David Vertesi Show Review – The Media Club Vancouver BC


Show Review – David Vertesi

The Media Club, Vancouver BC

Friday October 15, 2010

by Jade Sperry

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It was a cool night here in Vancouver as my friend Denis and I made our way to The Media Club to check out 3 Canadian bands – David Vertesi of the brilliant indie band Hey Ocean! whose debut solo CD Cardiography is set to be released on October 26, Vancouver band Run River and Edmonton artist Northcote (formerly of Means and The Emerson Letters) who debut EP Borrowed Chords, Tired Eyes has done well in Canada.

I was there specifically to cover David Vertesi’s show and although we arrived a bit late, the club was in fine form with many people there for David’s show. Shortly after getting a beer and drinking that down, David started his 45 minute set with “Gentlemen Say” which is the second song on his upcoming CD. As I began taking photos of him onstage, I noticed that the 100+ people were really into his songs from the first notes he strummed on his acoustic guitar. About 50 people began approaching the stage and sat down on the floor to enjoy themselves and listen to some fine music.

 

David Vertesi (left) and David Joseph (right). Photo by Jade Sperry

 

To start with, David is very musically inclined and really knows how to tell a story within a song. At times, the crowd clapped and got into the songs, but at all times people were listening to the songs. That is a high compliment from any crowd. He was joined onstage with a keytar and David Joseph (from By Divine Right) to accompany him with his songs. Every song was performed well and these two guys played flawlessly together. David’s storytelling within a song really reminded me of three artists whose elements I find in David’s music, especially live – Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Sid Barrett (of the early incarnation of Pink Floyd). With his deep baritone voice, David could mesmerize anyone. He sang “Mountainside” and “Jolene” with the raw emotions of pain and confusion and powerful vocals mixed into the songs. David ended his set with the song “All Night All Night All Night” which got a loud round of applause, whistles and shouting from the crowd. I managed to capture that final song on video which turned out very well. With that brilliant start to the night by David, the stage was set for the other two bands performing.

 

The crowd at The Media Club enjoy David's show. Photo by Jade Sperry.

 

Vancouver band Run River came onstage afterwards. I wasn’t familiar with their music, but I really enjoyed their songs and how they performed generally speaking. In many of their melodies and some chord structures, they remind me of Radiohead but with their own stamp on it. I did manage to get up and dance a bit and had some fun.

Northcote was the last and headlining artist on the bill and although I’m not familiar with Americana Folk/Roots music, I totally enjoyed his full sound with other musicians backing him from the previous band Run River. I thought they all played well together, and for this writer, I enjoyed the fact that different band members played with other musicians on the same bill. That is the spirit of the independent music in a vibrant scene such as Vancouver.

As I left the venue, I had and still have the vague feeling that something is brewing out here in the city of Vancouver, musically speaking. And I will wait and see if that feeling comes to fruition in the near future.

Album Review – Like A Martyr – As Long As You Don’t Get Caught


Album Review

Like A Martyr – As A Long As You Don’t Get Caught

by Jade Sperry

Album cover for Like A Martyr's "As Long As You Don't Get Caught".

Vancouver band Like A Martyr serve up some mighty tasty tunes that will have you and your friends rocking out in no time. With influences such as ACDC, The White Stripes and My Morning Jacket, the album’s standout song for this writer is “Pistol”, a funky, uptempo song with powerful raw vocals and jazzed out guitars. And it only gets better from there. Every song on this album is outstanding in its own right. With lyrics like “rock and roll / don’t you want to feel it?” and “i’ve been screwed by the law / why don’t you give us some more”, you just know this band is going places. Jeremy Allingham and Ben Henthorne, who are cousins and have that rare love/hate relationship similar to Noel and Liam Gallagher, really know how to write lyrics that everyone can relate to. The standout songs are “As Long As You Don’t Get Caught”, “Rock and Roll Made Me Do It” and “Worker 684”, this is straight out rock and roll at its best. Most songs on the album are 2 or 3 minutes long with one ballad (7th and Main) that has some awesome acoustic guitar work behind the soulful vocals. Matt Denny-Keys plays some of the funkiest bass lines this writer has heard in a long time. And one brilliant song that has some great lyrics is “You Selling Snake Oil”. This album is now in local record stores in the Vancouver area and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes powerful rock and roll.

Like A Martyr’s album release party is this Friday October 1 at The Media Club with special guests The Best Revenge and War Baby. Cover charge of $15 at the door gets you in as well as a copy of the CD. Vinyl is also available.

You can also check out the band at their various links through their website here.