You could never go wrong with a show at Crobar. Well, sometimes you can, but for the most part you’re almost guaranteed good vibes. The Costanzas had put the night together to celebrate the release of their debut LP, along with friends Pseudo from Toronto and locals Foolish and Blake Bernett. It was one hell of a night that had everything including prizes, Super Smash Bros, great music, and lovely souls.
Blake Bernett stepped onto the stage with a guitar in hand and a tambourine on foot to open the show for a packed house. It was an intimate one-man show that was highlighted by some clever writing and humorous storytelling. Bernett had the crowd engaged in his performance and everyone seemed tuned-in to his good-vibes vibe. He sang about heartbreak, magic 8-balls, public displays of affection, and included a theatrical performance recounting the story of a serial cereal killer. Bernett played also played the ukulele, and delivered some heartfelt lyrics and stories, which is always a respectable trait in a performer. Check out some of his tunes right here to see what you missed.
Next up were the lovely folks in FoOlish. The reggae trio features Alex Jurasek (vocals, guitar), Miranda Zolla (bass), and Paulo Max Riccardo (drums, bird flute). This gang is undoubtedly one of the hottest bands on the Montreal scene at the moment. Zolla and Riccardo provide an uber tight rhythm section that lays down severe grooves. There wasn’t one person standing still during their set. Add to that the smooth vocals delivered by Jurasek and some soulful guitar work, and you’ve got yourself a good time every time with FoOlish. They played songs from their self-titled debut EP such as “Goodman” and “Wanted,” and had people singing along. The bass lines on “Wanted” carry aheavy and smooth groove, while the vocals and guitar sneak into your soul and get your insides feeling all warm. The band also pulled out five new songs that they’ve been working on for their debut LP, which should be out in the coming months. Keep your eyes and ears on this vanilla reggae trio and definitely do yourself a favour and catch some of their live vibes. You could see them next at the Ceilidh Pub in Ste.Anne de Bellevue March 14th.
Some inter-provincial action also went down with Pseudo from Toronto joining in on the party. They turned up the juice with their alternative punk mojo and prepared everyone for the headlining act. It was pop-punk that was delivered with a lot more punch than one can usually expect, while maintaining the inherently feel-good feelings. Their performance of “Slump (Rink-A-Dink)” from the band’s LP Renovations is a great example of what I’m trying to say. Pseudo’s alt-punk sound brings pop-punk into the mix alongside emo and progressive elements to create a sound that could be difficult to pinpoint off the bat because of its unique flavor. Either way, the crowd showed them a great time as everyone prepared for The Constanzas.
In between sets, people were checking out merch, playing Super Smash Bros on a small tv set up on the same table, chatting with friends and meeting new people. Good energy filled the room all night long. By the time The Costanzas were ready to take the stage, the good vibes were concentrated to full intensity to help fuel their headlining show. Conor Antenucci (bass, vocals), Nick Brown (guitar), Alex Pace (guitar,Moog MG-1) and Thomas Belander (drums) took the stage to put the final nail in the coffin. They were also joined on stage by Brenan Andre (saxophone) who helped deliver the band’s debut LP So Long in its entirety. Songs like “Everything’s Fucked” had everybody dancing all over the place. It was a crushingly high-energy performance that had everything from moshing to crowd surfing. Mid-set the band started giving away prizes, and they had the audience eating from the palm of their hand for the duration of their set. Whether you classify their music as punk, ska, jazz, noise rock, or a mix of it all, The Costanzas make sure you feel what they’re trying to do, and the energy on stage mirrored the craziness going down on the dance floor. Every single drop was juiced from their performance as they played an encore for the rowdy crowd before hitting the final notes on the night.
Credit must be given to Palden Khe-Changsoo and The Costanzas for putting on such a fun time. Blake Bernett, FoOlish, and Pseudo were all perfect matches for the bill and helped make the night that much better. Crobar will be hosting Robfest presented by GrimeyMTL March 9th to 11th and you can catch The Costanzas on the Sunday bill, but be sure to check out the entire line up as well. It’ll be another banger weekend at Crobar for sure.
Written by Ben Cornel
*edited by Kate Erickson