Birthday Boys Rock Sneaky Dee’s

Birthday Boys @Sneaky Dee's, 11.26.2010

Date of show: November 26, 2010
Shot of choice: whiskey

With a marquee sign lit up behind them, Birthday Boys busted out some sweaty rock ‘n’ roll at Sneaky Dee’s. Birthday Boys play a blend of rock infused with various influences, including garage and blues. The band is comprised of Graeme Kennedy and Jordan Mack, who share vocal and guitar duties, with Jeremy Boyd on bass and backup vocals and Matt Paige on drums. Later in their set, they also brought out a sax player for some added layers. The two vocalists bring different elements to the table – sometimes edgier, sometimes brooding – but they are equally passionate and unrestrained on stage, as evident by the sweat dripping off of them only a couple songs in.

This show brought Birthday Boys in fresh off a cross-Canada tour where they’ve been promoting their recently released Tin Head EP. While on this tour, they wrote and recorded a song every day for 30 days, which is something I find to be truly remarkable. Be sure to check out these tunes and don’t be surprised if some of them actually do make the cut (they actually did play one of the 30 songs) and get recorded for a record.

The guys play with such fervor and energy and really play up to the crowd. They had a good turnout, with ladies up front dancing and guys rocking out. Birthday Boys has a great fiery stage presence and they put on a great live show. Catch ‘em live.

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Birthday Boys @Sneaky Dee's, 11.26.2010

Gentlemen Husbands

The last time we saw Cobourg’s Gentlemen Husbands, it was their Mirror Doll Business EP release show at The Horseshoe Tavern. The crowd was absolutely wild and it was a show we won’t soon forget. Now, at Sneaky Dee’s, the crowd was not quite as wild but still as passionate about the set. As the guys were setting up, the crowd gravitated toward the front, with ladies right up against the stage. These ladies were dedicated and danced throughout the set. As soon as Gentlemen Husbands opened up their set with classic rock-sounding “Family Economics,” they had the venue’s attention. Rick Ballard (vocals, guitar) has country-tinged vocals, backed up by Dan Farrell on drums. Jed Atkinson (bass) is the resident banter-er of the band, while Ryan Hutcheson (guitar) passionately shreds on guitar. The band as a whole has a swagger that calls upon the likes of Bruce Springsteen, but they come across as honest and genuine rather than imitators of some of their influences.

Gentlemen Husbands know how to work a crowd. With their catchy tunes, they are able to reel in the audience, but their passionate live set is really what causes crowds to go wild. Their cover of “American Girl” unsurprisingly drew friends and fans onto the stage, but their set cannot be defined by this moment. The whole set had members of the crowd singing along with as much energy as the band and those who were not singing along seemed to be completely entranced by the skilled guitar playing or the rockin’ vocals.

We still owe you shots, Gentlemen Husbands. You can hold us to it.

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Olympic Island

By the time we arrived, another band had already played and Olympic Island was already mid-set. Olympic Island has only played a handful of live shows, but they still drew a decent-sized crowd, which was full of energy. Their friends were right up front singing and dancing and screaming band members’ names. The band is made up of co-frontmen on vocals and guitar, Tom Grant and Ryan Steels, with Joe Prosperi on bass, and Eric Wichman on drums. They’ve got a great garage pop sound and as these guys continue to play shows, I expect their charming stage presence to continue to win over new fans. Currently the band only has one song and a couple videos up on their MySpace, but they are definitely worth checking out.

Olympic Island @ Sneaky Dee's, 11.26.2010 Olympic Island @ Sneaky Dee's, 11.26.2010
Olympic Island @ Sneaky Dee's, 11.26.2010

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