By Carlos Oen
August 17, 2018
As the last sun rays of the day were shining on Granville Street, the clear and powerful sound of drums and guitars rolled out through the Roxy’s door. Like a melodic sent that ventures out in search of those with an appetite for good music, it effectively lured the right people in for a great night of live music with three Vancouver bands in tow.
Slowspell came first. All dressed in black, it didn’t take much for the five-piece psych/post-rock band to warm the stage. A potent vocal flanked by two electric guitars prolonged sustained chords, letting out elements of ambient rock. By their last song, all tables were claimed and the dance floor started to fill.
Colour Tongues was playful with dynamics, fast in their execution and with a fresh progressive sound. Australian James Challis has a voice that perfectly fits the project. A similar tone to that of Tim Booth from the Irish band James. Drummer Dave Taylor took the night. Confined in the drum corral he graciously moved from one beat to another with serious mastery. Cameras aimed at the drummer but the acrylic protected him from an on-focus image of his percussion feast. After playing a nice instrumental song, Challis publicly offered $50 to the person that could write lyrics. Three songwriters (form NYC, Iowa and Mexico City) silently passed on the offer. That song was really good, but experienced writers know lyrics represent fifty per cent of the rights of a song.
Guitarist Graeme Meekison is an ascending star. Quick with both fingers and pick. His guitar tapping and metal strums add to colour to the band. Daniel Re commanded the low frequencies in coordination with Taylor.
House band, Fully Loaded, was in charge of closing the night. Donna Benedicto´s and Ivan Vladikovic’s voices sang a well-liked repertoire of hits while in the crowd friends talked, strangers flirted and pints of beer were consumed.