Concert Review: 36?, Aruba and Laura Hickli Live at the Ship & Anchor

Thursday 22nd, August 2019 / 13:15
By Sebastian Buzzalino

Photo: Sebastian Buzzalino

Ship & Anchor
August 21, 2019

The Ship was packed for 36?’s hometown show between legs of their extensive, ongoing American tours. Featuring the full band and a room full of friends, 36? ripped through their set with their trademark manic intensity, swirling and dancing on stage like broken reflections in a funhouse mirror. Frontman Taylor Cochrane, clad in a spectacular silver jacket, held the crowd in his hands as he mangled the microphone stand between dance moves, leading both band and room through a frenzied list of 36?’s best songs. It was a breathless show that, once again, cemented 36? as one of Calgary’s finest bands.

Relative newcomers to the scene, Aruba, were direct support as the super group of super friends, featuring familiar faces from bands like All Hands on Jane, 36?, The Tontos and The Rumble, turned the party up with their Jimmy Buffet-meets-drunken-yacht-garage-rock antics. The band is pure fun no matter how you look at it, just a feel good hit for the summer that was perfect on such a sticky, hot night.

Opening the night was Laura Hickli, who brought her emotive and powerful dark pop into the open. With songs about hardship and trauma, Hickli’s voice kept the gathering crowd spellbound in her trance.

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