This past Wednesday December 5th, photographer Michael and I went to go check out a few rock bands at L’Escogriffe on St-Denis, a welcomed break from the 9-5 grind.
The show started promptly at 21:00 and the small venue was already fairly full of audience members waiting for the first band to play. Kicking things off was a Toronto based, alternative rock trio, called Ready The Prince. From what I can gather they’ve been together since 2015 and consists of Stephen DeCiantis on bass and vocals, Daniel Prada on guitar, and a drummer who’s name I’m not sure of since they’ve had a few. The one listed on the latest release is Bradley Thibodeau. They played an eight-song set, and at first I thought they sounded perhaps a little generic. They changed my mind with the tracks “Note to Self” and what is probably my favorite track of theirs, “Cliff Diver.” They finished with their latest release “Torn Up” which was pretty kickass, too. You can give it a listen on their Bandcamp.
Next up was the psychedelic blues group The Space Wizards. Less than two years old, this trio calls Montreal home and the members are William Cote Munroe on guitar and vocals, Johnny Giancaspro on bass and vocals, and Evan Giancaspro on drums. They also played aneight-song set which opened with a song I really liked, “On The Loose.” A couple other tracks I really dug were “Into Space” and “Fill My Cup,” which you can listen to on their Bandcamp page. They played and killed a cover of Jimmy Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.” They ended their set with a slightly heavier track, “Mind In Tatters,” and the fan-filled audience was stoked. They also mentioned they have a full-length, ten-track album coming soon called Adding Colour which I’ll be keeping an eye out for. I’ll definitely be checking them out again.
After a short interlude, finally the headliner for the night took the stage, a mighty duo by the name of Cleopatrick. The duo from Cobourg, Ontario is Luke Gruntz and Ian Fraser on guitar and drums respectively. They’ve been friends since kindergarten. Although most would consider them rock, they are certainly doing something original and interesting. They’ve been on tour since mid-September with shows in Europe and all over North America. It was their third time in Montreal and it was their fifth-to-last show. They jumped right into it with their track “Sanjake” which set a heavier tone for the room, and I loved it. They also played a few tracks from their new album, The Boys, including “Daphne Did It,” “The Depths,” “Hometown,” and “Calling it Off.” During the set guitarist Luke managed to surf the crowd while still playing. The audience members were gentle with him, though, as it’s a small venue. I really enjoyed their whole set. They flow from one track to the next, always keeping the energy hyped. They ended with my favourite track, “Youth,” and no encore left us wanting more. On a side note, the Sunday before the show at L’Escogriffe they were featured on the Strombo Radio show where they were interviewed and played three tracks. You can listen to it here, the Cleopatrick bit starts at the 1 hour 44 minute mark. Enjoy!
Written by Joey Beaudin
Photography by Michael Kovacs
*edited by Kate Erickson