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Mount Eerie, Calm Down it's Monday, and Snailhouse @ Sala - Oct 12th

Posted by Sarah / October 13, 2008

Mount EerieIf you weren't busy feasting on turkey and celebrating Thanksgiving last night, maybe you ended up getting some good musical times with friends instead of family over at Sala Rossa. Family being far, far away, I decided to hop over to see Snailhouse play some tunes. I hadn't really heard the two other bands before and lucky for us, it turned out to be a lovely surprise. Calm Down it's Monday is Julie Doiron's newest side-projects. She plays the drums behind her leading man, Dick Morello (if that is in fact his real name), also going under the name Fred and formerly known as Jaybird of the Sackville band Shotgun and Jaybird. Though I did like him better in the latter, it was still a very good set. Their music is stripped and bare, but nonetheless interesting, resting on a foundation of excellent song-writing.

SnailhouseThe band I was really there to see though, was Snailhouse. This solo project of the lead signer of The Wooden Stars, Mike Feuerstack, this band wears its name well. I think pretty much every time I've seen Mike play, he was backed up by different musicians, which makes his shows a renewed pleasure to see and hear. From what I understand, Feueurstack changes bands a lot and had different musicians playing with him in pretty much every part of the country. It's a pretty big collective with one fantastic musician holding the reins. His latest album, Lies on the Prize was just launched a few months ago, and I pretty much had to spend my last dollars of the week on it after his set last night, which is probably the best investment I could've made. His voice is poignant, the songs are folky, soft and mellow, and his talents for lyric-writing just keep getting better and better. Like he told me earlier today "This album is like a good cheese, it just keeps getting better". I also really enjoy the various contributions from guest musicians on the album, featuring an array of local talent, like the superb back-up vocals of Angela Desveaux for example.

Mount Eerie was a great headliner to this show. For most of his set he was backed up on vocals by Julie Doiron, and Morello on the electric guitar. The voices of Elevrum and Doiron harmonized flawlessly and the electric guitar was very quiet in the background, perfectly complementing the classical guitar lead and adding just a bit more atmosphere to the songs. The music was very soft and extremely quiet. The audience was so perfectly attentive that the cracking floors was pretty much all you could hear in the room other than the music.

Photos by SarahBrideau.com

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