Toronto. May 7 2016.
Eagles of Death Metal.
The Beaches and Dearly Beloved.
….with guests at Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, April 2, 2015
Thaw at the Shaw, Brought to you by local radio 100.3 The Bear, and attended by local radio legend Warren @thedieselbarris Barris.
TATS has generally been a sell out show. This year it seems headliner and former shock rocker Marilyn Manson wasn’t able to bring in a capacity crowd. Nevertheless, there were people a plenty.
Care Failure, herself no stranger to touring with Manson, this time with a fresh new line up for her Toronto based band Die Mannequin, was first up on the stage. Not a shock that they woke up the masses. Many had wondered how the new, less punk than normal, evil dance music, DM record, Neon Zero, would translate live. And the answer was provided right here.. It translates fucking perfectly, and is perhaps preferable in an “in your fucking face” setting. The fresh faces of Keith, Kevvy and J.C. seemed to fit well, and not a note was (noticeably) dropped. Failure played some older favorites, dropped to her knees to shred on her guitar, and left the stage as part of the show, a fairly standard night for her. She seemingly becomes possessed when performing, but never gives less than 125% of herself at a live show.
Genius that she is, Failure had the band perform the theme song for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which brought the crowd to an almost frenzied state. It’s pretty weird to hear a large crowd singing along for such a tune, but to see a room full of black, green and pink haired, block booted, frilly skirted, freaky contact lens wearing rock fans do it, is stunningly bizarre.
Die Mannequin spent a long time meeting fans and being especially gracious after their set, which was unfortunately not long enough. A return visit should be arranged soon.
California natives Deap Vally opened for Queens of The Stone Age at this very venue in 2013. At a time when Royal Blood are all over the radio, and being hailed for their uniqueness, Deap Vally are working their asses off, touring none stop, doing something twice as good as the British two piece, and yet the radio station that hosted this show, is not even giving them air play. Shame on you 100.3 The Bear. During the Deap Vally set, one particular gentleman appeared at the merchandise table, exclaiming that was blown over by the ladies and their live performance, which, when there are only two of you, to be good is something, to be fucking killing it, and have middle-aged dudes raving about it is not something that just happens overnight. Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards are rock stars. This accomplished duo has played at Glastonbury Festival, AND have made an appearance on Later With Jools Holland, a very popular, and long running show produced by BBC 2 in the UK, for appreciators of all music genres. This band doesn’t have a large catalogue, but you can bet your ass that when they make new music, it will never disappoint. Alas, another amazing performance cut short. But the crowd was there for Marilyn Manson, right?
Deap Vally also paid their dues, and hit the merchandise table after their set, and were both stunningly talented ladies were gracious and charming to all that approached.
So we still ask the question, were the crowd there for Manson? Well, he was there, and there was beer, and a long weekend on the horizon, so um, maybe.
Musically, this band is not at fault. Former Manson bassist Twiggy/Jeordie White has reunited with his old parter in crime, and was obviously a big pull. He also penned such tunes as Beautiful People and The Dope Show, so to see him perform them was likely a thrill for anyone in attendance that knows their Manson biography.
Manson himself is known as a smart, well-informed and savvy artist. This is his circus. He is undoubtedly the ringmaster, the leader of the pack, the man behind the mask. He is however, not well acclaimed for his live performance vocally. This was fairly obvious from the opening song Deep Six. But it’s all totally irrelevant. Now at an age where he would be an ass to parade in high heels and ladies lingerie, now looking a touch portly in his tunic style jacket, The Pale Emperor is so well established that the followers will be there, hell, high-water, or in this case, another dumping of snow. There are not many artists out there these days, that could persuade a room full of half cut metal heads to scream Hallelujah. Even at this most Christian of times that is Easter.
The sheer satire that is a Christian church, stained glass window style banner, with the face of one Brian Warner in the guise of a holy man says it all really!
HALLELUJAH, and Amen to that.
Edmonton needs more shows like this. Diverse artists, giving music fans a taste of new and exciting noise, with a little history for dessert. Local radio needs to take note and widen their horizons.
KG April 3 2015
When people cannot box you into a catagory or music genre you are generally labelled rock and it is left at that.
Toronto based band, Magneta Lane are not about to leave it at that. Of course, this all female trio has already learned to embrace the Girl Band monicker as they have aged. But they were so on the ball with the most recent release on EOne records Canada, that they generated their very own genre. “People will always catagorise music, but we took back our power and did it on our own terms.” Lead vocal and bitching witch, Lexi Valentine told TiTT.
Released on February 14 2013, Witchrock was bound to raise a few eyebrows. The content is not all love and romance “and if you don’t treat him right bitch, I will,” is the general direction we are headed! Dark humor disguised as love songs, for a Valentines day release.
When Valentine told discussed all things Magneta Lane with TiTT, she made it quite clear from the start that it was tongue in cheek and a sense of humor was necesary. A ten year veteran of the music business and yet still only in her mid twenties, Valentine is smart, savvy and sounds shit hot.
If you are a 35 plus listener, or just an avid fan with a wide ear, you may well hear the influence of Grace Jones, Shirley Mansun, Kate Bush and Hazel O’Connor in the singers voice and there is a definitive Brit Pop topping mixed up in Witchrock!
Valentine tells TiTT “I was a classically trained singer until I was twelve, then I just started to sound like a pubescent boy. I do think my voice is getting better with age though.” So, from Soprano to Pavarotti. While the beard and belly is not evident that is of no matter! “Of course there were also rules in the training, which I never liked. So many rules. But after I heard rock and discovered there were no rules, I knew right away that is where I fit in.”
Musically Valentine; vocals and guitar, Nadia; drums and French; bass, have no formal training. Valentine seemed very proud of that fact. “I had, I think one guitar lesson and realized my hands were too small and so taught myself. Nadia just bought a pair of drum sticks and started beating out tunes on furniture and French has never had a bass lesson. It has been great that our parents have always been really supportive of us as far as music is concerned. Nadia was 15 when we were signed. I was 17. Everyone thought were 19. The clubs wouldn’t have let us play if they knew we were not 19! I hope, in 100 years, if I decide to have children that I am a parent that doesn’t tell her daughter no. It could certainly have a very negative effect on a young girl. I know that once you have a passion for music you are stuck with it. It was very weird having to figure things out at such a young age. Nadia had to change schools with about a year and a half left because we had a video on Much Music and the girls at school were starting to find out what we were doing.”
Valentine explained that Witchrock was a kind of stop gap for them musicallly. “We still have more songs in post production, but we really wanted to give our listeners something new, it has been so long. Also we wanted to still be passionate about the songs while they were still fresh. You can expect a full length record hopefully by the end of the year. A video for Burn will be released shortly and we are already putting together ideas for a tour of Canada, The USA and then hopefully Europe, all before the end of the year.”
This could be seen as a re-birth for this very talented and smart trio, is that how they percieve it?
Valentine is very adamant when she says “We are so much more involved in the business side of our business now. We were not so much when we were younger, we had a lot of other people working for us. But it can save your life to be in involved. Kids want to be Kurt Cobain, but you really have to be Donald Trump too. It is important to be smart. You know the girls that make videos with thier boobs hanging out, they need to be smart. For me know I’m older it is less of a selfish endeavour and that helps too.”
Valentine is so right. She is giving up her life, to give you art that should be listened to, enojyed and cranked fucking loud. Be sure and take a trip down Magneta Lane.
by Karen Graham 27 March 2013
Appearing at Rockpile in Toronto on June 22. 2012.
Automan with guests Last Bullet and Finding Core