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Said the Whale @ L'escogriffe - June 11th

Posted by Sarah / June 12, 2008

SaidtheWhaleAt first, I wanted to go check out this show because Said the Whale has been touring with Dan Mangan. As it turns out though, he wasn’t opening for them for this particular show but I decided to check it out anyway since they’ve been getting a lot of attention from Radio 3 and it sounded like a fun band to see. Said the Whale is a young Indie Pop band from Vancouver and last night they played a short show with no opening act at L’escogriffe to a pretty small but warm drunken crowd.

They have some pretty good songs that are excellent for road trip mix tapes. They’re fun to listen to and the tunes are pretty danceable. They do the cute, pretty pop songs well, but the more "minor key" songs are rougher to listen to.

They’re good musicians and the band is pretty tight, but they’re young and they sound young. It seems to me like they haven’t quite put their finger on what makes them special and unique yet. They have some pretty steady grooves that come out frequently in their songs and those are very enjoyable and well done, but even though there are some great songs in there, their repertoire isn’t consistently awesome.

SaidtheWhale2I was talking to one of the band members before the show and he was telling me that they get compared to other bands quite a bit. I can definitely see why that happens. The thing with being very comparable is that it usually means it’s not very original. They have a lot of potential but they really need to work a bit more on what it is that makes them special and unique so that they can distinguish themselves from the sea of other Canadian Indie bands out there.

What do you think? Would you rather listen to something distinct and unique that’s hard to describe? Or perhaps you enjoy the bands that offer you a medley of everything you already love and just have a fun good time with it?

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Darren / June 23, 2008 at 01:36 pm
I see what your saying. I have seen them a few times in the past couple years and they are certainly a fun band to watch. I have both albums and can somewhat understand you point about them sounding similar to some other bands, but then again I can say that about almost every Canadian indie band. I have found after listening to there last two releases that they definitley have a distinctive sound. Distinctively westcoast. Which is probably why im such a fan.
Sarah / June 23, 2008 at 01:41 pm
I was listening to Radio 3 this weekend when one of their songs came on. It was a pretty great song that I enjoyed quite a bit.
I'm not saying I don't like them, because some of their stuff I really dig. But like I said in the review, I think it's going to take some work on their part to be consistently great... does that make more sense?
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