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Forest City Lovers and The Sunparlour Players @ Cagibi - Pop! Montreal (Oct 4th)

Posted by Sarah / October 5, 2008

Forest City LoversPop! Montreal has done it again! 5 days filled with some of the best Indie music and lots of other events to check out as well. What a truly spectacular time I've had. Last night I went down to my friendly adjacent-neighborhood coffee-shop/resto, Le Cagibi (formerly known as Café Esperanza) to check out a band I absolutely love, the Forest City Lovers. Their album, Haunting Moon Sinking, was pretty much my soundtrack of the summer. It's soft, sweet Indie rock sounds are dreamy and filled with lovely lyrics, melodies and harmonies. My only complaint about it is how short it is. I just make up for that fact by listening to it twice as often.

To be honest, I've never seen Le Cagibi so packed in my whole life. The show sold out just before The Sunparlour Players went on. The event was taking place in the back room and the stage was one of the smallest I've ever seen. For 3 people, it sort of works if there's not too much equipment, but The Forest City Lovers had 5 members playing last night. The stage was so full, one of their members started out the set playing in the closet in an effort to get out of the others' way. Like one of them said at one point, they were basically beating each other up with their instruments with the slightest movements. The band was squeezed in tight, but so was the audience. The room was a sweat-box filled with friendly souls. It sort of felt like an insanely packed and calm kitchen party. The atmosphere was at its most intimate: very nice and laid back, much more relaxing than a bar show for sure.

Sunparlour PlayersAt first I felt a bit claustrophobic, but as soon as The Forest City Lovers started playing, that was replaced by a feeling of total enchantment. They sounded just as great as you could expect them with a 5 piece band. It was beautiful and an absolutely appropriate venue for such a show. I would've been nice if they could've cleared out the tables to make more room for everyone there though. I felt bad for the people squished in the back who probably didn't get to see much of the show.

During the set break, I took the opportunity to go out and get some fresh air. While outside I struck a conversation with a guy who told me all about the crazy Italian family parties he experienced while visiting some relatives for the first time last summer.

The last band of the evening was The Sunparlour Players. I've heard them quite a bit on the radio and sort of liked them, but had no expectations as far as seeing them live. I was amazed at the amount of energy that emanated from the trio. They quite literally blew me away. What a fantastic live performance they put on! Except for the last two songs they played, most of their songs sound the same. But when after the first song all you want is more of the same thing, this type of deal works. There was nothing boring about the similarity here. Instead, the songs just got more and more engaging as the set went along. I was pleasantly surprised by this band and would definitely recommend their intense live shows to anyone who likes folky-rock stuff.

I ended up meeting a whole bunch of people there, and many who were in their first few months of living in Montreal. Most of them were here for school (seemingly all attending McGill strangely enough) and coming from various part of Ontario and the States. Everyone was so friendly! How great it is that festivals like this can not only bring us fantastic music but also new friendships. After the show me and my new friends went for some drinks and dancing to some of the best old-school beats in town at the Green Room.

I hope you all had as great an experience as I did Pop!ing around the city these past few days. What were your highlights? disappointments? Who did you meet? Who did you see? I'm actually pretty sure I spotted Buck 65 and Shad (Polaris 2008 nominee) in the audience last night. Did you make any great discoveries? Tell us all about it!

Photos by SarahBrideau.com

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marc / October 6, 2008 at 03:18 am
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this show was amaazing. I have never seen the place so packed with people! They should have given the band a bigger venue, I bet they'd still sell it out. Way to goooo Pop, good choice and good match. LOve the forest city lovers.
Marie-Claire / October 6, 2008 at 10:49 pm
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AGREED!
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