THE PALOMINO, MARCH 1, 2014
I’m not going to sugarcoat this one: while the instrumental creativity was prominent in the opening bands, Yearling and Star City Lights, their vocals were severely lacking. Shortly after losing yourself in their seductive melodies, uncomplimentary vocals would snap you right out of the musical connection. Much like a seesaw, it was up and down and in and out.
Calgary-born trio Yearling started the show at 10:30 p.m. with a promising drum solo by the enchanting Joe Serdarevic. On bass, Shane Rempel joined in, taming the beat to create some unique dream-like indie-pop.
Filling the middle slot, Star City Lights (also rooted in Calgary), played a catchy new indie pop-rock set. Similarly, the vocals were not their strong suit, but they compensate by creating the musical equivalent of stargazing through city lights on a clear night.
There seems to be an abundance of talented rock duos breaking the surface lately, which has created some serious competition and places a severe importance on originality. Sitting on the image of this dark and seductive night, Montreal-based Solids played a captivatingly intimate set. “We know the live setting is what we excel at and that’s when people get really into us,” Xavier Germain-Poitras explained, leaving no gaps in his claim. A single, low-lit lamp hovered over the edge of the stage between drummer/lead singer Louis Guillemette and guitarist Germain-Poitras. Solids showed they are a group that truly knows how to perform as the audience engaged, crowding one another and giving the platform the most attention it had seen all night, even at 1:30 a.m. in our frostbitten city.
By Paige Paquette
Photos by Sebastian Buzzalino