Thursday, June 01, 2006
be gentle with me

On Tuesday, I, in a post-Sasquatch daze, headed down to the Plaza to check out The Boy Least Likely To.

The Bicycles opened. I was pretty excited to see them after Graham said they were good. Remind me to chastize Graham when he gets back into town this weekend. I could see what they were going for (some kind of fuzzy twee-pop sorta vibe), but christ they were grating. They're just cutesy to the point of being nauseating. This band could totally use a little - excuse the politically incorrect term - balls. And, it's not like I listen to Swedish death metal exclusively or anything... "a little more balls..." like maybe, Camera Obscura, Belle and Sebastian... oh... I dunno... the Softies. I'm not asking for a lot. Don't get me wrong here, I like cute. Rainbows, puppies, kitties, blowing bubbles, holding hands and feeding ducks; thumbs way up! Early Full House era Olsen twins? Not so much. Actually, their drummer looked like she was ready to kick someone's ass when she was pounding the skins, unfortunatley this did not translate to the rest of the band, nor the music.

The headliners had more of a handle on the balance between cuddly and eye roll inducing, and were also great at replicating the very busy arrangements on The Best Party Ever while adding some live punch. They played pretty much all of their debut, quite a few new songs, and also a cover of George Michael's "Faith." "I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star" and "Be Gentle With Me" were predictable favourites, but the reaction's warranted, as they were pretty great live, even though the crowd was a tad sparse. At any rate, at least they weren't opening for James Blunt on this visit.

Ladytron returns to Vancouver on October 14th. This time around they'll have Cansei de Ser Sexy in tow.

Speaking of return engagements, Electric Six are at Richard's on October 17th.

If you were looking for the Hella/Advantage show on May 28th, and then cursing me when I was out of town... sorry. It's on June 28th. Either the date got changed, or I can't read. It's still at the Red Room.

The Pride Tiger show is cancelled. Shitty.

See you at Music Waste tonight!

now playing: Cold War Kids - We Used To Vacation

3 Comments:

July 28th....MSTRKRFT w/ The Juan Maclean

Presented by The Kids

no idea when/where

but it will be good

By Anonymous Shea, at 6:41 PM  

Chastize me? I think not!

Belle and Sebastien don't have balls. That's just crazy talk. Anyways...

Did the Bicycles wear their awesome "B" t-shirts? Did they have their cardboard cutouts with them too? The cuteness of the band is exactly the point and it's the precise way in which they are all forms of radness.

But, I guess they make more sense within trawna...

By Blogger Graham, at 4:35 PM  

any band that only makes sense in certain locations, probably isnt that good.

By Blogger Quinn, at 5:53 PM  

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