Instead of focusing on a single performer today how bout the entirety of Friday night? Good grief this thing’s loaded. Here’s our plot for the evening, what’s yours?
Illitry - Friday 8:05pm on TD/Arkells Stage
I’ve been following these guys for a few years now. I’ve seen them numerous times, but it doesn’t stop me from catching more sets from them. They’re always developing their live performance, adding new songs and dosing old songs with fresh elements. Troy is a man possessed on stage and Chester’s recent percussive additions add a whole new dimension to the band’s electro-organic sound. Every performance is supported by the band’s complete energy. Other than that, you never know what this band are going to do and that’s what makes them such an exciting band to see over and over again.
DEAD TIRED - Friday 8:45pm on Hamilton Community Foundation/Exclaim! Stage
I’ve heard from reliable sources that this new project from George Pettit should not be missed. There’s nothing to listen to online, which I actually think is pretty cool. You have to see them live to be on the in. I can’t wait to be on the in.
The Dirty Nil - Friday 9:15pm on Hamilton International Stage
I missed this band’s live performances for years and whenever I told someone that they looked at me like I was a lunatic. Then they opened for Protomartyr this summer and everything about the set was gloriously unbridled and my mistake of missing them before that was fully realized. If you’re reading this you’ve probably already seen them live…I think I was the only one in the city that hadn’t. It’ll be fists and bodies in the air and boring jobs and inhibitions squashed under your shoes in the streets of downtown Hamilton. It’ll be all time.
Arkells - Friday 11:00pm on Hamilton International Airport Stage
Arkells blend a powerful rhythm section with a rock sound that is criminally smooth. Lyrically, they’ve never been afraid to dash an album with songs of politics and love. That it comes across so casually is what’s most impressive. On first hearing a song from this band it’s hard not to get caught by their hooks and electricity. Better still is the depth of their songs, full of robust production and themes that beg to be explored. This will be the first time I’m seeing the band live and I’m beyond stoked. I’ve also held off on really diving into the new album so that I can experience them in the best possible way - at an explosive hometown show with all of my friends.
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