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The Walkmen @ Sala Rossa - September 9th

Posted by Sarah / September 12, 2008

The WalkmenWhether we like it or not, it appears as though fall is creeping onto us here in Montreal. It's a sad truth, but in those days where we have to start putting on the layers, I always find a bit of comfort in knowing that concerts are starting to rain on us at a rapid pace. My favorite festival of all is going to Pop! within a few weeks, but in the meantime, we're lucky enough to have a bunch other amazing concerts to see. This week I checked out two fantastic concerts at Sala Rossa. First one of them being The Walkmen (other one I'll post for later).

I have a tendency to immerse myself in the wonderful world of Canadian Indie music with Radio 3, but that often leads to overlooking some great acts that happen South of the border (U.S., not Mexico). Over the last few weeks I've been tuning into Left of Center, which has sort of filled that void in my greater Indie music awareness. It's while doing that that I first heard The Walkmen. One of the songs I heard on there was their big hit, In the New Year.The Walkmen 2

I didn't exactly know what to expect with this band. Maybe I've said this before, but to be completely honest, I'm getting a little tired of hearing the same Indie acts over and over again, even if a handful of them are extremely talented. The influences always seem to lead to different versions of the same songs. I'd say that one of the great things about a band that's NOT from the big Canadian Indie pool, is that there's definitely a different set of influences that play into the band's style. I was pleasantly surprised to see that a great deal of The Walkmen's music seems to be influenced by the way-back Rock n' Roll oldies. I don't mean the 70s stuff, I mean stuff from like the 50s and early 60s.

Visually speaking, they seem to be going for that look as well. They were all dressed with button up shirts and their instruments all seem to have a lot of history to them. I would say that it's mainly the rhythm section that's responsible for that wonderful old-time feel. The drums are very hot on the high hats while the bass drum mainly serves for beat support in a very minimalist way, topped off with a subtle modern savoir-faire. The instrumental melody section is very vaporous and drifty, which is where I think it gets most of it's more up-to-date style. The sounds are all very old types of treatments that we don't hear so much anymore. The organ sound reminds me of an antique organ we used to have in my grand-parents' living room when I was a kid. I'd even say that the singer's voice technique is somewhat of a phenomenon. It's brought to his highest pitch and, most of the time he keeps the melody at that point. A challenging exercise to say the least, but executed flawlessly. I don't think I heard him sing a false note even once live. I also LOVED the two horns they had playing with them.

To tell you the truth, I didn't expect much of this band before the concert, but they have won me over. A very very excellent live performance never hurts. They really grew on me since I bought the album at the show as well.

Photos by SarahBrideau.com

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Jeff / September 13, 2008 at 01:02 pm
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The Walkmen are awesome good.
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