tarting into a residency for the month of February down at Front and Church, Paint clearly did not relish the impending “Snowmageddon” that hung like a pall over the city. The situation was overblown but the TTC was practically empty and the streets were clear.
It was a fun fun night with a triple bill headlined by Paint with friend Erika Werry and a comedienne who raconted funny tales from her literate book of life and lent the night the right touch of quirkiness that took one back to the days of Meryn Cadell back at Elvis Mondays at the Beverly Tavern. The comfy by the fireplace confines of the basement of C’est What with its small one step from the floor riser was a contrast to the rock and roll staging of The Horseshoe that has had its slew of bands such as The Demics or Change of Heart or Teenage Head. However intimate C’est What is there have been events such as NXNE or acts such as Arlene Bishop or Jeff Buckley that have been held in the space.
Quirky would be one word that could describe Erika Werry who sang her own artysongs from her down by the beach East coast Halifax pier point of view with a Jane Siberry touch [which is a good thing in our book] backed by three exemplary musicians on standup bass, guitar and drums.
Erika told stories about her father and fishing for fish. Her accompanying musicians told me where to find the music. All just downright lovely to listen to and watch play on stage. Her next gig for her fans is March 2 at Tranzac.
Once again Paint are:
Robb Johannes: vocals, guitar
Mandy Dunbar: guitar, vocals
Marcus Warren: bass
Andre Dey: drums
arading through a setlist of about ten songs, they went through songs of the past and three new ones amongst many that were written over a Christmas break to be broken in before heading to the studio. Including new song Vampire, the whole night proved worth the trek for the sound of Paint was as ebullient and chimey as ever with ringing guitar and harmonies and vocals hallmarking their Edge-inflected sound. Infected by the comedic mood of the evening Robb tried cracking a couple of bad jokes or two. Mandy should have slapped him but she gets to hit garbage can lids next show.
Their single of the moment is Madonna with its recently released video shot on the rooftop before Marcus fell over the edge. We think Marcus survived, he does have that Franz Ferdinand style BELIEVE on his bass. But as their signature tune is Strangers which brought about the attention from CFNY 102.1 the current favourite song maybe the opening End of the Reel or If The Walls Could Talk. Before they closed off the evening as Robb introduced the band the Mandy and Marcus showed off some musical licks and riffs that indicate they have been holding out on us. Can’t wait to hear more of what they have in store. Paint were hoping no one would be stranger by the end of the night. Or is that strangers.
Recently sent from Paint Central:
Thanks for making last week’s residency show #1 a success! Here is a review of last week’s show by the wonderful and funny Mr Joe Mac:
Tomorrow night is show #2, and we are very excited to welcome the amazing Mittenz and their brand new drummer (who is also celebrating her birthday!). In between sets you will be able to enjoy the comedy stylings of Mark Ingram.
C’est What?, 67 Front Street East
$6, 19+ Doors at 9pm.
Hope to see you all out!
Don’t forget ToRD opener on Saturday with Gore Gore Rollergirls defending their boot against the mighty girls in red of Death Track Dolls.
And oh this showed up from New Skids. We’re all in trouble now.