Milk & Bone with Dizzy – Live at Corona Theatre – April 5th, 2018 – Montreal, QC 

Let’s face it, we’ve had enough of the cold. It’s technically spring (according to the calendar at least), and while those arrogant West Coast-types brag about bike riding and flowers blooming, we Quebecers are still wearing toques and wondering why we aren’t in California. But, for one night at the  Corona Theatre, indie pop fans got a taste of warmer days and the upcoming summer music festivals. You could almost feel the bugs and the sun on your face.  

As I grabbed one of the few seats in the balcony for  Dizzy, I noticed the sold-out crowd was predominately young women in their 20s and 30s. The Toronto-based four-piece began their opening set by apologizing for not knowing French (note to bands: you don’t have to say you’re sorry, we get it), and then played a relaxing set of chilled-out indie rock tunes that reminded me of Fleetwood Mac 

Dizzy

Lead singer Katie Munshaw swayed back and forth to the beat, moving her arms around in what seemed like improvised yoga, while the band—composed of brothers Charlie, Alex, and Mackenzie Spencer—played dreamy pop music. Charlie, the band’s drummer and back up vocalist, had an energetic and engaged performance despite the slow tempo. You could close your eyes during “Pretty Thing” and imagine driving with the top down on a road trip to the beach.   

After Dizzy’s set ended, a curtain was pulled back revealing a large glass case on stage. My curiosity aroused by this mysterious box, I wondered if the headliners would magically appear out of the contraption like Houdini. Then, right before Milk & Bone took the stage, the house lights went down and bars of neon light rhythmically flashed around the box, transforming the stage into a futuristic environment like something out of Blade Runner. 

Milk & Bone

Milk & Bone, one of Montreal’s hottest young bands, consists of Camille Poliquin & Laurence Lafond-Beaulne. The duo has two full-length albums and, judging by the crowd, a passionate, mostly female, following. Their set was modern and electronic, but not dance floor-friendly (although their songs would suit an EDM remix). The deep and surprisingly bass-heavy beats sounded crisp and clean behind Milk & Bone’s haunting, ethereal vocals, and undeniably natural chemistry. 

Opening track “Coconut Water” was one of the highlights of the show; a sweet and catchy dream-pop tune about girly drinks, the beach, and summer flings. I noticed that their poetic lyrics were in English, but the duo’s native language is French. This being Montreal, of course they interacted with the crowd in French. The title track from the recently released album Deception Bay had the crowd singing along with the melancholic lyrics about heartbreak and loss.  

The duo created the deep bass music live, crafting the sounds with synths and drum machines rather than using pre-recorded beats. For the encore they came to the front of the stage to hype up the crowd with one of their most commercially accessible tracks: “Daydream.” Unlike some of their other songs about breakups and loss, “Daydream” is more upbeat and cheerful, with lyrics about romance, crushes, and puppy love.  

I imagine that young artists would be nervous on stage at a sold out, hometown gig, but Milk & Bone stayed composed and professional. The local crowd was highly supportive and screamed after each song—even during the quiet parts mid-song. Milk & Bone were obviously humbled by the overwhelming support from the local crowd, and their summery, outdoor festival-friendly sound will go over well before  Lorde  and  Cyndi Lauper at the  Festival d’été de Québec  July 13th, and at Osheaga on August 3rd 

Written by Rob Coles
Photography by Michael Kovacs
*edited by Kate Erickson


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Rob started DJing trip hop and drum and bass in the late 90s at various underground watering holes and sub-standard, probably condemned warehouses in Winnipeg’s downtown core. He fondly remembers making weekly pilgrimages to the local record shop to pick up a fresh stack of the latest 12” singles for weekend gigs. As a co-founder of Quadrafunk Radio, Winnipeg’s longest-running electronic radio-show, Rob set out on a mission to find the perfect beat —for the mind and for the feet—be it reggae, dubstep, techno, or any other bass-driven, dub-infused sounds. Rob moved to Montreal in 2009 to study art history, but like so many other ex-pats he found himself mesmerized by the city’s deep music culture, talented performers, and late-night debauchery. You’ll find Rob nodding his head in the sweet-spot of the venue (as close to the sound-guy as possible) when the bass drops.

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