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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Arctic Monkeys/Spinto Band - Montreal - March 22, 2006

Came back early this morning after seeing the Arctic Monkeys and The Spinto Band at Spectrum De Montreal. The crowd was wild (crowd surfing, moshing, etc!) and the bands delivered. The Spinto Band seemed a bit flat and tinny. The sound quality issues didn't help the fact that they looked like little kids (striped polo shirts, baby faces) and their seemingly lack of any real presence. Sure they sounded good and they had lots of energy, but I didn't feel the connection.

The connection was felt with the Arctic Monkeys, who most definitely lived up to the hype. A lot can be said for the crowd - which absolutely loved them and seemed to know every lyric (this seems to happen at every Montreal show). They were punky, sharp, and flat out rocked. Made me think what a Sloan show would be like in one of the Canadian provinces.

Overall it was a great experience, helped by great sushi, real wasabi, and fun company.

Click here for pictures.

Arctic Monkeys - From the Ritz to the Rubble.mp3 (via MyExBestFriend)


  • At 9:06 PM, Blogger Flatlander said…

    Nice photos.

    How was your early meeting?

  • At 7:16 PM, Blogger jds said…

    I actually did pretty good at that meeting. Many thanks for the 30 minutes of sleep I got on the way home from the show. But as the day went on the harder it got. I just about fell flat on my face at 3pm.
    You do what you've got to do.

  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger mindlessgirl said…

    if you could see me right now, i would be sulking...have let my "grown-up" life interfere with what life should be...good for you for taking a stand(who needs sleep, that IS what meetings are for, anyway)...i also missed editors on tuesday and myself and merchmikey had passes to SXSW handed to us on a silver platter which we also had to pass on...so i suck, you rule! am happy you enjoyed the show in montrobec...i shall live vicariously through your exploits, b/c i am pathetic incarnate!

  • At 6:15 AM, Anonymous MerchMikey said…

    Ditto on the pathetic incarnate moniker.
    What, no Futomaki photos?

  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger jds said…

    The plan was to provide photos of the dining experience (the presentation was top notch), but alas the camera was left in the car. That always seems to be the case.

    Yes, meetings are good for sleeping, but only when you aren't the one running it. I've heard somewhere that snoozing in front of 20 business folks is in bad taste.

    Getting out to shows is a tricky affair. I have two things going for me: 1. The mother of my child has different tastes in music then me, and 2. She supports me in my exploits. Of course there's always limiting factors and I don't get to go to everything I wish (such as The Editors last week and various music fests), but I'm appreciative.

    Hoping that I can live the fun life enough for a few of us to enjoy. Do let me know when you do make it out to a show in person. It's definately much better that way.

    I bet getting so close to SXSW was painful. It hurts me. I'm vowing to make it up to the Pop Montreal fest this fall. It's a tricking time of year, but a great opportunity and really freaking close.


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