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Start getting excited for the second Midnight Poutine Showcase, Apr. 28 @ Jackie & Judy

Posted by Greg / April 19, 2012

2012419-Saxsyndrum.jpgThe first Midnight Poutine Showcase couldn't have gone better. The bands sounded great, about 120 people came, nothing caught on fire and no load-bearing structures were significantly damaged. We figured we'd keep pushing our luck by holding another show every month indefinitely.

This time we're bringing you four acts that come from different sonic places but share a sense of experimentalism and percussive energy. We're especially honoured and excited that Saxsyndrum, the drum/sax duo of Nick Schofield and David Switchenko, will be releasing their new LP, Flying Fortress, with us. The duo fill out their simple instrumentation with mad effects and lots of looping and delay, and their high energy shows bend listeners' minds and get them dancing at the same time.

But first up will be a rare performance by Prime Cuts, a musical project with Riley Fleck from the Arbutus-signed TOPS, who released an enthralling four-song EP last year. The drums-as-lead-line approach is like James Brown meets an awesome cosmic freakout.

Then it's BZARYN, the new incarnation of Armen at the Bazaar, who has shown up on this website more than a few times in the past. BZARYN is a solo performer who builds songs with loops of fury that are equal parts pop and shoegaze.

And finally, before Saxsyndrum hit the stage, our local favourites Technical Kidman are gonna up the intensity level to about one million ga-gillion intensity units with their tranced out, diesel-powered jams. I interviewed the band just over a year ago right after they put out their killer debut EP, and at this show, for the first time, they will play a crop of new songs from their next release. Pretty sweet coming from the band that the founder of Pop Montreal called "Like Spiritualized if Spiritualized were more fun, less cerebral and more into the ritualistic dance circles."

Just to make this even more exceedingly cool, one of our favourite local artists, Ohara, designed a special poster with pink furry monsters and a full moon and a giant poutine. Check it out below, along with a compilation of the showcase bands' videos.

For more information on the show, visit the event page here, and go here for a chance to win a pair of free tickets. Watch the site for the next week and a half as we present interviews with the bands, as well as the exclusive release of a single from the forthcoming Saxsyndrum album.


Saxsyndrum, Technical Kidman, BZARYN and Prime Cuts play at Jackie & Judy (6512 St. Laurent) on Saturday, April 28
Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm sharp
$10 at the door only



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