Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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The thing about my picture taking (ne photography) is that I'm lazy. As you can see above, if I had bothered to move back two feet that photo of Liv and Johnny might be half way decent. I illustrate this point to help explain why there are only Fanshaw photos up. When Adjective. (don't you forget the period) and Broken Greenbelt Schools Music ProjectCollective Scene were on the front of the stage was kind of crowded, and so while both bands are generally fairly easy on the eyes, I was sitting too far back to take any snaps, and I couldn't be bothered to wade my way any closer.

Adjective have chops, but they also wear their influences prominently on their sleeves. Whether or not that's okay with you probably hinges on how much you like Joy Division... if they had a girl in the band. Although, it should be noted that I haven't seen Ryan break into seizures on stage yet.

Perhaps it points to the fact that I'm a miserable, misanthropic curmudgeon, but I can't really get into the Greenbelt Collective. My patience for bands that project unrequited, childlike joy for more than 5 minutes at a time is reserved for few acts, and the quota for cuteness at Shindig got used up by Petroleum By-Products (like seriously, those kids are adorable and they rock). And speaking of bands sounding like other bands, someone give them a copy of "Space Oddity" for Xmas.



I was informed when I arrived to work this morning that Fanshaw won. I actually hadn't seen Liv play her solo material before last night, and to be completely honest, I didn't think that it would excite me all that much live. Her soft delivery and muted arrangements (at least recorded) seemed to lend themselves more to at-home-hungover-on-sunday listening than live performance, but I was rather pleasantly surprised. She could probably get by on being a cute girl with a (very) pretty voice, but her songs are good, her usually coy lyrics are better, and with a little help from her friends (including Johnny from Victoria, Victoria, who seem to be suffering from the Shindig winners' curse) the proceedings had a enough energy to hold your attention for the duration of her/their set.

Finals go on December 4th. The resident From Blown Speakers bookie is giving 5:4 on a Petroleum By-Products win.

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12 Comments:

Query:
What is CiTRs criteria on selecting judges?

The only reason I ask is because it seems like the judges from a few weeks ago were more well versed in, well, music in general, than they were last night (not talking about you).
Or have they been the same ones all along?

When reading our (Adjective.s < wow, that looks awkward) comments, there was one saying we sound like Interpol.
Okay, I can accept the fact that we kind of sound like Joy Division. I can also see how people think Interpol sounds like Joy Division (personally, the only relation I hear is in the vocals; musically, I think they're miles apart). Anyways, the point that I am trying to make, in a round-about way, is that someone said we sound like Interpol.
Elizabeth sound like Interpol. We don't.
I guess I can't really say someones opinion is wrong, because it is an opinion, afterall, but I truly don't see the relation.
The only conclusion I can come to is that the person knows Interpol but not Joy Division, which amuses me.

Then again, if i were a judge, I'd probably say things that the band wouldnt dig, either. It would be more fun that way.

Aside from that, I can see how we may seem contrived. I just think it's funny when people say we sound like our influenes too much, but then go on to list bands that are not our influences. (Not disagreeing with you, just some other comments)

Maybe my venting is misdirected...and I am not doing it becasue I am angry we lost: everyone knows that the money's on Petroleum By-products, including mine.

Oh, by the way, there's two of us girls in the band...

thx,
jenni*

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:26 p.m.  

I think they just get whomever. I've actually been disqualified from judging from about week 4 on because I know people in the bands that were playing. One from last night is a musician though... and she's good.

Also, without knowing if the judge in question was trying to slag you, I can say that if I were trying to slag a band that I thought sounded like Joy Division, I'd probably pull out the Interpol comparison.

...and you drum, so your gender isn't as big a factor, aurally speaking.

By Blogger Quinn, at 10:44 p.m.  

I was just wondering if they basically just get friends and what-not, or you know, industry-type people or whatever you want to call them.
I guess it would make the most sense to have a mix of both.

Oh, it doesn't really matter.
But you're right.
Again, I was amused by the whole process.
Comments from persons who aren't friends are great. Friends telling you you're "good" isn't really helpful.

Well, yeah, I know. I guess it was just the way it was worded prompted a response. I don't know.
Work boredom.
You know (maybe?).

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:39 p.m.  

no offense to Jenni, but band members can't make claims on who their band sounds like. that's for outsiders to decide. when you're in the band, you're too close to the music to objectively judge it.

By Anonymous josh, at 2:50 p.m.  

none taken.
i know what you mean, but at the same time, i am a fairly objective individual.
also, because i am not playing a 'musical' instrument, i still have a chance to hear a song for the first time, from my band mates, before i learn to play it. i still get to have a first impression like outsiders do.
obviously, a song as a whole will sound differently than it does in pieces.
outsiders judging us is helpful, as i said above. and while i cant say that someones opinion is wrong, i can disagree.

(besides which, i like interpol. i just dont see a parallel)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:53 p.m.  

for judges, it's usually just random people that Ben knows, but Stuart Derdyn (from the Province) was apparently judging on Tues as well... that slipped my mind until just right now.

By Blogger Quinn, at 7:54 p.m.  

hey Quinn,

So which bands will be playing in the Finals next week??

I've lost track..

By Anonymous Jessi, at 9:39 p.m.  

SSRIs, Fanshaw, and Petroleum By-Products

By Blogger Quinn, at 9:53 p.m.  

hm. i was wondering what type of person might use the word 'behoove' in a band review.
maybe hes the uh, culprit.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:22 p.m.  

what exactly did it/he "behoove" you to do?

By Blogger Quinn, at 2:24 p.m.  

uh, i believe it was to find our own sound.
har har har.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:58 p.m.  

i lurve adjective and everyone else is basically a douce!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:23 a.m.  

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