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Pop Montreal 2006

Still Rockin' Out

Posted by Chip / October 6, 2006

Sloan, Yoko Casionos, Flames @ Le National, Oct. 06, 2006


After opening for the Stones in front of virtually the entire maritime population a couple of weeks ago in Halifax, one may have expected Sloan to saunter into Le National and go through the motions at their POP Montreal show.

Add that to the fact that (sometimes) front man Chris Murphy’s voice wouldn’t allow him to sing with his usual vigor, you may have expected a guns ‘n’ roses-esque rebellion by the fans.

Not the case.

Playing in front of a decidedly smaller crowd, Sloan rocked out. They sounded every bit like a band that has honed their performance skills over 15 years of being together. It was an hour and a half of jump kicks, flashing lights and a solid rock set. Playing a set of new singles from their 11th album and favorites from the past, they made it hard to get the tunes out of my head long after the show.


For me, Sloan had always been that band you know about, kind of enjoy their music, but never really get into. At least not like the 20 or so die-hard fans who were achingly chanting SLO-OAN, SLO-OAN, etc. before the show, during any lulls, and in an effort to bring back their favorite band for an encore. This brought up an interesting side thought, “does every long-lasting, popular, Canadian rock band have to have cult-like fans who annoyingly chant the band’s name in such away as though they’ve decided it’s their trademark?” The other one that comes to mind is HIP, HIP, HIP, HIP, etc. Ok, so maybe there’s only two, but at some point you can’t help but think that band has thought about changing their name to something un-chant-able.

At one point, guitarist/singer Jay Ferguson thanked the crowd for, “sticking around and watching this.” Which made me feel a little guilty for not joining the die-hards up front, until I made up for it with my hands in the air clapping throughout the rest of the show.

Coming out for the encore, Sloan were joined by members of opening act Yoko Casionos. It became immediately obvious that the bands had a great rapport and genuinely enjoyed playing together. The encore was filled with smiles, in-song whispering between band members, instrument swapping, and of course, good tunes.
Before Sloan took the stage, Yoko Casionos didn’t take long to get the crowd’s feet tapping and collective heads’ nodding. They played a number of catchy tunes from their debut album, These are the Old New Times. If you like happy, pop-rock music with great harmonized vocals, this BC band will quickly be in your good books.

Apologies to Flames as we couldn’t arrive on time to see them open the night up.



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