June 17th, 2010 – Day two of NXNE was jam-packed. I kicked of my evening over at the Mod Club for Imaginary Cities, Young Galaxy, and the Besnard Lakes.
Imaginary Cities put on quite the set, despite the small crowd. Marti’s vocals were captivating and soulful, backed by Rusty on guitar, vocals and trumpet. These guys are great, and I only have good things to say about them. They put on a good live performance and know how to have a good time, so make sure you check them out at C’est What on Saturday (11PM set) before they leave the city!
Up next was Young Galaxy. I had previously heard that they are good, so I thought, “why not!” The floor was now filled with more fans, smoke machine ready to go, as the band took the stage with paint on their faces, reminiscent of a group of kids headed out for a round of paintballing. Face paint aside, they actually weren’t all that terrible and I think it somehow enhanced and intensified the live performance. Hailing from Montreal, Young Galaxy put on a set worthy of public, self-humiliating dance moves.
When it was time for the Besnard Lakes to go on, I grew anxious. I had heard such good things but didn’t listen to anything previously. After a minute long (give or take) introduction, narrated by a voice that reminded me of an audio re-telling of the Bible, the band appeared on stage. I don’t really know how to describe or explain it, but I have one word: haunting. The entire performance flashed me to episodes of Big Love, with absolutely no reasoning as to why it would. Musically, these guys have it. Yet, it just didn’t do it for me. Maybe I got myself too excited with all the hype surrounding them. About six songs in, I headed out early to grab a bite, after they threatened the crowd with a 3-hour long set, which I’m sure most would’ve gladly stayed for.
– REVIEW & PHOTOGRAPHY BY GENEVIEVE LUI