Should I be surprised that Montreal has so many talented musicians who can deliver a tight, professional set?
Any of the bands that played could have headlined, so having 3 of these on one bill, was an amazing price to sonic joy ratio.
Lizzie & the Fanatics
One gift the pandemic brought us is that many musicians were given the time to create new music. Lizzy & The Fanatics played a few of these, along with some their staples.
East Angus 1998, the town not the beef, started us off with a Francophone song that feels like a summer day looking up into the clouds.
The catchy and dreamy set alternated between French & English, including my personal favourites Far Away and It’s OK with its Cure-like guitars.
Let’s Be Giants
Next up were Let’s Be Giants, who delivered a sometimes gentle, soulful vibe that would eventually intensify into this giant-like wave of sound.
The addition of the lap steel guitar added a nice City and Colour layer from Jeremie Dallaire.
I especially enjoyed Drift Away which reached back to the 90s for a hit of nostalgia that was irresistible.
Come Find Me ended the set which, like many of the other songs performed, felt like a tight jam where all were in sync.
Let’s be Giants had a set that was like a voyage, where we enjoyed the twists and turns, highs and lows of the journey.
Julia Kennific (rhymes with Terrific…just saying) didn’t waste any time turning up the energy in the room as they started with Borderline.
Favourite Daughter is an artist whose Spotify I can’t wait to see filled with the songs we heard tonight, a new album to be released soon.
Julia at times, reminding me of Nathalie Merchant, was able to morph her voice to fit the songs, and infuse just the right amount of power when needed.
Edward Scrimger (drums), Sam Donald (bass) and Alex Cruz (lead guitar) completed the sound with masterful skill, clearly enjoying the chance to perform before a live audience again.
The crowd cheered as the first notes of Long Distance started and didn’t let up.
There was a pause when Julia sang “ask me how I feel?” from The In Between, which was quickly followed by the audience asking: “How have you been? How are you?”
The answer: “I feel good. I feel great. I feel fine. I’m feeling finer all the time.”
Julia is not afraid to express her feelings, as she is known for laying bare her emotions in lyrical form. That is easy when one feels fine, but that answer often hides the real emotions.
A good friend is one that will dig deeper, explore, and release those emotions.
That was my impression of the performance, a collective exploration of our feelings, with a killer soundtrack.
Favourite Daughter did two covers, one of So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings by Caroline Polachek, and the one that ended the evening…Black Sheep from Scott Pilgrim vs the World that tore the place down.
When you leave a show feeling that all three bands killed it, it’s a great feeling. The fact that all three bands are Montreal based, just sweetens the deal.
This is one show when we can say: Montreal Rocks!
Photos: Randal’s lousy iPhone
Writer: Randal Wark is a Professional Speaker and MasterMind Facilitator with a passion for live music. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. His Podcast RockStar Today helps musicians quit their day jobs with out-of-the-box advice from Ted Talk Speakers, Best Selling Authors and other interesting Entrepreneurs and Creatives. He created the Rock Star Today Music Business Jam Session for musicians. Randal is a collector of signed vinyl, cassettes and CDs.Share this :