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Monday, 13 August 2018 14:10

Queens of the Stone Age Live Review

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Queens of the Stone Age

w/ Eagles of Death Metal

Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC

August 4, 2018

 

By Lawrence Denvir

 

Let’s face it, scalpers are fucking scum. Sure at times they can show usefulness in that odd time you choose to hit a show at the last minute, but mostly they create an artificial demand that inflates ticket prices – sometimes out of reach of true fans.

 

Step in Aurora with their Illumination concert series – a celebration of music, arts, legalization, and culture in all its diversity. It’s a chance for a handful of verified fans to see their favourite bands for free. And yes, due to the limited availability there will be those left outside the venue disappointed; however, those lucky enough to get inside will have a memorable night.

 

Case in point, Queens of the Stone Age with the Eagles of Death Metal at the Commodore Ballroom. With a capacity of just under a thousand people, the venue allowed fans to be treated to a pretty intimate experience with one of today’s biggest rock bands. Keep in mind this is the same band that, just back in January, packed Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum (capacity of 17,500).

 

The band blasted through a seventeen song set included a healthy mix from their extensive album catalogue. Josh Homme, frontman for Queens of the Stone Age, towered over the crowd with his imposing height. But regardless of his physically intimidating stature, fans felt welcome to dance around by his friendly demeanour and songs like “Feet Don’t Fail Me” and “The Way You Used To Do” – both off their latest album “Villains”.

 

The crowd bounced around while wristbands provided to them by Aurora were synchronized with the light show. Attendees were clearly energized by “No One Knows”, the song from QOTSA’s album “Songs for the Deaf” which brought mainstream attention to the band.

 

Personal highlights included the underrated “Turnin’ on the Screw” and the cowbell-infused “Little Sister” – the latter apparently a request a fan made earlier that day.

 

The opening act, Eagles of Death Metal warmed the crowd up with a high-energy set.

 

“I’m playing with my best friend in the whole world tonight,” quipped EODM frontman Jesse Hughes referring to Josh Homme. “I’m the luckiest motherfucker in this town tonight.” I’d say there were about a thousand fans who would disagree with you on that one, Jesse.

 

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Queens of the Stone Age set list:

1.       A Song for the Deaf

2.       Do it Again

3.       Feet Don't Fail Me

4.       The Way You Used to Do

5.       If I Had a Tail

6.       Misfit Love

7.       The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret

8.       No One Knows

9.       The Evil Has Landed

10.   In the Fade

11.   My God Is the Sun

12.   Turnin' on the Screw

13.   Domesticated Animals

14.   Hangin' Tree

15.   Smooth Sailing

16.   Little Sister

17.   A Song for the Dead

 

 
Friday, 10 August 2018 23:11

SPECTRES Under Artoffact Records & New Album coming early 2019!

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Vancouver-based post-punk crew SPECTRES inked a 5-album deal with Toronto-based Artoffact Records last week, and for those who have not heard their work, the entire catalogue of past albums will be reissued! Also included is a new album, which will see release early 2019!

Formed in Vancouver, BC in 2005 and commonly cited as kicking off the renewed interest in the post-punk sound in Canada, SPECTRES emerged from the DIY Punk underground and have released three spectacular records, toured both the United States and Europe, and have been praised for their genuinely original blend of post-punk and goth-rock.

Vocalist and founder Brian Gustavson wanted to blend the grassroots and independent ethic of anarcho-punk with the anomie and cold, modulated sounds of 1980’s Post Punk and death rock. Though the band’s output has matured with time to embrace a wider range of new-wave and shoegaze influences, their ethos remains rooted in anarcho punk. The blending of these influences allows for the curious juxtaposition of 80’s influenced pop sensibilities with lyrics that explore the alienation and cynicism of modern life and the search for hope in an increasingly terrifying world. One of the band’s core strengths is its sonic aesthetic, which ranges from brooding and confrontational dark punk to ethereal pop influenced dance anthems. SPECTRES’ live show harkens back to their punk origins bringing a direct and aggressive approach to their performances intended to convey a feeling of estrangement and urgency to the audience.

The band's three albums, Last Days, Nothing to Nowhere, and Utopia are all streaming on Bandcamp and will be reissued on CD on October 19th.

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