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That Guy From the Strokes

Posted by Olivier / January 15, 2009

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There was good news and bad news last night at Green Room for Nickel Eye's debut concert in Montreal. The good news is that Green Room is back to hosting concerts after a couple years of license problems. The bad news is that even Green Room's intimate atmosphere could not save Nickel Eye's cold and empty performance last night.

Featuring bassist Nikolai of The Strokes, this indie rock/folk outfit has little charm. Nikolai fronts the group with lead vocals and both acoustic and electric guitar, but it often looks as though performing music is the last thing on earth he wants to be doing. Some of his tunes are moderately catchy, but rather than breathing life into his music with his live performance, he makes it seem like a chore. And for the audience, it often was. By the end of the show, there was tepid applause and not even a hit of a desire for more music, or any emotion other than relief the show was over.

To be fair, this was Nickel Eye's first show and they're still working out some kinks, and the reason there was no encore was mostly because, as Nikolai pointed out, "this is all we have". For hardcore Strokes fans, this might have been enough to sustain their interest in a night of mediocre music, like Seinfeld fans watching Julia Louis-Dreyfus' crappy sitcoms. For me, "last night" just made me nostalgic for the early years of this decade.

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15 Comments

Jeff / January 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm
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ouch to bad to hear.. I almost made the trip to see it. hope we are not asking ourselves "is this it?"
mike_G / January 19, 2009 at 02:18 am
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If we could only go back to 2002.
G / January 19, 2009 at 02:20 pm
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I miss the good old days
When we was young, oh man did we have fun

My ex says I'm lacking in depth
You say you wanna stay by my side...
O-bag your head's not right.

Alone we stand, together we fall apart...
I think I'll be alright

I ain't wastin' no more time.
S. / February 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm
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yeah man. Limp Bizkit was the shit.

am i right folks?

i always hated Limp Bizkit.
S. / February 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm
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yeah man. Limp Bizkit was the shit.

am i right folks?

i always hated Limp Bizkit.
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