talons track to grab a pair courtesy of Passovah.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Neurosis at Metropolis, January 18 2014
On the 18th (after which came The 19th) of January, Montreal was host to two bands that carried with them the powers of the air and metal. Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Neurosis shifted the very mental plates of all those that witnessed them perform at the Metropolis.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor played first on the 18th, and played an incredibly tight set from the very beginning. The performance, at times almost shoegaze, was hypnotic, more so with captivating silent videos on the background. The nostalgic videos placed one in an island, where the waves are starting to crash in. GYBE struck us, repeatedly, with waves after waves of those riffs, a postrock high tide. We gaze merrily upon the powerful sea, while it rings at the shore, forcing in. And soon, you fall into that sea.
While GYBE was the tempest sea, Neurosis was a iron fist. Hammering us right from the start with perfect jabs, they did not etch at the shore, they punched at the soul. Mixing drone-sludge with the best post-metal, Neurosis was ambient and powerful. Many imagined a post-apocalyptic peace, a feeling more awe than fear. The knowledge of being enslaved by this music is accepted. We bow to the heavy machines. Under such music, what may we mortals do, but get to the high heavens and enter the pit.
A lot of people’s ears were still ringing on Monday. I could see a lot of satisfied souls.
– Bimochan Niraula