On the night of the first World Series game between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, the great Canadian Punk bang GOB was making their presence felt in la belle province at Underworld in Montreal. I had the privilege to go check them out.
Having met and interviewed the guys from Gob earlier this year at Amnesia Rockfest, I was exited to see them perform. I had missed their set in June, but I wasn’t going to let that happen this time round. Before they hit the stage, four other bands were set to strut their stuff.
The first band up was Lolita Frequency. While they came out with good intentions, I found their performance fell flat. I had a really hard time understanding the lyrics (so much so that I couldn’t tell if they were in English or French). However, I can only blame bad audio for this beccause the band was definitely giving a good performance, with superb drums. I can only hope to catch this band again to get a better appreciation for songs like “Bottom’s Up” and “Rabbit Hole” The members were definitely humble, thanking everybody involved not once but twice.
Next up was The Maxwells, a band with tons of energy and eager to please their fans. Unfortunately, the set change between the two bands took longer than scheduled, so we didn’t get a full set. However, we did get enough to know this is a band to watch out for; they’re young, eager, and talented.
Their first song performed set a pace and kept on swinging for that knock out. Their set, only six songs, was quick but efficient and left you wanting more. The highlight for me was “Please Stay”. It was catchy as fuck and about drinking… Bonus! You can tell that this band knows how to build a great live set; it just kept getting better and better as time progressed. What really sticks out is how each song is unique, taking a different shape from one to the next. I really look forward to seeing this band evolve. With hard work, practice and persistence, I expect big things from them. Do yourself a favor and check them out next time they are in your neck of the woods.
The last local band of the night was Monarchs of Disarray. From their first note, you could feel the powerful melody they were rocking. The riffs and their music just sounded great! I felt their set was tight, and most of their songs did sound similar, which could be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. The singer was into it and wouldn’t let this crowd stand still – he wanted to see you dance and was very grateful for all in attendance. Fans loved it and that’s all that mattered. At the end of their set, the band left to a full on chant of, “MOD!” from the crowd. One thing that set MOD apart from the other bands on this night was that they introduced each member of the band. I loved that.
Finally, it was time for the first touring band Seaway, from Oakville, Ontario. This pop punk band came and brought much happiness to the Montreal crowd. Singer Ryan Locke took no time in making sure the members of the crowd were nice and snug up front as they all lined up maybe ten to twelve feet from the stage. Technically, their set was far from flawless; multiple issues with sound really took away from their fun and amusing songs. Despite this, however, a small fan club formed at the front of the venue, comprised of a number of people having a grand time as they moved all over the place with stickers on their foreheads and caps. They didn’t care how they looked to the other show-goers, and the band loved it! All in all, this band has great hooks, and I really look forward to seeing what is in store for them in the future.
Last but not least was GOB, a punk band from Vancouver, British Columbia, that has been around for over twenty years. After making the crowd wait for what seemed to be an eternity, they finally hit the stage and no, they didn’t disappoint! The boys were on point and had us dancing ’til the cows come home. Playing old school songs like “Custer’s Last One Night Stand” and “Fuck Off”, they knew how to appease the older, loyal fan base. A favorite of mine was “Oh Ellin”, which, as you may remember, was featured in the NHL 2004 video game. They also played a few songs from their new album Apt 13, like “Cold” and “Radio Hell”.
After all these years, GOB still go out and give it their all. All in all, it was a wonderful show! If GOB is playing a gig in your town, you should be there! Just saying!
Here is an interview with The Maxewells: