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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.

12 Comments:

At October 3, 2005 at 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At October 3, 2005 at 6:06 PM, Blogger laro said...

what is this about the post being removed, I can still read it!

Damnit, I knew I shoud've gone.

 
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