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Pop Montreal 2006

Feeling Loony - Tapes n' Tapes@Pop

Posted by Omar / October 8, 2006

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At least once during each song that Tapes n' Tapes performed, I would suddenly lurch mid-snore out of a moment of sleep. I'd pop open my eyes and slap my face silly trying to focus on the stage. Thankfully my chortled-death gasping snores did not trouble the audience nor the band playing at the Ukranian Federation.

This midly narcoleptic behaviour had nothing to do with the band and their performance. It had to do with working on a film set for two days without sleep (the film industry sucks ass). So I'll continue with the review with this disclaimer: Tapes n' Tapes probably deserve a better reviewer - perhaps someone who would have remained awake during their show.

Despite sporadic dozing (and yes, I was drooling as well - honesty is such a lonely word), It was easy to see that Tapes n' Tapes were a great show. Though the room was hardly packed, the audience was made up of whooping and hollering fans, cheering the songs they liked best and standing/dancing all the way through. The Minneapolis quintet - so hyped by Pitchfork and the blogsphere (there is a funny movie on their website about this) - were actually really down to earth, unpretentious and even a bit dorky, albiet in a totally endearing way.

And though my eyes were often shut, the music continued playing in my head. Funnily enough, the music never stopped flowing between my dream state and waking states. This, of course, made it very hard for me to distinguish between the two modes. Did the guitarist really just disappear into a haze of smoke? Whoops, caught myself dreaming again. I don't know much about the science of sleep, despite having recently seen a film with that name, but I think that's testament to the strenth of their music.

They played it loud, fast and filled with energy - something that even the album cuts do not always manage to convey. Though the lack the ferocity of bands like The Pixies, Replacements or Wire (bands they are often compared to), they managed to convey an easy going, breezy familiarity with the audience, and that's no small deal for an emerging band.

And then of course there was that fire-breathing woman in the corner with her small army of winged monkeys and serpants...or did I just dream that part?

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