Date of show: September 17, 2010
Shot of choice: Make Your Exit did a shot of jager, after some debating
Southern Souls’ Mitch Fillion put on a fundraiser for the site and Rachel was able to shoot it. Seeing as I was not at this event (and believe me, if I were able to be in multiple places at once, I would’ve made this a destination), I can’t actually review the show. BUT I would like to introduce you to the bands. I may quote Rachel’s thoughts whenever possible, but this is mainly a photo set.
We also want to make sure we emphasize how great Southern Souls is for exposing great indie acts. All the videos are so well done and the upkeep of such a site is not at all cheap. Make sure to check out the website and, of course, donate.
Meet Make Your Exit, a 5-piece band based out of Toronto that sounds like indie rock infused with jazz influences. I may not have been at this show, but I have heard this band before (acoustic and electric) and I’m confident in assuring you that their harmonies will blow you away. The band is made up of Mike “Skidboot” Denby (guitar, vocals), Mike Dellios (bass), Oliver Pauk (saxophone, vocals), Steve Dagg (drums), and a fella named Jeff Buckley on lead vocals and guitar that may not sound quite like the Jeff Buckley but still has a killer voice. They released an EP last year called Remind Me The Reason I Came and it is certainly worth checking out before they hit us all with new material.
Rachel said, “Their recordings, as good as they are, don’t do them justice” when commenting on how they sound live. After buying them shots, she also said that they’re the nicest dudes. That being said, you should probably buy these guys shots. And you should definitely see these guys live.
To be fair, I probably don’t need to say much to introduce Teenage Kicks to you because I recently reviewed their Shook Our Bones 7” and I don’t want to repeat myself too much. Basically I’m saying you should read the review. Listen to their 7” and you will certainly be anxious to hear more from these guys.
I will, however, add that Rachel said, “I had to stop shooting because I couldn’t believe how good they sounded.” I know I wasn’t there, but based on what I’ve heard, I completely believe it.
The Elwins are a delightful 3-piece indie pop rock band made up of Matthew Sweeney (guitar, vocals), Feurd (bass), and Travis Stokl (bass). There’s not much I know about this band other than what I have heard on their MySpace and what I have seen on the Southern Souls site. Based on these things, I will say that they have made me pretty curious to hear their sound live.
Cam Malcolm and The Owls is the live outlet of the music that Cam creates mostly on his own. He is able to play various instruments (guitar, bass, drums, glock, k’organ) and is basically a one-man band. Live he plays with Adam Melnick (bass) and his brother Fraser Malcolm (drums), but he’s had help from a host of other talented musicians. Cam is also co-frontman in Huron. His solo stuff is shows a much more mellower and personal side compared to his work with Huron, but Rachel said that the sound is much bigger and bolder live. I look forward to checking Cam Malcolm and The Owls sometime, but for now you can catch Huron on their fall tour.