Thursday, 4 April 2013

Coyote at Quai Des Brumes

Coyote  |  Quai Des Brumes


Quai Des Brumes is a mostly sit-down pub in the heart of the Plateau, and it is rife with a pubby ambience. The pub’s walls have large wooden mouldings that covers their bottom half, a multitude of lighted wall sconces, stained glass windows, and there are a number of chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The bar is shaped like a V and there is a big stained glass display above it. The stage is a tiny thing near the pub’s entrance. For a venue presently celebrating it's twenty fifth anniversary, it actually resembles a fairly new establishment. This place got packed pretty early into the night, which is a boon for all who came to entertain us on this night of March 15th, 2013. I should also mention that throughout the night‘s set there was a visual artist standing in the corner painting on canvas a picture of the stage. It was an entertaining evening all around.

Jess Abran opened the show, and she is a singer-songwriter backed by a three-piece rock group consisting of a guitarist, bassist, and drummer. Her music is acoustic guitar-driven and very reminiscent of early 90s grunge in the vein of Alice in Chains’ Jar of Flies album. She is a very skilled and talented vocalist with a serious set of pipes, with song topics ranging from the vistas of rural Quebec to prostitutes working on Ste. Catherines. Her backup band showed great skill as well, as they displayed a very competent command of rhythm as well as a knack for finding interesting timbres to work with on their instruments. This is a band to be noted, for sure. 

The second band of the night was Wind & The Wild. They are a four piece of some very clean-cut gentlemen, and among them are a drummer, bassist, and two guitarists with those two guitarists sharing vocal duties. They play a jangly brand of folk rock with airy guitars in some places, chunky tones in others, and lots of power in between. The vocals are crooned over the music, and the main vocalist has a very interesting voice that demands attention. They are not afraid to get the party going with some rowdy tunes with shuffling rhythms, and to see their name on a bill is to know that you’re in for a good time.

Coyote was the last band of the night. They are a group of five seriously intense Prince Edward Islanders that will send you flying backwards through a brick wall with the single strum of a guitar chord. There are guitars. There are keyboards. There are drums. There is bass. The vocals soar with a vibrato that you will not forget after you’ve received it in your ears. Their tight, thick jams are masterfully constructed with ripping basslines and a wide variety of beats. You see, these men are true professionals in the art of entertaining. Bruce Cockburn’s classic Lovers in a Dangerous Time was covered by them late into their set, and their take on this song added to the majesty of that killer track. I hoist my goblet to this band and wish them the best on their musical journey.

When the night was finished, the artist that I mentioned earlier emerged from the back of the pub where she was and entered the stage. She announced that she has painted pictures such as the one she made that night and put it up for auction. Coyote ended up buying the painting. Good times. 

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