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The Morning Benders - So Hot, the Fire Department Crashed the Show

Posted by Sarah / November 7, 2010

DSC_0003.jpgWhen I arrived at Cabaret Mile-End last night to check out The Morning Benders show, I was faced with quite a scene: the fans were on the sidewalk, there was yellow "caution" tape, about five fire-trucks, police cars, the whole shebang. It was a surreal scene really. The people surrounding the venue seemed to be in shock, and really cold. Many of them didn't even have coats on, and it's not because they didn't want to look above the weather or because they didn't want to pay for "coat check".

Apparently, while Twin Sister were about to start their set, the Montreal Fire Department showed up and evacuated the Cabaret Mile-End because there was a fire. No time to grab your coats people - "There's a fire. You need to get out, calmly, but right away". According to my sources, there really was a fire, though not in the venue, but rather in a container behind the building.

When I arrived, super-pumped to see a show I had been aching to see, I found myself perplexed by the scene - and I wasn't the only one. Promoters were trying to get some warm shelter for the fans, Cabaret manager and production staff were running all over the place to see if they could still make that show happen or at the very least get the patient fans their coats while the firemen were dealing with all the fire stuff. The fans on the opposite side of the street were confused, cold, and looking for some answers (albeit calmly so): was this show still going to happen?

One thing remained clear though, the fans were willing to wait to see the show, even if it meant freezing half to death on Parc avenue for a couple hours. Meanwhile the production people were working hard to make it happen for them. I was impressed by the professionalism with which this mini-drama was handled: even with contradicting instructions from the authorities' about the possibility of securing the venue in time to let the show go on. I was about to leave once I got an apparently clear answer that the hopes of the show happening were gone with the wind. Fortunately for me, and for every other fan who were patient enough to stick around, turns out this wasn't true. mb-3.jpgAbout two hours after the Cabaret Mile-End was originally evacuated, we were permitted to go back inside the venue and wait while the musicians were rounded up in order to continue the show.

The patient crowd was rewarded with a fantastic show and one round of drinks on Greenland Production's tab. Considering the above-mentioned, there was still a decent audience in the comfortable and spacious venue. Twin Sister played for about an hour before the much anticipated Morning Benders took over the stage. Though they still look like four high-school boys, there's nothing juvenile about their talents for writing and performing solid songs with excellent lyrics and ingenuous melodic arrangements. There's clearly a very "old school" influence in both sound and style, but it still doesn't quite sound like something straight out of the sixties. This is to say that there's something modern about the themes and in the style of the songs that also reflect current musical trends. Though this live performance wasn't quite as free as I feel it had the potential to be, the was nonetheless not much else I could point out in a reproachful way - besides, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The show ended with the lead singer, Chris leading the the fans to sing along to the wonderful hit, "Excuses" (pictured below). All is well that ended well.
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Photos by SarahBrideau.com

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Obiwan / November 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm
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Actually, OBERHOFER, the first that played, was really good, a nice find. Similar to Animal Collective in some parts. The second band Twin Sister was super mega ultra fuc'n boring. And after the fire incident and all the waiting and shit, when Morning Benders was on stage, i was super bored and tired and i decided to leave the show after a couple songs. The Morning Benders isn't for me after all. All this was a big letdown.
Sarah / November 8, 2010 at 11:24 pm
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well, everyone is entitled to their own likes and dislikes.
Thanks for your comment, and I'm glad you at least had a good time with the first band. Good to know.
Charles / November 10, 2010 at 12:13 am
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All great finds; OBERHOFER's quote of the night 'Montréal is my favorite city, after New York City'. Twin Sister's lead singer Andrea was too cute - I actually started liking mug cups after seeing her with one on stage. And the keyboard player as well - too much style oozing from this band.
Everyone was too likeable and very approachable. And very glad The Morning Benders stuck around and played the show malgré the very bad smell of burnt carpet.
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