Tuesday, 14 May 2013

UPCOMING! Hot Soupe's BANDSTAND at Lion d'Or

UPCOMING! Hot Soupe Presents BANDSTAND at Cabaret Lion d'Or  |  May 28th-30th


At the end of this month, Hot Soupe is proud to present its very first event: BANDSTAND! It shall take place at Lion d’Or, on three separate days. The showcase will raise funds for Just For Kids Foundation. The goal is to raise 10 000$ for the the charity who purchases state of the art medical equipment for the Montreal Children's Hospital.

In case you are not familiar with the bands that will be featured, Soupe Kitchen put together a description of each and every one of them.

Please note that, even if the current list mentions the day of every band’s performance, the time at which they will play will not be decided until the day of each event. Doors open at 7:00pm, showtime is at 7:30.

Without the event being a contest, each band will get the feedback of several panelists:

3 Night Panel
- Tim Fletcher  |  Former lead singer of The Stills.
- Patrick Krief  |  Former lead guitarist of The Dears, Currently touring with band Krief.
- Josh Trager  |  Drummer of Sam Roberts Band.
- Joseph Donovan  |  Juno Award-Winning Producer of Mountain City Studio

Special Guest Panelists
- Terry Dimonte  |  CHOM Radio Host
- Bilal Butt  |  CHOM Radio Host and Artist
-Jay Walker  |  CHOM Radio Host & Entertainment Contributor at Global Montreal’s Morning News
- Daniel Seligman  |  Founder of Pop Montreal & Club Roll Music.
- Magali Ould  |  Secret City Records

Exciting, is it not? You can buy tickets (which include a free beer!) here: May 28th, May 29th, May 30th

Without further ado, here are the band descriptions. ("Hint" Click on images for more on the bands.) See you all there!

Tuesday, May 28th

David Simard (replacing Strawn & Moon due to injury)
David Simard's folky songs will please every fan of well written tales, theatrical vocals, graceful guitar riffs, and thick, steady drumbeats. He plays the sort of songs you'd expect a busker to play, that is, musically enchanting stories of friendship, travelling, love, and nostalgia. A piano, various wind instruments, fuzzy electric guitars, subtle acoustic guitars, an accordion, a cello, and his incredibly sweet vocal chords come together in a catchy and melodic package that does not rely on any cheap or cheesy tricks to be awesome. You would have to be made of stone not to be stirred by this local man's oeuvre.

Belgrave’s ethereal indie-rock is likely to please anyone who enjoys atmosphere-driven songs with intelligent lyrics. In the group’s pieces, steady rhythms led by tight drumming and spirited guitar strumming are draped in smooth and reverby vocals that may remind listeners of the 80s post-punk aesthetic popularized by bands like Depeche Mode and Joy Division. Belgrave’s take on rock is smart, well calculated, and utterly tasteful. It is both groovy and clever.


Hellbound Hepcats
How would rockabilly sound if it was a touch more badass? The Hellbound Hepcats, a power trio composed of an upright bassist, a guitarist and a drummer, have made it their mission to answer that question. They deliver irresistible songs that sound a bit like some the grand classics from the 50s, but infused with a little more speed, and a dash more inhibited passion. The vocals are slightly raunchier, the rhythm is faster, making the whole deal fun, driven, and just dirty enough. It might instigate nostalgia, as well as provoke surprise. In brief, it kicks serious ass.


Erik Lind & The Orchard

The snowy indie-rock that Erik Lind & the Orchard offers is folky in nature and high in quality. It is coated in blue sky, it floats like dust in a thick beam of sunshine. It swings between tranquilizing ballads and upbeat 70s-style rock songs, it relies on tight guitar melodies and feathery vocals, and it serves as an astonishing atmosphere for the band's exquisitely poetic lyrics. This crew's music is wholesome, in every aspect.


Adam Strangler
If you like high-quality pop-flavoured rock, then you will dig Adam Strangler. The four-piece band’s main goal is to throw as much fun as it can to its audience, thanks to a very colourful and glamorous cocktail of catchy riffs, complex guitar solos, and stunning harmonies (during which all four members sing along). As if it was not enough, the lyrics are finely tuned fables about human relationships, characterized by a refreshing literary complexity.

Wednesday, May 29th

The 444s

Pinpointing the exact sound of the 444s proves difficult. If it is rooted in folky acoustic rock, it also features funky guitar and bass lines, gospel-sounding sing-alongs, and garage-flavoured electric guitar riffs. It also has a progressive edge very typical of indie-rock, as well as cleverly written lyrics that are delivered with a soulful, theatrical feel. This joyful unit does not shy away from shaking things up when it's time to pick instruments: guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, Mellotron, organ, piano, Rhodes, accordion, flute, fiddle, cello, drums, various percussions, and several sets of vocal chords are used to put together songs that are likely to turn anyone into a wide-eyed spectator and a wide-eared listener.


