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Kickin' It French-style @ the Main Hall

Posted by Nika / September 12, 2006

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photo by Geneviève Cartier

Is it just me or does anyone else find that the Main Hall is just not … just not Feng Shui? I mean, the stage seems to take up about 50% of the floor space and any show that attracts more than 80 people feels “packed." But wait, the worse thing about this venue is the bar and its proximity to the bathrooms. If you don’t already know the Main Hall, picture this: you sidle up to the bar to order a beer and you're not sure if the people there in front of you are waiting for a drink or waiting in line to pee. It’s disturbing.

Otherwise, Main Hall brings a shiteload of awesome bands to Montreal all year as part of the Mile End Cultural Centre. Saturday night was no exception as the the Coast, the Sound Team and finally, the French Kicks played for a “packed” house.

True to my own bad habits, I missed the first band, the Coast. But coincidentally, my photographer made friends with the guitarist while waiting for me outside the show. Ian, what a gracious man, made me a gift of their new self-titled EP. In return, I gave him one of my 128,065 Pop Montreal lighters ‘cause he’s from Toronto and it it seemed to please him immensely. Girls do stuff like that for boys.

As I shuffled between bathroom-goers to get myself a drink at the bar, the Sound Team took the stage and rocked out their brand of jammy-style tunes with head-bopping pop flavour. Not something I would necessarily run out and buy, but nice to tap your foot to. You know what really weirded me out? The fact they don’t really look like a band. Like if I crossed these guys on the street, I would think they were just a bunch of out-of-town frat boys, not a rock band. But they’re from Austin, Texas so that may explain a lot.

Not one minute too soon, the French Kicks busted open their set with a crash of cymbals and a bang of drums that basically didn’t stop until the last notes of the encore faded from our ears. “I love you French Kicks!!” a short girl timidly yelped from the floor. She covered her mouth with her hand, embarrassed by her amorous outburst. I can understand because this is one helluva handsome band, musically speaking*. Part of the new New York sound that’s been emerging from the annals of hipster Brooklyn for last few years, The French Kicks are far from being a bunch of wannabe rockstar kids who picked up their instruments only a year ago. There’s a sort of musical prowess and originality the Kicks possess that makes it so easy to respect them. The well-dressed crowd were all huge fans, heads down, hair flopping side to side, all skinny suits and thin ties. You’d think you were at a private boys school. Not really a bad thing to do on a Saturday night.

* OK, and the singer, Nick (that’s what he told me to call him) is exceptionally attractive as well. It may have to do with the stance he takes on stage, how he lifts his head and closes his eyes when he sings, the way his subtly plaintive voice murmurs its way into your secret places … the simple fact he’s singing into a mic on stage. Girls are easily impressed that way.

Discussion

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not / September 18, 2006 at 09:59 pm
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The Main Hall has got to be one of the worst venues on the island.
J Mac / September 19, 2006 at 11:54 am
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I occasionally agree, but the Mates of State show on Friday made me a believer in this venue again. The sound was (after a few songs of tweaking) as good as I've heard in this city. Plus, no pillars to block certain sightlines.
golu dolls / March 26, 2019 at 05:56 am
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Herbal Powder / March 26, 2019 at 05:57 am
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