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Sunday, October 02, 2005

The High Dials win over Brantford

Listening to: Our Time Is Coming Soon - The High Dials

On this Friday past, I had the privalege to go to The Ford Plant's presentation of the Stills with openers The High Dials. Seeing as I'm not totally familiar with where all the streets are in Brantford I finally found the place after about twenty minutes of aimless driving thinking the show would have already started. What is this Ford Plant you might ask? (www.thefordplant.ca) Well on the corner of King and Coulbourn is this former store front that now serves as a stage interestingly making the featured bands also viewable from the outside. The whole place is about as big as a fair sized livingroom making for one of the most intimate venues I've been to yet. With capacity set at or around one hundred bodies even the bands were astonished at its cozy confines.

The show got off to a late start seeing as the Dials were heading to Manchester to play in a music festival the next day and still hadn't made flight arrangements. After a few brief apologies they set to work and kicked off thier show with a couple of decent tunes from thier 60s inspired first album A New Devotion. Mind you, it was thier soaring vocal harmonies led by a haggled looking Trevor Anderson and lush guitarlines compliments of Robbie MacArthur that we're soon winning the crowd over once thier brilliant new material came out though.

War of The Wakening Phantoms is easily one of my favourite albums this year; musically rich and undeniably well written, it features a diverse range of influences - and live, it did not disappoint. As the night went on they got stronger and stronger - they knocked off excellent versions of The Holy Ground, and Sick of the Old Fire before wowing the crowd with an energetic rendition of Our Time Is Coming Soon - nailing the mesmerizing buildup and furious climax found on the album version. To top that off bassist Rishi Dhir relinquished his duties to MacArthur only to play the most inspired Sitar accompaniment I've ever seen; taking the crowd on a wild ride of a version of the instrumental Things Are Getting Better from thier first album, clocking in at almost ten minutes. With echoes of more hook filled bands bands such as the Stone Roses, Ride and the Boo Radleys not to mention the bits and pieces of the whole 60's generation found throughout thier set, the finale was definitely the funnest, and most groove laden piece played by either band, inciting the crowd into clapping, stomping and bobbing along throughout the whole thing.

The band seemingly satisfied with thier effort afterward signed cds and openly engaged in conversation with freshly minted fans. A reasonable ending to thier tour of Ontario before heading across the pond for ten days, and, upon thier return, recording the first video for the new album likely to be The Holy Ground. The possibility exists that they may return again later this year in another short tour upon the video's completion. It would be well worth it to see them again should this come to fruition. Untill then, here's to hoping that people everywhere get turned on to the Dials infectious sound of melody driven music.

Top 31 condensed version plus deleted scenes....

Listening to: Memorize the City - The Organ


So.... I figured to make this a true fave list I would post it in simplified, unadulterated form and add just a few (hehe) of the honourable mentions at the end.

1. How Soon Is Now - The Smiths
2. Slide Away - The Verve
3. Over the Wall - Echo and the Bunnymen
4. Me and Guiliani Down By the Schoolyard - !!!
5. Svefn G Englar - Sigur Ros
6. Just Like Honey - the Jesus and Mary Chain
7. Best Man's Fall - the Trashcan Sinatras
8. Something I can Never Have - Nine Inch Nails
9. Second Skin - the Chameleons
10. A Day In The Life - The Beatles
11. Standing Here - The Stone Roses
12. Orpheus - David Sylvian
13. Little L - Jamiroquai
14. A Fast Driving Rave-Up With the Dandy Warhols Sixteen Minutes - The Dandy Warhols
15. Voodoo Ray - A Guy Called Gerald
16. There She Goes - The La's
17. William It Was Really Nothing - The Smiths
18. Fragrant - Paul Oakley
19. The Promise - When In Rome
20. Pounding - The Doves
21. Higher than the Sun - Primal Scream
22. Toast - Streetband
23. Stop - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
24. Sunshine Smile - Adorable
25. Sensoria - Cabaret Voltaire
26. All My Friends Who Play Guitar - Starflyer 59
27. Teeth - The Prosaics
28. Walkman On - SSQ
29. Summer - Mogwai
30. Let It Flow - Spiritualized
31. A Forest / Forever (live) - The Cure

and the honourable mentions go to....

Joy Division - She's Lost Control, Hooverphonic - 2 Wickey, Slowdive - Alison or Blue Skied and Clear, Love and Rockets - Motorcycle and Yin Yang and the Flowerpot Man, Doves - There Goes the Fear, New Order - Vanishing Point, Paul Oakley - Be Lifted Up, Sianspheric - Nothing Stands, Depeche Mode - Clean or Halo, Dandy Warhols - Every Day Should Be a Holiday, Pulp - Pink Glove, Stone Roses - This Is The One, the Zombies - Time of the Season, Duran Duran - Freinds of Mine or Waiting for the Night Boat, Suede - To The Birds, Manic Street Preachers - La Tristesse Durera, Belle and Sebastien - Dirty Dream #2 and Seymour Stein, Massive Attack - Inertia Creeps, Antonio Carlos Jobim - Girl From Ipanema, Orbital - Halcyon, KLF - What Time Is Love?, Killing Joke - Love Like Blood, Japan - Adolescent Sex and Quiet Life, the Timelords - Doctorin The Tardis, Interpol - Say Hello To The Angels and Not Even Jail, Magazine - The Light Pours Out Of Me, Gang Of 4 - To Hell With Poverty, Flesh For Lulu - I Go Crazy, Ride - Twisterella, Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning, Sonic Youth - Kool Thing and Superstar (breathtaking Carpenters Cover),The Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais, English Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom, XTC - Makin Plans For Nigel, Psychadelic Furs - President Gas, and just about anything from the rest of the Smiths catalogue.

I know theres a lot, but any one of the honourables could have snuck in, and I really had to fight to get it down to 30....er 31. At any given time this will be different seeing as theres always some new band to discover, or an older one to recapture a warm place my heart. Perhaps I'll tell you about them along the way...