I ended up missing Brighter Brightest when they were in town two weeks ago and in some ways I'm kind of glad because this show on their way back to Toronto appealed to me a lot more. Mostly because of the venue, I don't really like The Park Theatre, but The Death Trap is awesome. I've seen the most shows there this year and it's quickly becoming one of my favourites in Winnipeg. We needed a small all-ages venue and this more than delivers.
Plus the opening local bands appealed to me a lot more this time too. First up was The All Night, one of those guys is an AbsolutePunk member and has sent me numerous private messages so it was cool to finally see his band. They were pretty decent, I had to miss some of it because of an interview with the headliner, but from what I caught I enjoyed. Recognized songs like "Wasp Country" since I ended up with their EP through my work placement at Uptown in January. Next was Dangercat who I caught with Living With Lions. Their set didn't change much, there was more moshing, but that was about it. Apparently they have a new drummer too. It was good though.
And Brighter Brightest, they had a pretty good turnout and sounded great. They sounded a little rough performing on MuchMusic a few weeks back, but that certainly wasn't the case last night. They kicked off their set with "All I Know" and "Everyday," which are the first two songs off of Right For Me. They continued with new songs before launching into a cover of "You Know How I Do" by Taking Back Sunday. It sounded awesome and I hope they release a recording of it sometime. That's who I think of when I listen to this band so it was the perfect fit in many ways. I don't think of The Maine, I think of TBS, Fall Out Boy, The Starting Line and Brand New's Your Favorite Weapon. They're bringing back the sound AbsolutePunk was founded on and unlike countless other bands they actually do it justice. They tossed in "Welcome Home" off of their EP, which is the first song I heard by them. And then they closed with the title track "Right For Me." It was a very intimate set and I'm really glad I got to experience it. I think these guys have the potential to blow up in Canada and while I'll go see them regardless, I do prefer my shows like this.
This was my first time seeing Stu because school made me miss the last two shows. And he was awesome, definitely more energetic than Matt was. It was a crazy show compared to last time I saw them. That’s getting to be a long time ago too, all the way back in 2008 with Carpenter and Aspirations. Matt was even sick that night so Chase had to take over the vocals.
Although I shouldn't be too surprised by the craziness. I heard some dude almost cracked his head open and had to be taken to the hospital in April. The crowd was bigger than the one for Sharks, but it still didn’t seem like they sold it out. I think it was the perfect venue for them. It was mostly less talk, more rock. Except when Chase broke a guitar string and Stu started telling a story about how he staple gunned some guy in the chest earlier that week. My favourite part was hearing “Maple Drive Is Still Alive” because that song is absolutely amazing. I was blown away the first time I heard it and they did the live version justice. “A Bottle of Charades” was fun too since the crowd really got into it.
This isn’t the exact set-list, but it’s pretty close. They only played for about 40 minutes and no encore or anything like that:
Later Is Better
Mark Has Bedroom Eyes
Maple Drive Is Still Alive
When We Were Young
A Bottle of Charades
She’s A Hack
Heartsounds were decent. The vocals sounded a little fuzzy, but I think that was the venue’s fault and not theirs. They played three new songs (“Drifter” “Elements” “Don’t Talk With Your Mouth Open”) and the rest were from the first record. Their set was about the same length and they took some time to chat with the crowd. Apparently it was Laura's 25th birthday last night.
Dangercat opened and they had a bigger crowd than Heartsounds. I know they’re local, but still! Those people could have stuck around, especially since the Living With Lions guys made the effort to show up in the crowd. Anyway, I like the songs I grabbed on Facebook. I liked them enough to give them a news post. And while I enjoyed their set, they didn't blow me away like I was expecting they might. They're still a new band though so I'm definitely not writing them off at this point.