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Julie & The Wrong Guys and Slow Down Molasses at Vangelis
February 2, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - February 3, 2017 @ 12:00 am
Julie & The Wrong Guys with Slow Down Molasses presented by Gladeye and CFCR at Vangelis Tavern
Julie & The Wrong Guys represents the perfect mix of the musical world’s most polar opposites. Genres as diverse as folk, indie rock, punk rock, grunge, and metal are simultaneously filtered through a distinctly Canadian lens, channeling the vast geography, diverse climate and barren emptiness of the country into a cohesive, exciting musical sound.
Back in 2011 Julie Doiron enlisted Mike Petersand Jaye Schwarzer—known best for their long-time tenure in Cancer Bats, reigning kings of Canadian metal and hardcore—to fill in some shows on drums and bass, inviting country-meets-punk troubadour Eamon McGrath to round out the sound on fuzzed-out guitar. High profile tours of Ontario, Quebec and the East Coast soon followed and the rest is Canadian indie rock history.
Live, the band is nothing short of a spectacle: Schwarzer’s earthquake-inducing bass tones, Peters’ tribal bashing of his kit, and McGrath’s energetic, ferocious and sweaty guitar solos serve as the perfect vehicle for Doiron’s heartfelt and emotional melodies which weave in and out of the sonic barrage that surrounds them, although somehow neither volume nor silence ever outweigh each other. The jaw-dropping fury of Julie & The Wrong Guys, tamed by an equal passion for both the spirit of punk rock and the delicate beauties of songwriting, truly has to be seen and heard to be believed.
Slow Down Molasses are a six-piece indie-rock collective described as “the Broken Social Scene of the prairies” by Toronto’s Exclaim! Magazine. Taking cues from the wide-open spaces of their home, they craft expansive, texture-heavy pop songs that break into storm squalls of drone, delay and feedback. For their next record, 100% Sunshine (out September 2016), they have teamed up with Tony Doogan of Glasgow’s legendary Castle of Doom (Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub) for a new sonic chapter. Honing in on a sound that’s both more subtle and more violent than their previous work, 100% Sunshine floats and rumbles, combining pop hooks, singalongs and soothing nuances that build into dizzying choruses without sacrificing tension and atmosphere.