Last week I had the chance to attend not one, but two Library Voices shows here in Vancouver. As I've mentioned before, Library Voices is one of my favourite upcoming Canadian bands, and neither show disappointed. Yelling along with their lyrics was definitely the highlight of last week which coincidentally was my Spring break!
Library Voices has been touring constantly for at least the past two years and they're starting to get some wide recognition. They have tons of literary influence along with a strong dose of good old Canadiana — they are from Regina after all. Following are some photos I took at the shows.
February 15, 2009 at The Media Club:
The Media Club show was definitely the best. The venue is slightly larger and for whatever reason everyone at the show was just... nicer.
Here are some pictures from February 18, 2009 at The Railway Club:
As kind as Library Voices were to come to Vancouver twice, Vancouver was not nice to Library Voices. While they were here they had about $10,000 worth of gear stolen from their van. Here is an appeal to get there gear back from CBC Radio3 on YouTube:
If you haven't listened to them yet, check out their Myspace page; they're really nice people and it's been great to see their fan base grow. Definitely excited to see them come around again!
Just stepped in the door from a night of quality music! Some friends of mine hosted a show at Lick in Gastown and I thought I would give a brief description of the night. First up was...
Search Parties — These guys got us all to a great start with their limitless energy. Too bad it was too hot in the venue for more dancing...
Catamaran — Their cutesy guitar lines and lyrics are still rolling through my head, I just wish they could have been clearer as the drums were too loud. I've seen them before and they still resonate for me as a band worth watching.
Library Voices — I had seen this group before in their band National Frost and it didn't take much convincing to bring me back. They have tons of collective energy and manage to stay away from being muddy despite having eleven members. They have a great mix of rhythm and fun melodies and someone complimented later saying "these guys make me happy and good music should do that." I even bought their CD! Definitely check them out if they hit your town or city as they seem to be touring constantly.
The Barcelona Chair — Mikey and Adrienne created the perfect blend to help bring the evening back down. They have lots of emotion and complexity, something I am finding more each time I see them. They are somewhat reminiscent of groups like Boards of Canada or The Album Leaf but with considerably more edge.