Sometimes, in certain bands’ songs, it just sounds like the instruments are having a conversation. It seems like they interact with fluidity, and thus progress through an animated candlelit discussion over a bottle of red wine. In Heirloom’s cinematic and intimate folk, the clarinet, the cello, the upright bass, the guitar, the violin, the banjo, the country harp, and the vocals discuss softly or intensely, and offer each other a very articulate discourse. This band’s ambiance-centered approach and classical instrumentation give it a unique signature, one that is sure to transport you to a serene countryside in a just a moment of closed-eyed listening.


The Justin Saladino Band
When absorbing Justin Saladino trio’s funky cocktail of soulful blues and upbeat rock, one will understand one thing very quickly: these guys like to jam. Blazing guitar riffs, frenetic rhythms, and stout bass lines unite in this band’s sound to create a compelling mixture of mad franticness, raw live energy, and nonchalant complexity. Whether the three-piece decides to dive into bewildering fast-paced rock songs, or into passionate 12-bar pieces, they will not leave any listener indifferent. This band will jam your blues away, and might make you ask yourself the question: how much of this music is improvised? As you reflect upon this matter, it may be a good idea to hold on to your hat.

Daniel Isaiah
Besides being a part of Shoot the Moon and Percy Farm, singer-songwriter Daniel Isaiah writes and composes his own pieces. Such songs rely on the musicality of the words he chooses to write, on the gorgeous little stories that such words tell, and on the array of musical directions he likes to take. Folky ballads, gloomy waltzes, chansons françaises, fast-paced folky rock pieces: Daniel Isaiah is not bound by much, and certainly not by lack of skills. Magnificent poetry, quiet poise, and stunning aptitudes: a very efficient package.


River Jones
In River Jones’ melancholic folk-flavoured indie-rock, every ingredient is weighed very carefully. The result is a very guitar-driven aesthetic, in which heavy drums serve as the basis for a series of very well crafted melodies that are laid out with utter meticulousness. Moreover, this poised crew’s intimate lyrics are supported by the fluctuations of the atmosphere in the midst of which they are sung, and the two respond to each other beautifully. River Jones’ music sounds like a dusty log cabin in the dark woods, or like a crackling campfire on a dusky beach.

Thursday, May 30th

Diamond Bones

Hearing Diamond Bones’ floating synth-based electro rock feels like listening to your own dreams echo in the distance. The trio’s psychedelic pop envelops the mind with a drape of hypnotic melodies, without failing to display enough rhythmic enthusiasm to compel any shoegaze fan. It might make you lose yourself in your own spaced out imagination, or nod your head to the steady cushioned beat. Flying over it all, the band’s vivid and efficient verses are overflowing with reverb and youthful looseness.


First You Get the Sugar
The music of First You Get the Sugar rocks with a juvenile sense of purpose. It is, first and foremost, irresistibly catchy and fun. To achieve such a lively sound, the band employs original riffs and melodies that flirt with an array of aesthetics, including funk, pop rock, surf, indie-rock and folk. The whole is astonishingly orchestrated, and the result is sure to seduce anybody who enjoys music, period. To top it all, the lyrics are clever, light-hearted, and amazingly entertaining.


Po Lazarus
Sheer vocal talent is what sticks out in Po Lazarus’ country-leaning folk. He uses that silky, very unique-sounding voice of his to sing the blues, to talk of love, and tell soft little tales of hope and sorrow. The acoustic guitar wraps the whole thing up in comforting fashion, and makes his band’s music inspiring, solacing and reassuring. It is like candy for the soul.


The Comedy
When The Comedy rocks it out, it may sound soothing and airy, or it may sound burning and dirty. Distortion and grunginess often permeate the melodic vocals around which the four-piece’s oeuvre revolves, to give their relatively heavy indie-rock a bit of a noise vibe. The band also uses its fair share of reverb, thus dipping its music into an appeasing spacey atmosphere, one that punctuates the unit’s aesthetic very convincingly. Furthermore, The Comedy enjoys making its songs progressive, and so they are not afraid to make a piece shift from quiet serenity to sheer mayhem in the space of second. Fun stuff.

Life in Winter

Life in Winter’s music dwells in several areas of rock and folk: it uses drum patterns and guitar lines typical of 60s and 70s rock, as well as a dash of bluegrass-sounding banjo, and bass-guitar combinations that were popularized by modern indie-rock. Overarching these variations in style are marvellous three-voice harmonies, which are sure to take hold of listeners’ spirit and stir it smoothly. This experienced crew’s music is gently swaying at times, and moving quite vehemently at others. In both cases, it is musically tremendous, and lyrically stupefying.

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