By Max Maxwell
June 17, 2014
“Greasy” is the adjective that comes to mind whenever the band The Slabs is mentioned and this particular night was no exception as these garage rockers mounted the stage, much like a dog mounts the arm of an overstuffed sofa. Looking his shitty best, Kamil Krulis amused concert goers with a spectacular stage outfit complete with a red cape and a worse-for-wear wolf mask, introducing themselves as the border-delayed band The Shivas and then Led Zeppelin. Festival goers got right into the show with such soon-to-be-classics such as “Rickshaw” and “Not My Kind.”
Calgary’s very own The Mandates took the stage tall and proud to turn out another one of their spectacular stage shows. The crowd bobbed and rocked out to the boys in the band’s raucous and rocking sound as these booted and blaring men seamlessly blended elements of punk, a hint of rockabilly, and whole lot of good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Their polished movements, wide-legged stances, and well-worn licks did an amazing job of wowing the audience, not that it should surprise these vets of the local scene.
Equipped with a microphone, a lap top, and a virtual miscellany of high-tech glowing gadgets and gizmos, Sarah Kelly, better known as Tigerwing, took the stage looking like a nouveau rap star in an oversized baseball jersey, oversized skull necklace, and metallic lips. At times, her performance was dark and haunting as the lower stage filled with her trademark sound of bleeps and bloops and reverb-laden and layered backup vocals, while other times it was lighter and harkening back to the era of mid-to-late nineties dance. While seeming somewhat shy at first, her stage presence was most definitely felt by the second half of the show.AB, Alberta, Commonwealth, Sled Island, The Mandates, The Slabs, Tigerwing