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Wet Nose Hero CD Release Party - Eastern Bloc, August 29th

Posted by Sarah / August 30, 2008

Wet Nose HeroWhat do you picture when you hear the name Wet Nose Hero? I see a cute little puppy looking at you with his big eyes and wet snout. I also see the naive innocence of a dog ready to jump when you jump. There's something very genuine and almost childish about the hero-ness of a dog. In both of these senses, the name is very fitting of the local band Wet Nose Hero. Their music is cute, genuine and unpretentious. Last night, with a fantastic live show and party, they were launching their new CD, Congratulations Ha Ha Ha, at the Eastern Bloc.

Sarah Mangle's voice has the fervor of a child who sings its favorite song. Though this not the type of singing we're used to hearing so much, and because of that it took me a few listens to get used to, but it's lovely sweetness has finally drawn me in. Much like Joanna Newsom's quirky lyrical and vocal style, Wet Nose Hero is an acquired taste; for that exact reason I feel that it has something special about it that stands out from other local acts. Don't take the "childish" reference too far though, it's not crackly and off key; in fact, it's quite the opposite. Leading the band with Ukulele in hand, Mangle has a sweet voice to sing her simple and authentic lyrics.

What really struck me when I first heard the band though (and amazes me continuously) is the string section of the band. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a great string section. The thing is, over the past few years, Indie musicians have been introducing non-traditional instruments into their bands. Like a friend of mine once said about Indie bands: "OOO, so you can put a French Horn or a Ukulele into a Rock band. So what? Do you really think that's all it takes to make you special or unique?" Truth is, no. A quirky choice of instruments does not a good/unique band make. You have to be able to do more with it than play them well. You have to be able integrate the instruments of a band in a unique manner and make some good music while you're at it in order to be noteworthy, right?

Like someone else pointed out to me last night, most Indie bands that have strings don't really give them the same supporting role and qualities that they originally had in orchestral ensembles. With four members on the strings, a leading Ukulele, a supporting Euphonium, and the occasional drums and piano, it's still not the choice of instruments that makes Wet Nose Hero a unique band. It's the brilliant string arrangements that makes the essentially simple songs soar, giving them a solid classical edge. Wet Nose Hero and their new album is a fantastic effort that adds itself to the list of noteworthy Montreal talent. Their live performances really live up to their album as well. Congratulations Ha Ha Ha!

Photo by SarahBrideau.com

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saint blackbird / August 30, 2008 at 05:21 pm
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A seriously magical show. Sarah is a grown up little-orphan-Annie, singing her guts out, sliding down the bannister, her little orchestra quick to follow.
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herbal powder / February 9, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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