Festival: Wavelength Day 2 - Sold Out!!!!!
Venue: The Garrison

Night 2 of Wavelength 16 saw us back in The Garrison on a night that saw the venue packed to capacity for good reason. From start to finish another excellent evening saw everything from art being created to a spell bound crowd sitting on the floor of The Garrison…

The combination of both audio and visual elements were showcased by the opening act Versa (artist Monika Hauck and musician Alex Ricci), who performed a series of instrumental songs driven by drums and bass with an effects pedal, delivering mid 1970’s Hawkwind soundtracks to a backdrop of painting, which was projected onto a screen courtesy of a series of camcorders. The addition of a sax player a few tunes in added to the mix developing into a free form jazz session with both distortion and the higher pitched delivery over the bass/drum line creating a different dimension. With each tune resulting in another painting, never has the term ‘production’ meant so much.

SynBrit Rating: 3/5

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Website: Versa
Twitter: @versaavy
You Tube:
Live at Nuit Blanche



Hailing all the way from Sackville, New Brunswick ‘queer neo-grunge duo’ Lucy Niles and Josée (Choder) Caron had expanded to a five piece as Partner stormed through an 11 song set strong on teenage angst, love, sex, drugs, friendship and a whole lot more. Each song provided a brief insight into each subject and highlighted some excellent song writing/vocals as ‘Hash’, Personal Weekend’ and ‘let the Chips Fall Where They May’ were beautifully delivered and then despatched. Despite the rapid song turnover the band still found time for some self-deprecating humour that only endeared them even more to a growing and appreciative audience. Using a borrowed lighter to add slide guitar to the mix showed both versatility and creativity to change the mood, but retain the interest. ‘Everybody Knows you’re High’ followed as did a new tune ‘Play the field’ before the last song ‘Ambassadors of Ecstasy’ cut too short an exceptional set.

SynBrit Rating: 4/5

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Website: Partner
Twitter: @partner_band
You Tube: Everybody Knows You're High


Occasionally and I mean very rarely, do we find we’ve reached the end of a set and haven’t made any notes. Beliefs achieved that rare distinction with a set that was as intense as it was unexpected. Delivering a driving set of Cure–esque proportions and based on a platform of atmospheric vox, power drumming, jangly/distorted guitars and rock solid bass lines, we were blown away, If you don’t believe us then click the links below as be as impressed as we were. In case you were wondering, yes we bought music

SynBrit Rating: 4/5

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Site: Beliefs
Twitter: @wearebeliefs
You Tube: Leave With You


The briefing note described Toronto based Soupcans as a ‘Noisy aggro garage punk trio’ and they got that right. The band consisting of, Dean M'Allon, Juicy G and Giovanni Ricci
tore through a high octane set of short songs, some new and some from their latest release ‘Soft Party’. As with many Punk bands these days, their influences show through o occasion and the Black Sabbath elements made the overall sound much heavier in places. In terms of vocals, a high pitched shouted delivery belied the actual structure of the songs, which are very strong and show a deeper talent.

SynBrit Rating: 3/5

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Website: Soupcans
You Tube: Lost Drugs



Closing the evening in spectacular fashion were Duchess Says from Montreal, listed as ‘Dance-punk veterans’, which was a perfect description for what was to come. From the moment she took the stage, Annie-Claude Deschenes didn’t so much deserve your attention as she dared you to look away. Through a set that contained ‘Narcisse’, ‘Mayskovsky’ and ‘I Repeat’, the sound was epitomised by pounding dance bass lines, almost barked vocals to full on punk vocals and worm boring tunes that once in your head, stayed there. The theme of audience participation continued with the Deschenes physically commanding the floor, which lead to the audience being seated throughout the new single ‘Negative Thoughts’ and shortly thereafter had the crowd on stage. The carnage continued with ‘Cut Up’, which then saw Deschenes physically transported, on someone’s shoulders, to destroy part of the cloud art displayed. ’Black Flag’ then brought the house down before the set closed out with the audience yelling for more. If you like Joy Division, Siouxsie and A Certain Ratio, you will love this band. If you don’t like those bands, you will still like this band, just see them, just don’t make direct eye contact with Deschenes as may never look away….

SynBrit Rating: 4/5

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Site: Duchess Says
Twitter: @duchesssays
You Tube: Black Flag

Until next time......The Moose
Versa - Wavelength Day 2

Versa

Partner - Wavelength Day 2

Partner

Beliefs - Wavelength Day 2

The Beliefs

Soupcans - Wavelength Day 2

Soupcans

Duchess Says - Wavelength Day 2

Duchess Says