Lifestory:Monologue gives good face, with the Mississippi Kings at the Horseshoe
April 27, 2010 – Once again, Dave Bookman’s Nu Music Nite at the Horseshoe Tavern did not disappoint. Lifestory: Monologue and the Mississippi Kings were two out of the four bands performing this evening, and each provided very different illustrations of Canadian rock music. Lifestory: Monologue was up first (though I believe they were the second overall band to perform that night).
The band from Guelph played 6 songs, which included an instrumental interlude halfway through the set. They began with a new (and at the time, untitled) song, which a few days later bassist/vocalist Jay Reid told me was titled “Teratoma.” I wasn’t expecting too much from the band beforehand, but I was very impressed with their performance by the time they had gotten into their second song, “Thirsty Wooden Fingers.”
There are bands that perform and their music is great and they are very composed while onstage. Lifestory:Monologue is not one of these bands. Watching these boys onstage is like watching a good hockey game; there is just so much going on. For me, this is a great thing. Lifetory:Monologue gives good face, and what I mean by this, essentially, is that they are showmen.
Each member seemed completely immersed in what they were doing, and totally unconscious of their audience, which consequentially, likely impressed their audience. They ended their set with “Wolves Behind Me,” and by this time I was already wondering when their next show would be. They will be opening for Crime in Stereo at El Mocambo on May 12th, so make sure to check that out if you want a more visual interpretation of my experience.
The Mississippi Kings, an indie/rock/soul band from Hamilton, performed next. They were as different from Lifestory:Monologue as a Canadian rock band can be, in terms of showmanship. But they were great, nonetheless.
The Mississippi Kings played 8 songs, beginning with “Fools Gold” and ending with “I Tried So Hard.” What was unique about them is that their performance didn’t peak; or at least, it didn’t peak until the last song which means that they just kept getting better and better as their performance progressed.
They looked like average boys from Hamilton, but there was nothing average about their music. What was a solid performance was interlaced with “Thank Yous” directed to the sparse Tuesday night audience, courtesy of lead vocalist Nick Cino, and awesome guitar solos (particularly at the end) courtesy of guitarist Mike Ventimiglia.
All in all, a Tuesday night well spent.
– REVIEW AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAKINA
View more photos form Lifestory: Monologue’s set HERE